Images ferret out issues
August 30th, 2008

In the 2004 Presidential election, earned fame for the emerging blogging phenomenon, and for itself, by leading the collection from the crowd of material about Dan Rather’s coverage on 60 Minutes of George Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War. A respected conservative political blog, Powerline also covers the hosts’ home state of Minnesota, with Miss World and Miss Universe coverage mixed in for spice.

How have things changed for blogging in the new election cycle? In a post yesterday, one of the three Powerline principals, John Hinderaker, describes a trend he has been watching:

The Power of Google Images

In a relatively short time, Google Images has become a huge source of internet traffic. A substantial percentage of our traffic comes from Google searches, and a rapidly growing segment of that comes from image searches. I was reminded of this once more when I checked the numbers and found that over the past 12 hours, nearly 18,000 people have found their way to Power Line by searching “Sarah Palin” and linking to the “Miss Wasilla” photo that you can see below.

Over the years, we have also gotten an astonishing number of hits from people doing Google Images searches who link to this post, and this one. Beyond that, various Miss World and Miss Universe posts have garnered large numbers of Google Images referrals.

It’s never occurred to us to post photos to troll for Google Images, but it may be something to consider.

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