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Google Sucking My Images Up
Why Why Why?

 12:26 pm on Jan 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

given the following:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /download/

User-agent: *
Disallow: /*.jpg$

User-agent: *
Disallow: /public/view-players/

why the hell wouldn't google pay attention and index anyway?
if you do an image search for POL0033 it appears

[edited by: incrediBILL at 12:54 am (utc) on Jan 24, 2013]
[edit reason] removed specifics, no specifics please [/edit]



 1:16 pm on Jan 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

Is the image shown only from your site or might it have been indexed from another site?

Are you appending X-Robots-Tag: noindex to your images?

BTW, you should always use example.com here rather than your own URL.


 12:15 am on Jan 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

robots.txt = don't crawl

It says nothing about indexing.

Yes, this is counter-intuitive and will drive you berserk. But that's the way it is.


 8:21 pm on Jan 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

The robots.txt file is not checked during Web Preview hits on your site. Which is one reason I block Web Preview accesses. It will fetch anything and everything!


 1:53 pm on Jan 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

assuming apache server...

http://developers.google.com/webmasters/control-crawl-index/docs/robots_meta_tag [developers.google.com]:
You can use the X-Robots-Tag for non-HTML files like image files where the usage of robots meta tags is not possible.
Here's an example of adding a noindex X-Robots-Tag directive for images files (.png, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif) across an entire site:

<Files ~ "\.(png|jpe?g|gif)$">
Header set X-Robots-Tag "noindex"


 7:28 pm on Jan 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

Still doesn't apply to web preview, though: that ignores all robot directives.


 10:50 pm on Jan 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

the OP was discussing indexing for image search.
web preview is a different problem.

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