Stealing Keywords From Other Contributors
In my keywords I include WISCONSINART. I started doing this because I wanted to make it easier to find my images. What I have found is when you sort by latest uploads, I would find images that were not mine but included WISCONSINART. It's then obvious a contributor copy-and-pasted my list of keywords into their image.
While this may be easy to get away with, it is still contrary against Dreamstime policies. If you can't keyword your images, then pay the 60 cents to have a keyword master create the list for you. That's why the service is there. Some contributors work hard to properly keyword their images and you're just stealing their work if you're one of the lazy ones.
Well, OK, junior has girlie magazines under his mattress and has been smoking cigarettes in the alley. Gee, what a shock and surprise.
Virtually every week I catch someone stealing my keywords which is becoming a chore to have WISCONSINART removed as needed. As a result, I have been noticing something else... EVERY contributor I have caught has very poor sales. My conclusion is this: Being lazy and taking short cuts is the path for being a failure. This is a truism for any endeavor you may undertake.
If you can't take the time to do a good job, then why are you here?
I have also discovered another thing: Even when the contributor is clever enough to remove WISCONSINART, I have found images where it was still obvious the keywords were stolen from other contributors. The result is the image will have many inappropriate keywords. An image of a young girl should not have WRINKLES as one of its keywords.
Inappropriate keywords is a great way to anger buyers and have them bypass your portfolio altogether. It is perhaps another reason why these portfolios have very poor sales.
So... if you're a person who copies-and-pastes (STEALING) keywords from other contributors, you might want to rethink what you're doing. First of all, when you're caught, you get on "The List." Secondly, it means you're not putting in the effort you need for getting sales. Lastly, being lazy in doing your job creates a sloppy list of keywords and angering buyers costs you sales.
And... you know what really should be done to contributors who steal keywords...?
Photo credits: Diomidov.