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Hi. You wrote: "do you really think that someone searching for a banana would ever search for a “healthy” banana?"
What about buyers who search "healthy food". They don't find my banana if I don't use "healthy". What is your opinion. Thanks, a must read post.
Most buyers have an idea of what healthy food they want to find and search for that specific food. If they are not sure what to use to represent an article or ad about healthy food they WILL do a search using the words “healthy food” and get over a million results. Where would an image of a single banana land? The best results from this search are concept images of groups of healthy food so it is a good phrase to use in your keywords but only for some photos. It won’t help a single banana. Search for “banana” and you get 42 thousand images so the chances for a sale of a banana are greater in that case but only if it is better than all the other bananas.
You don't have to go through all of your images and delete the little words like of, the, and. They are not really needed and are not a factor in searches but they also don't hurt a search. They are in descriptions to make them easier to understand. My point was that if you need to make your titles shorter you can eliminate small words, you don't have to. You mustn't take the article so literally.