Proper keywording for your image is essential if you wish to succeed in the stock photo industry. Your keywords should describe exactly what is happening or is being shown in your images. Imagine what words a person might type into a search if they were looking for your image.
Always include concept keywords when relevant. These are keywords that convey moods, emotions or ideas portrayed by your image. For example, a photo of a mother and daughter smiling, should not only have the keyword “smiling”, but could also include the keywords like “happiness”, “togetherness” or “joy.”
A good trick when you are keywording an image is to pretend you are describing the image to someone over the phone. How would you describe the image? What words would you use? Remember, the more accurate your keywords are, the better chance you have that your image will be found and purchased.
Never include irrelevant keywords in an attempt to get more views for your images. You’ll either be penalized by your stock photo agency, annoy people looking images or both.
For more information regarding keywording, read our Keywording Guide: http://en.photokore.com/tutorials/main/html/keywording_guide