35% Will Block Google Images In Protest Of Change

May 16, 2013 • 8:43 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Image Traffic DropAbout a month ago, we asked our readers if they are or plan on blocking Google Images after they noticed a huge drop in traffic since the new image search design launched.

The results are now in and while 37% said they will not block Google from indexing and ranking their images, 35% said they will or have blocked Google Images. Currently 28% are not sure what they should do in this situation, which likely means they will just keep the status queue. Here are the poll results:

  • 11% already blocked Google Images
  • 24% will soon block Google Images
  • 27% will not block Google images
  • 28% are not sure if they will or will not block Google Images

Here is the pie chart:

blocking Google Images poll

Forum discussion continued at WebmasterWorld.

Disclaimer: Please see my poll disclaimer post before coming to any conclusions on these results.

This story was scheduled to be posted today and was not written today, as I am offline today.

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05/16/2013 12:48 pm

This just in: 35% decide to shoot themselves in the foot after they stubbed their toe.


05/16/2013 02:16 pm

I think you mean Status Quo not Status Queue Barry :) I bet thats a spell-checker fail there :)


05/16/2013 02:17 pm

Heh, I think you mean Status Quo, Not Status Queue Barry, bet thats a spell-checker error there ;)


05/16/2013 03:23 pm

*rolls eyes*. Less competition for me, at least.

Barry Schwartz

05/17/2013 02:11 am

:) I guess I should just leave it now. :)


05/17/2013 04:57 am

How do I block Google images? I'll block...I get virtually no traffic from them any more anyway

Mathieu Chimei

05/17/2013 04:59 am

How do I block Google images? I'll block. I don't get views from them any more anyway.

Mathieu Chimei

05/17/2013 05:00 am

no wait...I need to steal images from there and use them...I guess 37% of others already thought of that

Jimmy Maddox

05/17/2013 02:59 pm

Jimmy Maddox

05/17/2013 03:01 pm

im sure Google , knowing them, will have a way to penalize sites who block images... kind of like IRS going after teabaggers for their beliefs....


05/17/2013 07:36 pm

There are hijacking/redirect scripts already running in the new image search. The only thing they did with the update is eliminate the phantom pageloads.


05/20/2013 01:42 am

i will block, sure


05/21/2013 09:58 am

Add this to your robots.txt file: User-agent: Googlebot-Image Disallow: /

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