Google Images, privacy, searches and googlebot update questions
For some time, I've been using private / unlisted galleries to host photos of friends, etc. Having them private means people can't browse / navigate through my SM website to find them.
However, I've fallen foul to the default setting of having the images web searchable. So when people's names are tagged, if you type their names into Google search, all my photos appear, with of course the ability to then find the key of the gallery and view all the photos in that gallery.
I've now deleted that gallery entirely - I can always re-upload from a backup and ensure the right options are ticked.
But it does bring up a few questions:
- I guess the answer is "piece of string", but how long do the googlebots need to update their listing so the results no longer appear? Right now, even though I've deleted the gallery and photos, they still pop up in the search results with smaller, Google-cached versions. Clicking on the link to view the source will give a 404 now they've been deleted but they still appear.
- I haven't checked yet, but if a gallery is private but Smugmug searchable, will tags of photos in private galleries still appear?
- Is photo visibility / searchability any different whether galleries are private or password-protected? Would a password-protected gallery still show results searching for photos with tags even if you've not got the password to that gallery?
Depending on the answer of the latter two questions, I'll have a few more questions