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Google Images - Pain in the Butt


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Has anyone else's store been swamped by people searching for

images in google?? We are getting a lot of referer's similar to this

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=htt...ges/*******.jpg

(the stars denote the image name)

 

We have Visitor webstats and who's online installed on our store and

have noticed an increase in traffic to our site looking for certain images

within the last couple of weeks. We are getting traffic from all over the

world but particularly from Russia, France & Finland.

 

We have now added a couple of lines to our robots.txt file to disallow

our image folders hoping that this might take the problem away when

Google re-indexes.

 

We seem to have had one particular product that is forever being picked

by google images and now this item has become the most viewed item in

our admin panel.

 

I know some people would love a lot of traffic to their site but these visitors

only stay a few seconds and then leave.

 

So am I alone in this or are other people having the same problem???

 

Derek

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Hi Derek,

 

The same thing is happening to my store, Its a total pain in the butt! The latest vistor (from Turkey) added two items to the cart and then went.

 

Has adding lines to your robots.txt file helped the situation?

 

Thanks

 

Mark

Lifes a bitch, then you marry one, then you die!

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The problem with Google images is that google takes a thumbnail of an image

from your site and uses it to create a link to your site. So even removing the

image or renaming it won't keep people away.

 

I think we not have helped ourselves by giving all our images logical names which

google seems to be able to split into logical words.

 

We have now created a new image with a new name and create a brand new

product too and removed the old one. Now if people come into the site they will

get re-directed to the product not found, but please browse our alternative

products page.

 

We won't know until Google re-indexes if the new robots.txt additions will work,

I suppose it could take months to die down.

 

Here is the line I added..

 

User-agent: *

Disallow: /images/

Disallow: /admin/

Disallow: /account.php

Disallow: /advanced_search.php

Disallow: /checkout_shipping.php

Disallow: /create_account.php

Disallow: /cookie_usage.php

Disallow: /login.php

Disallow: /password_forgotten.php

Disallow: /shopping_cart.php

 

 

I know it's a pain it the butt but I'm glad i'm not the only one having the same problem. I'm beginning to wonder if it has something to do with Google updating

it's software a month or so ago.

 

 

 

Derek

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I know some people would love a lot of traffic to their site but these visitors

only stay a few seconds and then leave.

 

Derek

 

 

Every cloud has a silver lining

 

Why dont you

 

1) watermark your images with your web address or something

 

2) Prevent image hotlinking - so the only way they can use your images is by stealing the watermarked ones - free publicity if they use them :D

 

Charles

A kite flies highest AGAINST the wind !

 

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, a lover in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ~ WOO HOO!! What a ride!"

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I don't think it's a case of the images are being stolen because most of

the images are standard stock images from manufacturers. The main

problem is the waste of bandwidth and the annoyance in our webstats.

 

Perhaps I will change my mind if we make a sale via this route, perhaps

then I will welcome these visitors with open arms.

 

Derek

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  • 2 weeks later...

Instructions on stopping your images appearing on the Google website are here:

 

http://www.google.com/remove.html#images

 

Though if you don't want any of your images to appear, add the following to your robots.txt file:

 

User-agent: Googlebot-Image

Disallow: /

 

They also have instructions on the above link explaining how to get the images removed asap, rather than on the next crawl.

 

It doesn't bother me too much at the moment though - you might get a sale from it one day. Though if it started affecting performance and bandwidth I'd change my mind!

 

Jon.

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I actually contacted Google yesterday with regard to removing the item from their

database and I received an email from them within 4 hours. By 11:30 last night

the item had been removed and the traffic trying to locate that item stopped

instantly. Great service from Google I think.

 

Derek

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I actually contacted Google yesterday with regard to removing the item from their

database and I received an email from them within 4 hours. By 11:30 last night

the item had been removed and the traffic trying to locate that item stopped

instantly. Great service from Google I think.

 

Derek

 

 

better get YahooSeeker-1.0 in your robots.txt as well.

Treasurer MFC

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Hi Guys,

 

The google imagebot will not go away at all, I have added these lines to my robot.txt file but they still persist.

 

User-agent: Googlebot-Image

Disallow: /admin

Disallow: /account.php

Disallow: /advanced_search.php

Disallow: /checkout_shipping.php

Disallow: /create_account.php

Disallow: /login.php

Disallow: /password_forgotten.php

Disallow: /popup_image.php

Disallow: /shopping_cart.php

Disallow: /cookie_usage.php

Disallow: /images

 

What else do I have to do to stop them!!

 

Thanks

 

Mark

Lifes a bitch, then you marry one, then you die!

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Hi Guys,

 

The google imagebot will not go away at all, I have added these lines to my robot.txt file but they still persist.

What else do I have to do to stop them!!

 

Thanks

 

Mark

 

 

use this :

 

User-agent: Googlebot-Image/1.0

Disallow: /images/

Disallow: /includes/

 

User-agent: YahooSeeker-1.0

Disallow: /images/

Disallow: /includes/

 

User-agent: psbot/0.1

Disallow: /images/

Disallow: /includes/

Treasurer MFC

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