picturenation tags and text for pictures
However good your photo is - it won't be found in the PN search or Google search unless your tags (keywords) are accurate and correct.
You need to add text to your images once you have uploaded them. Guidelines are provided in your Sellers' Pack. Once your image and text are saved, your image is in the awaiting approval queue, and you will receive an email confirming whether your picture has been accepted or declined.
You don't need to add categories, picturenation does that, but you do need to make sure that you have entered tags and description correctly.
Correct tagging speeds up the approval process. PN staff check every image and its tags before it goes live. Corrections we have to make slow down the approval waiting time. If there are too many mistakes your image will be rejected for tags and you will be invited to correct them and re-submit.
Once you have uploaded your picture it will say 'awaiting image text' underneath it in red. You can click on the picture and see the text boxes on the right. It will say:
The title is your choice - IT IS SEARCHABLE - and you sould describe what the image is in no more than 5 words, i.e. A girl eating an apple.
Do use capital letters for the beginnings of sentences and titles. But do not use all caps on tags or the image will be rejected.
THIS IS SEARCHABLE and is important to be accurate. Say what the picture is of. Use capital letters for beginnings of sentences and for titles of places/names.
A picture of a red rose chould say:
If it is a picture of a harbour or street, or anything where the location is relevant then make sure you put the place name in the description. Remember the search is global, so putting in Shrewsbury High Street is not enough. Someone in America would not necessarily know where Shrewsbury is - and there are several places in world with that name. So you should put:
The High Street in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK on a busy shopping day.
If it's a close up of an insect, unless that insect is specific to a country or place, you don't need to out where the picture was taken.
'Close of up of a wasp in Manchester' makes us smile but the Manchester isn't needed.
If you're submitting pictures of flowers, plants or insects for example, you should include the name - latin as well if possible - of that subject. Some of our clients search using the proper names of the plants/insects.
The FIRST THREE tags are the most important. If you're uploading lots of pictures do not make the mistake of copying and pasting without having the first words as the most relevant to the picture.
The picture of the red rose could be tagged:
The picture of Shrewsbury High Street could be tagged:
A picture of a child playing on a swing in Provence could be tagged:
Do not include tags that aren't relevant to that picture. Think like a buyer. What would someone wanting that picture use to find that picture. If you put too many or irrelevant tags either a) we will reject it or b) a buyer would be irritated by the search and could be dissuaded from further searches.
You can if you wish add tags like
PN staff add the categories to the images. These are not currently searchable but soon will be. Every picture is different - even if it's of the same subject - and the categories are important. It would be tempting for members to think that ticking all the category boxes would increase the chance of their image being seen, which isn't the case, so this task will remain in the hands of experienced tagging staff.
And remember, the best thing to do is to look at the images that are live on the site now and similar to what you are submitting - get your ideas from those.