Blocking Blog Images From Search Engines

I'm still getting back into the swing of things when it comes to the blog after a rather crazy December and my big blog changes I've been implementing.  

To start off with, would you mind voting in a little poll for me?  I'm just trying to get an idea of what you all would like to read about as I get this series going again.  These are topics I've thought about covering - I'll write some of these posts sooner if one of them is more interesting to you guys.  I'd love to hear anything else you'd like to read about as part of this series too, so feel free to let me know what you think!
To jump-start this series in the New Year, I'm going to cover an update to my other post on blocking your images from search engines.

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I've talked before about why I made the decision to attempt to block my blog images from Google, and why I finally decided to put some images on a separate photo blog - in a nutshell, I don't really like pictures of my kids showing up in Google searches.  If seeing your child show up when someone searches for "toddler crafts" or "big brother pictures" bothers you too, read on.

I posted previously about one way to tell search engines not to index your images.  While that method may still work, and I recommend giving it a go, for some reason after Google changed their algorithm it no longer worked for my blog.  I searched high and low for a new method to block images from searches, and I found this helpful information on preventing image indexing.

After implementing this new method in my blog a lot of the images that were showing up again are not now.  Some images of the kids still show up in searches but nearly as many as there were, so I think it's working.

Please read my other post for things to consider before you implement this method - if you want to proceed, here you go:

1. Go to your Blogger Dashboard, then go to Template.

2. Select "Edit HTML".


3.  Back up your template if you never had before by highlighting all of the text and saving it somewhere!  This way if you accidentally mess something up, you can just paste it back in to fix it.

4. Click in the text box, and then press CTRL-F (or Command-F for Mac).  A little search bar will pop up.

5. Type <head> in the search box and click enter.  The <head> tag in your code will then be highlighted.

6.  Right under the <head> tag, type in this line of code <meta content='noimageindex' name='robots'>.

7.  You need to close off the tag, so scroll down to the end of the head section in your code and find this bit: </head>.  You can also search for it in the search bar if you don't see it.  

8.  Right before the </head> tag, type this:  </meta>.  That closes off the tag so it will work.

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9.  Preview your template, and if everything looks good, click save!

Adding this code to your template will tell all search engine robots not to index your images.  However, it does not keep search engines from indexing images from other sites where your posts may show up - so it can still index images from Facebook and Bloglovin.  Just make sure the first image in your posts (that show up in Bloglovin) or any images on your blog Facebook page are images that you don't mind them indexing.

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Sarah said...

Thank you! Easy to do once you know about it, so thank you for taking the time to share.

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