mwinter - 6:26 am on Aug 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
About Google not being able to fully rip the images, I forgot to add I have a bot switch for that. I know this may be dubious in terms of their "webmaster guidelines", but quite frankly Google is violating *actual* laws of my country in terms of appropriation of full size images (only thumbnails are allowed) so I don't give a damn! It may be the reason for the downranking though. If so, it must be an algorithmic (automatic) mechanism though, since I don't see any manual action displayed in WMT.
So what do you guys do about keeping Google from appropriating your full size images yet still ranking well in image search? I heard you also rank very low if you only allow indexing of very small images.