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Google images now grabbing full size jpegs?

     

Scooter24

8:26 am on Apr 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a huge travel photography site with over 5000 images. Just noticed in my webaliser stats that this month googlebot (crawl-66-249-65-211.googlebot.com) has grabbed all full size images.

It used to be that googlebot would only fetch the thumbnails and not load the images, but now it appears that it took all large jpegs.

This translates into 800MB of traffic this month from googlebot due to jpeg download. Is Google images now caching also the large size images?

Dawg

6:56 pm on Apr 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have experienced the same thing. I have a hobby page with several picture galleries. Googlebot-Image grabbed *every* pictures it could find. Including the "large" pics.

How large were your pictures?

HughMungus

7:00 pm on Apr 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Doesn't it have to get the full-sized images from which to create the thumbnails?

MrSpeed

10:14 pm on Apr 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I saw the same thing
"Googlebot-Image/1.0"
66.249.66.200

At first I thought it was a spoofed UA but the IP is close to a regular Googlebot IP

Stefan

3:26 am on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Doesn't it have to get the full-sized images from which to create the thumbnails?

Yeah, man. G imagebot has always taken our full jpg's. They make their own thumbnails out of those. It takes thumbnails on your site as well, because it takes everything it can find.

I noticed the imagebot was very busy a few days ago. I expect to have lots of new hotlinking happening soon.

Scooter24

8:12 am on Apr 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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How large were your pictures?

Full size images average 125KB, thumbnails 7-10KB

Doesn't it have to get the full-sized images from which to create the thumbnails?

Well, I checked and Googlebot has created the its own thumbnails from the my thumbnails, not from the full size images.

I do however keep the full size images on separate sites (domains), because of space/traffic issues (I'm using three packages 500MB/50GB for cost reasons). The main site only has all thumbnails and html pages. This has been so for almost two years.

By the way, while checking again the logs of the past 12 months of all sites, I noticed that "full size grabs" actually already took place last October and this February.

 

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