A recent blog post by Aaron Wall, and a comment on the piece had me look at image traffic to our websites:
On January 23 Google made an announcement with regard to presenting images in image search:
Of course Google announced this would be a big improvement!!!
Improvement or not??? Most webmaster comments since then have noted that their traffic dropped as per the first comment in the Aaron Wall piece, the comments http://www.webpronew...e-sites-2013-01 and comments Barry Schwartz found at threads at WMW and digital point.
For some strange reason on one of our local sites we have an image that has been ranked #1 for a keyword. Its entirely irrelevant to the site and its localness. Regardless it gets an inordinate amount of traffic from around the web.
Since a few days after the announcement; image traffic to the site for that image and the page on which it sits...is down over 50%.
I wouldn't want to depend on image traffic at this point in time.
This is simply another case of google scraping the web, building an index, creating its own pages from that content....and killing content providers.
Not a healthy environment IMHO.