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Need to block indexing of images from affiliates domain

     
6:23 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I've got a strange problem with Google indexing the .jpg images from my affiliate and attributing them to my domain. I was advised in the Google SEO forum that I can block these within .htaccess.

My affiliates image URL looks like this:

thumbs.affiliateurl.com/pict/some_random_name.jpg

The JPG name is changing constantly as product rotates. What code would I have to insert into the .htaccess file to prevent G from indexing images from the affiliates domain name? I still want Google to index the images from my own domain, so blocking all .jpg isn't an option.

Your advice is greatly appreciated, Thanks!
6:55 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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wouldn't you want to block everything from the thumbs subdomain?
no matter what - these images can only be noindexed or excluded from crawling by the server for the thumbs.affiliateurl.com hostname.
i assume that's not your server...
6:57 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Yes, blocking the thumbs subdomain would be the ticket, and you are correct, it is not my server so I don't see how this is even going to be possible but maybe it is... I am very much a rookie when it comes to .htaccess.
7:39 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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it is possible if the .htaccess resides in the document root directory or image directory (or you can do this in the server config file) of the thumbs server.

you need intervention by your affiliate's webmaster to solve this.
7:43 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Ok, thanks phranque... the affiliate is a giant faceless and often heartless entity. I guess I'll have to just live with it.
9:38 pm on Aug 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It sounds as if it's really your affiliate who has the problem. ("My pictures are being credited to some other guy's domain.") If they don't consider it worth fixing, it's no skin off your nose is it?
 

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