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Keymasters anyone?

I'm considering using the Keymasters service from some of my files and wanted to hear others' opinions about it. Is it worth the money? I'm not making many sales and I'm not sure if it's because of poor keywording, but I also don't want to waste any money.
Posted: 05/11/2013, 05:48:17 AM
Hi Valerie - Just had a quick look at some of your image keywords, which seem fine to me.

What I would say is that at the moment your port is very small. I found that my sales started to become more regular once I had about 100 files uploaded. I've seen similar comments on the board from other contributors so it's possible that the size of your port relates to image placement in search results and the number of sales/views you achieve.

You could submit one of your "Splashing fun" images to the keymasters & then see which image has more views/sales. As both images are quite similar having one with keywords by the keymasters will give you a chance to assess whether keymasters will work for you.

I can only urge you to upload more images - once you get a larger port you will undoubtedly see more views & hopefully sales.

Good luck.
Posted: 05/11/2013, 06:30:58 AM
Thanks Melonstone.

I have been slowly increasing the size of my portfolio and have almost 20 currently awaiting review. I'm working hard to line up more photo shoots of different sorts. In fact I have a pet photography shoot tomorrow - a litter of 12 ten week old puppies!

Thank you for the feedback about my keywording, it's encouraging to know I'm doing it properly. That's a great suggestion about using one of my 'Splashing Fun' images as a means of comparison, it makes good sense to use one of them if I'm going to go ahead and try it.

Posted: 05/11/2013, 07:27:24 AM
Sleepylog, Melonstone has got it perfectly right. Its not that long ago, that I only had a few images here at Dreamstime. You just have to keep your head down, and keep submitting pictures. It does take time and commitment, but I have to say that now, I am pleased at where my images appear in the search placements, and revenue has risen accordingly. I still have a way to go yet, you have got some excellent pics in your portfolio, so you are off to a good start, and dont be afraid to diversify, you will soon find out what sells, all the very best.
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Posted: 05/11/2013, 09:50:23 AM
When I had a portfolio of your size I had 5 sales a month. So you can compare maybe?
Try 50 uploads a month. GOOD uploads. That's a nice target. :)
And just a little personal opinion...your model photos have their heads cropped out. See? A little portion of head out of frame. It might affect sales. Your model has nice hair. Show it off! :)
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Edited: 05/12/2013, 05:28:26 AM
Well I did give it a try with a couple of files after all and I found that my keywords were pretty spot-on so I don't think I'll be using keymasters again.

Thank you all for taking the time to reply to my question, I appreciate it.
Posted: 05/18/2013, 08:01:43 AM