Cloudflare has a feature called hotlink protection it is also available in cpanel. This is how you enable or disable hotlink protection in your cloudflare dashboard.
Hotlink protection in cloudflare is to save your server bandwidth by disabling other websites ability to show images hosted on your own website. However it has some drawbacks your images will not display in google image search results and people can’t pin some of your images for instance which can affect branding. An advantage of hotlink protection on cloudflare for example is the your server will be using less resources and become fractionally faster, as website speed an important aspect of SEO.
Login to your cloudflare dashboard.
Click on the website you want to manage and you will see dashboard
In the dashboard menu select scrape shield from the menu
In scrape shield you can change the settings for the following including hotlink protection
Email Address Obfuscation
Display obfuscated email addresses on your website to prevent harvesting by bots and spammers, without visible changes to the address for human visitors. This is a useful service for eliminating spam
Automatically hide specific content from disreputable visitors. Comment boxes
Protect your images from off-site linking.
I hope this has helped you and please leave a comment if you think hotlink protection is a good or bad thing to enable or any difficulties you may have. I have seen that it may be to a sites advantage as it’s a free form of advertising but the fact that it could slow down your site is a big downside with the new search results being focused highly on site speed in the latest google upcoming update. Will you enable or disable this cloudflare and cpanel feature to stop other sites showing your images?. What do you consider about cloudflare is it the Best Content Delivery Network ?