Google Mocks How Yahoo Removes Images From Flickr

Nov 5, 2010 - 8:25 am 3 by

There is a complaint at the Google Webmaster Help forums from a Flickr user who said he removed an image from Flickr and went through the URL removal process but the image still shows up in the Google search results.

Now this is not uncommon but the response from Google's JohnMu was interesting.

John from Google said:

It does look like Flickr's handling of removed images leaves a bit to be desired in that regard...

Thanks for passing the URL on, squibble. I'll forward it to the team here.

Got that? To me that implies that when Flickr removes an image, it doesn't return the proper status code. So I decided to test it.

I uploaded an image to this URL on Flickr and then deleted it. Flickr returns a page that reads, "The photo you were looking for has been deleted." But if you check the server code, it does not return a proper 404, page not found code, as it should. Instead it returns a code of 200 OK, which means the page is still there. Since that is the case, it confuses Google's spiders and indexer thinking the image was not removed. So speed removals are slowed and it can take longer for the images to be removed from Google.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

 

Popular Categories

The Pulse of the search community

Follow

Search Video Recaps

 
Google Volatility, Indexing Bugs, Google Ads Broad Match Default & YouTube SEO Tips - YouTube
Video Details More Videos Subscribe to Videos

Most Recent Articles

Search Forum Recap

Daily Search Forum Recap: July 18, 2024

Jul 18, 2024 - 10:00 am
Google Updates

Google Search Ranking Algorithm Volatility - July 18th

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:51 am
Google

Google Tests AI Overviews In Workspace Accounts In The UK

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:41 am
Google

Google Bolding Query In Search Box When Cursor Out Of Search Box

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:31 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Merchant Center Next Coming To All Merchants

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:21 am
Google Search Engine Optimization

Google's Site Reputation Abuse Update Leads Gaming Affiliate To Reduce Financial Forecast

Jul 18, 2024 - 7:11 am
Previous Story: Google AdSense Ad Review Center Polluted With Unrelated Ads?