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Google Image Search Find Your Photos Fast
Google Image Search
Have you ever wondered, where all of those photos that you uploaded to the web have ended up.
They may have been on Facebook to start with, but they do get shared around and can end up in the most unlikely places.
In some cases they are used by commercial companies to sell products. Wouldn't it be great, if we could find where they all are.
What if someone is using your photos without your permission? Wouldn't you want to know.
Find your photos by using Google Picture Search.
You put in your photo and off it goes; to find every example of that photo on the web.
This information can be very helpful in copyright disputes.
Image search works on both Google Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox browsers.
molometer using a camera
Why use alternative text tags on your photos.
When writing a description for your photos, it is useful to bear in mind that many people have visual problems and may rely on the text accompanying the photo.
It serves two purposes. When someone hovers their mouse over the photo, the Alt text appears and can be vocalized by programs such as Microsoft's Narrator.
This text may describe the contents on the photo and give further information on the topic.
It also acts as Meta data that the search engines can use to identify the photo more accurately.
This can be very helpful, if you want your work to be found of course.
The photo on my computer has a number, this matches the copy of the photo on the web.
Now every instance of that photo/number combination will be searched for.
That's just the start of what this tool can do.
Find Your Photos
The old saying, that. 'A picture paints a 1000 words' should be updated to 'An alt tagged picture, can save 1,000's of words.
The image search program in the example below, is associating a picture of an Owl, with sleep disorders, as that is where the picture was used, and where it primarily resides.
Try It Out
Be careful when using the same image on multiply posts. It may be detrimental unless they are closely related.
Let's give it a whirl.
Click on the link below or open another browser window, and type Google image search into your browser.
Then follow the steps replacing my photo selections for your own photos.
Simple User Interface
You can see that it appears, that several hubs have used my Owl image. Don't panic! This is not the case.
The reason they 'appear' to be on other hubs, is because we have used similar keywords, or commented on each others hubs, there is a connection between us, and the image.
Secondly the hubpages carousel at the bottom is showing related hubs, that may be referencing my hub, or showing the picture from my hub on another carousel. As seen below.
This is all perfectly normal.
Image Search Engine is Working it all out
Key Word Associations
So far so good. We have searched the web and found several instances, where this photo has been used.
These picture searches are looking pretty important and not just to Google either.
Hub associated photos. This hub shows another association on the keyword 'Sleep disorders'. These search associations are deep indeed.
No need to back-link at all, just use good keywords, and Alt Tags.
Organic growth will take care of the rest. It may take a little longer but it frees up time.
Strawberries Health Benefits
Found my Photos of Strawberries
Find New Photos
My next photo search was for my photo of strawberries.
The interesting thing is that at the time of writing, the strawberry article was only 2 weeks old, but it has been on page 2 of Google from the second day of publication.
This result tells us, that it has already been properly identified, assimilated and recognized as a photo of strawberries..
The Google algorithm and picture search functions have fully associated it, with other photographic examples of strawberries content.
It is Google's algorithm doing this associating. Trying to second guess Google is fruitless. Excuse the pun.
Kings College Chapel Cambridge
Image Search on Buildings
Lets try another picture and see what we get. Now this is an interesting result.
New search on King's College Chapel, Cambridge
Here is a photo of the world famous iconic King's College Chapel of Cambridge.
It was just a numbered picture and was not labeled (Alt tagged) as being an image of King's. (it is now)
It has returned 73 instances of the photo. Not all mine, but it has correctly identified the building. Which is pretty amazing.
Google picture search has accurately identified the image, as that of King's college. Which is pretty remarkable in itself.
Punting in Cambridge
Find Your Photos
Hope you found this helpful. It is another very impressive tool.
Good hunting and let me know when, where and if, you find your photos in weird places.
Good for spotting copies of your work on the web. It is an amazing time saver.
Thanks for reading see you next time.