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Author Topic: Googlebot-Image indexing hundreds of useless thumbs and a few pics  (Read 3159 times)

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flapane

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If I check the gallery indexed photos in Google Images ( site:flapane DOT com SLASH gallery ), I notice that there are just a few pics (normal_$nameofthefile.jpg) and hundreds of useless thumbs (thumb_$nameofthefile.jpg).
I wonder why Googlebot-Image indexed only a few images, and why it indexed a lot of small thumbnails. I have no robots.txt rules for Googlebot-Image, but I wonder if I'd better adding:
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User-Agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /gallery/thumbnails.php?*

As a sidenote, my robots.txt already contains:
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User-Agent: *
Allow: /
Disallow: /gallery/addfav.php?*
Disallow: /gallery/login.php?*
Disallow: /gallery/thumbnails.php?album=*slideshow

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Re: Googlebot-Image indexing hundreds of useless thumbs and a few pics
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2014, 11:21:35 am »

I've just put this in robots.txt.
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User-agent: Googlebot-Image
Disallow: /gallery/albums/*/thumb_*.jpg$
I'll check the results in the next days/weeks.
It seems to work, as far as GWT is concerned.

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Re: Googlebot-Image indexing hundreds of useless thumbs and a few pics
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2014, 08:58:48 pm »

Uhm, it looks like after three weeks the thumbs are all still there. In theory, the trick should work.
It's strange, because Google bots are usually waaaay faster than Bing ones.
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