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I've got people hotlinking images on one of my sites. I move the files, but if I'm getting any pagerank from those hotlinked images, I'd like to keep it.
Note: yes, I know I can do more to protect the images, i'm merely curious about the pagerank given and if I can redirect it via, say a 301 (or some other http code)
1) if one page has an IMG tag that points to an image hosted on another server, is any pagerank given to that domain?
No, you're not getting any benefit from those hotlinked images. PageRank is only transferred (to the target page) if there is a link on the image.
Not exactly the same question but i figured it's better not to open a new thread for it... ;)
We can come down to the conclusion that an image having a link on it just doesn't work for passing pagerank and such... or something. Anyway it just doesn't work, and we need to have it fixed.
We designed the site with a lot of picture links, some pages aren't even accessible from other kind of referrers than a thumbnail of a photo... which...
... was a bad idea.
Now, if we were to add captions... ( a short version of the alt text ) or use the sometimes already added caption-text as a link...
What do you think would happen?
I mean to our pages in G :P
Would it be bad?
I meant would using something like this cause a problem:
<a href="page.html"><img tag>Caption</a>
<a href="page.html"><img tag><br>Caption</a>
... please help me out, what do you think G will say about this ( if anything )? I just don't want to have any more complications out of being so damn resourceful :( ... but... adding 2 links for the same page would sometimes result in ... er... much more links than it should :P
( an album with 50 pics would have 100 links... and that's a bad too, in my opinion... but what do i know... )
Back to the main topic, I noted back in the day when getting a new domain "out of the sandbox" was a major challenge that serving some of its images from an established domain seemed to help. Not truly PR, I think, but some kind of influence in the overall algo.
...serving some of its images from an established domain seemed to help
Are you saying that hotlinking to images on an established domain used to help get a new website out of the sandbox?
When I do a mydomain.com check for links, all the webpages that are hotlinking to my images are all supplemental.