I've Earned $1.48 From Suggesting Keywords
No... I'm not going to tell you that suggesting keywords for images is a great way to make money. I don't suggest keywords for images very often. I do it when I have free time and am browsing the database.
Browsing the database is an education in itself. You discover the occasional portfolio that does nothing but inspire in terms of size versus sales. You learn new techniques. Seeing concepts and ideas that you never thought of expands your own imagination.
But keywording the images of other Contributors? Just to earn two lousy pennies?
The reason why I will suggest keywords is because I find it a challenge. Did a Contributor give their image a real chance to be discovered by a Buyer? It becomes a mental exercise to think of all the words that the Contributor might have missed.
Two things happen when you suggest keywords: (1) You think of keywords that you can use in your own images and (2) You will find keywords in images that you never thought of using in your own images.
I would argue then that I've earned much more than $1.48 by playing this little game with keywords. Suggesting keywords expands your own keyword volcabulary and thus helps with your own sales.
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