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« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2007, 08:01 »
yeah it is odd how things vary from site to site, but i think it all comes back to sort order.  How to get lucky with the sort order on the other hand it beyond me.

« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2007, 12:22 »
I'm experiencing the same thing. Towards the end of 2006 very consistent downloads everyday, then two months ago, they dropped to a trickle.

Hope things pick up again soon for me, I was beginning to think Fotolia will take off very well.


« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2007, 12:58 »
Even though I get consistent downloads at Fotolia, I wonder if the inconsistant sales have more to do with the instability of the site.  Somes days you can log on with no problem and other days it's frustratingly slow.  That would be a big turn off if you wanted to download some images!

« Reply #28 on: April 05, 2007, 14:28 »
One advantage to not having many downloads on Fotolia and still being a relative newbie, is that I still look at who is downloading my images. Although you obviously can't be 100% certain on all images, but it looks like the majority (if not all)  of my downloads are coming from Europe. From my understanding of the market, that seems rather strange, as I would expect the majority to come from the US.

Could it be that Fotolia is concentrating their marketing on the newer and expanding european market. I could be talking complete rubbbish, but I'm sure someone will tell me if I am  ;D

« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2007, 16:49 »
The majority of my downloads fo to Germany and France and of the rest most are to Europe.
I love the fact that you can trace so many of the downloads.  I have managed to find dozens this way.  It's a shame the other sites don't provide this information.

« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2007, 17:19 »
Interesting that you mention the Europe thing.  I see the same thing with my sales (lots of sales to German buyers) and I always wondered whether that's a "European thing" I have going - living in the US as a German, somehow hitting the European taste a little better than Americans (not other Europeans, of course).  But in light of what you say, that might not be true, fotolia seems to just get the majority of sales from Europe.

My sales have rebound a little - got three dls yesterday and felt like celebrating - but by and large they aren't back to 2006 levels.  I haven't fallen a lot in the "all time ranking" either - that's not a good sign.

« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2007, 17:30 »
Hmm. After looking through my downloads seeing who downloaded them. One was from Fotolia UK. Hmm. Wonder what that means.

« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2007, 17:38 »
I also notice this tendency of having Germans (mostly), French and Spaniards - all judging by the names only, is there any other way? - buying well at FT.  I'm not sure it has anything to do with "European taste" in my case, as I am a Brazilian in Brazil, but maybe they have more marketing efforts in Europe and I believe they had a variety of languages much earlier than other sites (am I wrong?). 

I have tried searches in different languages there and it works reasonably well (there were problems when they launched the Portuguese version, though).  Given that they don't use controlled vocabulary as IS does, I think they do quite a good job. 

(On a side note, StockXpert also works well in many languages, but my tests in Portuguese didn't turn well.  A simple non-ambiguous word such as Christmas was not translated into Portuguese).



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