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Google Pictures Better Product Image Search

Research presented by Google suggests they are on track to improving image search to a level of relevancy on par with their core web search service.

Cutts Says No Conspiracy Over Aboutrika Image
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Some site publishers in the Middle East believe Google struck a controversial picture of Egyptian striker Mohammed Aboutrika from its index, but Matt Cutts said that never happened.

Google Denies Censoring Egyptian Footballer
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At the end of January, Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Aboutrika was the talk of the soccer world. Scoring the winning goal to defeat Sudan’s team, Aboutrika raised his shirt to reveal a message of Palestinian sympathy.

Google Denies Censoring Egyptian Footballer

It read: Sympathize with Gaza.

Are Google Earth Images In Real-Time?
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Images on Google Earth are highly detailed but do not show imagery in real-time.

Google Earth

Many people according to Frank Taylor at his Google Earth Blog believe the images are in real time. He believes that is because of weather satellite photos that are a few hours old or because of live weather radar. He goes into detail how Google collects its images for Google Earth.

SES Round-up
Jolina and Mike had a great time at the Search Engine Strategies conference in Chicago. Not only is it the windy city, but a festive, cold and snowy one too by the sounds of it.

Digg Adds Images Category

It seems like Digg users have been asking for–and Kevin Rose promising–a category for images and photos forever. Well the long wait is now over and you can finally uploaded your favorite lolcats image.

At the Digg blog, Kevin Rose announces the launch of image support and also better organization of existing categories. Here’s what Digg users are waking up to today:

Digg Scoops Up Images, Tweaks Categories

It took a while but Digg finally has an images category available for contributions and sharing with other Diggers.

Off to Speak at SES Chicago

Brrr!  I am off to Chicago in the morning to speak at SES. Temperatures below freezing and snow already on the ground.  For a little African lizard like me used to blazing heat it’s way too cold.  I bought myself some thermal underwear and pulled out my down parka and off I go.

The Danger of Aggressive Ad Placement
When I did a recent Q&A thread one of the recurring themes with sites that were struggling was AdSense ads positioned above their content.

Many websites are never given the chance to grow because they monetize too aggressively and look to spammy to enjoy the benefits of organic growth and community building.

Design Your Posts to Guarantee They Get Read

Of all the edges I know of, embracing amazing design is the easiest, the fastest and the one with the most assured return on investment.

Search Google for Extra Large Images

Google Images has a new* search option to find extra-large images only. Previously, you were only able to toggle between large, medium and small**.

Search World Turns Towards Burma

Top search terms aren’t always of vital significance – Google Trends currently places “when was the first bottle of coca cola sold” at number six, for example.  But search terms can also relate to very important matters, and a focus on Burma reflects this reality.

Getty Images Offers Music Service

Getty Images, known for its stock photos, has launched its new music licensing service called Soundtrack, which will focus on offering music tracks to broadcasters, filmmakers and advertisers.

Use Images & Drive Traffic
Jennifer Laycock writes a great article on how using images can boost traffic.

Careful How You Use Flickr Images

When I started my music podcast, I needed an apporpriate image for the podcast blog. I found an ideal image on Flickr accompanied by a Creative Commons attribution share-alike license. The image of an electric guitar neck now graces the JamJourney blog.

Optimize for Yahoo Images Search with Flickr

Google Blogoscoped reports that Yahoo’s Image Search now particularly likes Flickr content, so this may be incentive for webmasters to use Flickr “as a kind of Yahoo search engine optimization”.

Canada Feels Violated By Google Street View

Advocates in Canada’s government are questioning Google’s plans to expand its street-level photography when the privacy rights of individuals could be routinely violated.

NASA To Digitize Space Images

NASA and the Internet Archive are partnering to scan, archive and mange the agency’s large collection of photographs, film and video. The imagery will be available online and free to the public.

SES: Picturing Better Image Search
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Search engines can’t read text in images, which can be a problem for image-heavy sites. A panel at SES San Jose explored the issues of indexing such sites, and working with image-specific search engines.

Hotlinking Pictures for SEO

Michel Telendro tells me it has become a search engine optimization practice (black to gray-hat, I assume) of hotlinking images from other servers… to rank your own site well in Google Image search results.

Yahoo Pushes ALT-ernative Text For Images

By effectively labeling images that lack descriptive or any ALT-attribute text, people who use screen readers can more fully understand the contents of images on a web page.

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