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Image Search traffic dropping - will Enhanced Image Search help?

1:05 am on Feb 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I have noticed over the last six months the volume of image search queries ending up on my large site (49,787 jpgs included in my sitemap_gen.py reports) has descresed by a significant margin.

In May 2007, awstats reports I had 262,835 hits from images.google.com, but by December 2007, it was down to 114,742 hits from images.google.com.

I have recently relaunched the site on a new domain name (used 301 redirects), and for January 2008 on the new domain name I had just 64,427 hits from images.google.com.

I have enabled the enhanced image search in my webmaster tools. Will this help? What are other users' experience of this tool?


6:34 am on Feb 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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The first thing that I notice is that by changing to a new domain name you have changed the url for all of your images. I've never studied the effect of a 301 redirect on image search, but my guess is that image search is not nearly as fast in shifting things over - even if the 301 redirects objeect for object to the new domain.

In terms of whether enhanced image search can benifit you, according to Google at the time of launch, it's "supposed to". We've had very little feedback here from site owners on the issue. Some members here have applied it on all their sites and are happy with the results, and some others won't get near it.

You can find some related threads here through Site Search [webmasterworld.com], but I can't really see anything definitive, and I don't have that kind of data of my own.