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    https://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={9EF82B15-377D-4699-BC7E-D3D22D61C810}&name=Maura+Framrose
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  1. You know what. You're right.. Most sites can now instruct to stem with a letter 's' I will have to think harder to work out why they disabled plural search. Not that it makes so much difference. They have and we have to accommodate it. Interesting nonetheless why they would create 'database noise' - (people adding plurals to reflect speech and thought patterns) when they could have reduced this..
  2. hello. it may have done in the past, it does not now. Alamy are (currently) running a 'free text system' so stemming is likely to be one of the few controls they have been able to enforce. There are some benefits to this restriction... for example: if you added 'care' as a keyword - with stemming of one letter allowed .. and someone searched for 'car' ... your 'care' image would be returned. Also 'card', 'cart', 'carp', and yes 'cars' would be returned but results could be diluted to the point of irrelevance. Technology changes a lot.. and so do advancements in functionality.. To some degree I have noted a 'weighting' on new and refreshed content, so reviewing your files and adding plurals where they would enable improved search might also rank them (momentarily) higher in returns.
  3. hello. as a keyworder who has worked with Alamy since 2010 and spent many years interrogating keywords for accurate visual relevance - requirements for full discoverability include.. keywords 45+ supertags 10. 'optional fields': people / release info / location / date / primary (and secondary) category captions also now contribute to search. When keywording, it may be helpful to consider both hierarchy and synonyms a chair for example is also furniture and a seat, seating - it will also have been made during a time period and be of a certain material - it could be comfortable, empty, old or new...broken, repaired.. and one of many types (office, rocking, dining, armchair) it could be in a room, a garden or a studio shot (context), colour may also be important. In English, there are many ways of saying the same thing, if you add relevant alternatives you are adding synonyms. Where an object sits within a wider grouping, (chairs also being seating and furniture) these 'umbrella terms' are hierarchy. It is helpful to consider why a person would be looking for your image and ensure those terms are applied with variants. Also adding plurals for primary objects when they are the main focus of search. Because we don't know how Alamy will use data in future updates, it is advisable to ensure your keywords are relevant and fulfill as many required fields as possible. This may also be useful to you as you can download your data and enable search on your own content. There may also be a current 'weighting' on new and refreshed content.. I have noticed sales patterns tend to improve when records are updating .. while attention to the same collections can fade when input is at a minimum.
  4. hello. as a keyworder who has worked with Alamy since 2010 and spent many years interrogating keywords for accurate visual relevance - requirements for full discoverability were identified quite early on in this conversation.. keywords 45+ supertags 10. 'optional fields': people / release info / location / date / primary (and secondary) category captions also contribute in a small way to search. Regarding the addition of 'loosely related keywords', it may be helpful to consider both hierarchy and synonyms a chair for example is also furniture and a seat, seating (it will also have been made during a time period and be of a certain material) a Canada Goose is also a migratory, bird and a wild animal (these birds are known for their co-operation and concern for each other - if the image demonstrates this - keywords reflecting these qualities could be added). In English, there are many ways of saying the same thing, if you can think of relevant alternatives you will be adding synonyms. Where an object sits within a wider grouping, (chairs also being seating and furniture) these 'umbrella terms' are hierarchy. It can be helpful to consider why a person would be looking for your image and ensure those terms are applied with variants. Most websites, stem by one letter for plurals. So an image keyworded 'cat' would usually be returned on a search for 'cats' Alamy have not enabled this functionality, and as a rule it is advisable to add plural terms to primary searchable objects within your images.
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