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Keywords! 7 Easy Steps for Newbies

KEYWORDS

Probably the MOST IMPORTANT section of all.

When someone enters words in a search,

these are the words that get sorted through

to see if your image is a match.

This is the field where you get to enter all those

juicy descriptive words that people love to see.

There is quite an art to it though, so I will walk you through it slowly.

Don't worry you will soon get the hang of it.

Ok, Dreamstime limits you to 80 keywords.

This means 80 single words, separated by a space, that describe your photo.

We'll use the example again: (photo of an australian juvenile nightjar owlet)

1. MOST IMPORTANTLY

The first set of words you want to enter are the words you used for your image name

Australian Juvenile Nightjar Owlet

2. EXPAND A LITTLE

You now want to enter any derivatives of those words, or other possible ways they could be spelt...

So for Australian you could now have: Aussie Australia

So for Juvenile you could now have: Young Baby Chick

So for Nightjar you could now have: Night Jar

So for Owlet you could now have: Owl

***SUPER HINT: (remember to include the british AND american spelling of words!)

eg: colour AND color

3. EXPAND AGAIN

Now enter any words that are a broader description of the image...Bird Birds

4. BROADER DESCRIPTION

Now enter words that describe the colours and set up of your image.

Colour words: Brown Fawn White

Setup words: Portrait Closeup Close Up Zoom

5. SPECIAL CASE

If your image is of something on a white background it is called an ISOLATED image. So include this word too. Isolate Isolated

Our list now has 24 words and looks like this:

Australian Aussie Australia Juvenile

Young Baby Chick NightJar Night Jar Owlet Owl

Bird Birds Brown Fawn White Portrait

Closeup Close Up Zoom Isolate Isolated

6. GO CRAZY!

Now you can have fun, pick some words that are a bit out of the box.

For this image we could add words like:

Wise Lovely Halloween Woods Forest

Even the word Hedwig which was the name of Harry Potters owl.

See what I mean? :)

7. WORDS TO THE WISE

If you think of another fantastic way to do this, go for it.

Just make sure your words are honest. Don't include words like sexy or lovely if your image is of a headstone. People will stop trusting your reputation and wont even look at images if they see they were uploaded by you - now matter how good they are.

EXTRA SNEAKY KEYWORDS THAT WILL HELP YOU SELL MORE

If you are really keen, open a separate window and do a search on Dreamtime.com for an image similar to your own.

Sort the images by "Downloads - Descending".

This will now show you the most downloaded images that are similar to your own.

When I searched for the word "Owl" and sorted them the most popular image was called Owl Eye (111 d. / 708 v.)

This means it was downloaded 111 times out of being viewed 708 times. Open the most popular image and look at their keywords.

If they have any that you hadn't thought of, go ahead and add those extra words into your own. In this example they had the words Wild and Wildlife

which suits us perfectly, so we will add those in too!

Our list now has 33 words and looks like this:

Australian Aussie Australia Juvenile

Young Baby Chick NightJar Night Jar Owlet Owl

Bird Birds Brown Fawn White Portrait

Closeup Close Up Zoom Isolate Isolated

Wise Lovely Halloween Woods Forest Hedwig

Wild Life Wildlife

And even after your image is submitted you can add more!

Following these steps should give you a great base

of words to start with for your image - don't forget to regularly

review and add keywords!

Good Luck! x

From my tutorial "How to Upload + Submit Images at Dreamstime"at:

http://www.squidoo.com/upload_photos_at_dreamstime#module38431942

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Hope this helps all those newbies (like me)!

Cheers,

Kristy (in Australia) :) x

Photo credits: Kristy Wheeldon.

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February 17, 2017

Dckirba

Thank you! This is very useful :)

February 03, 2017

Bographics

Cool info! I wish I have known this stuff from the beginning! Now I have to rethink all my keywords from the beginning :))

January 18, 2015

Countedsorrow2

Hi Gillian,

Thanks for commenting. In the actual image I explain that very fact you mention (that the Tawny is a nightjar not an owl), however in common language I have heard it called the Tawny Frogmouth Owl many times so accept that as a common (if incorrect) name. Much as I would not hesitate to add "bear" to a picture of a Koala, despite in no way it being a member of the bear family, colloquially it is called Koala Bear by some.

Thanks,
Kristy

October 12, 2014

Gillian08

there's only one problem though, that isn't an owl, is it? it's a tawny frog mouth, often mistaken for an owl, but actually isn't. So technically, you are spamming with the use of "owl", although given this is a very common error, most Aussies will call this an owl, it's borderline excusable, but perhaps not the best to use as your keywording example?

April 04, 2011

Ronwashbrook

I must admit i have used the "EXTRA SNEAKY KEYWORDS THAT WILL HELP YOU SELL MORE" but always go through the list afterwards knocking out the words not relevant. Also usually colours seem to be bigger keywords, so i always try and use at least 2 if applicable naturally.

March 26, 2011

Countedsorrow2

Thanks for the comments!
@ Bonnieblue7 - Your best bet is to contact support they will be happy to help you understand why your image was not accepted and what you might need to do to get accepted next time :)

March 23, 2011

Vilaimages

Excellent, I will save this blog for future use. Thanks!

March 23, 2011

Bonnieblue7

IM NEW AT THIS AND MY PHOTO WAS REJECTED I SAVED IT AS A JPEG TOOK AT
9MP CAN YOU HELP ME

August 03, 2010

Thatsmedrs

Great info..now I have to go back and do the job! :)

May 08, 2010

Chinchoi

keywording is always a dread, great tips to light up my fire to submit more.

March 24, 2010

Irmurka

***SUPER HINT: (remember to include the british AND american spelling of words!)
eg: colour AND color
oh yes ... it's so easy for foreigners who do not speak English ... :-)

March 07, 2010

Carlahorne

Thank you. This is an excellent article for someone like me, a newbie.

February 27, 2010

Countedsorrow2

Thanks for your comment Mafuta. :)

I understand your point but some people do search using words that are more whimsical than factual. The last owl photo I sold was from a buyer whose only search word was the word "cute". No mention of owls at all.

Also a "lovely owl" is quite different to a "frightening owl" or "menacing owl",
so I guess it works that way too. :)
Thanks again :)

February 24, 2010

Mafuta

Well written in a matter of fact way, the correct order etc.
I do however have a problem with words like "Wise" "Lovely" Its a picture of an Owl. People are using to many descriptive words.
Sometimes its easier to keep it simple, I mean don't use so many keywords. Thanx

February 13, 2010

Countedsorrow2

Thanks for your feedback!
It is very appreciated :)

February 10, 2010

Rgbe

GOOD!

February 10, 2010

Walleyelj

Great article! I agree with and have used pretty much all your suggestions. The one about looking for most popular of your subject has recently become a dicey one for me. I try and come up with my own keywords, and then fill in the blanks with ones I hadn't thought of from the most viewed and/or downloaded. I posted one recently of a Western Lowland Gorilla with a newborn. The most popular download of a gorilla had most of the same words that I had, except that they had also added the names of a numbers of countries where gorillas are found in Africa. I thought that a good idea and added them to my submission. A few days later, the image was rejected solely for the "excessive use of irrelevant key words". This despite the fact that all those keywords were found attached to the most downloaded gorilla photo I could find. Usually it's not a problem, but was aggravating since I ended up with a rejected image, a knock on my approval rating, and have to resubmit all over again and hope that I pulled out what they didn't like. It doesn't happen often, but it's not the first time. Just remember, ala no "sexy" tombstones, to not go too far either:)

February 10, 2010

Countedsorrow2

Thanks Hlehnerer and Tetopedro!

February 10, 2010

Tetopedro

Simply...very important !!!
Many thanks for your tips and suggestions with the perfect example choosen ;o)

I'll review immediately my tags ;o)))

Cheers
Stefano

February 10, 2010

Hlehnerer

Very good example of how to keyword.

February 10, 2010

Countedsorrow2

hehe :)

Tsk, Tsk, Gheburaseye - Someone didn't read the whole article ;)

"EXTRA SNEAKY KEYWORDS THAT WILL HELP YOU SELL MORE

If you are really keen, open a separate window and do a search on Dreamtime.com for an image similar to your own,....... etc, etc"


February 10, 2010

Gheburaseye

if I may, I would add to look at the tag inserted in similar images: it can help so much!

February 10, 2010

Countedsorrow2

Thanks Frantab01!

Good tip Creativei :)

February 10, 2010

Creativei

Very well written. I would suggest adding your username or some secret word, its very helpful to find your images and inform friends.

February 10, 2010

Frantab01

thanks for sharing :)

February 10, 2010

Countedsorrow2

No worries, Nikitu :)
I have removed that line about using plurals
from the article.

Sorry, I didn't know - was there anything else I should remove?

Thanks for reading. :)

February 10, 2010

Gardian777

But if you have a few birds can you still use "bird"?

February 10, 2010

Nikitu

"HINT: Always put the singular and plural of the word, if you only enter "Bird" and someone searches for "Birds" your image wont show up. " Actually, we don't encourage you to use the plural when there is no need for this. If you have one bird in your image don't use birds as a keyword as it is not appropriate.

February 10, 2010

Countedsorrow2

Thanks for your comment and compliment Mstycoon!

I agree! I have mostly bird photos and I never even thought of "avian"
until Fultonsphoto mentioned right now :)

I think taking some time out to assess your photos and keywords as you suggested is a fab idea.

February 10, 2010

Mstycoon

Kristy this article is very well written. Thanks for taking the time to write to help all of us newbies. One more step I take is to wait a week after acceptance and look at the photo again. Dreamstime lets you add keywords anytime. Sometimes I look at a photo and I'm surprised I didn't put in an important keyword when I uploaded so I add it.

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