I was chuffed that someone linked to my “What coffee drink is that” post. I first saw the chart at another blog, so I grabbed a copy of it. My post wasn’t that great, but I liked the chart. So did someone else. They linked directly to the image on my server.
The thieving bastard.
2 reasons to direct link (hot link) to a image:
- save bandwidth on your server, as the web browser will load the image from someone elses server, and/or
- you’re a lazy bastard.
So what this meant was that every visitor to their website, was downloading the image from my website., and they didn’t know it.
It wasn’t that this thieving bastard couldn’t store the image on his blogger site. He was just lazy.
The technical jiggery-pokery is done by modifying .htaccess to block hotlinking.
Instructions to do that can be found here:
How to Embarrass RSS Scrapers Who Hotlink to Your Images
To search Google Images for thieving bastards, you use the following syntax:
inurl:<your site> -site:<your site>