The importance of rekeywording - is it true?

Since I've started uploading photos on stock sites, I've been constantly reading articles and learning more about this whole industry.

In the last few months I read a lot and learnt about keywording. When I first started uploading I was really bad at keywording, which seems to be one of the most powerful ways to bring buyers to your work. It was a nuisance to find at least 10 good keywords, and I often added others related only hypothetically to the image.

Therefore, about a month ago, when I found some time, I started rekeywording my old photos. I was stunned to see the small number of keywords I added back then and how stupid some of them were. So, I put some work into it, and now my photos are better keyworded.

Since then, I've been waiting to see a boost in the views numbers, but nothing spectacular actually happened. Maybe I'm just to eager and this is a thing that will happen in time. I do not dispute the importance of rekeywording and I recommend everyone to take a look back to when they started and improve the keywords (and title, description as well!).

Share your experience with me and let me know if you noticed any changes in "popularity" after rekeywording your images :)

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April 10, 2011

Dark3y3s

Melonstone, many many thanks for your comment! :) I'll surely follow your advice as soon as possible :)

April 10, 2011

Melonstone

Hey Andrea - your port has started well, you've got some decent shots, but before you start getting more views/sales you need to make it bigger (much bigger!). Get uploading & keep uploading on a weekly basis.

Keywords are important, but titles & descriptions are crucial as they determine where in search results your pix appear. You have far too many pix with the same title (young pretty smiling woman). There are lots of titles you can use for those series of pix (woman in hat, for example, woman in woolly hat, girl in winter hat, white winter hat...etc etc). You need varied titles to get caught by the different search parameters buyers use, otherwise your pix will appear only in a few searches.

Titles that are too long will be way down the search results (so use Penguins at zoo or Shonnbrun Palace). Also, try not to use words like "a" or "the" in titles (ie Shonnbrun Palace View rather than View of the Shonnbrun Palace).

There are loads of good blogs and message board discussions on keywords, titles and descriptions and you should read them as you would find them very helpful before you commence changing titles/descriptions. I bet you go back and change some keywords as well. ;-) Good luck! It's hard to wade through your port & make those changes, but it's worth it.

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April 08, 2011

Dark3y3s

Igordabari, I read that article. I guess I just have to wait a little more, maybe revise my keywords again after a while to improve them even more :)

Gmargittai, thank you very much for pointing that out. I started looking and editing the titles today but I didn't have time for all of the photos. I'm looking at those you noticed right after I hit "send" on this comment :D

April 08, 2011

Gmargittai

Andrea,
I am a newbie in this, completely amateur but if you allow me. Two out of the three photos you have posted, both nice are titled Underwater Life. A little more research might help. The third one is a Sea Turtle, the first one I am not sure about maybe soft corral but YOU should look it up and be precise.

I am falling sometimes in this trap, I put some initial keywords, why bother, maybe the image will be refused. If accepted I will work some more on adding better ones, which of course never happens.

April 08, 2011

Igordabari

I made the same job in January. Some effect (quite noticeable) started in a month or so. It takes a time for search engine to re-place your images.

Grigor (Grisho) posted a nice blog on it HERE

Also I agreed with Petin - titles and descriptions should differ as much as possible. If it isn't a case for your PF it may affect views/sales, as well.

April 08, 2011

Dark3y3s

Egomezta, I know it is important, but I was hoping it would reflect somehow (in sales, views.. ) :)

April 08, 2011

Egomezta

Rekeywording is important, I guess you won't notice a significant chance in views or sales, but I'm sure your images will be there to be found more easily.

April 08, 2011

Joe1971

the kewwords are really important!

April 08, 2011

lzf

yes. the kewwords are really important for the coming sales.btw nice pics you shared

April 08, 2011

Dark3y3s

Joezachs, it can increase really fast if you put a little work into it :) I didn't know about the registering thing. I think though that they are registered, otherwise what would be the point of rekeywording?

Petin, you might have a point there. When I did the rekeywording thing, I changed only a few titles and descriptions. Now I learnt something new, I'll look at them as soon as I have some spare time. Thank you! :)

April 08, 2011

Meryll

I have not experienced any particular sale / view effect after re-keywording either, even in long time.

April 08, 2011

Petin

Now I quickly went through your portfolio. From my point of view very nice pictures! But please look how many time you repeat the title and even the description... The searching engine can understand it as a spam and does not use it for search. I would guess, it is the reason why you have so low sale.

April 08, 2011

Petin

It also had no effect for my portfolio. From the other side, if I try to find the picture according to the word I added, I am successfull. Unfortunatelly only me, not buyers...:(

April 08, 2011

Joezachs

I don't think its the size of the portfolio.
One thing I observed is that what you add later as a keyword is never picked up in a search. I wonder if it gets registered.
By the way if your portfolio is small then I should say mine is tiny.

April 08, 2011

Dark3y3s

Hmm, I see. My portfolio is pretty small as well, comparing with others :) However, I am not sure that might be a cause. Maybe we're not rekeywording correctly?

April 08, 2011

Xiaofeng123

no effect for me.Maybe because my portfolio is too small.

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