searching for kids

posted on 19th of february, 2010

Question: If I search for kids... just an example. And I see 80 illustrations per page, if I watch 50 pages, that means 4000 illustrations totally. Wright? But... what if and I want to see page 51, they will say that:

"Searches are limited to 4000 results, please refine your keywords for better results.".

Why limited to 4000 results? This is the question? I am sure that they are much more than 50 pages out there. But maybe I don't want another keywords. How can I see that page? O maybe I want to see page 123... What can I do?

That means the buyers are limited to see only the "most" relevant and the "most" downloaded images?! Very nice guys... Nothing to say...

What if I am not so "most" downloaded or relevant, but my illustration are okay?
They will not sell ever just because the buyers are limited to see only the "most" ones?

Searches are limited to 4000 results, please refine your keywords for better results.?! That's not okay!

What about you? What do you think?

Comments (9)

Posted by Mani33 on February 19, 2010
I agree with Brad! The only time I over passed the 40 pages of search was because I wanted to see the ideas existed about the subject! As a buyer I filter my search & specify my keywords.
Posted by Treasurehunter22 on February 19, 2010
When I buy images, I refine my searches by other things using the advanced search features. If I know what my layout is, I may choose only landscape or a specific age -- if I don't want any teens in my photos for example. I'll do the same thing if I want a photo of a chair with people in it, I'll select "only people". I think there are other ways of narrowing down a search other than the ever-important keyword. At least that's how this buyer does it.
Posted by Robertosch on February 19, 2010
Very good point, thanks for answering.
Posted by Bradcalkins on February 19, 2010
I can't speak for how far in designers will look, but I can make a couple of points:

1. Most of the sales that show keywords on kids in my portfolio were found using a single keyword.
2. If you don't show up in the first 50 pages of results, you haven't keyworded well for the search. In the example shown - you have a very poor choice of title to get found under a search on 'kids'. If I search on 'isolated kids silhouette' you are on page one.
3. Other search factors come into play. People can check the 'additional format' box - very likely for illustrations. This eliminates some choices.
4. When your image is first uploaded it is more likely to get found using the 'upload date' sort order.
5. Another option buyer can use is the filter on levels - if you select only level 1 images you'll get fewer results (and cheaper too). This can work against you, of course, if the buyer searches on higher levels only.

Bottom line is that for most buyers I would expect...(More)
Posted by Robertosch on February 19, 2010
Come on, guys! Express yourself. No matter what. Just add a comment. Pro or contra! I just want to see your point of view. That's all.
Posted by Robertosch on February 19, 2010
Yes, you could be wrong. I don't say that you are. Just that you could. But just think about that. What if the buyer have a lot of time and he want to see let's say 60 pages from 150 that are online? Or maybe 70 pages. Maybe he want to buy something new, or not so "popular or very well sold? What he can do? Not much, I suppose...
Posted by Martinedegraaf on February 19, 2010
I understand your point, but do not quite agree.
I think a buyer definatly will refine his search if he can't find what he's looking for on the first 50 pages. I honestly don't think many buyers will even look further than the first 10 pages. I also believe not many buyers will just search for 'kid' but at least add one additive e.g. sad or happy.
But I could be very wrong, off course...;)
Posted by Robertosch on February 19, 2010
Yes, and this is what I want to say. We can't sell our images if they are not very popular or very well sold. I think that is not okay. Somebody will say that the buyers will enter in our galleries and they will still buy our images. But... what if we are new to Dreamstime and they never heard about us? Or they choose not to enter and to buy the "most" ones? We will have to wait 2 or 3 years until we sell maybe 200 images just to be a little bit "popular"?!
Posted by Sebikus on February 19, 2010
I agree with you. If it show only "most" downloaded images, so I can't sell images and I'm in disadvantage. But I think, that buyer can choose how he want sort images. However he can't get to all images, we still have disadvantage...

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