Google, Getty Images enter a multi-year global licensing partnership

Late last week, Google parent Alphabet and Getty Images announced a sweeping partnership that effectively ends a long-standing copyright and antitrust dispute between Getty and Google, which was filed in early 2016.
The newly announced deal was characterized by Getty as “a multi-year global licensing partnership, enabling Google to use Getty Images’ content within its various products and services.” As part of that deal, Google will be using Getty images across many of its “products and services.”
Another change, according to The Verge, is that Google will make copyright attribution and disclaimers more prominent in image search results and will remove view links to stand-alone URLs for Getty photographs.
Getty’s complaint against Google alleged traffic and revenue losses to its customers’ sites because users could see (and potentially copy) images directly from Google Image Search results. Getty claimed that the ability to save and download images promoted copyright infringement and “piracy.” Getty is not the only party to have made

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Google to fix reverse image search bug

Google has confirmed it is working on a fix for a bug that is affecting reverse image search, which can be used to find related images, sites using an image and other sizes of an image.
Because of the bug, first reported on Thursday, the section of those search results that typically show “Pages that include matching images” no longer display the thumbnails of matching images or their dimensions.
Danny Sullivan, Google’s public liaison for search, confirmed the reverse image search bug on Twitter Saturday. Sullivan added that a fix is in progress and that it could “take up to a week for the fix to fully roll out to everyone.”
This is what you should see in the “Pages that include matching images” section of reverse image search results:

This is how that section appears — without the thumbnail images and images dimensions — as a result of the bug.

Again, this should be resolved within a week, according to Google.
The post Google to fix

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Google Trends now shows data for YouTube search, Google Shopping, News search & Image search

Google is adding new filters to its trends data, making it possible to see search trends beyond web search. Now, you can find real-time search trends on specific search terms within YouTube, News and Image searches, along with Google Shopping.
“We’re opening up more data to show what people in the world are looking for, as they’re looking for it,” writes Google on its The Keyword blog.
To see trends filtered by the specific search trends, first choose the search term you want to research. For example, if want to see search trends for Rihanna on YouTube, select Rihanna the singer on the Trends search bar.

From there, you can select to see search trends for “Rihanna” on Image search, News search, Google Shopping and YouTube search from the drop-down menu under Web Search.

Within each of the search trend filters, there is data for “Interest over time” and “Interest by region,” as well as a list of “Related topics” and

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9 SEO tips for better Google Image search results

While a lot of energy is being spent trying to figure out how to take advantage of the anticipated growth in emerging areas like voice search, there is a much easier search medium that seems to be underutilized: image search.
According to Rand Fishkin’s analysis of Jumpshot and Moz data, image search on Google is the second most highly used search platform behind and it is searched more than the remaining Top 10 web properties combined.
Image searches may be more significant than you think
According to data from Jumpshot and Moz, Google Images accounts for a considerable number of searches, dwarfing those performed on YouTube, Google Maps, Amazon and Facebook combined. Searches in Google Images are made more than 10 times as often as any search on Bing or Yahoo, and they represent more than 40 times the number of searches on Facebook.
Graphic courtesy of Moz.
The above chart doesn’t present a complete picture of search, as it doesn’t include search on other

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Google announces similar items schema for image search on mobile

Google’s image search results on the mobile web and in the Android Search app are now showing “similar items” — i.e., if you’re looking at “lifestyle” images and click on one that you like, Google may show you additional product images from places where you can buy the item(s).
Julia E, product manager on Google Image Search, announced on the Google search blog that you need to use product metadata on your pages and markup to make sure your products are eligible for inclusion on these image results. Specifically:

Ensure that the product offerings on your pages have product markup, including an image reference. Products with name, image, price & currency, and availability meta-data on their host page are eligible for Similar items.
Test your pages with Google’s Structured Data Testing Tool to verify that the product markup is formatted correctly.
See your images on image search by issuing the query “” For results with valid product markup,

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Is Google showing fewer image boxes in its search results?

Google would show an image box for typically anywhere from 35 percent to 20 percent of the queries they return — at least this is based on tracking tools from Moz and RankRanger — but that seems to have dropped significantly yesterday by half.
Both Moz and RankRanger are showing about a 50-percent reduction in the frequency Google will show the image box in the web search results.
The box looks like this on desktop web search results:

Now, those boxes show up not as often, according to these tools. We did ask Google for a comment but have not yet heard back. We will update this story if we hear anything from them.
Here is the chart from Mozcast showing the reduction from about 30 percent to about 15 percent, a 50-percent drop:

Here is the RankRanger chart showing a drop from about 23 percent to 11 percent:

Anecdotally, I am also seeing webmasters confirm this. So it doesn’t seem to be

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Google Image Search launches colored filter buttons

Earlier, Google tested adding filter buttons in various colors in image search, and now, Google has launched it to all searchers.
If you go to Google Image Search and search for any query, you should see a carousel of colored buttons across the top of the search results page. Clicking on those buttons will filter the images by your selection. The filters can be colors, can be categories and so on.
Here is a sample:

I believe this is fully rolled out in the US.
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Google Image Search Lets You Save Images For Later With Stars

Google announced you can now save images to your saved images collection to see them later or save them to your collections.
This feature works across desktop and mobile and is rolling out to US searchers who are logged into their Google account.
Just search in Google Image search, click on the image and then click on the star icon and word Save, it will then save it to your collection:

Then you can view your saved images and then organize them in collections:

This reminds me of Google’s starred results from back in 2000, which replaced SearchWiki. Starred results are no longer around, but Google does let you bookmark local results with a star.
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Google Confirms Adding New Image Search Filter Buttons To Mobile

Have you noticed that Google Image Search on mobile will sometimes show you large filter buttons for your image search requests? Well, some have, and yes, Google told us they are new.
A Google spokesperson told us the feature was added earlier this summer and confirmed that this is permanent change, not a test.
Here are screen shots of how it works.
Conduct a search on your mobile phone in Google Image Search. Some searches like [wood home siding] will bring up larger finger-press size buttons that let you filter that search further.
For example, in the screen shot below, I am given the option to see these images by stone, brick, cement, metal and so forth:

Then as you filter down, you are given even more options:

You can click the X on the white buttons, the selected options, to clear those filters, as well:

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