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Do image hotlinks have any link value?

3:44 am on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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After reading some discussions about how to stop people from hotlinking to images on websites, I started to think about the number of images on my site that are "grabbed" every day. It's a significant number.

It would be too time-consuming to make changes to every image file name on the site, so the only solution would be to use a server-side block for hotlinking.

However, I'm wondering if hotlinks have any link value. I've seen some show up in link: searches on Google and Yahoo.

Any ideas?