Image descriptions: A place for unrelated keywords?
I was looking up random images trying to figure out and list a number of potential subjects in demand. Right now I have no proper gear and not enough time for much. Next month, I think I will have both. Plenty of it. Hence the casual research in free time.
And see what it turns up.
I searched "revenge" (I didn't know what else to search for)...and quite some images turned up in the search results. "Quite some" means a thousand or more images. I hit the "most downloaded" category because the most relevant isn't really relevant for me as of now.
I got this image in the search results, on second row of first page:
Why did this image turn up?
Keyword spamming? Not really. It turned up because it has "revenge" in its description. ONLY description, not the title or keywords. Makes me wonder, if I wrote my story of capturing a grasshopper photo in description like this:
"I clicked the photo of this grasshopper when the majestic lion was roaring behind me and my camera flash failed to fire because of the fear and after shooting the image I was so scared my camera dropped and broke by accident. Then I remembered I did not have any insurance. But I was happy the memory card still had the shot. I always think positive."
Okay, this is stupid exaggeration. But think about it, how do the words in the description count in a search result? I'm sure many images have strange and sometimes such exaggerated descriptions. It is also very easy to put some relevant unrelated keywords in a description without realizing it. The contributor with the above image probably used a translator or some tool and ended up with "revenge" by mistake.
Now this makes me think...what is the priority of keywords INSIDE descriptions? Will they also turn up in the most relevant category? Will my image turn up if I wrote a title with some main words but didn't include it in keywords?
My image for "revenge" turns up on the second or third row of the most relevant category... keywords do matter a lot. And hitting on something like this makes things a little confusing.
What do you know about the relevancy of keywords and where they are mentioned? What is the optimal number of words for title? What is the best number of keywords?
Share what you know! It would help us all. :)
Photo credits: Dmitry Fetisov.