Popular Post Mike Brooks Posted April 6, 2019 Popular Post Share Posted April 6, 2019 Since joining Alamy I've always put my name as a keyword. Now and again it leads to an irrelevant image popping up in a client search, but I can live with that. This morning out of curiosity I entered my name into the Alamy search engine - along with a particular geographical location and / or the word 'travel' and was intrigued to discover other contributors' images showing alongside my own. Upon looking at the images I was more than a little surprised to discover my own name appearing in their list of keywords! Clearly the parties involved had somehow scooped up my keywords from any relevant image and used them without bothering to read what was there, or perhaps imagined that the tag 'michael brooks' related not to the creator of the image but to some fact within the picture. Either way they managed at a stroke to expose themselves as being involved in what I think is a pretty shabby practice - wholesale copying of other contributors' keywords. I know that copying the keywords is no guarantee that the offender will magically acquire the ranking - and sales - enjoyed by his/her chosen target. As we all know what matters is how you sequence the keywords - which thankfully Alamy does not disclose. Nevertheless those who indulge in this practice are evidently adept at extracting the keywords attached to a photographers' image and are happy to continue doing so as long as the system provides them with the opportunity to do it. I will now report all this to Alamy and request that they consider some way of preventing this 'job lot' copying of keywords. I will post again when I have received a response. In the meantime, however, I am happy to share with you the handiwork of four contributors that I've so far found to have copied my keywords. Below is a single example from each, though I could have included many more....... Contributor: Tomasz Koryl / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: RCAP6J Contributor: pocholo / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: P534C8 Contributor: travelstock44 / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: P53KD7 Contributor: Michal Sikorski / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: RT44XP 2 9 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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