Confirmed: Google Image Search Updating Index Faster

Google has confirmed that they are now updating the Google Image Search index of images at a more rapid rate. Earlier this week, I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that webmasters noticing this at WebmasterWorld. Webmasters were saying that Google Image Search was including their new images within a "few days" as opposed to a few months. A Google spokesperson confirmed this: We recently made some changes to increase the rate at which we update images in our index to improve the experience for our users and provide them with fresher images in both web and image search. [...]


Google Image Search Now With Leaderboard Ads

The Google AdWords Blog announced a new ad format available on the image search vertical. The new ad format is the old-style leaderboard display ad. The leaderboard is an image ad 728 pixels wide by 90 pixels tall. Here is a picture of a leaderboard ad on Google Image search: These ads are charged on both a CPM and CPC model, depending on your ad settings and goals. Google began testing image ads on image search in 2008. You can learn more about the display ads available in the Google help center. Google said: Today we're expanding the image ad formats available on Google [...]


Switch Back To The Old Google Image Design

Google is allowing searchers to go back to the classic Google Image search design. In July, Google revamped their Image Search design, which provided a "tiled" layout, infinite scroll, larger thumbnail images and a hover preview that offers more information about the image. To revert back to the old design, conduct any search on Google Images and then scroll to the bottom of the search results and then click the "Switch to basic version" link at the bottom of the page. You can see the old "basic version" for a query of [flowers] if you like and then switch back to the "standard version." [...]


You Can Report Offensive Images In Google Again

A few months ago, Google revamped their Google Image search and with that, the report offensive images feature dropped out. This morning, I noticed the feature is now back in the search results. It works a lot like the old method, you click on the "SafeSearch" link on the right of the Google Image search box and select "Report offensive images." Then a new button named "report" is added to the images. You can then click on the report button to report that image. Here are screen shots: Postscript: As of at least November 9th, Google has once again removed this feature fro [...]


Google Testing Images On Google India’s Home Page

Amit Agarwal reports Google is testing scrollable images on the Google India home page. I personally do not see it, but here is a picture and video from Amit. I should note, Google Korea has had an animated home page in the past. But these images on Google India seem very interesting. Amit explains the images shown on the home page "features an image gallery of popular search phrases." Popular or news worthy or trending? I am not sure. [...]


Find More Sizes Of That Image On Google Images

If you search for an image on Google Image Search and then mouse over the result, Google will let you find "more sizes" of that image. For example, I searched for [cow] and hovered my mouse over the first result. As you can see, there is a link to "more sizes" for that image: When you click on it, you are taken to a special filter that only shows you that image, but in multiple sizes from multiple sources. Here is a look at that page: As Alex Chitu said, this is a feature Bing had for some time and Google just recently added it. [...]


Google Advertising Google Image Ads With Image Ad

As we know with the new Google Image redesign that Google would be pushing image ad formats for image search. Yesterday, I was doing a search for [weeds] and I spotted an image ad from Google encouraging advertisers to try out Google Image AdWords. I don't believe I ever saw an image ad from Google, promoting image ads, so I figured I document what the ad looked like. Here is a picture: [...]


See An Offensive Image On Google? Stay Tuned.

Before the revamped Google Image Search design went live 9 days ago, there was a clear and quick way to report offensive images to Google. In fact, Google released the report offensive image feature just about a year ago, due to complaints. Now, that feature is no longer found in the new design. Here is a picture of the old way to report offensive images in Google Image Search: As you can see now, that "report offensive image" link is gone: I asked Google about this and they made it sound like they simply forgot to put it in the new design. They didn't say that, instead the [...]


Google Revamps Image Search, Debuts Expanded Image Search Ads

Google announced a new image search UI and new Image Search Ads today. Barry wrote about the new UI last week. Consumer image search is much improved in several respects while the new Image Search Ads opens up ads on Google Images to all advertisers. It had been essentially limited to retailers with image feeds via product extensions. In terms of the consumer announcement, Google is rolling out a new UI and several new features. They include a new, more attractive "tiled" layout, infinite scroll (mimicking a similar feature on Bing), larger thumbnail images and a hover preview that offer [...]


Google Testing New Image Search Design

Google seems to be testing a brand new design for image search. I personally do not see it, but as I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable a few days ago, some people are seeing the new image search design. Today, I finally found pictures of the design via a Twitter user. Here is the new Google Image Search design that Google appears to be testing: Supposedly, the images continue to scroll in as you scroll through the page. This is very different from the current live image search design. [...]


Google Adds Images To Real-Time Results

There's no formal blog post about this that we know of yet, just a tweet from Google's Jeremy Hylton announcing that images are now showing up in Google's real-time search results. Actually, you have to specifically request to include images with your results. After doing a search for "lunch" and clicking to see Updates from the left options menu, you then have to click the new "Updates with images" to see results like this. Note that the focus here is still on the update; this is not a real-time image search tool. If you're looking for that, here are several options: TwitCaps [...]


Google Highlights New “Sites With Images” Feature

As part of releasing a new design and search options last week, Google also added a new search filter named "sites with images" this week that it has spotlighted on the Google Blog. To activate the search filter, conduct an image related search at Google, and then click on the link under "All results" named "Sites with images. An example query that works is Salt ponds, here is a screen capture of the filter link: After you click it, the results will show sites with images and contain a row of images above the search results, with a title, snippet and the number of images that matched [...]


Google Upgrades Mobile Image Search

Another day, another new and/or improved search tool from Google. Yesterday it was an improved mobile version of Place Pages, and today's announcement is an upgrade to Google's mobile image search for iPhones and Android devices. The changes include showing square thumbnails to maximize the number that appear after a search, swipe-based navigation (like iPhone users will already be familiar with), larger single-image views, and a black background to emphasize single images. Google says this upgrade is available now in 38 languages. [...]


Google Sitemaps Gains Image Support

The Google Webmaster Central Blog announced that you can use a Sitemaps extension to provide image data to Google. In the Sitemaps file you can specify the following properties of the images; image, location, caption, geographic location, title and license details. More technical specifications can be seen over here and here is a sample Google gives: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>  <urlset xmlns="http://www.sitemaps.org/schemas/sitemap/0.9"   xmlns:image="http://www.google.com/schemas/sitemap-image/1.1"> [...]


Google Adds MySpace To Real-Time Results & Images Site Command Updates

Google confirmed two different discussions taking place in the webmaster and SEO community over the past few days. The first is that MySpace results are now included in Google's Real Time search results feature. In addition, Google launched real-time search in Russian and Japanese. The second is that Google has updated their site command for Google Image searches. Now, if you search for images on a site, using site:domain.com, Google will show you the images on the web pages on that domain, and ignore the host of that image. Here is how Google explained it: Based on feedback fro [...]


Google Mobile Image Search Gets Popular Images

The Google Mobile Blog announced that Google has added "popular images" to their images home page on Android, iPhone, Palm and other smart phone devices. When you visit Google Images on those devices, you now see "popular images" and a link to browse more popular images. Here is the home page: After clicking on the link, you get popular images broken down by category. The categories include trends, movies, sports, cars & bikes, television, cartoons and music. Here is a picture of the images currently in the popular trends category: [...]


Google Buys Search Ad In Response To The China Decision

The Wall Street Journal noted that Google has purchased search ads for queries done on Google.com for "Google Leaves China" or "Google vs. Baidu." Clearly, Google wants people to read their position on the recent move for them ending the censorship of Google China. Here is a picture of the ad: Google, on occasion, will buy search ads to explain why the search results are a certain way. Here, they are explaining why Google China is no longer censored, but previously they have purchased ads for why an offensive image of Michelle Obama appeared on Google Images. They have also purcha [...]


As AdWords Ads Get Images, What’s Deemed Family Safe?

Last week, I was surprised to find an image of a woman in a thong within a Google search ad. I asked Google if such ads were acceptable, and Google told me they were. These images came from product extensions that were showing up in the search results for a while now. Apparently, Google reviews images to make sure they are family safe and if they are not, they are removed. Google told me, "Images in ads are only classified as non-family safe when they are found to contain adult content." Google has created a help page specifically to address preventing seeing such images in your ads. Th [...]


Google Images Testing “Infinite Scroll” Search Results

Google is testing a new interface for their Image Search feature. The interface allows you to see an infinite number of image results in the search results, simply by scrolling. This works similar to how Bing Image Search currently works, where you do not have to use the pagination to see more results. Instead, the page will dynamically load more images as you scroll down through the results. A Google spokesperson confirmed this test, telling me: We're continually testing new interfaces and features to enhance the user experience. What you describe below was one such test, which only a [...]


Google Goggles: Take A Picture With Your Phone, Search By Image

Google Goggles, which I wrote about this morning, is actually now live at google.com/mobile/goggles. The Google Mobile Blog announced it, saying: In a nutshell, Goggles lets users search for objects using images rather than words. Simply take a picture with your phone's camera, and if we recognize the item, Goggles returns relevant search results. Right now Goggles identifies landmarks, works of art, and products (among other things), and in all cases its ability to "see further" is rooted in powerful computing, pervasive connectivity, and the cloud. Here is a video explaining this featur [...]


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