Google Image Redirect

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I did a search but couldn't find much on this topic. For one of my sites I get a ton of Google Image traffic because of the content of the site. I noticed that quite a few sites seem to be using a redirect on the image.

For example when you click on a picture in Google Images instead of it loading the image with your website grayed out in the background, the script redirects the user straight to the page the picture sits on.

I immediately thought this was a great idea. I can take all of that traffic and boom they actually hit my site instead of just seeing it in the background. Then I started thinking, will Google not like this and start to devalue the images in the search?

It's not worth it if its going to kill my traffic from Google images. Anybody have any experience with this?
#google #image #redirect
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Interesting, can you post a Google search of an image that is being redirected, so I can see what's going on?

    I get a lot of Google Image traffic also.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      Interesting, can you post a Google search of an image that is being redirected, so I can see what's going on?

      I get a lot of Google Image traffic also.
      This is where I found it.
      vanessa minnillo - Google Search

      Click on the images second from the left. It'll load the image and then redirect it to the site. Is this bad to do?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    I see what your saying, I'm still looking at the picture, I mean source code.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      I see what your saying, I'm still looking at the picture, I mean source code.
      I just installed a redirect plugin on one of my sites that I get a ton of Google Image traffic from. I guess I'll just comeback here and report if my traffic takes a dive or stays steady.
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      • Profile picture of the author yukon
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        Originally Posted by MikeLiving View Post

        I just installed a redirect plugin on one of my sites that I get a ton of Google Image traffic from. I guess I'll just comeback here and report if my traffic takes a dive or stays steady.
        How is the plugin redirecting, is it redirecting everyone that's not a Google bot?

        Any plugin links?
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    Ok, I had some time to test this.

    Here is the code that is breaking the Google-Image-Frame.

    Put this one line above the </head> tag.


    Code:
    <script type="text/javascript"> 
    if (top.location != location) {
        top.location.href = document.location.href ;
      }
    </script>
    I took this code from the link you posted above, this is the same exact code that guy is running.

    I don't think this will hurt the image seo any, since he is ranking #2 in Google Images. Plus the page is already loaded in the browser once the searcher clicks the image in Google Images, so everything is already loaded in the browser, behind the frame.

    Do a Google Search site:www.domain.com then click on any of your own images after you install the code, it should break the Google Image Frame & redirect to the actual page.

    I've tested about 10 of my own images & they all land on my pages just fine.

    Thanks for starting this thread, I didn't think about breaking the Frame, & since I get a lot of Google Image traffic maybe this will help put more image searchers on my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeLiving
    Here is the plugin I found.
    WordPress › Google Images Redirect « WordPress Plugins

    Thus far my traffic hasn't dropped at all. My analytics account through me for a loop as it was reporting the redirected traffic as a "direct visit" instead of referral, but once I got that figured out my panic alarm shut off.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by MikeLiving View Post

      Here is the plugin I found.
      WordPress › Google Images Redirect « WordPress Plugins

      Thus far my traffic hasn't dropped at all. My analytics account through me for a loop as it was reporting the redirected traffic as a "direct visit" instead of referral, but once I got that figured out my panic alarm shut off.
      I don't think the traffic will drop, actually it would increase as long as the image holds the same rank or better.

      I'm sure a lot of people want the image, & since it's forcing them to land on your page instead of the Google Image Frame it should help, at least a little.
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  • Profile picture of the author groceryalerts
    I never though Google images was that popular! but the proof is in the numbers.
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  • Profile picture of the author nexuslivez
    I have the same doubt too. Does google like the redirect?
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