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[Help] My Google Image traffic is being stolen !

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by sikandar, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

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    I have a site exoticfilipina.com which gets a decent traffic from Google image search for keywords like 'filipina' or 'sexy filipina'. But today I saw a sudden drop in my traffic. My site is still at top in Google image search, but when I click on the image, the traffic is diverted to another page atforums.worldofwarcraft.com. My site otherwise loads properly when accessed from browser.

    Would somebody tell me how somebody is stealing my traffic and how I can stop that. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. boomboomer

    boomboomer Executive VIP

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    The url for your image was picked up at this forum (check the page. the URL is there.). So google shows that page but the image is shown from your server ..
     
  3. procrastinator

    procrastinator Registered Member

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    Isn't that hotlinking?
     
  4. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

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    Yeah, I noted that they have linked to my image. So how do I solve the problem?
     
  5. jaeden

    jaeden BANNED BANNED

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    you should setup some apache directives to only allow images to be loaded from certain sites or locations on sites.
     
  6. boomboomer

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    The problem here is that it's not hotlinking ... it's just a plain link to the image. Not too sure how this could be avoided.
     
  7. sikandar

    sikandar Senior Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions. The site is hosted on Godaddy and for some reasons htaccess does not work properly on Godaddy, so I can not prevent hotlinking from other sites unless I move to a new server. For the time being I contacted the webmaster of worldofwarcraft.com and had the offending pages deleted from their forum. But I learned that it is very easy to steal Google image traffic from successful sites using this simple exploit.
     
  8. procrastinator

    procrastinator Registered Member

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    That right there is very good info
     
  9. dvdcowboy

    dvdcowboy Junior Member

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    Use it to your advantage.
    Redirect and stuff some cookies!!!
     
  10. KingOfAfrica

    KingOfAfrica BANNED BANNED

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    Does Google still work this way?