Google Image Search Test Now Shows Images Within PDFs


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Google Image Search Test Now Shows Images Within PDFs

Google is digging deeper to find more images across the web, now experimenting with new discovery methods including looking within PDF documents.

Barry Schwartz on August 10, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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Google has confirmed with Search Engine Land that it is currently running an experiment to index images found within PDF documents and display those images within Google Image Search.

This feature was first noticed by Alex Chitu who said he wasn’t sure if Google had the ability to find and display images within PDFs in their Google Image Search results. He was right, it was new.

Google told us they started testing this feature out in June.

Here are some screen shots of image results within Google Image Search within PDFs.



As Alex says, you can find more examples of this by searching [google pdf].

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Barry Schwartz Barry Schwartz is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's can be followed on social media at @rustybrick, +BarrySchwartz and Facebook. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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