Getting More From Google Images Traffic

Ok, so most people who have optimized their sites for google images (not that hard, basically naming your image files with the keywords, setting alt tags, and putting them near text with your keyword) will probably know that google images traffic generally blows.  Most of the time, people searching google images will click the image, and then immediately click the “view full sized image” link, but your goal is to keep people on your page and get them to actually read your content or something, right?

So what can you do to remedy this?  Well there are a couple pretty easy ways to do it:

  • Break the Iframe
    This one’s pretty simple, you put some simple javascript in that breaks your page out of an iframe.  This can get you banned from google images apparently, so it may not be the best choice, but it’ll work for a while, and has the added bonus of breaking you out of any other retarded iframe your site may be displayed in.  Here’s some code:
  • <script type="text/javascript">
    <!–
    if (top.location!= self.location) {
    top.location = self.location.href
    }
    //–>
    </script>

  • Force Download
    If you’ve ever gotten a google images result from blogspot and tried to click the “view full sized image” link, you’ll know that it’ll force an image download on you.  Basically instead of displaying the image, it’ll ask you to download it instead, which most users will decline (way too much hassle).  This pseudo-forces them to actually scroll through your content to see the image.  Just add these lines to your .htaccess:

    AddType application/octet-stream jpg
    AddType application/octet-stream png
    AddType application/octet-stream gif

    And here’s the result:

Peanut Gallery

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