It’s bad enough when a guest comes to the house and accidentally stumbles upon your embarrassing old yearbook pictures of when mullets and tight rolled jeans were the hot fashion trend. In this Internet era, those same unflattering images can be shared with the entire world and might even accidentally pop up on a random Google Image search. Before you know it, you’re immortalized on blogs around the world as PTSD band boy or in Awkward Family Photos. If you find that your personal pictures have become available for public consumption, it’s important to learn Google Image Mastery.
Besides removing your hideous driver’s license photo or ancient prom pictures from the depths of the Internet, you might alternatively actually want to get your images listed with Google. Whether your aim is to drive traffic to your website or to promote your photography company, Google Images is the one stop shop for most picture searches on the web. Here are some tips to both add and remove your mug from Google’s search engines.
How To Add Pictures To Google Images
Having your pictures show up on a Google Image search result is a great alternative way to draw traffic to your website. Most people will visit your site just to download that one image but it still counts as a hit in your web traffic statistics. The first thing you’ll need of course is a relevant image on the Internet. There is no way to directly post your pictures to Google Images, instead you need to have their search bots find your pics. This is a two part process which involves first uploading your photos somewhere on the Internet. You can post pictures to a blog or website or use one of many free web uploading sites such as Flickr.
The second step in getting your images recognized by Google is to litter them with keywords that the search engines will look for. This is accomplished by adding captions underneath the photo and a lengthy description filled with all the different words that searchers would look for. Much like a person would use search engine optimization to prioritize their website in search results, the same holds true for photos. If your blog has WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) programming than try to take advantage of bold or headline tags within your photographs. This is a form of HTML website coding that calls out to search engines. After meticulously detailing your braces and mullet pictures, they should appear within Google images, although it may take some time.
How To Remove Pictures From Google Images
So you thought getting pictures of your Trans-Am on Google Images would be a spectacular idea only to find out your sweet ride’s previous owner ran over somebody’s prized pet turtle and now the family seeks revenge. Getting your picture removed from Google Images can be solved in a few different ways. The most obvious thing to do is delete the picture from your website or blog if that’s where Google Images is pointing to.
To find out where the desired deleted image is being hosted, click on the picture and look in the address bar of the web page. If an independent person is putting pictures of you on their website, it’s borderline copyright infringement so email them to remove the image to avoid legal repercussions. If these people are insistent on keeping your images on their site, another avenue you can take is to contact Google to have them manually remove the images from their search query (support.google.com.)
Having your images show up in a search query can have both positive and negative effects. In a good light it can draw extra visitors to your web site and increase chances for advertising revenue. On the negative, people may be profiting off your copyrighted material or you may have embarrassing viral images of you when your face was swollen up with an actual viral infection. Either way, now you know how to either add or remove those sweet Trans Am pictures from Google Images.