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DanSchmitt
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Posted Mon Feb 7, 2005 7:02AM
Google has sets of popular search terms that you can look at (Zeitgeist). Does Istock have an interface for photographers to see what designers are looking for (or how they are trying to look?)

I'm mostly asking because (in my admittedly short time here) it looks like, for me, downloads are related to things hitting the "new" page and then people browsing over to my portfolio (random speculation on my part, and I've been known to be wrong quite regularly, but it's my best guess so far.) I also have a feeling that how I look at what I take pictures of is way different from how a designer looks at it (and possibly different from the inspectors as well; or maybe my images have a weird disconnect with intial rating to downloadability (where my initial 2 ratings are outselling my initial 4 ratings.))

Barring that, any designer types want to throw some keywords my way? (I tend to hit the concrete terms, like underwater, fish, marine, turtle, shark, predator, cephelapod etc.) and maybe once in a while a calm, or fast.
sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Mon Feb 7, 2005 7:45AM
iStock Zeitgeist

You can find this by clicking the Most Popular Files link on the left nav.
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Posted Mon Feb 7, 2005 7:58AM
There is no "search spy", tho.
DanSchmitt
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Posted Mon Feb 7, 2005 8:09AM
Cool. That shows end results, but not much on how it got chosen. I'm not sure how I use it to improve how my stuff is found by interested designers/downloaders.

I was hoping for a more direct analog to the google version, (where search terms are shown, instead of the most clicked on link.)
theprint
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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2005 4:35PM
One way you can use it to improve your portfolio is to have a look at the gaining files and the portfolios of the photographers with the highest rate of downloads per file.

As for designers finding your material, the way to do that is using good and relevant keywords, getting your images into galleries, getting ratings and participating in the community (thus making yourself seen).

Good luck and welcome to istock.
DanSchmitt
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Posted Tue Feb 8, 2005 9:04PM

One way you can use it to improve your portfolio is to have a look at the gaining files and the portfolios of the photographers with the highest rate of downloads per file.

That helps some, but my subject focus is a bit differnt than a lot of what is here.

As for designers finding your material, the way to do that is using good and relevant keywords, .....


This is where I am asking for help. Much in the way that a car parts dealer and mechanic have a different set of terms for things than a car owner, I expect that a designer would have a different view of how they look for stuff. I'm not a designer, so "what's a good/relevant keyword" for a concept used in a process that I am not good at (or is unknown to me) is difficult to guess at.

... getting your images into galleries, getting ratings and participating in the community (thus making yourself seen).


Working on it.


Good luck and welcome to istock.


Thanks!
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