How do keywords work for search?

Updated: Mar 27, 2014 02:45PM PDT

Keywords help search engines find your photos so your admirers get to the good stuff faassst!
 

When you tag photos with a keyword like Hawaii, you can flaunt every photo you took in Hawaii, right on your homepage.


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TIP:  Separate keywords with a semicolon. For phrases, or multi-word keyword, you can separate them with semicolons or enclose the term in quotes.  Only apostrophes, underscores, and periods are allowed in keywords.

Before adding to SmugMug:     

If you added keywords in a program like iPhoto or Photoshop before adding the photos to SmugMug, we'll do our best to find those and automatically apply them. Specifically, we look for keywords in the IPTC keywords field. Please note that keywords added on SmugMug do not get embedded in the IPTC data.

We also look at the filenames of your images. If your filename is "Alvin_Birthday3.jpg", for example, we'll add the keywords "Alvin" and "Birthday" automatically. If your filename is the common format of "IMG_1234.jpg" or "DSC_1234.jpg", etc., we'll ignore it. You can always enable or disable this feature in the Discovery tab of your Account Settings (under "Search").

In Legacy SmugMug: The keywords section of your homepage starts off hidden, but you can choose to show it by clicking the "Homepage Layout" button on your homepage, and then checking "Top Keywords".

Gotchas: Only you, as the account owner, will be able to search for any keywords from Unlisted (Anyone with the Link) or password-protected galleries. We only index the first 30 keywords for each photo.  Keywords can take up to 24 hours to populate and be searchable.
 

Get your photos keyworded


Adding Keywords one at a time:      
 

In Legacy SmugMug, when you're logged in, you'll see a "keywords: add" link under the main image in SmugMug viewing style.

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Enter your keywords separated by semicolons. For phrases, you can separate them with semicolons or enclose the term in quotes.


In New SmugMug  

Click the Keyword or Pencil under the photo in SmugMug style or in the Lightbox to add keywords.


Under the image, click the wrench button , Edit, and then Photo Details.  Enter your keywords separated by semicolons. For phrases, you can separate them with semicolons or enclose the term in quotes.   Click Save.  
 
  

The  new keywords will now show under the photo.  



Adding Keywords in Bulk:     

 

In Legacy SmugMug, find the Tools Menu and choose Caption/Keyword. Look for that Quick Entry box at the top.


In New SmugMug

Go to Organize.  Click the gallery where you want to add keywords. Click the wrench button

and then select Caption & Keywords.

 

Enter your keywords separated by semicolons. For phrases, you can separate them with semicolons or enclose the term in quotes. Click Preview to add your entries, then click Save.  

 

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