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« on: August 04, 2014, 07:03 »
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For a couple of weeks in june, the number of views of my files at Fotolia were up to 4 times more than normal. But in the same period sales were only about half of normal.

It doesn't seem logic to me. I would expect more sales with more views? Does anyone have an idea what happened there?


« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2014, 07:24 »
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It's probably views from bots. For example DT views are totally messed up because of that.
Some sites are less affected but overall it's best to not take it into consideration.

« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2014, 08:59 »
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It's probably views from bots. For example DT views are totally messed up because of that.
Some sites are less affected but overall it's best to not take it into consideration.
Yes it could be bots of course.
And I think that views related to sales affects how high a file is placed in a search at FT, which could explain the lower sales. And then again, June already is a slow month.

« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 11:04 »
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Even the bots don't bother with iStock then...?

Goofy

« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 11:28 »
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some sites don't give you view stats only 'Sales' which is all I really care to monitor...

« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2014, 12:50 »
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I've found "views" pretty random and meaningless on all sites - its sales that matter :o

« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2014, 13:00 »
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sales for me :P

« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2014, 00:17 »
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Of course it is sales that matter, but if the ratio between views and sales counts in the search ranks, then views also matter some.

« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2014, 00:36 »
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"IF" and in my experience they don't

« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2014, 02:09 »
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I get that sales are most important, but don't the views offer useful information, too? If a picture has many views but no sales, I'd just assume buyers don't like that picture. But if a picture has low views, then I'd assume it was getting lost in the searches and try take steps to correct that.

I'm still pretty new to this, so I'm just guessing here.

Goofy

« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2014, 11:41 »
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all sites are different on how views relate to anything.  Yes, a lot of views is good but what if there are no sales on say an image with 400 views? It tells me you came close but something is missing. I've had images with 8 views but 4 sales thus telling me if only I could get the company to have more buyers click on my image. Lot's of theories on this...

« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2014, 13:17 »
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"IF" and in my experience they don't
I read some years ago that one of the parameters for search rank on FT is the view/sale ratio. I can't remember where  I read it, but probably at the FT forum. Or maybe here?


 

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