I’m finally getting a decent dataset together to answer the burning question: What are stock photo buyers searching for? Here are THE top 1000 searches made by stock photography buyers over the last 6 months to 2 years.
This data, and whatever else I can gleam from the various datasets I have (around half a million or so searches) will be worked into the picWorkflow stats/analysis tools (they’re nearly ready to go). My first priority with ‘stats’ will be to help you identify the opportunities within your photography portfolio, then more will come to picWorkflow soon
The font-size is an indicator of the search share, and if you mouse-over you’ll see the exact picNiche rating and the search-share for that phrase (proportional percentage to this specific dataset). I’ve also grabbed picNiche ratings from the picNiche database for a lot of these terms, and highlighted those which represent opportunities.
The search phrases are mostly english-language though there are a few non-english in there, I think I caught all the spammy ones (people it seems, LOVE to search for pornography… not surprising, but a bit of a pain to filter). I’ll steer clear of analysis at this point, though please leave a comment and let me know what you think.
As far as I know, no stock photography agency (microstock or traditional) has put out anymore than their top 25 to top 50 searched terms (though AlamyMeasures is relatively interesting)… so here it is… THE list of stock photo buyer searches:
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