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  • As of today Google has a new search engine for images that is similar to Bing, only worse: images any size you want them, hundreds per page, and taken off the webpage and served independently, so readers won’t even go to your site, see your ads, etc.

    This is copyright infringement, piracy, and unfair business practices. I think it would also qualify as antitrust violation, since Google is so big.

    In any case, I want to no index all my images, since they are my business, but index my posts. Does anyone know how to do this?


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  • If you don’t want content indexed, then don’t allow the search engines to index it, the power lies with you and your site on whether the search engine can or cannot index said content.

    Google have pages explaining how to remove your images from their index (it took literally a few seconds on google to find this).

    Your question is actually outside the scope of WordPress support (this is not about WordPress, but search engine indexing), but as the above links should answer your question i’ll leave the thread in place.

    Hope that helps.. 🙂

    Thanks, Mark, the first link does have to do with images. Since Google is such a monopoly, didn’t think they would include this info there.

    For other seekers, to block all bots from images:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /images

    And to block just Google:

    User-agent: Googlebot-Image
    Disallow: /

    Disagree about whether it’s WP. One of the first questions WP asks when you get a new blog is if you want it in search engines or not.

    I have the plugin XML Sitemap Generator, and once I wrote a real robots.txt file, the virtual one disappeared, and so did the sitemap.
    I understand I can add sitemap myself to my robots.txt:

    However, the plugin has some great tweaks, and I’m not sure the plugin keeps working if you write your own robots.txt. Does anyone know if this is true? I hope the author adds an option to exclude images next rewrite!

    Or should I delete my own robots.txt and try to block images with the WP metawords?

    PS I wanted to correct the first code above to block bots from all images:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /images/

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