Stock Photo Keywording in just 3 clicks with picWorkflow

You can now purchase keywording services through picWorkflow to keyword your images before distribution.

The model is simple: you set how many keywords you want an image to have, and how much you want to pay per keyword. The price range is between 0.5 cents and 2 cents per keyword, which at 40 keywords makes between 20 cents and 80 cents per image.

Quality is built into the system so if you choose to pay more than the default, your images are displayed to the best-performing keyworders first, if you choose to pay less, your images will stay in the keywording queue until a keyworder who wants to earn what you are paying chooses to pickup your task. This way, whatever the price-point you’re able to pay, the picWorkflow keywording service will work for you.

You can task many images at once, and even audit your existing keywords (you will then only be charged for keywords which are removed or changed and the remainder is refunded). You can also set your target agencies for a file whilst it’s awaiting keywording, and the uploads will be completed once keywords have been applied, making it super-quick to go from your local images, to available-for-sale faster than ever before 🙂

This video shows how to order keywords, and how to review them once purchased:

There are other similar services coming soon too such as captioning (title/description), pre-review and destination suggestions, keyword prioritisation and perhaps controlled-vocabulary disambiguation too. I also intend to add retouching/processing services once I find a good partner to fulfil the work. I’m aiming to make the process of going from camera-to-marketplace as quick as possible for stock photographers.

Want to be a keyworder?

Keyworders are crowd-sourced and 90% goes to the keyworder. Anyone with keywording experience can apply to be a keyworder. Those who perform best will earn more, and keywording activity is tracked and allows for promotion to other job-types and more earning opportunities in future.

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  1. Burt
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    It isn’t quite clear here, but I think the following are true from snippets:

    (1) If I start off with my own keywords, can I buy more keywords and then only pay for the new keywords added?

    (2) If I don’t agree with some of the keywords, can they be removed by me, and then not charged?

    • bobbigmac
      Posted January 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the questions 🙂
      (1) If you already have keywords applied, and purchase a specified number of keywords, the initial charge will be for the total amount (to cover the maximum possible cost for example if all your pre-existing keywords are irrelevant), your keywords will be effectively audited (and some removed, perhaps others added) until the specified number is reached.
      (2) There are no ‘full’ refunds for keywording tasks as such (except in exceptional circumstances like abuse or total misinterpretation of the image content), but your rating of good or poor does permanently affect the rating of the keyworders who worked on your image. All keyworders are experienced and serious about performing well, so the keywords added should always be appropriate.
      If unhappy at all please contact support and I will personally review the results and refund where appropriate.

      There are further details included at

  2. eriq
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    How can I get keywords for video files?

    • bobbigmac
      Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

      In exactly the same way, though the keywords will be provided for the screencap jpeg preview file you upload with the video file so you should make sure it is representative of the video content.

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