Google announced it rolled out a Google Image Search algorithm update in November 2020 aimed at reducing duplicate images in the search results, to instead show “relevant yet visually distinct” images. Plus, Google made the alternative meanings refinement boxes more helpful with better images – the company said on Twitter.
Visually Distinct Images
Google wrote “to help, we made an improvement to Image Search to reduce duplicate images, so that we can display others that are relevant yet visually distinct.” Google shared these two examples of image results showing the “visually distinct” but yet “relevant” images for the query:
This means that back in November 2020, you may have had an image that was ranking well and then stopped ranking well for a specific query. It also means that you may have images that were not originally ranking before this update that now does rank after this update.
Improvements to Alternative Meanings Refinement
Google also made improvements to…