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There are a lot of new members here, I thought I would post this list, I saw Andy Smy post it a long time ago.
This is a list to help you jog ideas for tag words:
Literal - e.g. “boy, girl, children, beach, sun, sand, sky, car, shadow”.
Attributes - e.g. “happy, smiling, walking, blue, young, old”.
Location - be specific, e.g. “The White House, Washington DC, USA”; or generic, e.g. “office, school, home”.
Interaction - e.g. “chasing, playing, moving, touching, shouting, flying”.
Concepts - e.g. “heat, power, happiness, strength, humour, teamwork, tranquility etc”.
Broad subjects - e.g. “lifestyle, travel, sport and business”.
Techniques - e.g. “predominant colours or shapes, black and white, grainy, blurred, digital manipulation”.
Standpoint - e.g. side view, rear view, from above, from below
Environment - e.g. spring, summer, autumn, fall, winter, sunset, sunrise, indoor, outdoor, interior, exterior
Composition - e.g. close up, macro, extreme close up, low angled, full length, cut-out, isolated
Minimalism - e.g. nobody, empty
Redundant - e.g. shots, pictures, images, macros
Pose - e.g. looking at camera, smiling, angry, standing, lying, sitting, walking, facing front
Human - e.g. one man, three women, crowd, queue, group, people, person
Qualifiers - e.g. large, big, small, multi-generational, black, white, caucasian
Abstract - e.g. odd, unusual, concept, quirky, funny, humour/humor
Decades - e.g. 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Nationality - e.g. european, dutch, british, english, american
If anyone has a list like this but different, please share it.
I also suggest NOT putting spaces between the comma and your next tag...it gives you many more spaces for letters! In other words, when using the link that Beth posted (I do) delete the spaces and you'll make more room for more tags to fit within the 500 character limit.
I like you "dimensional analysis" of tags. It's outstanding, and works very well for coming up with good tags. But I'm going to balance that with an observation:
Anybody who types in the tag "flowers" is going to get the same, rather unchanging, list of flower images.
Unfortunately, really creative and expanded tag vocabulary will only affect a tiny portion of sales to sophisticated and well educated and articulate buyers, NOT the "average" buyer.
Based on observations of the keywords people use to find my websites, I'd agree with Gregory and John's comments, but have found that an extended list of relevant keywords is still definitely necessary long term. I have inadvertantly tested it over the years, and posts with the same image will get different number of 'visitors' purely based on keywords.
Perhaps it has to do with the algorithms used by search engines, especially google? Either way, thanks for the list and the links, my brain cells seem to freeze when it omes to adding keywords so any help is appreciated!
I understand what you're saying Greg but the reality is when I added lots more key words, I started getting lots more views (whether that equates to more sales is a whole different discussion). To say it differently, I think while its true the average buyer will type in only one or two key words, the words they type in will differ from viewer to viewer so having more key words will bring more views.
Misspellings & typos
Alternate spellings (one word, two words, hyphenated)
British English spellings (colour vs color)
Spanish, French, etc. words (See: http://translate.google.com )
Orientation - vertical, horizontal, square, round, circle
Hi. I’m new to this thread. I sell on micro-stock sites and have a program for finding keywords for my photos. The program lets you put in a search word or words and then searches a number of the micro-stock sites and collects search words that have been used by others. It is possible to get several hundred key words for your search. I sort out the words that are not suitable for the photo I am trying to upload. It has saved me many hours trying to think of suitable key words. Just go to: http://www.picniche.com/
I have been reading several different threads about tags. I have been going through my listings both here and on another site, have more activity! Think it is paying off! So a big thank you to everyone for sharing helps and hints!
I am totally stumped at tags and keywords. Take this abstract, for example. My mind just doesn't go into making up words to describe it that would get hits - I'll accept almost any help. almost - because my vocabulary is limited.