Color Search – The Yay Way

“Parasol” by Ivonnewierink

Hi everyone

We are currently working hard on the search experience here at Yay Micro. We have some pretty cool stuff coming up in the near future, and today we’re introducing color search – the Yay Way.

We are big fans of the “keep it simple – stupid” philosophy. When we were thinking about how to implement color search, there was a lot of really interesting ideas that arose. In the end we wanted to create something that was easy enough for everyone to use, but at the same time providing a powerful tool that would be useful.

We ended up with what I would call Google Image Search on steroids. If you are familiar with Google Image Search, you might have noticed that you can easily choose a color for your images, but only one. We wanted to take it a step further and give users the same user interface, but allow them to choose multiple colors that might want in an image. Also, we wanted to give them the option to exclude certain colors. We are quite happy with what we ended up, and now we want to know what you think about it. It’s our first version, and we will defenitly keep improving it to our users’ needs.

Some examples of what you can search for:
Blue and Yellow “Flowers
Red and Brown, but not White “Woman”

So what do you think, leave a comment :)


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New Photographer Page

As many of you know, we are about to launch a new affiliate program. As part of this we have created some ways for Photographer to market their own images. Our new photographer page is one way to do this. You can try it out yourself:

So for example, if I want to create a link to photographer leaf’s images and make money on referred customers I would create a link like this:

Leaf’s images on YayMicro.

Hope you like it.

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LiveChat @

Some of you might have noticed the new LiveChat feature on our main site In the upper right corner you’ll find a link to our Chat-support. Here you can get help with anything YAY-related, big or small. Most of the time it’s the core YAY-team that answers you: Bjorn, Jan and myself, Linda. So if you have any questions about YAY and how to use the site, just ask us!

Linda :)

Now you get live chat support on stock photo site

Image by: gunnar3000. Now you get live chat support on stock photo site

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Third Party Sales Program

Some photographers have been asking for more information on our third party sales program. Unfortunately, I’ve haven’t had the time to write more about how it works – until now. We’ve finally added a page with information on our 3rd party program.
To give a a short update, this is what the introduction says:

YayMicro offers a 3rd party sales program for our top photographers. This is an exclusive program where we promote and sell images through a growing network of partners. This requires no extra work for the contributor, but can generate a steady stream of revenue.

This program was introduced in January 2009 and has since then grown into one of our most profitable sales channels. There are a lot of image agencies in the world, and many of them are having trouble getting the content they want. We use our experience from the industry to collect photographers that fits an agency’s needs. YAY represents over 5466 photographers from around the world and has an image collection of 920 000. This brings us into an exclusive range of agencies, because most of the world’s image agencies have a rather small collection of their own – while they resell the content of other agencies.

These smaller agencies have until now been locked down for the average microstock contributor. We can help you get your collection to a range of different agencies around the world.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to send an email to or comment this blogpost. We’ll soon start a new collection, so follow the blog and start making your own project folder now.


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New Site Features: People Search & Categories

This week we’ve added a couple of features we know many of our customers wants!

The first one is the first feature of our model/people search. You can now specify how many people you would like to have in your image, by minimum and maximum. If you put 0 in maximum you’ll get images without people in them.
Try the search at our search page!

The second feature is our category page. We now have 16 main categories, all of them with detailed sub-categories. Categories makes it easier to search and browse images, get inspiration and ideas for image use.  Did we miss a category? Leave us a comment, and we’ll try to add it asap!
You can take a look at the new category page here.

Cheers, Linda :)

Image by Yuri Arcurs Search: Min. people 12, keyword: happy


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An Early Spring Cleaning?

spring cleaning

Some of you might have experienced images back in pending, and then either rejected or back in your portfolio.This is an ongoing process here at YAY. When we notice images lacking in either quality, keywords, description, or if we find there are too many similar images in your portfolio we’ll send the images back for re-evaluating.

These images are evaluated together with new uploads, and are not marked in any way. So, it’s as fair as we can make the process. I would advice all contributors to be careful with their keywords, as images appearing “out of place” are especially noticeable, and therefore more easily sent back for new evaluation. We are not going through the whole database; neither are we aiming this against any particular photographer. So it’s not an early spring cleaning, but a day to day process (as most cleaning is).

If you feel you’ve been faulty rejected, please e-mail me at, and I’ll be happy to look into it! Also feel free to e-mail us if you have any other questions at

Cheers, Linda :)

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