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    Can Google punish websites for image alt cloaking?

    Hello everyone.
    I have question.

    Does google punish websites, which use image cloaking?
    Let's say I have website which want to rank on Google for "bookstore" phrase.
    And one of my photos shows a girl, like that:
    wallpaperslabs.com/uploads/images/b/e/a/beach_girls_wallpaper_1.jpg (NSFW)
    And I use alt: "Bookstore - girl sells a book".

    Hmm, lets search this image in Google:

    That's mean Google knows that this is not this photo doesn't show girl who selling a books in a Bookstore.

    But if Google can punish me for this? Except manual filter? Is it significant cheating?
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    Google image search (by dropping an image into the search bar) is a really cool feature but its by no means perfect. It often gets it wrong and can be quite funny at times.
    In this example though it got it fairly correct, google are getting better and better at image recognition and then use other alt tags to compare with yours, if this was common practise on your site then I would expect eye brows would be raised and the site would get flagged for a manual review.

    I guess around 20 years ago I took part in a google program helping catalogue millions of images, we was asked to supply keywords to describe the image plus mark if adult in nature, I am guessing here but I suspect that program formed the basis of gaining understanding of images/ shapes/ colour etc things have moved on vastly from the old days but I am fairly sure they will have a good idea on what your thinking of doing and got it covered.

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