Common mistakes when keywording

posted on 9th of january, 2008

I will continue with providing tips and examples from my hands-on experience with your images. Beware, here I come, I have my grades prepared and they rank from one to ten. I will proceed as announced also adding other experiences I came across in my ramblings through the site. Today – I feel over-teacherly here :P – we are going to discuss about: why does my image and the keywords attached have very little in common? Pay attention as this has serious consequences for your portfolios and accounts. Unfortunately for you.......the following cases are considered serious offenses and punished accordingly.

Most common mistake – abuse the auto-populate function. Well, here I've seen some very paradoxical cases. We all love copy paste....and Dreamstime makes it even easier.........

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Posted by Biotabby on June 04, 2016
So I am new two stock photography I would have had my account for a year now in July. I just now started getting more and more photos approved. I take photos of pets mostly dogs and cats at the moment as well as nature photos. I am not sure how to tell if I am "spamming" with key words. I try to use what is relevant to the photo. I try to keep it sweet and simple especially in the description since it auto populates your key words for you. would you recommend using a thesaurus to come up with alternative key words from cat and dog, puppy or kitten? or rescue, volunteer, vet ect. I am just asking encase I need to go back and start editing my key words for my photos. I try to stay original wit my photos and try to put in simple most common key words in hopes to be discovered. I hope you dont mind me asking I hope I am commenting to the right place to find out more about this. I try to keep my key words and descriptions simple as much as possible but still leave it to the buyer...(More)
Posted by Guojiett on February 13, 2014
very useful,thanks
Posted by Fleyeing on March 23, 2009
English is my second (or maybe third) language.

Oh come on, most Dutch are quite fluent in English ;-)

If you can't come up with the right English words, try to find more in your mother tongue (Dutch is mine too) and then submit them to an online translation tool.
Good old Babelfish does the job rather badly, but the new Google Translation API handles translation quite well, with autodetect language and translate into English.

An example for one of your windmills:
In Dutch: windmolen oever vijver poel beek stroom wind molen schoepen draaien energie alternatief ecologie berm oever gebouw opwekken genereren kracht waterkant

and translated: shore windmill pond pool river flow wind mill blades rotate alternative energy ecology roadside bank building generate...(More)

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