How To Monetize Google Image Search Traffic

Let me get this out of the way, I do NOT have the end all answer to monetizing search traffic that originates from Google Image Search.  Traditionally image search traffic does not convert well and requires different methods of monetization than content search traffic.  I’ve done a lot of looking around the guru sites and no one seems to have a solid answer on what works best for monetizing a website that depends on image searches for their visitors.

BritePic looks like a good place to start and will require some more testing before I’m convinced it’s not actually causing a higher bounce rate.  The problem is that my visitors are viewing my website through Google’s frames, which hides the majority of my site.  I’ve tried the script that breaks Google’s Image Search frame, but had negative results after a few months, meaning lower image search numbers.  I’d rather keep my non converting traffic and find another way to monetize.

Back to BritePic’s issues.  I’m not convinced that BritePic script images are searchable and hold as much weight as a normal image post would.  Therefore I wouldn’t be bringing in the traffic to monetize against anyway.  Lastly, my visitors are more likely to view the enlarged image than just hover over the medium sized image on my blog.  Angered visitors, visitors lost, still no monetary gain from image search traffic. 🙁

In conclusion, I feel the only way to properly monetize image search traffic is with better affiliate banner and text ad placement.  This comes with it’s own set of problems, like how much blending is too much, and is Google going to be upset about where you place the block of ads.  They tend to frown upon a large block above an image and directly below your post title.  I believe they want more content next to the ad, rather than a simple block next to a block which can potentially confuse a visitor into a click.

So far, it looks like Adsense still converts the best with Image Search traffic, but requires placement above the image, but around actual content.  I failed miserably when trying to place Chitika Ads at the top of a blog post, which has no qualms about where it’s placed in relation to post title and image.  Chitika Premium ads still look like they convert the best at the bottom of a post, for whatever reason.

More testing is required, but I wanted to get this quick post out, which harbors some of my thoughts and issues.  I’m sure there is a quality solution to monetizing Google Image Search traffic and it may be the next big thing.

7 thoughts on “How To Monetize Google Image Search Traffic”

  1. Did you every find a good solution to this issue? I have lots of unintended image traffic and am trying to figure out how to monetize it. Any insight is appreciated. My bounce rate is high due to the image grabbing and going. i at least want to entice them further into the site. suggestions?

  2. I mainly run Adsense but have made a few bucks on pixzazza, which overlays ads. After it indexes your site, You can opt to login to the backend and matchup specific products to the images that you’ll want to sell. It’s mainly retail fashion type sites.

  3. I get around 700,000 impressions on my images. However i am unable to monetize it. I talked to a webmaster recently and added a watermark which says “sponsored by” on the image. But that doesnt pay enough for the traffic. Any other way?

  4. I’ve an idea if someone feels that this can be acomplished. Before explaining the idea, lemme clear I’ve tried all else ways to monetize but the probably effect traffic like break frames etc.

    My idea is that to create some plugin that will place ads on that image screen which have iframes (i.e. when image being viewed using google). The image sizes may varry a leaderboard or a sidelong ad. and they will over-ride all the divs using z-index.

    I’m amazed if somebody can create that or I’ll have to spare my time to write that for me and for thousand of others.

  5. I created a sunglasses blog that was getting lots of traffic but few adsense clicks. When I checked my analytics i discovered 85% of traffic was image ads. That explained it all: Visitors were viewing the images on Google frame and not bothering to visit the site. On the other hand I discovered an amazon widget placed on the right side bar had a descent CTR. When I checked my site via Google image i noticed the adsense blocks were visible but not clickable but the amazon widget was very much clickable.

  6. Bob, that’s odd, I’m fairly certain my Adsense ads are clickable within the Google Image frame, assuming they aren’t hidden by the enlarged image.

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