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How can I avoid Google Image Search traffic? Is it possible?

5:50 pm on Jun 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi there

Since about 3 days I'm having huge loads of traffic coming from Google Image Search - I have an entertainment blog, so half my content are pictures, half text and news.
This kind of traffic is really hurting my stats: bounce rate now is 25% up and my Adsense CTR is down 40% - people just look at the picture for just one second and they're gone.
My blog is optimized and it has good content and used to have a nice bounce rate.

Is there any way to avoid this traffic? Is is possible to 'opt-out' from Image Search?
Any trick to avoid my images being indexed?
What about the nofollow tag on pictures? Would that work?

Thanks in advance and please excuse my English.

6:52 pm on June 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Can't you just disallow the Google Image bot in your robots.txt?

Something like (I think):

User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /

7:23 pm on June 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do not reject such traffic i feel.

What you can do is have a frame break out script where if the user clicks on your image, it redirects him to the actual content page.

It takes a long time to be included or excluded from google image index

11:42 pm on June 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If you're sure you don't want Image Search traffic, you could also use robots.txt to disallow the /images/ folder altogether. Either do it just for googlebot, or probably better in your situation, make it a universal request for all bots.

User-agent: *
Disallow: /images/