image search not working on my yola site

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My website www.codnor.info is usually found quiet easily by most search engines by simply typing in the word, codnor.
It usually appears in the top four results. However this is no longer the case with images.
If you do an image search on Google or yahoo using the word codnor, not a single image is found on my site.
This is something that has changed recently. A matter of a few months ago this search would have been just as successful as a normal word search.
Please tell me what has changed to cause this problem.

Regards Stuart
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stuart

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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Stuart

This is a bit of a mystery to me. I can't think of any recent changes from our side that would cause the problem you describe, but I have been wrong about these things before :)

Can you think of one specific image that used to come up in a "Codnor" image search? Also, do you have alt text applied to all your images? (sorry to ask the obvious)

Also, if you could tell me how you added your images: via the text, HTML or picture widget? - this would be an important clue.

I did notice that your site ranks very highly for the keyword "Codnor" but your images don't come up in the search results.

I will make inquiries on our side, but if you could get back to me with the above results, I would appreciate it.
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stuart

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Its done it again!
How do I show the HTML code in the previous replies without it trying to carry out the command?

Regards Stuart
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Dré

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Hi Stuart,

Here is a link to a great post in GS that shows you the various options you have when you actually want code to display and not render in Get Satisfaction. Hope it helps!

Pasting Code into Get Satisfaction
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Thanks for that Dré, I ve pasted the code in succesfully I just need someone to answer my question now.
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Hi Stuart - I don't see the post where you've pasted the code - can you try again?
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stuart

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Hi Marije ,Monique, anybody!

I always add my images either by the image widget or HTML widget, I never add an image using the text widget for instance.

I never used to use the alt text, its only recently I have started because I noticed this problem but it as made no difference.

For example.

The first image on page codnor.info/Monument.php is monument.jpg. This always used to show up on searches for codnor even though the word codnor did not form part of the file name and there was no alt text. But the word codnor does appear several times on this page so all the images on this page originally showed up during an image search.

Now it will not appear at all

I have added the alt text ‘Monument To William Jessop’ several weeks ago to try and resolve this problem but still no difference.

I have tried typing in “Monument To William Jessop” in an image search engine and still nothing.

A typical HTML text for an image on this same page is as follows

<a href=http://www.codnor.info/resources/Monu... target="_blank" title="Monument"><img width="463" height="296" src="resources/Monument/MonuLogo.jpg" style='border:1px; margin-left: 5px;' alt="Codnor Monument Grounds" /></a>

I don’t want to send you on the wrong track but I think this all started around the time you introduced sub-folders within your file manager but I cant be certain.

I have tried searching for an image that is not in a sub folder and still no luck.

Also what do you think about the possibility of a robot.txt preventing image searches?

I have the following robot.txt in my file manager. Do I need it? Or am I better off without it?

User-agent: *
Sitemap: http://www.codnor.info/sitemap.xml
Disallow: /classes/
Disallow: /resources/
Disallow: /definitions/
Disallow: /templates/

Regards Stuart
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Marije, Official Rep

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Hi Stuart,

Frustrating indeed! Thank you for posting all of that information - I am going to ask Emmy to take a look. She is the person most knowledgeable about SEO on the Support team. She is traveling at the moment and will be able to answer you in the next day or two.

Apologies for the delay - we won't forget about this thread.
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Hello Stuart,

Sorry it took me some time to reply to you! We found that there was a bug with our robots.txt file which has now been remedied. You can now continue to optimize your images for search. Here is a link to a thread in this forum where one of our Champs has given some suggestions for getting your images into Google Images: Tips for getting your images into Google Images, I hope this helps! Thanks for your patience.

Emmy
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stuart

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Thanks for that Emmy

Am I to assume that I wont start seeing any of my images in a Google search until www.codnor.info has been crawled again?
Also should I get rid of the Robot.txt from my file manager?

Regards Staurt
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Emmy

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Hello Stuart,
Yes, I would say it will take some time for your site to be crawled again and for images to start showing up in Google search. Granted, they might not show up on the first crawl, you may need to give it some time. If you want you can take a look at that link I posted above where one of the Champs gave some suggestions for Google image search.

You don't need to have a robots.txt file in your File Manager as we have one that is all ready added for you to the root directory which is where the robots.txt file needs to be added.

Hope this helps!

Emmy