Posted Mon May 6, 2013 2:50AM
While iStock continues its introspection on image views, there is still a method by which you can see how your images appear on the wider Internet, by using Google Search (GS) or Google Image Search (GIS). You can find out which of your images are available via Internet search, and how long it takes for your new images to register with the search engine.
Here is the method, starting from a Google search box (GS or GIS, this works for both).
The search below locates contributor images that Google finds on the iStock web site. It does not look for 'images in use' on other web sites.
Step 1: Enter the following into the search box:
site:istockphoto.com "whiteway" Put your own iStock name between the double quotes.
Step 2: Click Search tools, just below the search box.
Step 3: Click the down-arrow for Any time. Select a time period. (You can also choose any two dates using Custom range...)
On GS, you will see any references to you on the iStock web site that Google has picked up in the last 24 hours, or week, or whatever time period you select.
On GIS, you will see the images that have been found by Google in the selected time period. It may take a week or so for a new image to appear, and not all images are picked up by Google.
It is handy to know what Google does pick up. This is an advertising window for your work.
Also, your image may not feature on page 1 of a Google search for, say, business woman. But if your image is actually logged by Google, then this is a necessary start before your image can be found on the wider Internet.
If you just want to see an image of yours at number one in a Google Search, then give your image an imaginative title such as higgledy-piggledy starling. (Unlike iStock, Google uses the image title and description as part of its search algorithm.)
Somewhere between those two extreme examples, the mundane and the bizarre, lies a common-sense approach to key-wording for Google. For example, a search on GIS for business lady flower stall puts one of my images at number 2. The search words all appear in the title of the image.
A search method similar to the above may uncover your 'images in use' on other web sites, as long as those images are properly credited to you. The search below will exclude the iStock web site, while finding other web sites where your site name and 'istockphoto' appear together:
-site:istockphoto.com istockphoto "whiteway" Put your own iStock name between the double quotes.
Besides 'images in use', this search should find (some of) your images at gettyimages. If you have any there.
Posted Mon May 6, 2013 8:13AM
Great info, Roger. Thanks!
Posted Mon May 6, 2013 5:10PM
Can I also add that if you do that same search at "books.google.com", using the name that you use for copyright on iStock, you can often find if your images have been used in published books. I found four of mine in books that way, including one hardcover lawschool textbook cover.
Posted Tue May 7, 2013 1:16AM
^ Google Books is also a good way to unearth some family history, if you search for your surname.
Posted Thu May 16, 2013 9:46PM
Really, business lady and a flower in one image?
Posted Fri May 17, 2013 12:27AM
^ Not a flower, a flower display outside a shop.
I have seen a specific buyer request for a business lady photographed outside business hours!
Posted Fri May 17, 2013 12:33AM
Sorry I was just teasing you I know it's a legit shot and keywording, just remembered the old joke about sexy handshake christmas business woman