Well, I just had 6000 hits more than usual today because some russian blog linked directly to one of my images with my website url. I know this is bad because it drains my bandwidth but then I was thinking isn't it also a good thing since google may count this as a dofollow backlink? How does google treat this kinda of thing? I'm talking about the image url itself since unfortunately, a source link wasn't given as credit. It has happened to me before, mostly from foreign sites.
On that same note: I have an htaccess redirect in place for all my images so they actually don't show up on whatever linking website. But apparently some webmasters link to them anyway. :confused: If I do get a backlink benefit from this I would consider changing my redirect. (My host account supposedely has unliminted bandwidth but my site loads slow at times...)
Also, how come these image loads get recorded as visitors and hits in my Cystats program?