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I also saw today a new option in the webmastertools that gives you the option to opt-in for "Enhanced image search". I think they are now adding in the results of the silly "name the picture" game.
If you took any time to read more........ it's not a game.
Yes it's a fun way to get the public to help google. Google wants to improve it's image results,.
"Search that allows you to label random images to help improve the quality of Google's image search results"
Maybe its nothing to do with your changes, but it could be. To google its more than a "game" its a way to improve their image search results.
Just noticed it recently, trying to figure out what happened. I optimized by image file name and alt tags. Now i read they will go by page names and text below each image? Also, the images from suppl. pages will not count? (I have a lot of these).
I guess back to the drawing board....
When I make a search now without filter i get 8000 images, hmm and I have no adult images.
I went down 75% in unique visits, be cause of this change, since friday
Why would Google choose them for the photo's source when a perfectly good page is available on my site? :-(
The other confusing part, as I've mentioned before, is that I have hotlink protection, so those other pages can't even show my photos...
This whole fiasco since July has been stressful. Over 5000 original photos lost, revenue impacted quite heavily, traffic down.
I've made sure to make changes to deal with duplicate issues. Photo pages in alternate galleries now have noindex meta tags.
If we have multiple photos of, for example, Jude Law at the Oscars, we've added the slide numbers to the title tags to make them so they're not all "Jude Law at the 78th Academy Awards".
That hopefully will deal with the supplemental/duplicate issues and maybe we'll see a bounceback at the next image crawl.
One other question has to do with navigation. We have a "start previous next last" navbar above and below each photo (in case people have to scroll). Is that a duplicate flagging issue? Should there only be one navbar?
Here's what a single image page looks like:
Title: "Photo 12 Ian Evans ¦ Webmasterworld Conference"
H1: "Ian Evans at the Webmasterworld Conference"
"Start Previous Next End Photo: 12 of 112
Send to a friend"
Caption: "Ian Evans at the Webmasterworld Conference. (c)2006 mycompany All rights reserved. Photographer: John Doe"
A repeat of the navbar.
Any comments on that format? Suggestions?
One of the big problems I think that has occurred is that Google did not update the image index results for so long and only now are we seeing the changes come through.
I also noticed during this time period that my images that used to come up on page one now where coming up on page three or more or not at all anymore. I did not change anything on my site and these images were consistently in their high positions for specific search terms for at least two years.
So, yes I am bumped out and am not sure where to go from here. Does anyone know what Google implemented that caused this shake up? Also, would anyone recommend opting in to Google's new Enhanced Image Search?
I have spend the last six months being very frustrated with the results not changing. Now I am one that has finally benefited from this update.