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Optimal Amount of Keywords

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CreativeArchetype
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:24PM

What is the optimal amount of keywords? I know the easy answer is, "whatever is accurate to your image." However, it seems to me that the spirit behind keywording within 10-15 words vs. keywording with 30+ keywords is different. Keywording within 10-15 relies more on the tangible characteristics of the item. Keywording with 30+ is tangible characteristics plus a range of emotions and interpretations on how the image will be used. Both approaches can be accurate to the image. 


Where do you draw the line on number of keywords to maximize downloads? Is more related words better than a few very focused words?


I wonder if going off on accurate tangents with keywording images dilutes the core keywords? For example, if you have a photo of an orange and keyword it "orange" that would be accurate. But if you keyword it "orange, tart, fruit, round, vitamin c" would the other keywords push it further down on BM results if a user just searched with "orange"?


Of course there are exceptions...like icons or multiple items on a single image. Lets not talk about those because they make my head hurt.


 
shank_ali
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 1:52PM
^^^ Are you thinking about getting a diploma in keywording a file.Your giving the subject to much thought.Even if your correct with all  your keywords and your file is found by a buyer/designer you might think bingo..Well look at the ratio of  views to sales and you will realise keywording is only a small part of being sucessful on istockphoto.
sjlocke
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:00PM
No, number of keywords does not affect any sorting.
CreativeArchetype
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:53PM
Posted By sjlocke:
No, number of keywords does not affect any sorting.

So, there is no possibility that having a long list of keywords would count against the file placement in the BM search? If that true then its best to not worry about the focus of the keywords and go for the maximum number that relate to the file.
SoopySue
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:22PM
Posted By CreativeArchetype:

Posted By sjlocke:
No, number of keywords does not affect any sorting.


So, there is no possibility that having a long list of keywords would count against the file placement in the BM search? If that true then its best to not worry about the focus of the keywords and go for the maximum number that relate to the file.

So long as you don't go adding 'tart' to photos of oranges ...
sjlocke
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:56PM

Posted By CreativeArchetype:
If that true then its best to not worry about the focus of the keywords and go for the maximum number that relate to the file.


No, you would want to keyword accurately. Juice relates to orange, but an isolated orange does not get "juice".
emyerson
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Posted Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:20PM
When it comes to keywording, your best bet is to include the following three types of keywords:


Literal: the actual nouns, adjectives and verbs of the image. Examples include "Truck", "Walking", "Blue", "Heron"


Conceptual: the emotive and conceptual aspects of the image. Examples include "Ominous", "Hopeful", "Business"


Compositional: the terms that describe the composition or creation of the image. Examples include "Isolated On White", "Horizontal", "Studio Shot", "Aerial View"


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Terms NOT to use are:


Related: terms that are similar or related to your subject: "Bakery" on an isolated loaf of bread, for instance.


Intended Use: terms that don't describe the image itself but rather how you think it might be used: "Wallpaper" on an image of a meadow with blue skies.

(Edited on 2008-10-24 22:22:24 by emyerson)
CreativeArchetype
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Posted Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:04AM
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Thanks!





Posted By emyerson: 

When it comes to keywording, your best bet is to include the following three types of keywords:


Literal: the actual nouns, adjectives and verbs of the image. Examples include "Truck", "Walking", "Blue", "Heron"


Conceptual: the emotive and conceptual aspects of the image. Examples include "Ominous", "Hopeful", "Business"


Compositional: the terms that describe the composition or creation of the image. Examples include "Isolated On White", "Horizontal", "Studio Shot", "Aerial View"


===============


Terms NOT to use are:


Related: terms that are similar or related to your subject: "Bakery" on an isolated loaf of bread, for instance.


Intended Use: terms that don't describe the image itself but rather how you think it might be used: "Wallpaper" on an image of a meadow with blue skies.

(Edited on 2008-10-24 22:22:24 by emyerson)
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