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I had hoped that Google now would keep the good results, they where close to Bing image results, but now they are back on Place two for image search.
Its a shame
About the same situation as on September 1st 2008 (thread here: [webmasterworld.com...] Zeus, looks like you had some issues at that time also.
In 2008, everything came back to normal 10-14 days later, I hope it will be the same this year.
i did lose one of my very nicely ranked pics, sigh, just this past week, perhaps because i added a good number of other photos to the page and site recently, with more surrounding text....
So I think and hope the lost images will get back later this week.
About lost images, im at 6500 from 14.000, traffic down 50%
we have seen a major drop in image traffic. And, the number of images has dropped.
The ranking for images has also dropped.
I am seeing many wordpress and blogspot hosted blogs coming up.
In addition, i have not noticed any changes, the things are where they were 3 days back. They just decreased the image count and there isn't any flux. These changes look like final now onwards, unless there is another major shift within a week.
I have an iconic image that suits a certain search (I took it - very pleased with myself) and it used to be at the top of image search. Just at the moment I see copies of my image on other sites in the image search but not the original.
My theory - it's all about fresh search. Show the page that stole the image most recently as it's bound to be more relevant and up to date than the original. As opposed to show the earliest record of the image as that's where you might find the photographer and associated info.
I dont think these results will stay if we talk filter, I think its a flux back to less images, be cause they have a good filter now which works, so why mess with it.
Hopefully, everything will be back to normal in a couple of days. I sure hope I'm right... :-)
Which got me thinking...
One difference between the sites is that one - the one that has suffered - isn't very strong in Google and its appearance on the first page of google as an image result for some pretty competitive terms was quite surprising.
Those image results have now absolutely disappeared.
The other sites do well in web search as well. They still do - and do do their images.
So I wondered, maybe what we are seeing is Google image search maturing? Being more about "relevancy" and less about alt tags, exact match captions etc?