This is how I keyword...

posted on 27th of april, 2012

Key wording can be very intimidating...you sit, you think and wonder what to type and when you have typed all the words you can possible think about you still have only scratched the surface of what the image is all about.

You try and think what a possible buyer might type when looking for an image...but then...you don't know what they are looking for so how could you know what to use as a title or description.

When I keyword I tend to use a few simple questions.

Where...where is this image taking place and is that relevant?
What...what is happening in the image?
Who...who is in the image?
When...when is the image taken if relevant to the image?

After I have used these questions to think out keywords I usually have quite a descriptive list. From there you can let your mind wonder to the less relevant to the image, being careful not to spam or use incorrect keywords.

Just a note on how I make my keywording a little easier.

Have a super weekend all

Comments (12)

Posted by Rosedarc on May 02, 2012
I also always have a look again at the image once it's been approved, just in case I missed the obvious. And when I get a sale with keywords I often do a search on my portfolio to match it, that gives me additional keywords. Looking at groups of images rather than one on one helps me a lot to see what I've missed.
Posted by Badzmanaois on May 02, 2012
I start off with my own list of keywords which are descriptive of what the scene is all about. I then fire up Yuri's keywording tool and add other relevant keywords I might have missed.

Nice tips, btw!
Posted by Saap585 on May 02, 2012
Yuri's site (and keywording tool) is back again. And i dont know if it is "political correct" or not but the last days that the site was down, i just looked over the stock market about best selling images similar to mine, i just copied the keywords and then i just done some delete and add keywords, to suit my images characteristics. Yuri's tool does the same also!
Have a great day (and sales!)
Posted by Saje on May 01, 2012
I use Yuri's tool also. There are a couple other tools you can use too. Google "microstock keyword tool" and pick one you like. The tools create lists much larger and more comprehensive than I can create on my own. And it's MUCH faster. I can then just supplement the list and be done.
Posted by Laurasinelle on May 01, 2012
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Miraclemoments on April 30, 2012
Hi there...no I had no idea there was a program for this. Very nice. Will do some research on that.
Posted by Lfmpereira on April 30, 2012
I used yuri arcurs keyword program, but for the last day or so it has been down. Do you know anything about this?
Posted by Egomezta on April 30, 2012
Thanks for sharing, good ideas.
Posted by Miraclemoments on April 29, 2012
Thank you jdanne. I will do that...will add the feelings question to my list as well:-)
Posted by Jdanne on April 28, 2012
You should make your keyword list more complete. For example the "Colorful Ocean Sunset" photo:

Please add:
- the keywords in American English: colorful (not only the British "colourful")
- the feelings which are caused by this photo: romantic, calm, purity, clean
- some kind of generalization: coast, nature, tourism, sky
Posted by Leahmae on April 27, 2012
I do a search in google or yahoo and pick up words that way, it helps a lot.
Posted by Sunguy on April 27, 2012
After I have gone through all the keywords I can think of, I look up another image on Dreamstime in the same general catagory as mine (one that has had sales and hits) and see what they have used.

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