Just visited one of our fellow member`s web site ... and he`s almost there.
RDP Electronics, http://www.rdbelectronics.net/ , finally got his "Featured Products" to hot link into his on-line store !! Good job!!
As we all know, shoppers are more "iconic" (for those in Rio Linda that means "pictures") than textual (We dislike reading.) So the hotlinks off the images should be much more effective than not having them.
If I may be so bold as to offer an un-solicited suggestion. Now simply add some text just above (1 short paragraph) and 1 or 2 more paragraphs below the images.
This text stuff is not for the consumer ... its for the Search Engines. As the robots and spiders will start to index your site ... they will start to pick up on your key words and meta tags, along with the text ... with your search engine submissions.