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Images appearing on search engines?

I've searched for several of my and others photos, and I can't seem to get them on an image search. Do you have to put the scientific name as the title? It's not a big deal, just wondering.

Thanks Chuck...
...That is a tip worth knowing (I am guessing, at this point).

I've never made a web page, so excuse my ignorance, but I'm curious if the search engines search for keywords, and are there any keywords specified by Bugguide, or do the search engines process the entire pages looking for matches? I remember a long time ago hearing someone complaining about creators of content on the web not knowing how to use keywords. Judging from Google results, some people just include tons of keywords to solicit unwanted visits from false positives. Maybe keywords don't matter anymore?

Thanks for the help.
I typically use firefox and search on google. I simply searched for the species name. I tried to use more obscure insects to limit the huge field of results. Also, thanks for the complement handsoff!

Examples(all images almost a year old):

It also didn't seem to work with a wider search.



It doesn't explain the problem
but it's better to use "" to look for images on BugGuide. Otherwise you pull in pages from elsewhere that just mention BugGuide.

Image search
Sometimes you find very disconcerting things. I used "" to search for Syrphidae and found one of my images at a Persian blog! All those elegant squiggles and I don't know where they mention Bugguide. And what is my fly doing there?
(It also appeared in a Bugguide page).

It makes you wonder...
How many other images are hotlinked though the BugGuide server?

Please, ignore.

I think the Patrick has the answer in his post below this. Basically the web search engines have not logged the new images yet so they don't know they are there.

But these are
almost a year old. Are the search engines just really slow at logging in new images?

Update:just saw Chuck's reply. I think I sort of understand.

I agree
My comment was on a side issue, so I didn't address his main question.

At any rate, it seems to me they would have to have human beings reviewing the search engine results to keep them from being total nonsense (there are still a good number of logos and other mis-IDs- but one would expect much worse). Human beings take longer to review things then computers, so I'm not surprised images are missing from the searches.

It may also be that the automated algorithms are better at using caption information from some types of sites than others

image search lag
Image searches lag far behind other Internet searches. A while ago, on Google's site, I found a statement admitting that image indexing was a couple of months behind changes in the Internet. I don't know if the situation has improved.

I did an image search on the title of your recently-posted (January 22) image, Symphypleona:

A Google image search does not show it at all, even when specifying image has not been indexed as such yet. However, a standard Google web search on that name brings it up as the second link. Google has recently, I think, started searching rapidly-changing content very frequently, and BugGuide seems to qualify. Again, that is based on text, not images.

Are you referencing the Bugguide search engine, or something like Yahoo, Google, Lycos, or similer?

Depending on which of the two options you are thinking of the answer will be different I think.

I am talking about the search engines like or yahoo. I use google.

I'm curious too....
...since I don't have a strong grasp of how this happens. It may have more to do with the search engines, for I all know. My guess, though is that you might not be able to find it until it has been moved to the correct page in the guide.

But probably knowing what your search query was, and what search engine, perhaps even what browser you are using may be of some help to one of the editors who will be able to answer your question.

To switch subjects, I'd like to say your pictures are remarkable!

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