How Do You Get Your Images Out Of Google's SafeSearch Filter?

May 8, 2008 - 8:09 am 0 by

A WebmasterWorld thread has serious discussion on obtaining advice and tips on getting your images out of the Google SafeSearch filter. Basically, sometimes Google might label your images as being sexually explicit or not appropriate for the average searcher. If that is done, you shouldn't come up in Google's web search results or in the standard Google image search (unless someone changes their Google preferences).

What we have been noticing is that Google has been a bit more sensitive on image filtering recently. This has impacted a lot of webmasters, where they have noticed a major decline in image search traffic.

So what can you do to ensure your images don't fall within this filter?

I remember hearing, I believe during the Google Webmaster Live Chat session that if you move any images that might appear to be adult related into a different folder, Google will better be able to apply the filter only to those images. Google basically recommended to move pictures that might trigger the filter into a folder like /adult-images/ and have a different folder for /safe-images/.

Outside of that tip, there are some suggestions in the thread that include:

  • Check your on-page text content and image filenames for potentially adult words, said Tedster.
  • Check to make sure your outbound links are not pointing to any adult neighborhoods, recommended Tedster.
  • See if your hosted on the same server as an adult site, Tedster added.
  • Try using PICS labels, but I personally don't think that will work.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.


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