This post is meant as a tutorial and it will come in "chapters".
So there is no public reply function. You are free to discuss this in other postings, but treat this as a tutorial...
And also: I collected these informations and they work for me with different accounts, but I cannot guarantee that everything will work for everybody!
A photoblog is aimed to show your photos.
You want to present your photos in the context which you create / design / layout.
You do not want to find your photos at other websites, in some blogs or community-portals ..
Well, I noticed some phenomen in the last time regarding my photos at photografitti.net and the server-load there increased:
increasing hits at photografitti.net, but not so many hits to index.php
what was going on?
I did a websearch and found out, that many of my images were "hotlinked
" from other sites.
I checked these sites and found that some of my photos sat in very disgusting, obscene or stupid teeny-postings and other blablabla-pages
these people just entered the URL of my photos when they added images to their blog-posts
but how did they find my photos? I never saw these people in my stats..
the answer was: they found my images at images.google.com and just copied the URL there, they never visited my site..
What to do?
There are different steps to prevent hotlinking.
I will describe them in the following posts. Step by Step.
- how to stop hotlinking
- how to stop images.google.com to index your photos and to present them in images.google.com
- how to decrease the searchability of your photos (not for your website!)