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« on: January 23, 2018, 04:29 »
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Hi!

I'd like to know if there's a way to exclude the microstock agencies websites from the results of the Google reverse image search.

When I search for an image to see if I find it in use, most of the result pages are from the agencies, and frequently multiple results for the same agency when the result page is translated into several languages like pl.fotolia.com, ru.fotolia.com, etc.

If I use the following filter to the search I only get the first site excluded, but not the second:

-site:shutterstock.com -site:fotolia.com

So, in this case I do not see the image on the shutterstock site but fotolia still appears.

Does anyone knows how to exclude multiple url's from the reverse image search?

Thanks.


« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2018, 06:35 »
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Did you try just -shutterstock -fotolia -etc ?

« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2018, 07:26 »
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Just use -site:fotolia.*

That should do the trick.

« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 08:36 »
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I have used mysearch -shutterstock.com -fotolia.com -dreamstime.com and it worked

« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2018, 09:52 »
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Did you try just -shutterstock -fotolia -etc ?

I just did for shutterstock and it doesn't exclude the pages in the domain shutterstock.com. It may in fact do the opposite of what I want by excluding pages of clients where the image is used and the the agency is credited.

« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2018, 09:58 »
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Just use -site:fotolia.*

That should do the trick.

It works on the first site, but if I want to exclude several sites using the same formula, all the following will not be excluded. Imagine that after fotolia I want to exclude SS, IS, DT and so on so I only get the results that are not on the agencies sites.

The second site exclusion and others that follow are not recognized in the following formula, so i keep getting FL and DT site links:

-site:shutterstock.* -site:fotolia.* -site:dreamstime.*

« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2018, 09:59 »
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I have used mysearch -shutterstock.com -fotolia.com -dreamstime.com and it worked

What do you mean by "mysearch"?

« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2018, 10:30 »
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Just use -site:fotolia.*

That should do the trick.

It works on the first site, but if I want to exclude several sites using the same formula, all the following will not be excluded. Imagine that after fotolia I want to exclude SS, IS, DT and so on so I only get the results that are not on the agencies sites.

The second site exclusion and others that follow are not recognized in the following formula, so i keep getting FL and DT site links:

-site:shutterstock.* -site:fotolia.* -site:dreamstime.*

Strange, works perfect for me.

« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2018, 11:38 »
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Just use -site:fotolia.*

That should do the trick.

It works on the first site, but if I want to exclude several sites using the same formula, all the following will not be excluded. Imagine that after fotolia I want to exclude SS, IS, DT and so on so I only get the results that are not on the agencies sites.

The second site exclusion and others that follow are not recognized in the following formula, so i keep getting FL and DT site links:

-site:shutterstock.* -site:fotolia.* -site:dreamstime.*

Strange, works perfect for me.

Did you test in a normal google search but in the image tab, or did you use the Google Reverse Image Search, like we do to specifically find one of our images in use?

I think that in the regular search that works. I'm trying to filter the results of the Google Reverse Image Search.

« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2018, 12:05 »
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if you want to exlude lots of domains/agencies or if you do many searches you could just write a userscript and load it to tampermonkey (chrome) or Greasemonkey (Firefox). Or just use one of the existent ones like google hit hider (http://userscripts-mirror.org/scripts/show/95205) and block all the sites you don't want to show up in the results

« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2018, 12:17 »
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If you are on Chrome the extension "Personal Blocklist" will let you exclude results from specific sites. Just tried it for reverse image search and it worked for me.

« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2018, 14:01 »
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If you are on Chrome the extension "Personal Blocklist" will let you exclude results from specific sites. Just tried it for reverse image search and it worked for me.

I think that this extension will do what I need to. Thanks!

It actually does not block the sites from the searches, but it hides them from the results list which means that on some of the various search pages I may only get two or three results listed but at least they are relevant.

This makes a lot easier to find the potential sites which are using my images because only relevant sites are shown and not tenths of domains and subdomains of the agencies de.dreamstime.com; fr.dreamstime.com; es.dreamstime.com and so on.

It's a pity that it does not have a activate/deactivate button and it's needed to go to the Chrome Extension page to do it. But it's a small price to pay for such a useful tool for us.

@sigalavaca

Thanks for the tip. I may also take a look at the script option since I use Firefox .

****

EDIT: This extension is also available on Firefox
« Last Edit: January 23, 2018, 14:06 by MicroVet »

« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2018, 11:38 »
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I searched some local landmark keywords (standard search).  I used to see lots of stock agency material in the results.  Now I hardly see any.  Seems they are favoring social media, etc.,. 


 

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