How to remove your website images from google image search

UPDATE :: I've recieved a few comments that this method no longer works. I'll be doing some ...

UPDATE :: I've recieved a few comments that this method no longer works. I'll be doing some research into another way to achieve this.
 

I really wanted to share this with everyone because I've talked to a few artists and photographers who don't like their images being in google image search. I blog a lot of artists and photographers work and I don't want my blog putting their work there either.

So I went searching on how I could remove all the images on my blog from showing in google image search and found you only need to add one line of code to your template. All you need to do is add a meta tag with name = "robots" and content = "noimageindex". You can also get more specific and just choose selected blog posts you don't want indexed, but I just went for the remove all option. You go into the code view of your blog on the dashboad and click "Design" then "Edit HTML" and add in the meta tag under the head section.


More instructions here....
If you have wordpress you can edit the robot.txt instructions here...

You Might Also Like

28 comments

  1. Thanks so much for posting about this!! I'd love to get my photos out of the google image search.
    Cheers xx

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is great! I didn't even have a clue this could be done! I've wondered about it before though, and Im so glad I can finally do it xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. oh wow! i didn't even know that's possible! thanks for sharing this with us :D much appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thankyou!! This is really useful.

    ReplyDelete
  5. this is pretty helpful! thanks for posting!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I got excited by this idea too and checked the Google help links. I think adding this meta tag will apply to not just images but everything else in your blog. I don't think it's the same thing as specifying in the robot.txt file that you don't want images to be indexed. Just thought I would add this in case that's not what you want necessarily.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Ah, please disregard my comment above! I was looking at noindex, not noimageindex.

    ReplyDelete
  8. @jinnie ~ the meta tag applies to only images, there is another one to that will apply to only google bots. I'm not confident yet it will remove images already indexed in the search. The robot.txt works a lot better. Unfortunately blogger doesnt let you edit that file :(

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great post! I find so many of my images (that aren't mine) come up in Google as well. Thanks for the info!

    Fox Whiskers

    ReplyDelete
  10. what?? so people doesn't want their images to be found even though they post them online? strange.

    ReplyDelete
  11. thanks for sharing. . i didn't realise you were able to do that either . . H.

    ReplyDelete
  12. @anon ~ I think people just don't want images in google image search for various reasons... Such as people going there and taking them thinking they are free use or perhaps an old personal post has been ranked and you want it gone. For example 3 years ago I blogged pictures of my sister in a dressing gown cause I thought they were funny and then she pursued art and became rather known and when you searched her name they came up in image search first as pictures of her, not good professionally.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you so much for this information!
    Take care,

    ReplyDelete
  14. great!!! thanks!!!!

    :) !!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'vre tried this before and got completely confused. Your instructions pulled me through though! Thanks for this post... which I did not come across by google haha ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  16. I've been wondering about this for so long, thankyou! xo

    www.aclassicfashiondiary.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Thank you for sharing this Liss! I did the same with my small blog for all the same reasons. :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thank you for sharing this. I'm just a hobbyist photographer but realized my photos were coming up on Google searches. My first step was to put a watermark to identify them. I'm glad you put out another option.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Will this apply to previous post with images or just to future ones?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Does this work with an entire blog or can it be post specific, ie if you only want some photos removed?

    ReplyDelete
  21. Oh thanks, I have been very useful: D

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hope this works, thanks for sharing this :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Does not work. :(

    ReplyDelete

Flickr Images