Agency Based Discussion => iStockPhoto.com => Topic started by: dijkcity on October 16, 2014, 14:31

Title: Keywords appear different
Post by: dijkcity on October 16, 2014, 14:31

I'm very new, so sorry for this question.

Whenever I enter a keyword, iStock will change it in suggestions that they do.

Color change to colors. Run to running, girls to little girls / teenage girls, etc.... so it is pretty annoying.
When using the application.. I thought I could clarify the meaning of 'color' and so on. Not that I like to change them.

But anyway, iStock is just changing them, also when I'm not choosing this suggestions.

How can I bypass this 'suggestion' system?
Title: Re: Keywords appear different
Post by: ShadySue on October 16, 2014, 15:33
You can't. It's a controlled vocabulary.
It's great when it works (mostly), and if people don't spam (far too many do); but sometimes it's a total PITA.
http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=227 (http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=227)
Title: Re: Keywords appear different
Post by: landbysea on October 17, 2014, 06:43
There disambiguation often takes specific searches and moves them into general searches. It has hurt me and them and I gave up trying to explain how they are hurting themselves in one instance.'Offshore oil rigs" shows results for all "oil rig", land and sea. One would think that the word "offshore" would eliminate some from the general "oil rig" search, but it doesn't. You get over 7,000 entries either way.  Since that is my biggest subject area it has hurt me a lot and reduced my income there. I counter it though linking my files through lightboxes. Having some of the biggest money earning files in that category is not enough to be prominent there. 

They told me the searcher could always put in "sea". But why would they? They already put in "offshore" !!!! How would they know istock was ignoring it!!!
No one ever says "sea oil rig." And if you are looking for an offshore platform you don't want a pump jack. The ignorance is mind boggling.