Istockphoto / Getty Images affecting search results with only specific media

EDITED: Look at bottom part for update! Worlds worse stock media agency is winning another battle against contributors that don’t like them or don’t anymore upload to their database. We stopped uploading more than a year ago and left stock footage clips whatever we already uploaded until any funds still come to our bank account. Until we noticed through Microstockr Pro that our clips are vanishing from site and files are not searchable neither on iStockphoto or Gettyimages web sites.


What bugs us, even if we find our footage directly on our profile account, we tried finding several files through their search engine with no success. As if the files were hidden from results because of no explanatory reason.


What we conclude is that they are purposely affecting their search engine as they want buyers to see. That proves that they are regulating their search results as they see it fit and who they will promote. No wonder that Exclusive contributors on Getty still have business… isn’t it nice that iStockphoto/Getty agency is taking aggressive tactics to save their incomes for the price of killing all non-exclusives? It’s just a matter of time when buyers will figure out that their database is shrinking with a speed of light.

ADDED INFO: We have been enlightened with new information about search results on iStockphoto. Their search engine is so bad, that it doesn’t even search properly by your title and that is why it is almost impossible to query very detailed info for searching proper stock footage. We found our peeling apple only by searching wide search tag “peeling apple” and found our footage on third results page. Narrowing such results even more is futile. That explains why we weren’t able to find our own footage on iStockphoto/Getty images.


  1. Not true; you just searched on a non-Christian term. Your file and two like it are at the bottom of page two on a search for ‘peeling apples.

    • VideoMaster

      Hi, that means istock is blocking more specific searching like many of us are used from google searching. It’s even hard to me finding my own clips, how does even a buyer find suitable media?

      Best regards

  2. Non-CV term. Phone auto-correct, sorry.

  3. Searching by CV keywords NOT title has been the only way to search on iStock since sometime in 2006. Why would a buyer search on ‘first time peeling apple’ unless they were looking for someone peeling an apple for the first time?

    • VideoMaster

      I understand your concern, but title is in a way a keyword too. So searching something with very narrow search keywords should bring relative results. In our case it found nothing. Why would then anyone even put any title if it doesn’t count as keyword?

      Best regards

  4. It’s not my concern, it’s the way iStock has worked for at least ten years.
    A properly composed title should give a potential buyer a really good idea of what a file shows. Especially needed now that the description is invisible. Also the title is searchable on Google.
    So your hypothesis above is totally inaccurate*, and your complaint can only be that iStock search doesn’t use the title.
    But you’d know that anyway from the contributor information. As the title would almost always mirror the most important keywords, it’s not an issue.
    *Although there is a LOT to criticise iS/Getty for, there’s no point/value in posting false information. That just weakens concern about genuine issues.

  5. Glen

    I’ve got over 1000 clips on Getty, I decided to go exclusive with them about 6 months after I decided to see if I could generate some passive income with my video hobby. I had a few hundred clips on Getty, Pond5, Shutterstock, adobe & fotalia, and other than 1 sale on Pond5, Getty was the only place I had sales, netting me a couple of hundred dollars.

    Having said that, there seems to be a lot of unhappy contributors on Getty, in particular with their sales to premium subscribers where royalty payments for sales are literally pennies. However I am sure I could find as many unhappy contributors on any of these sites for various reasons.

    For the time being I’m sticking with Getty, but I have a HDD full of all my submissions and may consider changing soon as my sales have generated little income lately, mostly because of the poor royalties to premium subscribers.

    But would it be better anywhere else? Hard to say..

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