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Adsense For Search, Shows Thumbnail Next To Results
azn romeo 4u

 4:47 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Is this a new feature, and how do I get in on this? Because one of my site has images and I would love to see thumbnails appears next to the results.

Go to this site <snip> and search "Cats" or something else.

On the result pages, there is a thumbnail of a cat picture. Is this because this site is premium site?

[edited by: incrediBILL at 7:25 am (utc) on Nov 16, 2011]
[edit reason] link removed [/edit]



 9:03 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes, I notoced this today. I assumed the pics being displayed were Rich Snippets but no, they are just pictures from the web page being reported.

I have Rich Snippets being displayed in the normal Google SERPS so I checked this out. It seems that Google are displaying a picture in Adsense for Search only for those pages which have Rich Snippets on. But the picture is different to that declared in the Rich Snippets (only one allowed for Rich Snippets). I'll check this out in more detail.

It's almost as if Google are dipping a toe in the water to see what reaction they get if they display pictures from a site in Adsense for Search which the owner has not given them permission to display. Maybe they think that if the reaction is zilch then they can then try it in the SERPS? Just a thought.

What scares me about this, if the above is true, is that I recently posted that we, as webmasters, were in control of Rich Snippets. By this I meant if we didn't declare content to Rich Snippets then Google couldn't use it. The effect of this is that Google (and Bing for that matter) would never be sure that the information they harvested by Rich Snippets was complete or even true.

But by publishing pics, even in Adsense for Content, from our sites that we have not given them permission to publish then I seem to have seriously underestimated the lengths to which Google would go.

Time for a rethink, a serious rethink.


 9:29 pm on Nov 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

Checked this out further and its not only pages with Rich Snippets on. I can't work out the criteria Google are using to display the pics, it seems random.


 3:16 am on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

I noticed this the other day with ~ spondylolisthesis ~ in google.com


 7:03 am on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

I first noticed this on my site last week. I don't know what Rich Snippets are, but the picture that is being displayed next to the articles is the main picture that I use to illustrate that article (it's used within the Wordpress blog post). It looks good, but I wonder if it will cut down on people clicking on the Google ads.


 1:32 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

FYI [googlecustomsearch.blogspot.com...]

azn romeo 4u

 3:36 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

Does the adsense search count as custom search?


 7:21 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

I can't find a way to disable them, any tips?


 8:05 pm on Nov 16, 2011 (gmt 0)

To disable thumbnails:

1. On the Control Panel, on the left-hand menu, click Look and feel.
2. In the Choose or customize a style section, click Customize under the highlighted style.
3. Clear the Show automatic thumbnails checkbox.
4. Click Save.

azn romeo 4u

 4:08 pm on Nov 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Question, it's not rich snippets, like the 2nd poster said. Google created the thumbnails themselves. Is this part of adsense for search new feature?

This is not searching on google, this is searching using the adsense for search (i think) on some site.


 10:31 pm on Nov 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

Yes, the automatic thumbnails are appearing next to results on Adsense for Search results pages, (which are also related to Google Custom Search Engines or "CSE").

They started Nov 1, according to:

It's part of Google revamping CSE, (which is sort of an "object" if your OOP minded).


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