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my analysis is that Shutterstock will be market leader in no more than 2 years.
Quote from: lisafx on June 07, 2011, 16:56Quote from: Phil on June 07, 2011, 16:06My inclination (and obviously I cant really tell) is that the best match is skewed away from higher ranksThis thread would certainly suggest that's what's going on. What a bummer. Emeralds used to have favored search positions because they wanted to "put their best images in front of the customer". Looks like that changed somewhere along the line. Taking a page from Istock's playbook - using the search engine to manipulate profits. I don't think its a direct targeting of emeralds. Maybe they're pushing older files further back in the search rank. As I said, my results there have always been dismal - I'm silver with no prospect of making it to a higher level in the foreseeable future - and I got hit, too. Before the search shake-up I had clawed up to $140-200 a month. After the 20% pay cut and the search shift I'm now down to $70 a month from several thousand images. This month it looks as if 123 will be way ahead of Fotolia.Oh, yeah ... what I meant to say when I started writing this is that the impression that emeralds are the target could be created by the fact that it tends to be high-ranking people who post here. OF course, they could have looked at emeralds, thought "there are lots of older files there", demoted old files to improve sustainability and taken my portfolio out as collateral damage.
Quote from: Phil on June 07, 2011, 16:06My inclination (and obviously I cant really tell) is that the best match is skewed away from higher ranksThis thread would certainly suggest that's what's going on. What a bummer. Emeralds used to have favored search positions because they wanted to "put their best images in front of the customer". Looks like that changed somewhere along the line. Taking a page from Istock's playbook - using the search engine to manipulate profits.
My inclination (and obviously I cant really tell) is that the best match is skewed away from higher ranks
I mean older files may be being punished. That could hit higher ranks - either deliberately or just by accident. It is also hitting me, even though I am not a higher rank.As many people posting here are from the higher ranks, if there was a general problem for almost everyone it might still look as if higher ranks are being punished because we don't hear much from anyone who isn't quite high up.Clear now?
Not sure why it is, by my experience with Fotolia is exactly the opposite. My sales at Fotolia have doubled in the past year. Doing in the $60 range (around 100 downloads) most weekdays now. I'm gold and non-exclusive. Been at it for 3 years. Fotolia is currently my #2 site and gives Shutterstock a run for its money every month now. Very strange that I seem to be the only one here seeing increases at Fotolia.
7 days rank: from 130-150 down to 450 to 500 in April 2011,$$ down 30%I think they did the Best Match Tweak.
Quote from: devon on June 07, 2011, 12:077 days rank: from 130-150 down to 450 to 500 in April 2011,$$ down 30%I think they did the Best Match Tweak.They did, an admin confirmed it in the German Fotolia forum, adding that Fotolia in general is doing well and that the new best match is working for some of the contributors.It seems that new images don't get a bonus at all any more, so the factor "new" has no or nearly no weight in the best match algorithm anymore. Since then (must have been the end of February), many German contributors are reporting a substantial drop in sales and also that new images hardly sell. This seems very relevant to me, as Fotolia is the market leader in Europe. A factor that counts more than "new" seems to be "popularity": the images that were sold around the date of the tweak keep selling and selling, most other stuff is, well, lost.But there seem to be quite a few contributors, silver and above (and not only exclusives), who are profiting from the new best match. I always have kept a close watch on where my new images start off from, and after the best match tweak in February, they went right to the very back of my port and of the best match search, instead of appearing on page 1 or 2, and since about a month, they are somewhere in the middle. That makes me think that they still tweaking away.The worrying thing about the whole thing, to me, is that once Fotolia has made a change to it's site, it seems to be set in stone. So, when they have finished tweaking, best match will stay like that and favourise old but popular stuff for years.FWIW, my sales have dropped by about 15 %, subs have increased (I don't dare to actually go and add them up!). I'm only silver, but, comparing myself to other contributors, I have been seeing a substantial amount of regular sales.
I do think there is an element of dropping emeralds in the search. I know its anecdotal, and if any emerald contributor is experiencing growth I would like to be proven wrong.
Except the past couple of weeks, I always upload a steady stream of around 30-40 pics a week. Have been doing that for 6 years. So when there's a shift to older or newer files, I don't really see much change in income. Just a redistribution. FWIW, my newer files are mostly sitting undownloaded and don't even have a lot of views. Most sales I am seeing are of older files. This seems to jibe with what Phelby is reporting from the German forums. I do think there is an element of dropping emeralds in the search. I know its anecdotal, and if any emerald contributor is experiencing growth I would like to be proven wrong.
My Fotolia income has dropped from 300 to 400 dollars/mo to 150....200. This month has the potential to be the weakest month since January 2009.So sad. It seems my avatar predicted even this...
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