Are there good and bad keywords?
Remember, the more accurate your keywording, the better chance you have of making some money from your your photographs.
There are some handy tools out there to help with keywording images. They can grab keywords that others have used from similar images to yours and help you build your keyword list. They can be a good place to start, but of course you will want to ensure they are accurate for your particular image.
Here are some basic things to think about when selecting keywords for your image:
Think about adding keywords that describe the main objects, colours, concepts, feelings, lighting, people, proper names for plants & animals, location, etc. Basically anything relevant to the image that a buyer would search for.
Also use terms that are relevant to today. For example, terms like “selfy” or #metoo (minus the #) that are modern and relevant to what people may be looking for – as long as they directly relate to your image.
Do not get out your thesaurus and add anything you find.
Buyers will search for ‘man’, not ‘chap’ or ‘fellow’. Never include your camera brand, your own name, or keywords that have no relevance to your image. In some cases, less is more with keywording (as long as you have a minimum of about 10-15) as lots of irrelevant keywords will just dilute your image showing up in search results.