As many of you here know for some reason Google removed most of my #1 ranked images from their Image SERPs in the first week of October, in the thousands in case you were wondering.
Initially I thought it may be a conflict with CPanel's hotlink protection however some of my sites still have some of their images in their SERPs therefore it cannot be that.
One of the reasons I started using hotlink protection was because of one term that I was #1 for out of more than 1 billion results, at one time I think it was 1.3 billion results. What I have noticed today is that specific search term has been reduced to just over 600 million results!
What? A 50% reduction! A halving of the results?
Ok, I do not expect for one moment that Google even has the 600 million image results however just what did they do to achieve such a cut apart from blitzing most of my sites from their image results and why?
One very interesting thing I have noticed is that 99% of my widget trade direct competitors have also had their images removed as well PLUS, and this really pi$$e$ me off, some of those image hotlinking sites are now at the top of the results using my images which Google have removed!
Honestly, an image hotlinking site at #1 in Google image SERPs displaying my images that people cannot link to because of my hotlink protection!
Google, you've more than a few screws and rivets loose.