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How This Buyer Searches

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New article posted: How This Buyer Searches
Posted: 09/21/2013, 08:15:23 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The point I've been trying to make for years.
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Posted: 09/22/2013, 09:20:07 AM
Thank you, You get a "useful" from me.
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Posted: 09/22/2013, 19:42:04 PM
Good to see how the buyers are thinking (Y). Useful
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Posted: 09/22/2013, 21:01:50 PM
Very interesting perspective and a good one for the contributors to know. Thanks for writing this article.
Posted: 09/22/2013, 22:16:12 PM
Not to mention the gloriously described "cattle soup" :D

Personally I am beginning to find the most irritating part of stock is the poor keywording.

Some (not all) photographers fail to realise that they are selling to buyers and by putting irrelevant keywords on their images it just clutters the whole process.

Ditto on "organic" and "freshness" a real pet peeve. :D
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 06:39:37 AM
Very useful for contributors! Thank you!
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 08:41:21 AM
"Vegetarian" is a valid keyword for a food image containing eggs, cheese, etc., because lacto-ovo vegetarians eat those products. "Vegan" would not be a valid keyword for those images, because vegans do not. The notion of "a true vegetarian" is a personal opinion, i.e., not a taxonomic category that a photographer should use for keyword choices. This highlights the other side of the keyword conundrum, buyers need to use the correct words too. If you want vegetarian food photos that do not include any animal products, you should be searching for "vegan."

Also, this only looks at one use case, and should not be treated as definitive. While one buyer may not search based on the colors in an image, another buyer may have very specific color needs without caring at all what kind of bean is in the soup.
Posted: 09/23/2013, 09:27:35 AM
Thanks for the info! I will keep in mind!
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 09:54:44 AM
Correct keywords is absolutely essential!
I am both contributor and imagebyer. When searching on a clients behalf the searchwords can be very specific with words like: adhesion, excavator, bitumen etc.
You can find a lot of tape-images here without the keyword adhesion...

One little tip is to use Wikipedia. Very useful, especially for all of us who is not native english spoken. And do not use automatic translation. Also, do not write keywords your not sure of before double checking.
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 09:54:59 AM
great blog... thanks for sharing
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 11:43:41 AM
I will strive to make a good bean soup for you!:) Thank you for sharing! Thank you for this blog! Very useful!
Posted: 09/23/2013, 13:25:33 PM
It is great to hear from the buyer, thank you. Keywords think of the buyers.
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 15:10:32 PM
It is nice to hear from a buyers perspective. This is very helpful information.
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 16:27:07 PM
interchange of opinions between buyers and photographers should happen more often, I think it is very productive for both sides.
Posted: 09/23/2013, 16:51:08 PM
Great info-thanks for sharing. I have to run-gotta search by "cattle soup" and find out what that is!
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Posted: 09/23/2013, 21:24:46 PM
Useful info, thanks for sharing.
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Posted: 09/24/2013, 05:48:04 AM
Ahaa! Thanks for sharing your perspectives... You know, it's so infrequent that the image buyers weigh in here on their thoughts and needs, That it's like finding buried TREASURE when you do. We contributors do tend to engage in a lot of guessing and assuming in our work. If you look at my keywords, you'll find "organic" and "vegetarian" A LOT, lol, because I didn't know any better, and I do produce a lot of fruit and vegetable imagery, and I figured some recipe compiler/blog producer/whomever, might be out there looking for that stuff by those names.... WOOPS :) Try not to take it too personally - no one wants to trip you up, we are all just trying to help, haa haa! I will stop unnecessarily keywording "organic", because you do make a very logical point! Thanks again and have a great day! USEFUL!
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Posted: 09/25/2013, 10:50:13 AM
A couple of additional comments if I may.

Watch for spelling errors - today I found a great image (by accident) of Potatoe soup. Potatoe will not appear in searches for Potato.

Also be aware of singulars and plurals, soup does not come up when searching for soups. Apple and Apples are two different keywords, might as well be black versus white. Test your keywords before you publish them.
Posted: 09/25/2013, 11:35:06 AM
Thanks very useful, great info.
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Posted: 09/25/2013, 19:34:02 PM
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