Remember how the old Google Images would work? You would click on a picture, a new page would load with the picture in it, and barely any information – along with a link to view the original image. Google has decided to streamline this whole process a little bit – changing their Google Images layout to now display the a preview of the image directly inline with the image you clicked on. For people browsing for images – this is great as it makes your life that much easier, with less clicks. For a webmaster however, this can be a nightmare.
The new Google Images layout started to roll out earlier this week, and many webmasters who focus in large on search traffic from their gallery listings within Google Images have noticed quiet a decline in click-through traffic to their websites. Furthermore the new preview displays the image directly from the server it’s hosted on, not from Google’s cache – so you’ll probably also see an increase in direct image requests to your server. What do you think of the new Google Images