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British versus American English spelling

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Pulsar124
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 08:25:07 AM by Pulsar124
Just to draw your attention to the fact that it is important to include both British and American spelling of the same keyword in your list (if they are different for that word). I have sold equal number of photos found with "centre" and "center" alternative spellings (3 and 3 sales, correspondingly). (This is in the context of data centers.)

Other examples would be "color" and "colour", "harbor" and "harbour" etc.:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences

As far as I know, DT search engine treats these different spellings as different words (so you can't find "center" by searching for "centre") - correct me if I'm wrong. This is unlike google, which tries to find all derivatives and even misspellings of a word.
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Mike2focus
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 08:52:01 AM by Mike2focus
You are correct, Pulsar124. I read an article about this a while back. Will post a link tonight if I can find it again. But it is easy to verify by doing test searches.

Another thing to remember, unlike other microstock sites, with DreamsTime you need to also add the plural version of the word. For example, if you have a photo of a book and you put "book" in your keywords but you did not put "books" in your keywords, if someone searches for "books" they will not find your image. So putting the plural version in your keywords is important too. Or vice versa.
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Pulsar124
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 09:55:18 AM by Pulsar124
Yes, I always put plurals of my keywords. Also, I put both joint and separated versions of double words (where both ways are acceptable) - like "data center" and "datacenter".
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Red
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 10:06:50 AM by Red
Plurals


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Fr3ank33
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 10:17:09 AM by Fr3ank33
Thanks for that very helpful information. I think its also important to enter english and american words for things like say, car and automobile, or lift and elevator, many more im sure.


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Imagerybycharly
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 10:19:49 AM by Imagerybycharly
Darn, I though I read somewhere on DT to use the plural and not the single, which I thought odd. Glad I don't have many up to correct. I do use colour(s) usually, but not other English/British words. Thanks for the info! :)


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Suyerry
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Message posted at 06/05/2013, 22:37:14 PM by Suyerry
Thanks for the advice, I will go back and add the British spellings where needed.
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Bobbrooky
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Message posted at 06/06/2013, 07:57:27 AM by Bobbrooky
There are quite a few of american/british spellings. The spellchecker here uses american spellings. I always put in both versions in keywording, as the search facility here at DT is critical in getting the word absolutely correct.
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Mcrobie
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Message posted at 06/06/2013, 19:42:06 PM by Mcrobie
Cool, thank you for the thread, very helpful!! :)
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Sijohnsen
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Message posted at 06/09/2013, 04:11:13 AM by Sijohnsen
American spellings? Surely you mean mis-spellings ;)
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Celiaak
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Message posted at 06/11/2013, 05:22:54 AM by Celiaak
Yes, I also try to add all those words, like color, colors, colour, colours (covering both plurals and different spellings). Also had sold with different spelings too.
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Jmphoto
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Message posted at 06/12/2013, 14:56:24 PM by Jmphoto
Good advice, I had never thought about the different way words were spelled!
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Alvera
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Message posted at 06/14/2013, 19:10:03 PM by Alvera
From your lovely, smart and modest Dorian King: http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/british-and-american-spelling
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Lisafx
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Message posted at 06/17/2013, 15:26:42 PM by Lisafx
Interesting thread. Thanks for the suggestions. I have only added British spellings in just a few images. I guess I always assumed that if an English person was searching an American site they would search the American spelling.

Does this really make a significant difference in sales?
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Alvera
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Message posted at 06/17/2013, 17:46:56 PM by Alvera
Just search "red color" and after that "red colour" and see.
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