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Does hotlink image protection negatively affect SEO?


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Negative effects of hotlinking
Unwanted hotlinking can have some rather undesirable effects, mainly:

- increased bandwidth usage by your site. Because the image is being called from your server, you wear the expense.

- images or flash objects being displayed where you don't want them to be

- loss of *real* traffic to your own site, i.e. instead of people needing to visit your web site to view the image or flash presentation, they can view it on the hotlinker's site.

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It does not negatively affect SEO because you have not blocked crawlers, instead you have blocked hotlinking your images. Search bots can still crawl your images, index them and show them in search results. ... Using the same code you can allow specific domains to hotlink your images.

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It does not negatively affect SEO because you have not blocked crawlers, instead you have blocked hotlinking your images. Search bots can still crawl your images, index them and show them in search results. ... Using the same code you can allow specific domains to hotlink your images.
 
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