Google Images Improves Relevancy & Quality Algorithm

This week, several webmasters at WebmasterWorld noticed that the results in Google Images seemed to surface the original source of the images more of the time than it did in the past.

I wrote about this at the Search Engine Roundtable as Google Images possibly improving their image source detection algorithm, but it is more.

A Google spokesperson they have launched a new update for Google Images that improved relevance and quality. Google told me:

We’ve recently launched an update to the algorithm that looks at the relevance and quality of both the webpage and the image to surface more relevant results in Google Images. Improving the quality of results in Google Images is very important to us, and we’re always working hard to improve our algorithms.

Google Images has been plagued with image owners complaining about their images were being outranked by other sites who have stolen their images, with our without credit. It seems that this has now been improved.

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