I skimmed over this in another discussion, but I thought I'd make a new thread and see if anyone knows the answer.
It seems search engines like media-rich content. We're encouraged to use at least 3 images in our Hubs. We also have tiny little product images in our Amazon capsules.
Over on some other platforms like Wizzley and Squidoo there is the option to use larger images for Amazon products. I like that, and I bet the reader likes that too.
Here on HP, I often grab a larger image of the product from Amazon and tack it up above the Amazon capsule as an image capsule. The essentially has the same look as the larger Wizzley Amazon product image.
However . . .
When Googlebot comes along and crawls my Hub I assume it sees an image (image capsule) plus a nofollow link to Amazon (Amazon Capsule). I can't imagine it has any way of knowing the image is from Amazon. (Does it?)
What about when it crawls my Wizzley page? Does the larger Amazon image look like an image to it, or does it all look like one big link?
In other words, does an Amazon capsule here look the same to G-Bot as one on Wizzley or Squidoo even if the image size is different? Or, can G-Bot recognize a larger Amazon image as an image rather than just part of the Amazon ad?
It doesn't matter what size the image is unless you are using the image in a picture module. The Amazon modules are no follow. They are seen by the SE's as a Table. The nofollow attribute simply means that the link is coming from another site but will not assign any authority weight to the link. I believe the subtitle of the module is the most important part for SEO purposes. Plus, there is no way to put an alt attribute on the picture so in the module, it is nofollow as well.
Just so I'm understanding: This means if HubPages gave us the option of larger Amazon images, they would look exactly the same to the search engines as the images we currently have?
Yes, as long as the images are within the Amazon module. As an Amazon affiliate, you are allowed to use the larger images as long as they are properly attributed to the exact product page where you found it. But to do this in a picture module you would need to place the product page url along with the picture... if you use your affiliate link then you are bypassing HP TOS and the hub may become overly promotional. So, if you grab a larger image, make sure you use the proper attribute and leave out your affiliate link. There is no way, right now, to use larger images in the Amazon module.
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