Has anyone else noticed that blogspot domains which hotlink numerous images are ranking very high for popular keywords?
However they're mainly showing up in the 3 or 4 preview images that sometimes get served up at the top when doing a websearch.
If you do an image search usually google returns the host website. But in websearch it's the hotlinkers that almost always win over the host website.
The only reason I would think google is doing this is because either:
a) Google seems to currently like new pages so they return the new blogspot page with the old, established image embedded.
b) Because google also likes pages which load fast, they're seeing these domains which use hotlinked images as somehow optimised for load speed by spreading the http requests across different servers.
Either way you end up on a spam website with a load of adsense stuffed in, no text or original content, and often they don't let you click back to the SERPs. Now that's a quality result for the user, well done G.
In Blogger's defense, when I've submitted spam reports for these types of blogs in my sector, most of them have disappeared within a day or so. Sadly a few of them have returned after a few days of being offlined.