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January 6, 2009, 5:20 am
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I have a website which has a good many scans of publication covers (of
issues that are for sale). I have found that a few of my competitors
use my site as a referrence for their listings of the publications
(i.e. they list what they have and referrence the image from my site
in the IMG tag).
So, since I found this, I was thinking to add watermarks with my site
name to the scans.
Its likely that they will drop using the images from my site. My
question is, does their using my images actually help me when it comes
to SEO? Would "forcing" them to drop using my scans actually hurt my
Re: SEO Question
Interesting question. This is only my best GUESS: If others are
linking/using your images then I doubt very much whether it is having any
effect on the ranking of the pages on your site. It might concevably have an
affect on the ranking of those images if someone does an image search, but
that is only a guess on my part.
The rational being that if other search engines use a ranking scheme in any
way similar to google's then the weight of each page is a function of the
number and quality of links to the page (note page not site). If someone is
linking/using your images then it might concevably affect the ranking of
those images but not any other page on your site, and how often do people do
searches on images and how useful is that to you anyway?
I think watermarking your images is a good idea, just be sure that the name
is legible and doesn't detract from the appearance of those images on your
site. The other alternative is to look into whether you can block the other
site from linking to your images. I'm reasonably sure this can be done if
you are using Apache, but I've never needed to look into how.