the changes at the google image search (see infos here [link]
) which resulted so far in 25-40% less viewers on Game-Art-HQ.com [link]
gave me headaches ..strong headaches today but when there are problems we gamers try to overcome them since we hate Game Over's
So there are a lot less visitors than before due to the image search which allows it people now to see a thumb up to a size of 1000x1000 pixels on google. But the images are the main thing on game art hq.
Solutions would be to change the so called "robot.txt" file and disallow google to display any images from game art hq. But the result would be a few even less visitors and i am sure it is in the interest of every featured artist that as much people see your works there as possible.
Another solution could be to watermark images and add a game art hq watermark to the images somewhere..but i am strongly against that and bet that 99% of you would not like that either.
Now i had an idea which might be cool for both the artists, me the website admin and bring the site forward to bigger visitor numbers again.
I could change the site even more to be a blog, and feature less artworks there per day but with more texts in each article. My idea would be to add small interviews with artists in the future and also add texts where i describe the artists and their works more than before. This would mean more content which would (hopefully) be found better through the traditional google search.
But still..thats only a solution to get more views again but not really solving the google image problem. The big image thumbs there are changing google from a search engine to a "find engine"
People who search for artwork of Super Mario Bros as example will find images on google and not visit dA, Game -Art-HQ or any other sites..thats my experience and the experience of thousands of website administrators.
Google said even more people would visit the websites now because they added 4 links to them, but the truth is that only a few people click on them..the rest stays on google. I am sure those among you with own blogs will feel this unwanted change soon enough as well and even dA will be affected.