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    Arrow Use of a Framebreaker Can Drastically Drop Your Ranking From Google Images

    I did a lot of searching for an answer but couldn't find a definite one anywhere regarding the effect of framebreakers on Google Images SERPs placement, hence I did a small test on one of my sites last week.


    What is a Framebreaker?
    =>A Framebreaker is a Javascript code that when placed in the header of your site will help your site to break itself out of any frames.
    Below is the code :
    <script type="text/javascript">
    <!--
    if (parent.frames.length > 0) { parent.location.href = location.href; }
    -->
    </script>
    What are frames? Where can such a situation arise?

    1) You may have visited PTC(Paid-To-Click) sites. They open up the ads within frames. So it is one website which opens up another website within itself using frames.

    2) Whenever you click on an image from Google Images, you would've noticed that you aren't directed fully to that website. Google opens up that website within a frame where it displays the image you clicked on. From there it is your choice if you want to hit the 'back' button and return to Google or hit the 'x' button within the frame to close the frame and visit the page the image is displayed on.

    In the above situations, if you have a framebreaker code placed in your website, the user is automatically broken out of the frame and redirected to your website.


    The Experiment :


    I receive a moderate amount of constant traffic for one of my websites from Google Images. So i decided to insert the FrameBreaker code on Dec 7th 2010 right after the analytics daily traffic-update.
    Since the site is updated daily, the activity of Googlebot is pretty high so it wouldn't have been long before the code was detected by Googlebot and the necessary SERP changes made.
    I removed the code after 4 days on December 11th.
    No Seo influencing activities were done during this period.

    Observations :




    1) As seen in the image above. The traffic instantly dropped from the next traffic-update according to Google Analytics. So we can assume, the site would've been dropped for all keywords(mostly long tail) almost instantly after the code was inserted.

    2) The traffic from Google's contextual search was as usual and so were the positions of all keywords. Only The placements on Google Images was disturbed.

    3)Once the framebreaker code was removed, the traffic started rising from the next google analytics traffic-update.

    4) No pages(total=1500+) were Deindexed & No images(total=540+) were Deindexed.

    So there seems to be a filter/penalty that restricts sites using the frame breaker code from ranking well in Google Images.

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    I've been using this technique in 95% of my sites for over 3 years now and never noticed this. (My traffic from G images is round 800.000 uniques per month overall and a lot of those images rank #1)

    Also, if you're using adsense together with the authorized list of publisher sites, and are not including ALL G images domains in that list (which I don't) you might be loosing a hell lot of cash.

    Why?

    Well, basically when someone visits your site through G images and clicks an ad, that click won't count and you won't be getting any money.
    I believe it's better to have less monetized traffic than a lot of "un"monetized one.

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    Like Shenron, I've been using this technique for close to a year now and my images traffic has actually increased during that time. Not sure what happened for you there, but you may want to try it again and leave it for a longer period to see if:

    a) The dip in traffic happens again, and
    b) if the dip happens, then leave it to see if it comes back up again after a few days.

    Also, the code you're using to break the frame above has the unwanted effect of preventing users from being able to click the "back" button and return to their search results on G Images. I got a lot of angry emails from visitors to my site when I was using that code. Instead you should use the below code which also breaks the frames, but allows users to click "back" without any problems:


    Code:
    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
    if (top.location != self.location) 
    top.location.replace(self.location);
    </script>

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmongy View Post
    Like Shenron, I've been using this technique for close to a year now and my images traffic has actually increased during that time. Not sure what happened for you there, but you may want to try it again and leave it for a longer period to see if:

    a) The dip in traffic happens again, and
    b) if the dip happens, then leave it to see if it comes back up again after a few days.

    Also, the code you're using to break the frame above has the unwanted effect of preventing users from being able to click the "back" button and return to their search results on G Images. I got a lot of angry emails from visitors to my site when I was using that code. Instead you should use the below code which also breaks the frames, but allows users to click "back" without any problems:


    Code:
    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
    if (top.location != self.location) 
    top.location.replace(self.location);
    </script>
    Probably the code being used by me could be the culprit.
    I'll give the one you've shared a shot.

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    Snak3, here is an old thread where the poster claims that his traffic from Google images doubled after adding the same code that you are using.

    If you have images on your website, you've got to...

    Perhaps something else affected your traffic.
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