Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 8:59AM
Hi all, what a great site, you all seem like very nice people. I gotta say, of all the forums I participate in (fly fishing, car restoration, target shooting and a bunch of work related ones) this is the friendliest community I've ever seen.
Anyway, my question:
When I post my photos, I generally try to put as many key words I can think of related to the photo. Most of the time, it's a struggle to come up with 10, let alone 50. When I search the galleries, I see photos with a tremendous number of views. I assume the number of views you get relates to how you keyword your photos.
Bottom line, can anyone give me some guidance or tips on how to post my photos to ensure they get some exposure. For example, if you search "water" you get a heck of a lot of great shots. I can't believe anyone buying photos has time to scan them all so, how do the more successful among us get in front of these people.
Thanks, and by the way, since I'm new here, I'd welcome any and all feedback regarding the photos I have posted so far.
Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:03AM
You also use thematic emotional words that may convey a sense of feeling. Also, it is unlikely someone would search on "water", but they might search on "glass water full" or "water bottle blue", etc.
Also, use thesaurus.com to find extra _appropriate_ words.
Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:33AM
Yeah, using appropriate keywords is key. There are ways to manipulate the system to get your shots higher in the searches, but using those methods tends to get you banned The absolutely best way to earn exposure for your photos is to take great shots, and keyword them correctly. When you are keywording, think like a designer. What would someone looking for your particular shot use as their search terms. And unless they have changed something recently, you should be able to use phrases in your keywords, so instead of "water, bottle, blue" you could put "blue water bottle". I'm not certain that will help alot in the search engine, but it should help you find the right keywords.
Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 9:38AM
There have been some great keyword-selecting tips here on the forums, so you might also want to do a forum search for "keywords".
Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:12PM
Hop on over to the Critique Forum and link specific images for critiques and keyword help, as well. Welcome to the addiction!