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Google image previews - now bigger than ever ?

     
9:47 pm on Mar 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I was just looking over the stats for traffic from Google images and I noticed a drop off of roughly 11% MTD between Dec 2010 and Jan 2011.

I can't really see any major reason for a drop and it's a subtle drop but I also noticed that it looks like the images Google is showing are slightly bigger than they used to be. In fact when you hover over an image triggering the slightly larger image version to pop-up it's almost the same size.

Since you can see images more clearly on Google images is the effect causing fewer clicks through to actual sites to get a better look?
11:26 am on Mar 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

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It's another way for Google to keep people on their site.

Also, even if someone clicks on your image, this doesn't mean that they visit your site. If you look at your logs, Google fetches your page for the faded background of the image preview, but this isn't a real visit to your site, even though it uses your bandwidth.
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Thankfully, this doesn't happen with IE6. You still get the old style Google Images. Waaaaaaaaay better than the new bing-style look.
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Waaaaaaaaay better than the new bing-style look.


Or scroll to the bottom of the results page and select "Switch to basic version".

even if someone clicks on your image, this doesn't mean that they visit your site.


I'm at the top of the results for a 1+ billion searched for term and my Page Impressions are 300+% and they are actually clicking on Google ads, why...I have no idea, but they are.
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Does anyone have an estimate of what percentage of image searchers click through to actually visit your webpage after they look at your image? I realize that it depends on various factors, and just want a rough overall percentage.
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An image in the top 3-4 also shows up as a thumbnail in natural serps for many item based keywords and people do click on those thumbnails but not as many leave Google as say a top 4 natural textual serp rating.

That CTR has gone down, for me, and I'm thinking there is little incentive to click to my site given that they now see a larger image on Google PRE click induced pop-up.

Note: a frame busting script will take the visitor to your site instead of to the bigger pop-up image but that only works with Google, Bing will simply not show your site and will hold the visitor even if they click the image.... so Google isn't the worst image "borrowing content without sending traffic" offender but still.
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I'm seeing smaller images again today, it looks like Google is experimenting with sizes.
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Or scroll to the bottom of the results page and select "Switch to basic version".

That doesn't exist in IE6. Nor do I have to see those website page views either. Long live IE6 :)
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I'm still hoping that someone can give me an estimate for the percentage of image searchers who click through to actually visit your website after they look at your image? Does anyone have any information about this?
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Lame_Wolf - IE6 is no longer an acceptable browser. Microsoft has stated that all IE6 users should update to at least IE7. Essentially, it is not supported by MS and is a major source of viruses - it's why google was hacked into last year!

Just as well I use Firefox on Linux for browsing now. My windows machines are 2000, something else no longer supported/updated by MS. :(

The best way of not seeing pageviews and other google garbage is to turn off Javascript and (preferably) cookies as well. Or better still, use a different search engine.
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Lame_Wolf - IE6 is no longer an acceptable browser. Microsoft has stated that all IE6 users should update to at least IE7. Essentially, it is not supported by MS and is a major source of viruses - it's why google was hacked into last year!


It's no longer an acceptable browser by those who either want you to upgrade, or are too lazy to test their site in older browsers. 5% of my visitors still use IE6. I myself prefer it over other versions.

I am also savvy enough to not be hacked, and to remove trojans and malware etc.

Anyway, I am off to help this kind Nigerian who wants to transport a lot of money out of the country. I will use the winnings from a Spanish lottery that I never entered to do so. Now where did I put my bank details ? ;)
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Kickaxe,
just put an image/frame redirect javascript on your site and anyone who clicks on your image in google images will be automatically redirected to your page. Been doing this for years and my images always rank high in the image serps. :)
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Wouldn't work for me. I use NoScript on Firefox and javascript is almost always turned off unless I know I need it. :(

Last time I checked there were an awful lot of NoScript users.
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aristotle

On that one image we had over 17K page views this month (March) while only about 8K in January and 2.7K in December.

Perhaps Google will have the percentage that actually clicked through after seeing the image in image search, but those are raw figures.
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aristotle

On that one image we had over 17K page views this month (March) while only about 8K in January and 2.7K in December.

Perhaps Google will have the percentage that actually clicked through after seeing the image in image search, but those are raw figures.


It looks like your image traffic from Google has had a nice increase lately.

However, I'm not sure what you mean by "page views". When someone clicks your image on Google Image Search, Google fetches a copy of your page from your server to show as a faded background behind the image. But the searcher has to make another click to actually visit your website. What I want to know is the percentage of searchers who make this second click and actually visit you site.