SVG Files and Documents Are Now Indexed by Google

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Google has announced that they are now going to be indexing SVG documents and files. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is an XML-based graphics format specifically for vector graphic, both dynamic and static and graphics can be made and edited in any text editor since they are XML files.

You can, however, block your SVG files from being indexed by using the Robots Exclusion Protocol.

Their Webmaster Blog says: “We index SVG content whether it is in a standalone file or embedded directly in HTML. The web is big, so it may take some time before we crawl and index most SVG files, but as of today you may start seeing them in your search results. If you want to see it yourself, try searching for [sitemap] or [HideShow]

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Dries Bultynck

    Do you think SVG could be the new best way to rank images in the future? It makes sense doesn't it. It's fully scalable without a loss of quality. Something i would like to use for sure. Looking forward to these changes. I think this could affect your ranking in Google Image Search a lot.