Google Doesn't Decode MD5 Hash URLs For Keywords

Jun 13, 2018 • 8:03 am | comments (6) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

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I love seeing Google SEO related questions I've never seen before and this one, I never saw before. Does Google decode md5 hash values in URLs to extract hidden keywords within them for image search or web search. The answer is no but I am sure that is obvious to most of you.

In short, if someone programs their image URLs to use an md5 hash value instead of the keywords in the file name upon upload so Instead of /images/sunflower-in-a-meadow/ it would be /images/46c45d06c16aa7eaa60a389700ffb55f/ - can Google extract from 46c45d06c16aa7eaa60a389700ffb55f to be equal to sunflower-in-a-meadow?

The answer is no.

Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that Google has bigger and more widespread problems to figure out before spending the time and resources doing that. John said "we have smart people working on things, but there are enough common problems to solve before we try to reverse hashes to guess at what someone meant." "Make it easy and obvious, if you want search engines to do something specific," her added.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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