NEW UPDATE: How to prevent the new Google Images from hotlinking to your original photos and high resolution files, and to protect your bandwidth ?? there is a solution which is ByREV WP-PICShield Plugin made by “Emilian Robert Vicol”, this solution only available for WordPress sites, you can download the plugin from the Author website, or your can download it from WordPress Plugin Directory website, the ByREV WP-PICShield is free (but you can always donate to support the author), if you have any problems with the plugin or any bugs you can always contact Emilian, his support is fast and professional. ~ 19 Feb 2013
Well, many photographers and webmasters agree with me, but this new Google image search is killing my sites and using my bandwidth and images, In the past few days (since 25th of Jan 2013) my page views have been cut in more than half while my bandwidth usage has increased – thanks to Google’s hotlinking for my photos.
I believe sites of photographers and other artists experience the same difficulties thanks to Google. I saw lots of photographers complaining online that their sites having a major drop with visitors.
The most of my traffic comes from Google image search, I’ve had Google images search in (my hotlink white list) so my visitors can be able to see my photos through Google search and at the same time they can visit my site, I’ve always had to code up to break the Google image frame, This “frame breaker” script which used to kill the Google frame when people went to see my images they get redirected to the image page at my site.
But now they (the users, visitors) can download my photos without even seeing the site after the new Google search update ,and the traffic on my sites is down more than 60%.
The new Google image search costs bandwidth and the user has less incentive to visit the webpage of the original creator, When people get the image only by visiting Google image search, they have no reason to click to go to the URL or worrying about any copyright infringement.
After that I’ve noticed 60% drop in visitors, so what I did is I enabled hotlink protection in my sites and I have blocked Google images from viewing my photos and now when people click “view original” they are getting a photo with a warning message: “Hotlinking protected image, view and download this image ONLY at Photos8.org”
Since there’s no benefit anymore to having my images in Google image search anymore. they use my bandwidth, take my traffic, and more importantly, my photos without sending me visitors !!
I hope that my traffic will be back to normal but my visitors are kind of left displeased because they didn’t exactly got what they came for by Google image search, which means Google is serving false image results.
I know that many photographers and webmasters is not happy how Google hotlinks other people’s images and wastes server bandwidth and doesn’t even pay for it.
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