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Author Topic: Dreamstime in may - search engine changes side effects?  (Read 12284 times)

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Xalanx

« on: May 20, 2009, 06:21 »
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So this is how my stats look like at this moment. Since the search engine changes everything just died off.
Anybody else having the same kind of stats? Any ideas about how to improve?


« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2009, 06:31 »
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My sales dropped a lot! I guess someone else sells more right now.On the other side, my sales at Istock doubled since last best match change.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2009, 06:51 by Whitechild »

« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2009, 06:45 »
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I'm on target for a BME at DT, however, at IS things ain't so good. There will always be winners and loosers with search engine tweaks.

« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2009, 06:52 »
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I'm on target for a BME at DT, however, at IS things ain't so good. There will always be winners and loosers with search engine tweaks.
That's true...

« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009, 07:05 »
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Since change my sales have dropped dramaticaly too. I used to have 10-20$ per day, now when I have 3$ it is "good" day.

lisafx

« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2009, 10:28 »
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Mine are about steady.  If it hadn't been for the threads here I would not have known there was a change.

Wonder if it has to do with portfolio size?  Smaller ones tend to feel the ups and downs more accutely.

Xalanx

« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2009, 10:54 »
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Mine are about steady.  If it hadn't been for the threads here I would not have known there was a change.

Wonder if it has to do with portfolio size?  Smaller ones tend to feel the ups and downs more accutely.

Have absolutely no idea. But as you can see in the chart there was an almost constant improvement since I finally payed attention to microstock. Until mid-april.
What I'm selling is usually old files of level 2. Very often the same darn files over and over again. However, yesterday and today I sold 2 of the new files as well. But extremely low compared to what it normally was.

« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2009, 11:01 »
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Mine are about steady.  If it hadn't been for the threads here I would not have known there was a change.

Wonder if it has to do with portfolio size?  Smaller ones tend to feel the ups and downs more accutely.

my portfolio counts about 6.000 images online :D

The new system is pushing exclusive images first, and I dont have any exclusive images on DT.

Xalanx

« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2009, 11:03 »
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The new system is pushing exclusive images first

oops...   ???

WarrenPrice

« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009, 11:14 »
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Where do y'all learn all this?  When a search engine is changed? What was changed?  How it affects your portfolio?

I've noticed a slowdown but have only 165 images ... maybe 10 are exclusive?


lisafx

« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009, 11:16 »
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my portfolio counts about 6.000 images online :D

The new system is pushing exclusive images first, and I dont have any exclusive images on DT.

Yep, that's a big portfolio.  :D

I had known exclusive images were getting a push for a while now.  I don't have that many of them though, and they still account for only around 5% of my sales.

There must be some other factors involved as well... 

 

« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009, 12:34 »
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Since change my sales have dropped dramaticaly too. I used to have 10-20$ per day, now when I have 3$ it is "good" day.




I had a peak in March-April when they briefly changed the default search to 'downloads'. It all died away now. (part of the peak last April comes from EL). Port size N=862.
« Last Edit: May 20, 2009, 12:43 by FlemishDreams »

« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2009, 13:28 »
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I'm only seeing steady growth in revenue. I'm on target for a BME in May which, if it happens, will be my 3rd BME in 4 months. My port has about 3K images but no exclusive files.

I'm not necessarily selling more licenses but my RPI has been steadily increasing, presumably as more files are promoted to higher levels, and is currently running at $1.49 this month.

CCK

« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2009, 14:30 »
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My sales are not bad, I'm heading for a definate BME on DT. Yet when I put in a keyword and do a search my photos are nowhere to be seen. About 3 months ago I used a keyword for a search, set the page to 80 items, and got 38 of my photos on page one. I tried it again just now with the same keyword and got my first photo on page three.

KB

« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2009, 14:40 »
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I'm in the "falling off a cliff" camp.  :(

I had a BME in March on DT, though subtracting the 2 ELs I had, it was just a very, very good month.

This month my earnings are down about 2/3 from my Jan - Mar averages (DLs are down a bit over 1/2 -- more sub sales this month, yea!).  >:(

« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2009, 16:17 »
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My exposure is slowly going up but sales are going up and down :-)

« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2009, 16:23 »
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My sales dropped, but have recovered.  Unfortunately, the subs that had disappeared early this month came back too.  Good credit sales (one image has just achieved level 4) compensate that, but it does suck to see images sell so cheap.

« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2009, 02:34 »
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Number of sales seems to be relatively steady for me, but RPD has gone down more than 30% from April to May. Lots of subs   :(

Xalanx

« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2009, 02:53 »
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RPD is ok for me, almost 1.5$ but the sales are very disappointing. It HAS to do with the search engine changes, that's for sure. I'm just thinking at what Peter said, maybe i should upload some exclusive photos..?

« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2009, 03:13 »
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Don't forget that May is a very bad month in Europe. Many people take trips in the extended weekends of May 1-3 (Labor Day), Ascension (today May 21 - 24), Pentecost (May 29 - June 1). Expect very bad sales from today on till next tuesday.

« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2009, 04:07 »
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If may is bad in europe, howcome Fotolia is doing well, and they sell mostly to EU.

« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2009, 04:12 »
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With my rather small port (300), my sales are increasing constantly on DT. May is BME there, eventhough may is awful in Europe. Also I notice that the keyword that a sold image was searched by is often quite a bit away from my main keywords, so it must have taken the buyer quite a while to find my image, no matter whether they used relevancy, date or most downloads.

If may is bad in europe, howcome Fotolia is doing well, and they sell mostly to EU.

On the German Fotolia Forum, people including high-ranked contributors have been complaining about low sales since the beginning of April. Strangely, at the same time, everyone's views seemed to have gone through the roof.

« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2009, 04:32 »
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If may is bad in europe, howcome Fotolia is doing well, and they sell mostly to EU.

Perhaps they're infidels  :P

WarrenPrice

« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2009, 09:57 »
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Where do y'all learn all this?  When a search engine is changed? What was changed?  How it affects your portfolio?

I've noticed a slowdown but have only 165 images ... maybe 10 are exclusive?



I posted this question (or something similar) at Dreamstime yesterday and it disappeared.  Is all this some big secret?  Am I the only one who has no idea what is going on?  Is this why I haven't had a sale in nearly two weeks?


Milinz

« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2009, 15:21 »
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Yup... My graph is similar to all others:
Downloads down, but sales up... Interesting...



 

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