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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Question Google Image Search
    Lately I'm getting a bit annoyed by the amount of traffic I'm receiving via Google Image Search.

    I'm wondering:
    1. Is there a way to block "image spiders?"
    2. Should I block image spidering?
    3. I'm getting too many hits from Google Images and I don't think those hits benefit me. I don't mind some but lately it's been too much
      I'm wondering how I should handle the situation?

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    Put a watermark on the images with your domain name on it and consider it branding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhia7
    Lately I'm getting a bit annoyed by the amount of traffic I'm receiving via Google Image Search.

    I'm wondering:
    1. Is there a way to block "image spiders?"
    2. Should I block image spidering?
    3. I'm getting too many hits from Google Images and I don't think those hits benefit me. I don't mind some but lately it's been too much
      I'm wondering how I should handle the situation?
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    Well, at least G knows that you have a site with many images.

    The other day I had to (just because) remove two merchants from one on my sites, and just a few hours after I deleted those many pages directories, I got to many to count, visits from: Referring URL http :// images .search.yahoo.com/search/images/view?back=http%3A%2F% ETC, ECT......

    So I am getting use to it by now.



    Btw, if you ever want to know from how many places your garden images are getting called, just remove one page temporary, on were you have an image of any plant, for more than one year, you can even tried on a page that don't conver, but first make sure to monitor all those 404 call from your stats.

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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Has anyone figured out a clever way to turn "image hits" into sales?

    Would an affiliate manager allow me to link an image I created to a page of products or something like that?
    Has anyone tried something like this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleScooter
    Put a watermark on the images with your domain name on it and consider it branding.
    Actually, people like one of my logos and it has the name of my site written across it -- do you think this is helping me with my branding? I hope so

    I get the hits on the image but I wish those hits would indicate sales.
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    Has anyone figured out a clever way to turn "image hits" into sales?
    Yes!

    But that's illegal, unethical, immoral, and just plain wrong!

    But for 99’ in silver dollars, you can find the script here:





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    *LOL* Mr. Sal *LOL*

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    if you use google sitemaps, look around at that site. one of the pages there may control google image searches. if you can turn the searches on, I suppose you can turn them off.

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    Create a robots.txt file in the root folder of your webserver with the lines:

    Code:
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /images/
    Where images is the name of your images folder. This will prevent the majority of (friendly) spiders and bots visiting your images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donk
    Create a robots.txt file in the root folder of your webserver with the lines:

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    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /images/
    Where images is the name of your images folder. This will prevent the majority of (friendly) spiders and bots visiting your images.
    Donk,

    That don't do any good when the images on your pages, are from the merchant site, like when you are showing the product images ..... "merchant.com/product_images/thumbnails/product.jpg"

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    Your right Mr Sal

    But if the images where on the merchant site. The merchant would be having the problem of too many hits from google rather than Rhia7

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    The image search still brings up reference to our page that the image is shown on, so it still shows as a hit.

    It can be annoying to get a lot of image searches, but it's also very useful as a keyword data mining tool.

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    Rhia,

    take a look at the logs and see if people are actually pulling up the page, and surfing around after they find you, from there you might be able to figure a way to leverage this traffic.

    IE..you have a picture of San Diego that is getting traffic seems like travel related links with a SD deal would be a good fit, provided it still fits the content of your site.

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    Ok, I just did some test on my 404 pages report links, and this is what I found out:

    If you search for (example) mango on http :// images.search.yahoo.com/

    You will get a bunch of mango images on a yahoo page, but if you click on any of those images, then it will go to the page from were that link is getting call.

    If that image is on a working page, it will show that site on a bottom frame and with the yahoo frame on the top of that site page.

    If that page was deleted on the original site, it still will show the yahoo frame on the top of that site page with a thumbnail of the original image, and the 404 page on the bottom frame of the original site.

    For how long will it show that deleted page? Who knows, but with this knowledge, it would not be a bad idea to use that 404 page to auto-redirect to a similar product page, or at least to the home page, that way it would not be a wasted click, and if you no longer have lemons, you may be able to sell lemonade instead. (I hope someone will get it.)

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    Where can I find directions on how to create a 404 page to auto-redirect online?

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    Redirecting 404 pages depends on what server you are using. Start with a simple google search:

    http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
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    Here's a code I believe I got direct from G a long time ago.

    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow: /
    Disallow: /*.bmp$
    Disallow: /*.doc$
    Disallow: /*.gif$
    Disallow: /*.jpg$
    Disallow: /*.jpeg$

    User-agent: Mediapartners-Google*
    Disallow: /


    Note: G's robot code will cause your robots.txt to not validate on check ... but it works like a charm.
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    Thanks, DesignerWiz, I'm going to have to try that

    I don't mind image searching here and there but there comes a point where too many image searches dealing with the same pics are done over and over again.
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    404 redirect
    To create a simple redirect 4O4 page.

    Save the following as 404.html or 404.shtml depending on your server:

    HTML Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="refresh"
    content="3;URL=http://www.yoursite/">
    <title>Redirecting</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    Page not found etc..<br>
    Redirecting you please wait.
    </body>
    </html>
    The number (3) after content is the delay in seconds. Set it to 0 for immediate redirect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhia7
    Would an affiliate manager allow me to link an image I created to a page of products or something like that?
    I don't see any reason why he/she wouldn't...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Online
    I don't see any reason why he/she wouldn't...
    a company may require you obtain approval of your graphic link

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donk
    To create a simple redirect 4O4 page.

    Save the following as 404.html or 404.shtml depending on your server:

    HTML Code:
    <html>
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="refresh"
    content="3;URL=http://www.yoursite/">
    <title>Redirecting</title>
    </head>
    <body>
    Page not found etc..<br>
    Redirecting you please wait.
    </body>
    </html>
    The number (3) after content is the delay in seconds. Set it to 0 for immediate redirect.
    Thanks for the 404 directions -- I haven't made a 404 page yet.
    The reason I haven't made a 404 page is that I found conflicting directions on how to make one, I'll have to try your suggestion some day.
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    Rhia,

    If your using cpanel it's easy to create the 404 just look for the error pages section on the cpanel...add your html and your done for the redirect it's even easier using the redirection section...enter the page you want redirected and the place you want to send it to..choose temp 302 or perm 301 ;-)

    (but you would not see the error ...it would simply take you to the page of choice upon error)

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    Thanks for the tip but I don't have cpanel with my current host.

    Some days I miss cpanel
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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleScooter
    Put a watermark on the images with your domain name on it and consider it branding.
    I agree with UncleScooter! If people are passing these images around, it is free advertising to you. The exception would be if the bandwidth use is costing you extra - but these days bandwidth is extremely cheap.
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