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The importance of right keyword

People get agitated when they see wrong keyword notification in their in box and some of them respond in an aggressive manner.

This a reply I had to send to one such member:

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“This is not targeting any individual.

If improper keywords are used all the contributors of DT suffers.

Take for example your picture of a Pigeon (and it is a good picture)

If one of the buyers tries to search for a picture of a Pigeon, there is a good chance that yours won’t get sold or even seen. The reason being, wrong keywords put in by others.

Do you know the things that are thrown up when one searches for Pigeon?

Take a look:

Sparrow - 7237591

Owl – 6136446 / 6248347 / 6188622 / 6403769

Children with computer – 5339035 / 5339125

Card - 9183179 / 9182920

Merlin - 19969835

Floral background - 14528257

Scarecrow - 19050358

18th century power stn dial – 827690

Gymnastics – 3548986

Crow 13303150 (and this is a Mynah)

And many more that I am not listing here (and in none of the above pictures will you find a pigeon)

Now you have to take a call to decide if you have to delete your wrong keywords or not”

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Photo credits: Tamara Bauer.

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October 06, 2012

Brunohaver

I read here that uses a long time to find the bad guys. :)
you should look for the best commercial sense of the words.
I know less English. but I know words used in advertising agencies.

the word "capsule" is the cap of the bottle and "naked", "undressed" we mean without a label. if a customer looks for "bottle undressed" should find a bottle without a label.
Joezachs, I hope you do your work with awareness.
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August 28, 2012

Peanutroaster

Jo-jo, If you spent as much time flagging keywords as you did uploading images you'd have a decent portfolio by now. As for your latest flag on me, take some time to look up the insect in question and you'll discover that it is called a "Tomato Hornworm". Who died and made you sheriff?

April 14, 2012

Davesfreelancephotos

Hi again Joe, guess who.

I just checked a whole load of your referred members....and surprise surprise...hardly any have uploaded any photo's and another very strange coincidence is the fact that they all have Sport graphic and Brad Calkins as favourite photographers...do you have an explanation for this???

Joe Zachs you're a fake and it's about time that Dreamstime wake upto you and your criminal ways.

April 14, 2012

Davesfreelancephotos

Hi again Joe....just incase you're bored again...I just found this image with the ID 21320692 it's called Toledo in Spain...probably sounds familiar to you...anyway here we go...your Keywords..

#1..Aerial....this photo was obviously taken from a hill...here is the definition of an aerial photograph..."Aerial photography is the taking of photographs of the ground from an elevated position. The term usually refers to images in which the camera is not supported by a ground-based structure. Cameras may be hand held or mounted, and photographs may be taken by a photographer, triggered remotely or triggered automatically. Platforms for aerial photography include fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, balloons, blimps and dirigibles, rockets, kites parachutes etc."....so Aerial is wrong...flag it you may get 2 cents for it.

#2..Flow...you are assuming that the "River"...a stream it is not....is flowing....pure assumption, a bit like cereal and bowl. The photo shows no water movement so it is not flowing.

#3..Stream...you mean this enormous river in the foreground, or have I missed something? It's a river and not a stream...Stream is wrong.

#4..Sun...where?....I can't see the sun...It is daylight so one can assume that the sun is shining...but I can't see it..I can't see the moon but it's there , oh and what about the stars they're there too, don't forget to add them. Again..a bit like cereal bowl.

So Joe as you can see no one is perfect...not even you.

I wonder how many of your referred persons are actually genuine??? maybe someone should check up on that. It seems to me you're here to make money but at all our costs and not through your photography.

Have a very pleasant evening.


April 14, 2012

Davesfreelancephotos

Joe...you flagged an image of mine..thank-you very much you lovely person....... Unfortunately in this one case you were right. However I looked at one of your photo's of a couple smiling at the camera...You have used the word Happy in this image...how do you know that they're happy???...most people smile when posing for a camera. Hhhhmmmm should I lower myself to your level and flag your image???... So do the world a favour and stop boring us all...either do something good for this site and for yourself and bolster your portfolio. It has been proven that people who flex their "muscles" online usually belong to lifes losers. I completely agree with Kharyadi and Wisconsinart....you're photo's are good , but you'll not increase your sales by your amok flagging campaign.
It's nice to see that there are people out there who have nothing better to do than annoy decent people.. Joe, back to your photo that I mentioned earlier....You mention your own "standards"...and how you don't like posed pictures , well what is this image..??? As you say success is better measured in smiles...(bet you don't see many of those)....giggles well yes probably, but at you and not with you...money earned?...well hardly like if you invest all of your energy into flagging.....DT's members...Have a wonderful day.

March 10, 2012

Kharyadi

Totally agree with Wisconsinart. You should use your time to produce more images than flagging other contributor keywords. To flag keywords is a good thing, since not all contributors are English native. But you should also think about how to increase your portfolio, both quantity and quality. Not just getting revenue for $0.02 for flagging keywords.

February 06, 2012

Wisconsinart

Joe flagged one of my images and it's a mistake on his part since he is not familiar with American English. But tben this old blog pops up and it appears Joe has been running amok through the database. Come on Joe, lets spend more energy on uploading new images.

February 06, 2012

Peanutroaster

Thanks for flagging one of my photos. It gave me a chance to go back and find some keywords I was missing. I was looking at some of your photos and I see you are putting a sparse number of keywords. I almost filled out the keyword suggestion form but decided I didn't need the two cents.

December 26, 2011

Parkinsonsniper

Joe flagged one of my pics. It was a picture of a tablet pc. The tablet was covered with a material, colored in "piano black", which means shiny black. He flagged the word "piano"...he was right about it. There was no piano in the picture. So I explained him the situation, he was nice and kind.

   Android Tablet   

I think that such people, flagging keywords in our pictures are doing a nice think for us.

Because, I remember a keyword in my tomato picture...it was flagged by someone that I don't remember at the moment. The word was "sleepless" LOL I really don't know how it got there. But it's pretty sure that my tomato was not sleepless :)) I removed the word and send a "thank you" message to the flagger.

   Isolated Tomato   

On the other hand;

This picture was flagged for the word "stones" LOL

   Zen Stones   

December 26, 2011

Rolmat

I agree with the comment below that no one does it on purpose.
How it actually happens is, let us say you have a bowl with cereal (15040959) for which we put in some keywords.

And you have another picture of the same bowl which is completely empty (no cereals) 15040943
Now when we borrow the keywords from the first picture, we should take care that the keyword cereal is not carried forward in the second picture (the empty bowl)
Like I said, this is not done on purpose. So if someone points this out to me I have to simply acknowledge and delete the keyword. This helps everybody.


In my opinion, this image should not have the keywords "dish" and "isolated". There's no dish present and the bowl is not isolated.

October 09, 2011

Leon1

hello , could explane to me the uncorrect word in my photo ? thank you for the cooperation

September 20, 2011

Digitalstudios

heyJ oe Zachariah,
have you boredom, flag your own pictures

August 20, 2011

Digitalexpressionimages

A bowl is a bowl and one can have anything in it. This is like saying its a "Oh thats a tea cup, sorry you can't have coffee in it"
As for the Bird Painting, yes feathers may be missing but its not drawn on a canvas, and I don't see anything silk in it.

You can put coffee in a tea cup, indeed you can, but it doesn't change the fact that it's a tea cup. Likewise, you can put cereal in a cereal bowl or you can put cereal in a salad bowl or in a dog's water bowl. The name doesn't refer to what you can or cannot put in it, it refers to the style. If you submitted a photo of a salad bowl and used the keyword "cereal" that would be wrong but having a photo of a cereal bowl with that keyword is perfectly correct and relevant for anyone looking for a cereal style bowl.

Just because you don't understand a reference doesn't make it wrong. Stop being the keyword police and go out and take some photos.

July 20, 2011

Kbkgraphx

Yes, but it could easily be interpreted as a painting on silk or canvas. Remember: implied! You never know when that painting on cloth could be good enough for a designer to substitute as a pic on canvas or silk.

Bowls are especially connected to cereal being that it is almost a constant daily association every morning for millions if not billions of people. Same would go for soup.

I myself prefer to worry about my own portfolio rather than everyone else's.

July 19, 2011

Joezachs

A bowl is a bowl and one can have anything in it. This is like saying its a "Oh thats a tea cup, sorry you can't have coffee in it"
As for the Bird Painting, yes feathers may be missing but its not drawn on a canvas, and I don't see anything silk in it.

July 19, 2011

Kbkgraphx

Joe, "cereal" should most definitely be a keyword for that image, no question about it. It is more the lack of relevant keywords that is more of a problem. For instance, your "BIRD PAINTING" is conspicuously missing the keywords "canvas" and "feathers" and "silk". An important part of keywording is not only to be completely literal, but to also anticipate what buyers are searching for. Anything directly related to, or implied by the image, MUST be included in the keywords to be successful.

July 19, 2011

Csproductions

That's because it's a cereal bowl.

July 18, 2011

Joezachs

I agree with the comment below that no one does it on purpose.
How it actually happens is, let us say you have a bowl with cereal (15040959) for which we put in some keywords.

And you have another picture of the same bowl which is completely empty (no cereals) 15040943
Now when we borrow the keywords from the first picture, we should take care that the keyword cereal is not carried forward in the second picture (the empty bowl)

 Small Bowl Like I said, this is not done on purpose. So if someone points this out to me I have to simply acknowledge and delete the keyword. This helps everybody.

July 17, 2011

Csproductions

I agree wholeheartedly that keyword spamming affects us all. You flagged three of my images for having the irrelevant keyword "dolphin." The keyword refers to the tattoo on the model's abdomen in each photo - a dolphin. So if a potential buyer were to search for "dolphin tattoo," my photos would be relevant. I've chosen to keep the word in this case, but if you find irrelevant keywords in any of my portfolio (which would be a mistake on my part, not intentional), please flag them to bring them to my attention.

July 16, 2011

Laurasinelle

Thanks for sharing, I think its very important check ours keywords

July 16, 2011

Mariaam

Yes, it´s very important to have the right keywords. Thanks for the interesting article!

July 15, 2011

Egomezta

Thanks for sahring, I guess we all have to check our keywords from time to time.

July 15, 2011

Rosedarc

I won't check all the images you mention, but the gymnastics one shows the pigeon position, and that's why the word pigeon is correctly used in the keywords. Sometimes a word does not seem related at all when you see the image, when when you read the description of the photo, it all makes sense. That's why one had better be careful when flagging.

July 15, 2011

Joezachs

As for refering dictionaries here is a dialogue a contributor had with me:

Thank you for the attention to my image. I'm not a native English speaker, so for sure I can do mistakes when selecting keywords, but for this particular case (pestle) all my dictionaries say that this word denotes a part of a flower, and this part is well-seen on the image. That's why I've added this word to the list of keywords.

Maybe what you mean is Pistle

The difference in meaning is:

Pestle : a heavy stick made of clay, stone or metal, with a thick rounded end, which is used for crushing substances in a mortar (= a small strong bowl) by hitting or rubbing them

Pistil : the female reproductive part of a flower, consisting of one carpel or a group of carpels joined together

You are right! The source of my confusion is that in Russian the same word is used in both cases. So I've removed the wrong word from the list of keywords. Thanks a lot for your help!

July 15, 2011

Digikhmer

Joe, I do agree with you about the keywording. For exemple this 3817179 picture is a train, a tram and a bus and located in roma, in brussel and zagreb. It must be a super tram to be able to be in more than one place at the same time. I flagged this one for not a "paris" tram. When I uploaded my "tram paris", I sow three identical picture from this contributor tagged his picture as "paris tram" and more (madrid, russia, munich, brussel) which is not true... It is a typical keyword "spam"

July 15, 2011

Roberto1977

This is the same dictionary... Don't use only the dictionary. Ask to a jewish person if it is correct or not :-)

July 15, 2011

Joezachs

I doubt if a Menorah comes under Chandelier
The dictionary meaning of a Chandelier is:
a decorative light which hangs from the ceiling and has several parts like branches for holding bulbs or, especially in the past, candles

July 15, 2011

Roberto1977

Generally I don't answer to a "flagged keyword" message. If I'm agree with the "flagging" man I delete the keyword. If not, I don't do anything. Here it is an example of an image of mine flagged by you: 8081850. Flagged keyword: chandelier. There's a menorah in the bottom right corner: that is also known as chandelier...

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