Image Leechers Impact Traffic Numbers

In January 2010 I noticed a major jump in my traffic numbers and there was nothing special going on with my site.  I had not done in link building, hadn’t had any big push on building traffic but still, traffic was up approximately 30 percent.

What was causing this big jump in traffic?  Image leechers!

People had found my site through Google Images and linked to my images in their blog posts.  I had done such a great job at ranking well for image searches for some of my topics, people were using my images rather than uploading their own for their own blog posts.

It was an easy fix, I blocked those people leeching and watched my numbers turn back to reality over the last few months.

Anyone else seeing this happening on their sites?

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About Barry Wheeler

Barry Wheeler is a blogger, novice SEO, geek and passionate Newfoundlander. Operating several successful websites and online communities, Barry has started exploring the social internet and its impact on all facets of society including personal life and business relationships. Find Barry on Twitter @barrywheeler and FaceBook or on his website Barry Wheeler - Blogging for Success.
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