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Google images change? Redirecting traffic

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jimmy2way, May 8, 2010.

  1. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    I haven't seen any posts regarding this yet, so I figured I'd ask. It seems google's changed the way they pull up images/send referrers in the sense that a simple .htaccess mod_rewrite redirect to another site when the referrer being google images, doesn't work.

    Was anyone else using this method and noticed the change?

    Regards,

    Jimmy
     
  2. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    Bueller? :)
     
  3. lord

    lord Junior Member

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    you don't use .htacces to do that ... use javascript

    HTML:
    <script>if (window != top) top.location = self.location</script>
     
  4. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    The problem at hand isn't busting out of the frame, it's redirecting the image traffic to another URL. Any ideas?

    Thanks a lot,

    Jimmy
     
  5. C.S.A.

    C.S.A. Junior Member

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    Google pretty regularly scans for content that's different when the referrer is google. I don't have many images so I can't tell you if it's a site-wide thing, but you may be seeing localized changes specific to your sites or accounts.
     
  6. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    Hrm, now that's interesting. I just know I've seen a 50% decrease in traffic of which the source was redirection from google image requests. Has anyone else noticed this?
     
  7. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    Bump for some hopeful answers/solutions
     
  8. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    Anyone? :( Here was my old .htaccess method:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://images.google
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !googleimages.php
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} (.*)
    RewriteRule /* http://myurl.com/script.php [R,L]
     
  9. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    Anyone have a solution in place for this?
     
  10. Anubis1980

    Anubis1980 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    Code:
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www\.)?http://gstatic\.com(/.*)?$ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://(www\.)?http://t0.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t1.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t2.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t3.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t4.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t5.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t6.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t7.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t8.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}  ^http://(www\.)?http://t9.gstatic\.com(/.*)?$  [NC]
    
    RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg|GIF|JPG)$ [URL="http://www/"]http://www[/URL].YOURDOMAIN.com/images/fuckyou.gif [R,L] # could be a domain 2 !
    
    ?

    "http://t0.gstatic.com" was germany and america was t3..im not sure about this t0 thing....it is just my observation.i´ll take a closer look into the subdoms later.
     
  11. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    I'll try it man thanks a lot!
     
  12. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    Damn didn't work. :/
     
  13. C.S.A.

    C.S.A. Junior Member

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    Are you serving the same thing to the googlebot? It's easy to get penalized if you serve one thing to real visitors and another thing to the googlebot.

    On the other hand, if the googlebot crawls your images and sees that they're redirecting to somewhere else, of course it's going to de-list them. You need to think more deeply about this.
     
  14. waynegm

    waynegm Junior Member

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    Google is hiring hackers - aka: blackhatters - wonder why? LOL
     
  15. jimmy2way

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    Good point, very good point. That's what I've been doing for a couple of years now and it worked no problem, images still listed, etc. However, with the new way they're serving up the images I can't even do that now. If I can figure out how to redirect the images, I'll also figure out to determine if it's googlebot or not and not redirect. How the hell are they serving up images now anyway? The referrer in the apache logs shows up clear as day, yet when it matches the redirect doesn't occur.

    Here's an example of what a referrer is showing up as now:

    http://www.google.co.nz/imgres?imgurl=http://my-image-source-url/14.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.my-blog-url-where-the-image-is-being-shown

    In that case I have images being served from a separate vhost and the blog hotlinking from it. Before it worked when it was simply images.google.com referring but now it's another story. Any ideas bud?

    Thanks a lot,

    Jimmy
     
  16. reallife

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    Yes. My images traffic is down more than 50% over the last 10 days :eek:
     
  17. jimmy2way

    jimmy2way Newbie

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    I've lost all of mine. :/