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How To Harness Google Images To Pull Thousands To Your Hub Or Blog!

Updated on December 1, 2009
One of my Photoshopped images made the front page of Google News... but not from my Hub!
One of my Photoshopped images made the front page of Google News... but not from my Hub!

Some of my best-pulling Google Image Baits

Especially in the last few months I've noticed that some of my 1500+ Hubs are tending to do much better than others. As I continue my in-depth analysis of the sacred spilled entrails of Goatoogle (just call me Mithraic Pontiff Hal) in order to derive a formula that will allow all Hubbers to triumph in the Googlestakes, a particular factor seems to have creeped into my Hub results. There are some Hub series which are drawing well over 10,000 page views originating from... Google Image Searches!

As you should know unless you've been hiding out in the forests of Mindanao since World War II, all of the major search engines including Google and Bing (the only two that really matter anyway) have a form of searching which is specifically for images only. You type into the search box that you want to see images of transvestite rats, and now you have literally thousands of images of cross dressing rodents to choose from.

Ah, the wonders of modern technology: We have advanced the science of instantaneous information retrieval and use it to check out tranny mice. But, I digress...

Since HubPages' marvelous statistical feature allows any Hubber to review and chart where most of the traffic is coming from on an ongoing basis, I have been able to deduce that some of my Hubs tend to have a serious spike in the images.google.x, x being .com, .ca, .fr, .de, and so on, depending on where that click originated.

However, the turning point to my taking images.google.x seriously was the other day when I was scanning through Google News and saw something very familiar. Top News United States had not only stolen my own Photoshopped image of the H1N1 biohazard, but it was showing up on the side of the H1N1 news on Google and stayed there for two full days!

Unfortunately any clicks on my image there will not lead to HubPages but to Top News, so I don't get any page views from being on Google News for two days, but the point is that Top News did click on my page (in order to rip off my image) and they were not alone. The number of people who have clicked to see just that image in my series of H1N1 Hubs is well into five figures.

OK, so I'm a Photoshop Deity, but that's not the point. The point is that the individuals who went to Google Image Search to find H1N1 images hit on mine and ended up at my Hub. Maybe they didn't read the Hub. Maybe they can't read. That's also not the point. A page view is a page view is a page view.

So... what have we learned, Dorothy? I've written erudite and may I say brilliant socio-political Hubs that by all legitimate expectation should have changed the world and had the 7 billion people on this planet unanimously elect me Philosopher-King Of The World For Life: They didn't draw flies. I've also written mercenary mercantile Hubs on Wholesale Flip Flops which skyrocket in page views and clicks. I know... I'm shaking my head too.

So... the writing of the words of a Hub is only part of the battle. There is a completely different way to draw those flies into your web: A striking and original image! No, you can't just rip one off the web, slap it into your photo capsule and expect that since you have built it, they will come. It doesn't work that way. In the vast majority of cases, the original image will rank much higher than your steal ever will, and you'll see nothing in the way of clicks.

Continued In How To Harness Google Images To Pull Thousands To Your Hub Or Blog! Part II

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    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Nope Bacolod City! City of smiles! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      I forgot to check your reply. LOL adobong kambing. We have lots of those too. But Negros, hmmmm. you going straight to Boracay? :D

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Hope it makes you lots of money in time for the holidays! :)

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      Michelle Cesare 

      8 years ago from New York

      Hal,

      Thanks for sharing. I never thought about images to bring traffic. Excellent.

      mailxpress

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      I know... I'm overreacting over the kidnapping situation... it's just that if there has to be anything with kid in it I want it as part of an adobong kambing! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey Hal, you're missing a lot by not coming over to Mindanao. We have lots of great food here and they're very cheap too :).

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Hey, as long as there's lots of great Filipino food in that caravan, I'm in! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      LOL, or you may find yourself in the middle of a caravan just to prevent you from getting kidnapped :).

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      I'm definitely in for some kinilaw na baboy, as although I'm a pig I am a cannibal one and love pork... but durian gets a little stinky... :) Besides, if any of the local Mindanao "agitators" take one look at my big fat American butt walking down the street, they might think that I look tasty and then martial law will have to be declared again! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      I wish. My next trip north will be like in March or May. Why don't you come down here and I'll treat you to kinilaw and durian :)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Maybe you'll be heading up north sometime and we can get together? I'll treat you to the best kaldareta in Negros! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Jeez, you're a couple of islands away from me :D. I guess I'll just wish you a happy trip. :)

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Nope, I'll be a bit north. I'll land at MNL but go on to Negros! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey, where in the Philippines? Don't tell me you'll be in Mindanao?

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Dewd! I'm gonna be in the Philippines next month! We should get together for some lumpia! :)

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey Hal. Thanks for this hub. You're making my list of bookmarked hubs longer :). I really appreciate what you wrote here, even if I live in Mindanao. Not in the forest though LOL. Hmmmmm, I wonder how well you know my home island, have you been here before?

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Hope you have great success with it! :)

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      Quest Sport 

      8 years ago

      I clocked that too with pushchair images.. on the pushchairs site we did but have never thought of spinning that into my hubs..

      Many thanks.. top tip

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Kevin Peter, I'm not so sure. Determining who is going to click on what depending on where they came from is actually quite impossible. Way too many factors.

      habee: Enjoy!

      outdoorguy38: Thanks! Have fun taking pix!

      Chin chin: Again, the jury is out on tags as some people swear by them and others swear at them... It's an imprecise science... albeit art! :)

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      Chin chin 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Good info, Hal. Images do help in bringing in traffic. I read in some news by Google that adding tags or photo description helps too.

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      outdoorguy38 

      8 years ago from Brookings,Oregon

      hmmm...I guess I am going to have to carry my dig cam with me everywhere I go now. Great hub and great thought on increasing traffic, I really enjoyed your writing style as well.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Good info. I'm going to read part II now.

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      Kevin Peter 

      8 years ago from Global Citizen

      But from goggle image search ,you will get only page views - chances of generating income is very rare

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      Thanks. My pleasure. Let's hope that as many Hubbers as possible can learn from these examples and get those page views into the stratosphere! :)

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      Randy Godwin 

      8 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Good info Hal, I've often wondered how much images help in drawing traffic.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      William R. Wilson: Thanks! Google images can be a great source of PVs. We should all concentrate on them far more than we have been.

      nicomp: I bought so many that I have to park my car in the driveway as my garage is full. :)

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      nicomp really 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      The Wholesale Flip Flops hub simply rocked. My closet now overflows with the things.

    • William R. Wilson profile image

      William R. Wilson 

      8 years ago from Knoxville, TN

      Good stuff Hal. I've also noticed that google images brings traffic.

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