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Remove Google Image Search “spam” stock photo listings

Have you ever noticed how the stock photo websites are taking over Google images? It’s almost pointless trying to find anything because the results have been overloaded, spammed if you would, by stock photo websites. Essentially it’s free advertising for them, trying to lure you in to buy “credits” to purchase their photos. That’s just fine, if that’s what you’re looking for. What if you’re not?

While there’s currently no way to block sites in Google Image Search like there is in the regular web search, you can still exclude all the stock photo spam. To do this, highlight and copy the following text:

-123rf -dreamstime -reflexstock -photospin -crestock -stockphotos -canstockphoto -visualphotos -superstock -depositphotos -shutterstock -istockphoto -fotolia -agefotostock -warmpicture -profimedia -clipartof -colourbox -pixmac -inmagine -cutcaster -oneinhundred -clipartoday -arenacreative -yaymicro -graphicleftovers -stockphotopro -stockpodium -mostphotos

When you’re searching Google images, type in your search term and then paste the copied text behind it in the search bar. That will get rid of 90% of the spam. Google does have a character limit for their search inquiries, so we’ll never be able to get rid of all of them, but at least we can get rid of the worst offenders and enable us to find things other than stock images.

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