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Google Add URL - Image Verification

Enter the funny letters into the box to verify your not a bot.

     
6:59 pm on Feb 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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While visiting [google.com...] Google's add URL page I noticed something new. a shiney little letter image and input field that they now want people to enter the word on the page.

How will they differ automated submissions from human submission. Google's spider is so active that you can get indexed without submitting instead just by having links. Is their submission lettering hard to read?

5:44 pm on Mar 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Does that addurl form actually do anything?

I always assumed it was a little joke on Google's part that stopped their mailbox being filled with questions asking "how to submit a site".

Will Google index a page that has been submitted using the addURL form, even if it's not linked to from a document already in Google's index?

6:30 pm on Mar 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How will they differ automated submissions from human submission.

Supposedly, a bot can't read the word, thus all submissions should be from humans.

Is their submission lettering hard to read?

Purposely so, to try to keep bots from interpreting the word and auto-submitting.

This stuff is all over the web, surprised you haven't seen it sooner. It does get very annoying when you can't read the word and have to keep refreshing to get a readable one. It has gotten quite sophisticated, some sites will now give you an audio alternative for usability purposes.

12:09 am on Mar 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yah they do go through those by the add url submission. Wonder how it will process the human and computer submissions.
10:28 am on Mar 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

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my theory - the anti-robot stuff is there to give hack SEO's the false impression that submitting matters.
 

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