Google Images Busts The Frame Busters

Dec 8, 2011 • 8:51 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Images logoA WebmasterWorld thread has discussion from webmasters who started to notice that their framebuster scripts no longer bust the Google Image search frames on Google Images.

When you do a search on Google Image search and click on a result, Google shows you the image in a larger view with more details. You can then click through to the image to see more. But many webmasters do not like that Google shows the image in a frame on their site, they want the traffic. So they deploy code to bust the frame and take you to their site.

Google has disabled many framebuster scripts so that the searcher stays on Google's search results preview page.

Levo in the forums said, "Well, apparently Google Image started iframing using "sandbox" - an HTML5 attribute, which disables scripts on the page." So it works on some browsers, not all.

You can learn more about the sandbox attribute and how it works.

Have you seen this?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Andrew Girdwood

12/08/2011 02:02 pm

Great idea by Google. Frame busting ruins your search experience. The next step is to tackle those sites that bust full read on Google Reader via the Super Feed Chrome extension.

Uncle Demotivator

12/08/2011 02:03 pm

WTF Google - why can't You get it that some people just doesn't want to be framed. For every action there is reaction and it's only a matter of time when somebody will come up with another framebreaking solution.

Tad Chef

12/08/2011 02:31 pm

Fuck Google. I use frame busters on most of my blogs. This is blatant misuse of HTML5. It works like cross site scripting exploits.

Andrew Whyman

12/08/2011 03:14 pm

Some people seem to be misunderstanding why Google are doing this - it not only allows you to see the image you were looking at without going to the site in question but it also prevents you from being hit by malware which might be lurking on the site the image is from. Simply put, if you don't want people using/seeing your images, don't put it on the public domain that we call the Internet!

Randolf Jorberg

12/08/2011 05:18 pm

Awesome. NOT! I guess this also means that other Javascripts (like e.g. Google Analytics) isn't executed anymore, thus resulting in these Google image-search visitors not showing up in your stats AT ALL! Anyone here to confirm this? Yet another case where only external SERP-monitoring like the sistrix Toolbox does help.

A Googler

12/08/2011 05:28 pm

We have found that it is better for our users to see the image without going to your site, where many display ads and other features that affect the user experience.


12/08/2011 06:59 pm

Don't mind Google images framing my content but have to add the frame-buster for some sites that wouldn't stop framing my pages with THEIR ADS on it! Wish there was a way. Still, sad to report (for G) that its not stopping my frame-buster. Just busted out right now using FF 8, IE 8 and Opera 10.6. Chrome 15 seems to be the only one supporting this, albeit for its own guys.


12/21/2011 08:57 pm

well how am I suppose to pay my server bill if you just take my content and don't visit my page? the answer is simple, i can't so.... i'vt block google bot and will take down all image based sites Does that improve your user experience?

Andrew Girdwood

12/21/2011 09:21 pm

It does. Yes. If you don't want your images in search then block Googlebot. Common sense, right?

Travel Guides - Destination360

12/22/2011 06:03 pm

I do mind Google framing my content since we produce images "yes" produce images not steal them. If people don't come to our site then no revenue, no revenue and we quit producing content. Simple as that.  Why does Google frame images but not frame text search results? Whats the difference between text and images? I'd love to hear their response.  I see it as a way of keeping people on Google to further monetize their experience by using our content "for free".


12/07/2012 12:47 pm

Anyone know any farm-buster-buster extensions? I prefer not to be looking for an image and then be thrown into a website with god knows what else on it. More than once I've been looking for simple, harmless images, and been thrown to a porn site, because that image is somewhere towards the bottom of one of the pages (or was). I want to decide for myself whether to proceed, not have some money-hungry developer trying to force me to his site, like a host out the front of a freaking strip club. "You come in. Pretty ladies, yes?". It's like the internet equivalent of cordoning off the footpath and directing all foot traffic through your sex-club.

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