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« on: April 29, 2008, 05:28 »
Thought I'd bring this subject to the top with a new thread.  Chode has commented elsewhere, but for info here's a copy of a post I've made on the Fotolia forum this evening:

I've noticed today that looking at my portfolio sorted by 'relevance' brings up an apparently mixed bag of results with the first few pages populated by best selling images interspersed with a number of old pictures many of which have zero sales and hardly any views.

I'm all for progress and variety, but I have to question the logic of introducing a new relevance sort that seems to try to promote pictures that have been available for a long time but have yet to generate sales; all this can do is dilute or reduce overall sales.  If a picture has been available for a year and hasn't sold I certainly don't want that picture on my front page.

My own sales today have dropped 60% compared to a normal weekday.

I understand the need to promote new images.  I also understand the logic of continuing to promote best sellers.  But to shove old, unpopular pictures to the front of the queue seems to me to be courting disaster.

I hope this is just 'teething troubles' for a new more varied relevance sort facility at Fotolia, but I have to say that if the sort stays as it looks today I suspect that my sales and bank balance are going to look rather unhappy.

« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 05:35 »
well i think there is value is shifting things around once in a while.

How well a pictures does is VERY dependant on where it ends up in the search.  Perhaps a good image somehow got missed when buyers were looking around and somehow managed to sink to the bottom of the results.  If those images are given another chance perhaps they will be seen and their true potential realized...?? and then become a regular producing image instead of a dud.


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