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« on: January 17, 2010, 12:30 »
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A few of my photos on IStock have received ratings from other contributors.  In each case they gave me a 5, which is great of course, but is there any real significance to this, say, in terms of search rank? Or is some other game being played, about which I'm clueless?



« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 12:46 »
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A few of my photos on IStock have received ratings from other contributors.  In each case they gave me a 5, which is great of course, but is there any real significance to this, say, in terms of search rank? Or is some other game being played, about which I'm clueless?



This is something frequently discussed in the forums - my understanding is that  ratings did play a part in the best match at one time, but some contributors collaborated to form "ratings gangs" to help their positioning, and the current word is that there is no longer any effect - unless of course you change the search order to "By Rating".

In theory, your rating just means someone likes your image - but it's often been mooted that it would be better if there were a simple "Thumbs Up" rather than a 1 - 5 rating, as it's generally felt to be bad form to rate less than 5, and a mortal insult to rate as a 1!

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 12:52 »
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I have some 5 rated photos on iStock and I don't see any real difference in sales. It's really just between photographers as far as I can tell

« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 13:08 »
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Yes, that's quite true.

My top seller has no ratings at all - those with many high ratings have sold many fewer.

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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010, 15:26 »
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Yes, that's quite true.

My top seller has no ratings at all - those with many high ratings have sold many fewer.
My top earners don't have ratings, it seems to be the landscape or scenic ones that get the 5 rating and those don't sell that often in the world of stock.

m@m

« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010, 15:32 »
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Not necessarily, most of my rated 5 images are nither landscape or scenic. The rating does not makes them all best sellers though.  :)
« Last Edit: January 17, 2010, 15:39 by m@m »

« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010, 15:43 »
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I had a set of red, yellow and green traffic light rated 5 yesterday. Many other isolated images have been rated also. Show those pics to anyone not envolved in stock and they would rate it 1 I think

I do have flames with ratings and others without. It don't play in the best match anymore. What I noticed that do play in the best match though is the view/download ratio. Then a image that attract lots of views in the newest section of the front page, is not necessarilly good in my opinion...
« Last Edit: January 17, 2010, 15:48 by Vonkara »


 

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