Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino in Singapore
I took this dramatic photo of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino as it looked at dusk from the nearby Esplanade. The lighting at this time of day perfectly complimented the Sands Sky Park crowning this contemporary structure.
Although I was certainly hoping to attract visitors to view this photo, I did not expect the amount of times it was taken from my website without attribution.
If you care to properly license the photograph please check out the pricing options via Getty Images.
When Google indexed this image on January 7th 2011, I was thrilled to discover that it was generating some pretty decent traffic; in fact, it became the most visited post on my site. On April 11th of that year, however, another site uploaded it from Google images onto their page without giving me a proper photo attribution. This action resulted in such a devastating drop in traffic to my site that by April 15th, I was down to zero viewers!
Luckily, this did not last long. Before I was able to wrap my head around what was happening and figure out a way to get Google to put my photo back in their index, the traffic picked up again on April 16th. I forgot about this situation for the moment — relieved that my traffic was back.
Unfortunately, this happened again during the summer of 2011. And this time, the traffic didn’t pick up again after one day. So, I did some investigating. When you type in some specific search keywords on Google Image’s url (such as ‘Marina Bay Sands hotel’), my original photo shows up between pages 2 and 10 — which is not too shabby for an amateur travel blogger like myself.
The problem is that the link and worse, the credit for my photo never comes to my page anymore. It goes to those other websites that copied it! And if that is not enough, some of these websites are pretty full of spam. In the age of Google Panda Updates where a website is supposed to get rewarded for adding original high-quality content, this is very ironic!
To try and solve my dilemma, I have sent polite emails to the offending sites in an effort to get them to remove or at least properly credit my photo. I’ll keep my readers posted on my progress.
In other news, the subject of my controversial photo, The Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino, is truly a site to behold. It has won an international award for its innovation and structural engineering.
Press here for additional photos, information and pricing of Marina Bay Sands hotel, Singapore’s latest marvel.
..And here are a few more photos that I took during my brief visit to Singapore:
Singapore’s Esplanade by Twilight
The Marina Bay Sands hotel makes for quite the iconic landmark at Singapore’s Esplanade.
During the summer months, concerts are held at the waterfront.
From the Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade you can enjoy a clear view of Singapore’s skyline.
In my opinion, the stop-over from Australia was a bit too short for the splendid opportunities Singapore has on offer. We will have to come back again soon ;)
Photo Essay on Singapore Airport, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade
Shortly there will be a cutting edge Wonderful water show!
Here’s a new episode of the Google traffic riddle. As of December 14th 2012 my photograph sends significantly more traffic than the previous months. It can be found prominently via Google Images and obviously links properly to my blog post.
Love it, thanks Google!
And what’s neat of course, when I track down the hotel in Google+ it shows my photograph as an icon! I assume this is personalized, i.e. you probably get an another icon?