This is how I keyword...

Key wording can be very sit, you think and wonder what to type and when you have typed all the words you can possible think about you still have only scratched the surface of what the image is all about.

You try and think what a possible buyer might type when looking for an image...but don't know what they are looking for so how could you know what to use as a title or description.

When I keyword I tend to use a few simple questions.

Where...where is this image taking place and is that relevant?

What...what is happening in the image?

Who...who is in the image?

When...when is the image taken if relevant to the image?

After I have used these questions to think out keywords I usually have quite a descriptive list. From there you can let your mind wonder to the less relevant to the image, being careful not to spam or use incorrect keywords.

Just a note on how I make my keywording a little easier.

Have a super weekend all


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May 02, 2012


I also always have a look again at the image once it's been approved, just in case I missed the obvious. And when I get a sale with keywords I often do a search on my portfolio to match it, that gives me additional keywords. Looking at groups of images rather than one on one helps me a lot to see what I've missed.

May 02, 2012


I start off with my own list of keywords which are descriptive of what the scene is all about. I then fire up Yuri's keywording tool and add other relevant keywords I might have missed.

Nice tips, btw!

May 02, 2012


Yuri's site (and keywording tool) is back again. And i dont know if it is "political correct" or not but the last days that the site was down, i just looked over the stock market about best selling images similar to mine, i just copied the keywords and then i just done some delete and add keywords, to suit my images characteristics. Yuri's tool does the same also!
Have a great day (and sales!)

May 01, 2012


I use Yuri's tool also. There are a couple other tools you can use too. Google "microstock keyword tool" and pick one you like. The tools create lists much larger and more comprehensive than I can create on my own. And it's MUCH faster. I can then just supplement the list and be done.

May 01, 2012


Thanks for sharing!

April 30, 2012


Hi I had no idea there was a program for this. Very nice. Will do some research on that.

April 30, 2012


I used yuri arcurs keyword program, but for the last day or so it has been down. Do you know anything about this?

April 30, 2012


Thanks for sharing, good ideas.

April 29, 2012


Thank you jdanne. I will do that...will add the feelings question to my list as well:-)

April 28, 2012


You should make your keyword list more complete. For example the "Colorful Ocean Sunset" photo:

Please add:
- the keywords in American English: colorful (not only the British "colourful")
- the feelings which are caused by this photo: romantic, calm, purity, clean
- some kind of generalization: coast, nature, tourism, sky

April 27, 2012


I do a search in google or yahoo and pick up words that way, it helps a lot.

April 27, 2012


After I have gone through all the keywords I can think of, I look up another image on Dreamstime in the same general catagory as mine (one that has had sales and hits) and see what they have used.

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Photo credits: Michael De Nysschen.