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Invalid images - getting Google to recrawl

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I have about 900 images that Google has marked as invalid...all of them were sampled longer than 6 weeks ago so I was expecting them to be recrawled by now based on what I read in Google's help information on invalid images. 

 

A few examples of the urls I'm submitting:

 

http://image.riverbendhome.com/Base/539140.jpg

http://image.riverbendhome.com/Base/547070.jpg

http://image.riverbendhome.com/Base/548088.jpg

 

Since it's clearly taking longer than 6 weeks to get sampled again, I was going to temporarily change the image url file name, then change it back.  Our system requires a uniform image name so this will just be done over the space of a day in an effort to get Google to check the images again.

 

My question is, will changing the image file name in the feed, then changing it back the next day cause any issues?  Will that work to get Google to check the images again?  

 

 

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yes, if the new file-name is reverted back to the old file-name,
within such a time frame, there could be an issue if google still
has the old-file-name's contents within its cache.

another method that usually achieves the same similar results
is to simply add a random url parameter to end of the file; e.g.
http://www.example.com/images/539140.jpg?update=061416

 

of course, be certain to resubmit the data (feed) after making any

such changes; also, check the website's logs for any google crawl

requests, the individual image status by clicking on the file's name

in the products-tab, and any crawl or website issues by checking

the recent and past status information inside the blue-boxes under
the diagnostics-tab, by clicking on both the historical-graph and its

corresponding links within the blue-boxes.

as an aside, those example images may still be outside the
bounds of google's policies and requirements and continue
to cause issues, regardless of any cache or file-name details.

for example, the image looks to have too much border-space
and the file's size may be too large for the website to keep
pace with all google's crawl requests.

a best-practice is usually to have the product itself take up
about 80% of the image, with a size of about 300x300 pixels,
with respect to most servers.

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yes, if the new file-name is reverted back to the old file-name,
within such a time frame, there could be an issue if google still
has the old-file-name's contents within its cache.

another method that usually achieves the same similar results
is to simply add a random url parameter to end of the file; e.g.
http://www.example.com/images/539140.jpg?update=061416

 

of course, be certain to resubmit the data (feed) after making any

such changes; also, check the website's logs for any google crawl

requests, the individual image status by clicking on the file's name

in the products-tab, and any crawl or website issues by checking

the recent and past status information inside the blue-boxes under
the diagnostics-tab, by clicking on both the historical-graph and its

corresponding links within the blue-boxes.

as an aside, those example images may still be outside the
bounds of google's policies and requirements and continue
to cause issues, regardless of any cache or file-name details.

for example, the image looks to have too much border-space
and the file's size may be too large for the website to keep
pace with all google's crawl requests.

a best-practice is usually to have the product itself take up
about 80% of the image, with a size of about 300x300 pixels,
with respect to most servers.

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Thanks for the great tips on the url. Faux Parameter is a great idea.

The pixels, size and white space is interesting. According to the feed specs, Google wants:
Submit the largest, highest resolution, full-size image you have for the product, up to 16MB file size.
Recommended image size is at least 800 x 800 pixels in height and width.
Do not scale up images or submit thumbnails. We recommend the product to take no less than 75%, but not more than 90%, of the full image

Our images are typically well under a single MB but for a product that is long and narrow, it's impossible to put that into a square box. But Google appears to be okay with that:
Our image:
http://image.riverbendhome.com/Base/548454.jpg

Google Shopping image
https://www.google.com/shopping/product/10482695375072185629?q=mayne+4830-r&biw=1745&bih=828&bav=on....

I think I'll try the parameter tip, wait for recrawls, then see what's left and address from there.
Thank you for the prompt reply!