10 Questions To Ask Yourself When Tagging Flickr Photos

Shelly and Mike (orton) by codejammer

Today, I’m diverting from the topic of design to discuss something that often times gets overlooked when uploading photos to websites like Flickr. I use Flickr a lot to show photos. Flickr is an excelent way to drive traffic to your blog especially if your blog is extremely photo intensive. But just posting all of your photos on Flickr is not enough to start getting referrals to you blog. You need to make the photos you upload to Flickr very easy to find. And the most important way to make your photos easy to find is by writing extremely descriptive tags for each photo or group of photos. If you don’t know what tags are and don’t know why they are important Read Flickrs Tag Help. These tags will bring much greater traffic to your site because now you’ve provided more rich information on topics people will be looking for. And maybe most important to bloggers who earn their keep, perfectly tagged photos could create a huge increase in traffic from sites like Flickr.

So, Let’s Start with an example. I got the photo above from Flickr. It had no tags and I’m sure the photographer really didn’t need to tag the photo for his purposes. But if he wanted it to be found, he might have tagged this photograph with the following words: “backyard, garden, Shelly, Mike, man, woman, smiling, seniors, Hawaiian shirt, trees, grass, tent, birthday, party, green, blue” This is actually a quite simple group of tags for Flickr. You’re allowed up to 75, so my group is quite small, but already it’s quite powerful because every tag represents a term someone is looking for. If I satisfy two terms people are looking for, then my photo might quickly rise to the top of the search. Soon, lots of people are visiting your Flickr site which links to your blog.

Is there an efficient way to choose tags? What should I be thinking about? Keep it relevant to the subject of the photo, and ask yourself the following ten questions:

Where is the picture taken from?

  • Street
  • Shea Stadium
  • Club
  • River
  • City
  • State
  • Country

When is the picture taken? And Was This Picture an Event?

  • Morning
  • Night
  • Dusk
  • Birthday
  • Anniversary
  • Significant Event

How is the picture taken?

  • wide angle lens
  • telephoto
  • Photoshop
  • long exposure
  • f-stop

What is the picture of?

This can be broken into a number of separate questions such as:

What is in the background of the picture?

  • clouds
  • sea
  • grass
  • people yelling

What is the subject of the picture?

This might be anything that is in the foreground of your picture that is the main focal point.

  • girl
  • boy
  • bridge
  • kitten

What is the subject doing?

  • running
  • skating
  • standing
  • laughing

Are there any distinct characteristics about the subject?

  • hat
  • suit
  • tattoo
  • braces
  • one leg

What are the dominant colors of the photo?

  • blue
  • orange
  • purple
  • lime

What are the emotions in the picture?

  • sad
  • happy
  • scary
  • funny

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