Will Stock Images Hurt My Rankings?

Matt Cutt’s has answered some tough questions before, but got right to the point on this one.

A viewer asked Matt if using stock images (or other people’s images) will hurt your rankings in Google.

Matt responded and basically said: NO.  Although he did mention that they might possibly want to consider using it as a signal in the future.

Not really sure how that would work, or even if that would be fair.  Images are shared all of the time, and websites should not ever be penalized on wanting to share an image.

That’s my .02.  If you’d still like to watch the video, check it out here:


You also might want to check out our post titled, “8 most over used SEO images” which fits right along with this post!

Patrick Coombe
Patrick Coombe is the founder and CEO of Elite Strategies Llc. Patrick takes a hands on approach to managing Elite Strategies and loves to get involved with technical projects relating to clients inbound marketing needs.
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