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« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2011, 03:51 »
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There has been a consistent best match shake during the weekend.

The search results are now dominated by NOT exclusive files. It looks like the best match at the moment gives a better position to all the files with a low price and a high amount of downloads. The result is that Vetta, E+ and Agency almost disappeared.

Compared to the last week I'm loosing 50%.


« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2011, 03:59 »
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Funny, I am exclusive, in the past two days, I had more DLs than the total of the previous week.  The images included new uploads.

« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2011, 04:00 »
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Compared to the last week I'm loosing 50%.

Ditto

However I think that changes are much more frequent these days so no big panic yet.

Slovenian

« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2011, 04:05 »
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Today has started great as well. I'm almost not hating IS anymore ;D . BTW I still see a ton of A/V files under that few search terms that I've used, so don't panic. And it's time for us indies to get a larger slice of the pie and it looks like we're doing it in a big way ;) . Of course I'd like nothing more than to see us all (indies+exclusives) earn more, so we wouldn't fight amongst ourselves, but stand united against the machine ;)
« Last Edit: August 10, 2011, 08:16 by Slovenian »

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« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2011, 06:59 »
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There has been a consistent best match shake during the weekend.

What are you basing this on? I just checked several files I track and they're in the same place they've been since the last major best match tweak a few weeks ago.

« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2011, 07:57 »
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I checked several files I track and they are not in the same they've been. They are overwhelmed by non-exclusive files.
All my E+ files comes in the search after the Standard collections. and the Vetta files disappeared. That's what I see.

« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2011, 08:21 »
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There has been a consistent best match shake during the weekend.

What are you basing this on? I just checked several files I track and they're in the same place they've been since the last major best match tweak a few weeks ago.

That fits with my month so far, there have been some days with quite large spikes, and some pretty deep troughs too. I'm getting quite a lot of E+ sales though, but then all my best sellers are in that collection so if files with lots of DLs are rewarded it sort of makes sense. On the other hand there's quite a few files which are getting their first downloads. I think its all over the place at the moment. Lets see how it settles down.

Looking at some searches, my files seem to be where I'd expect them, but the search is now different in some locations, so its hard to tell if what I'm seeing is the same as buyers in the US.

« Reply #32 on: August 10, 2011, 08:58 »
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Downloads and Royalties charts just updated. It looks like Tues wasn't as bad as Monday, but still one cazy swing in money and downloads. Will have to go with Holgs on this one " its all over the place at the moment." Nothing to do but sit back and wait to see how it plays out. ;D

« Reply #33 on: August 10, 2011, 08:59 »
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an example af the "new" file appears in the front of search...

searching "autumn" on 13 July 2011
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34112912/Schermata%202011-07-13%20a%2002.25.28.png
searching "autumn" on 10 august 2011
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34112912/Schermata%202011-08-10%20a%2015.51.49.png

this a shake

Slovenian

« Reply #34 on: August 10, 2011, 09:07 »
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an example af the "new" file appears in the front of search...

searching "autumn" on 13 July 2011
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34112912/Schermata%202011-07-13%20a%2002.25.28.png
searching "autumn" on 10 august 2011
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34112912/Schermata%202011-08-10%20a%2015.51.49.png

this a shake


Still only 9/44 images are non-exclusive and the position of your file in unchanged. I guess you wanted to show us that there are now less A/V files, but that actually works for you since you have less competition, at least when it comes to this search term (if it's similar with the rest you should be happy;)

« Reply #35 on: August 10, 2011, 09:34 »
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There has been a continuous shake for some time now. I do follow some searches and searches are changing everyday. Not the first page but the first 10 are having great movement. I used to have a couple of files in each of the first pages of some searches. They were mainly 3-4 months old files with more than 10 DLs and performing well. Thay are now all gone. Some days one shows up and the next day it anothers turn. I think last year they did something similar. Seems like a programmed move to give exposure to different upload time frames regardless of the success of files to give opportunity to, probably unlucky, older files. Things will settle down for sure.
And yes, the predominancy of V/A is over since the last big best match shake.

lisafx

« Reply #36 on: August 10, 2011, 09:50 »
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My sales are not spiking this week, so if non-exclusive files are getting a bump, it is more complicated than that.  Maybe it is non-exclusives who earn a lower RC royalty rate?  I would love to get in on this sales bonanza though :)

Are other diamond independents experiencing this big increase in sales? 

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2011, 10:00 »
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To the people seeing all these changes: are you sure it's possible to notice meaningful daily trends?
Unless you have hundreds of downloads daily (lucky you), it's more likely just statistical noise.
A moving average over weeks or months is a much more useful indicator.
Regarless of the best match shifts which I do not doubt are occurring.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2011, 10:08 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

lagereek

« Reply #38 on: August 10, 2011, 10:09 »
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My sales are not spiking this week, so if non-exclusive files are getting a bump, it is more complicated than that.  Maybe it is non-exclusives who earn a lower RC royalty rate?  I would love to get in on this sales bonanza though :)

Are other diamond independents experiencing this big increase in sales? 

Yes!  good increase in sales, especially during the last two days. Almost back to the good old days.

« Reply #39 on: August 10, 2011, 10:13 »
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... And yes, the predominancy of V/A is over since the last big best match shake.

Could this be one of Rebecca's first decisions to bring back customers?

By recent standards August has got off to a flyer for me at Istock. They are actually back in first place in my earnings. Hope it continues.

« Reply #40 on: August 10, 2011, 10:26 »
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... And yes, the predominancy of V/A is over since the last big best match shake.

Could this be one of Rebecca's first decisions to bring back customers?

By recent standards August has got off to a flyer for me at Istock. They are actually back in first place in my earnings. Hope it continues.

I dont know, what kind of decissions can someone working as a part time CEO can make? Not having a full time CEO is something that gives a hint about what getty thinks about istock. Maybe they think the business is easy and can be managed like this. For me it is an incredible decision.
Back on topic. I am not a V/A player so the less weight on V/A and the price filter are good decissions imo. It is also true that may be things have gone a bit too far lately as I find hard to find certain recently approved V/A files.
Like i said, I believe things wil settle down and I find July-August as good months to rotate a bit the stuff in the show window and see if some lost files perform can perform well.

ETA: WOW, now there IS a big best match shift. Must have happened in the last two hours!
« Last Edit: August 10, 2011, 10:44 by Atwim »

« Reply #41 on: August 10, 2011, 11:09 »
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Downloads and Royalties charts just updated. It looks like Tues wasn't as bad as Monday, but still one cazy swing in money and downloads. Will have to go with Holgs on this one " its all over the place at the moment." Nothing to do but sit back and wait to see how it plays out. ;D

yup, agree

« Reply #42 on: August 10, 2011, 11:14 »
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an example af the "new" file appears in the front of search...

searching "autumn" on 13 July 2011
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34112912/Schermata%202011-07-13%20a%2002.25.28.png
searching "autumn" on 10 august 2011
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34112912/Schermata%202011-08-10%20a%2015.51.49.png

this a shake

Well, the pumpkin images moved up, they must be prepping for Halloween.

« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2011, 12:33 »
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I have no charts to show, but the real change in the best match, there is bringing the price level to 1 / 4 .....
most of the images are non-exclusive, and not all of these have thousands of downloads

« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2011, 12:57 »
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I checked several files I track and they are not in the same they've been. They are overwhelmed by non-exclusive files.
All my E+ files comes in the search after the Standard collections. and the Vetta files disappeared. That's what I see.

I have no charts to show, but the real change in the best match, there is bringing the price level to 1 / 4 .....
most of the images are non-exclusive, and not all of these have thousands of downloads

Same here.  Leading to some days with extremely low (out of the ordinary ebb/flow) sales.

Difficult to tell whether this is...
   A strategy to drive down the prices presented to customers /
   An attempt to drive down the overall percentage royalty paid to contributors (closer towards 15%) /
   Another bit of testing out search changes on the live system to see what might make iStock commissions go up /
   .../

« Reply #45 on: August 10, 2011, 13:01 »
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I notice some big clusters of new images high up in the best match rank. A search on "Curry" has about 20 similars clustered together at around the 220 mark. There are also a lot of names that appear repeatedly on the top pages, so there seems to be less effort to mix files.

lisafx

« Reply #46 on: August 10, 2011, 13:02 »
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Yes!  good increase in sales, especially during the last two days. Almost back to the good old days.

Well cool!  Thanks to the other diamonds for weighing in too.  Guess I will sit back and wait for my windfall ;)

Slovenian

« Reply #47 on: August 10, 2011, 13:12 »
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I have no charts to show, but the real change in the best match, there is bringing the price level to 1 / 4 .....
most of the images are non-exclusive, and not all of these have thousands of downloads

Where are you seeing this? In the images you posted it's clear that 80% of the photos are still exclusive;)

« Reply #48 on: August 10, 2011, 13:42 »
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I have no charts to show, but the real change in the best match, there is bringing the price level to 1 / 4 .....
most of the images are non-exclusive, and not all of these have thousands of downloads

Where are you seeing this? In the images you posted it's clear that 80% of the photos are still exclusive;)
the image that i posted the filter shows all type price of image....try to check only with the one point in the filter (1/4)...
the shake is evident

Slovenian

« Reply #49 on: August 10, 2011, 14:41 »
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I have no charts to show, but the real change in the best match, there is bringing the price level to 1 / 4 .....
most of the images are non-exclusive, and not all of these have thousands of downloads

Where are you seeing this? In the images you posted it's clear that 80% of the photos are still exclusive;)
the image that i posted the filter shows all type price of image....try to check only with the one point in the filter (1/4)...
the shake is evident
15/44 are independents (using your search term, it was less with another I tried). Still, only a third of the results, when we all know the vast majority of the contributors are independent.


 

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