joined:Apr 13, 2017
We've been getting hundreds and thousands of spammy links from rubbish, auto-generated image galleries, e.g. <snip> . We're fairly confident this has resulted in a Google penalty. The thing is we've realised the images are actually scraped from Google Images results not from our own website (even the truncated Google Image result's title becomes the alt tag text on their sites!). The site is visible in Google Images which compounds the problem. We're seeing literally tens of new gallery domains linking to us each day... it's relentless.
So the question is how do we stop that? Constantly disavowing these domains is not good enough since they just keep popping up and the performance is still down. It's affected out bottom line so much that we are even happy to sacrifice our Image visibility in favour of fixing this.
Our plan so far is:
1) Disallow Google-Image bot from indexing the whole image assets folder on the site. This will stop Google displaying our images in Image search results and stop making the situation worst
2) Then deal with the existing scrappers and sites which have already logged our image destination URLs by implementing hotlinking... so external websites can't show our images AND will be redirected to a random page that returns a 404 HTTP response. We're hoping this will stop them using our image destiation URLs.
3) Obviously last but not least we will continue updating the disavow file
Could there be anything else done? Can it be fixed in an easier/better way? Obviously we don't want to be losing our Image search visibility but it's only a fraction of conversions we've lost as a result of this issue and we're at the point where we may as well give it a go.
[edited by: goodroi at 1:29 pm (utc) on Apr 13, 2017]
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