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Major Google Images changes seen in Germany

     
9:39 am on Nov 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hi guys, hi Zeus,

the last days I observed major changes in Google image search. On the one hand the layout changes. The side-navigation moves up - and the images are shown in the full width. I measured that Google now could show about 45% more images.
Today the "number of results" has passed.

On the other hand many results have changes their position. A lot of new results appears - and other passed. It is the biggest change of results since months. But until now I have no idea why. Perhaps (!) it's a change on the weight of semantic page content. Seems a little bit as onpicture factors like filename or ALT-text is not as important than before. But, agian, these are my first thoughts...

Could anybody confirm? Or is it just a change in germany?

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10:00 pm on Dec 2, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Today the "number of results" has passed.

I also don't see the "number of results" from the US, but I'm not sure whether this change is new or not. I don't watch Image Search results closely enough to say anything about a change in the ranking algorithm.
7:25 am on Dec 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

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total number of images not being shown in a new thing.

rankings haven't changed much though.
10:16 am on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Just want to told you what happened in Germany. I have analysed the top-5000 keywords for images (Germany). This is what I could read out of it:

Four weeks ago Google changed the image-search algo fundamentally: freshness became really important. The effect was that news-sites and shops won a lot of new images in the top-100. This period took two weeks and a lot of small sites lost images and positions.

But one week ago Google turned this back.

At the same time (one week ago) Wikipedia lost about 10% of their top-positions. The news-sites and some shops also felt down.
In consequnce this week many small sites and galleries won a lot of positions.

I have nor idea if this is important for other countries. But perhaps it helps somebody ...
10:26 am on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Hello mssfldt - German image results has always been a little different then all other countries. Like when you click a thumb you still see the full original site to the left and google content on the right. About image count that stopped about 2-3 weeks ago no clue why. Rankings of images, hmm I dont see any real difference, but I also dont watch google image germany that much. I do notice sometimes that for the same image the url changes, but the ranking still the same.
2:08 pm on Dec 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Anyone seeing this out of Germany?
2:52 pm on Dec 19, 2012 (gmt 0)

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France too..( wall to wall images ..nav at top, no "total images )
1:46 pm on Dec 20, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I mean the traffic changes...