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Google SafeSearch filtering Mainstream Pages/Images

 6:06 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Our site has images of Hawaii and other scenary.

When safesearch is selected all images disappear and 300 pages from the results.

Will be setting up hotlinking. I've read the other post on here about submitting on google's form.

"If you're a website owner and you think that your content is mistakenly being filtered by our algorithms, and you're sure you're not hosting adult content on your site, let us know!"

My question is after reading in the other post, is there a list of known stop words or words that can trigger this algo to block mainstream images? words like Free, maybe beauty? I'll recheck the alt text, descriptions etc

Am I missing any other checks? Thank you.


Robert Charlton

 6:40 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hawaii suggests the possibility of too much flesh tone in some beach images, something SafeSearch might look at. I know it's stretching, but it's a possibility.

You might also want to use view as Googlebot to make sure that your site hasn't been hacked, which might introduce adult-related content seen only by Googlebot, that could be triggering the filter.


 6:53 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I don't see anything out of the ordinary. However I do use alt text such as: "deepest part of the canyon", "a wondrous site to behold". It's so hard to believe that the almighty Google can't distinguish between adult material and scenic material. LOL


 6:56 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've reported this before. A picture of a brick, another of a duck, one of a frog and another of a hubcap were all blocked by safesearch on my site a while back, along with 50 others.

There isn't a single even remotely risky image or word on the site but that didn't matter. An image reconsideration request and email solved nothing. The image file names and alt text are not the problem as these are benign as well.

Best guess: A competitor is reporting images which gets them labeled unsafe, even if they aren't.


 7:30 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Best guess: A competitor is reporting images which gets them labeled unsafe, even if they aren't.

I've read on the internet that there is an influx of attorneys representing Getty Images threating to sue webmasters for $1K a picture that may have been used inadvertently. Is there an easy way for these attorneys to report a site for image infringement to google?

Is there a way besides using Google Images to check in Bulk whether or not images on a site are used by others on the net?

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 6:45 am (utc) on Oct 17, 2013]
[edit reason] added quote box [/edit]

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