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.
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.
Enter your keywords separated by semicolons. For phrases, you can separate them with semicolons or enclose the term in quotes.
In New SmugMug
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 New SmugMug
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.
We have a great page on the nitty gritty of keyword searching here on our wiki.
Here's a guide to how we interpret keywords:
- Separate keywords with semicolons.
- Any word that is a combination of letters and numbers are acceptable. We'll index the keyword exactly as you enter it.
- Self-standing numbers can be any length and will be indexed as keywords exactly as you enter them.
- 1 and 2-character English words, and common words such as and will be ignored unless you enclose them in quotes.
- 1 and 2-character non-English words are acceptable.
- Apostrophes, periods, and underscores are valid characters. However, slashes and hyphens are not and will be stripped from the keyword.
- If there is a space in your keyword, like "beautiful sunset", entering beautiful sunset in the search box will not return a handy keyword link. It will still return all photos that match the individual words, and you can always browse that keyword by clicking on your keyword cloud, or going straight to the URL: http://smugmug.com/keyword/beautiful sunset
|You enter:||You get:|
|Nova Scotia London||nova scotia london|
|Nova Scotia; London||nova scotia||london|
|1st trip; to London||1st trip||london|
|For London and Paris||london||paris|
|London and Paris||london and paris|
If you tag a photo with two or more keywords, you give your admirers the power to drill down to just what they want.
Let's say your visitors saw the keyword "2004 Concours" on your homepage and clicked it. They'll be able to browse all 181 photos with that keyword: http://concours.smugmug.com/keyword/2004 concours.
If you're viewing in SmugMug viewing style, SmugMug serves up gorgeous cars and neat links, shown at right.
If your visitor is a Ferrari fiend, one click on +ferrari serves up every Ferrari featured in the 2004 Concours d'Elegance, including this beauty:
Gotcha: The related keywords will only show in SmugMug viewing style.
The Gallery Keywords box you see in your gallery settings is for hidden keywords to help people find that gallery when they search. You can include words that pertain to your gallery, but didn't get mentioned in the gallery title or description.