Images in Google Posts Borked, Broken, and Bonkers
Carrie Hill

A few weeks ago – an innocuous thread on the Local Search Forum started with the title, “Images That Will Cause Your Google Posts to Fail and Filter Your Google Posts” started a conversation around Google rejecting posts because we thought the skin-to-clothing ratio was too low.

There didn’t seem to be a lot of logic around which images got through, and which got kicked out… but there is an interesting progression over the last week or two – I tried to illustrate what happened in

Then we noticed some posts being rejected simply for having a photo, and a workaround seemed to be posting, then editing the post and adding a photo

We saw identical posts being treated differently – some rejected, some accepted

Then, we saw posts being completely rejected no matter what

Then, there was speculation that it was due to stock photography – because Google seemed to indicate that nothing was wrong and it was working as intended – but even those using owned/original photos were having issues.

All along, the Local SEO community was still taking bug – it was pretty apparent it wasn’t “working as intended”

Oh – then maybe it wasn’t working as intended (according to Google.)

Then it was fixed – and some of the posts that were denied, actually posted – making a duplicate post mess.

THEN we saw a new feature – posts with multiple photos….. more on that coming soon!


Carrie comes to Sterling Sky with SEO experience that dates back to 2005! She has a passion for figuring out what works for each and every client and picking apart the problems that arise in our “it depends” relationship with Google. She has also been organizing and nurturing the LocalU Conference Series since 2017 – through to today – across a hectic few years of pandemic and back into in-person conferences again.