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« Reply #100 on: June 19, 2007, 10:43 »
I wouldn't say "taken off" but at least i'm getting some sales

« Reply #101 on: June 19, 2007, 11:45 »
Today I have had my best day ever at fotolia and there's time for a few more yet :D

« Reply #102 on: June 19, 2007, 13:30 »
Today I have had my best day ever at fotolia and there's time for a few more yet :D

I confirm...triple the sales of a normal day...WOAHHHHH...sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

« Reply #103 on: June 19, 2007, 16:00 »
I've noticed an increase in sales as well, but that may have more to do with one of my pics being featured on the front page than increased traffic.

« Reply #104 on: June 19, 2007, 16:06 »
Congrats for the front page, Sharply_done!  Well, I haven't experienced such increase, my sales are slow but hopefully steady.  I wouldn't mind an EL this month.  :)


« Reply #105 on: June 19, 2007, 16:12 »
I have noticed an increase in sales as well.  Of course, those might be higher if my newer images still had their keywords intact.   ;)  I know, I'm trying to be patient.  It sounds like they're doing the best they can given all the issues they've had.  I certainly welcome the changes.   ;D

« Reply #106 on: June 19, 2007, 16:36 »
I've noticed an increase in sales as well, but that may have more to do with one of my pics being featured on the front page than increased traffic.

The small picture at the bottom of the page with the orange leaves is mine. I actually had two of my photos selected for the home page.

« Reply #107 on: June 20, 2007, 04:09 »
Down here in OZ the site appears to be slightly faster than V1 but not significantly so.

Still many problems to be ironed out; no upload facility yet and lots of other little niggles and bits that don't work.

I reckon this thing could drag on for another month.

Of course there are many peeps waiting to upload, so when the floodgates open we can expect a pretty long bottleneck.


« Reply #108 on: June 20, 2007, 10:23 »
Congrats Sharply_done!

Unfortunately, I still find Fotolia to be slow. Although after its finished loading is is a bit snappier.

« Reply #109 on: June 24, 2007, 06:09 »
No uploads is not a little niggly.  It is a major function that should work.  Has anyone tried to get paid yet?  I read that doesn't work either.

I used to be in IT.  This was very, very badly managed.

« Reply #110 on: June 24, 2007, 13:44 »
I have been trying to get paid with no success. I am off on holiday (vacation for our US friends) next week, and I want my money!
I have payments from just before the upgrade that have not been cleared also.
I emailed support, but just got a standard reply that told me nothing.

« Reply #111 on: June 24, 2007, 15:40 »
It's disturbing to note how many IT or former-IT people have been commenting on how bad the management of this upgrade was and is.  Now FT is holding back payments from their contributors, who are 1/2 of their lifeblood, the other 1/2 being the buyers whose money I'm sure they're accepting quite happily and very quickly ;). The skies over FT seem to be darkening with each day that passes rather than clearing up. Does anyone know if their top managers have had anything to say lately???


« Reply #112 on: June 24, 2007, 21:14 »
Chad dropped in thursday with an update with little we did't already know. also promised daily updates. Nothing since then.

« Reply #113 on: June 25, 2007, 09:56 »
Managing the odd sale ok but the site is really slow today.

« Reply #114 on: June 25, 2007, 11:23 »
Managing the odd sale ok but the site is really slow today.
Same but they are all blog size  :(. not what I was hopig for with the change in prices.

« Reply #115 on: June 25, 2007, 13:15 »
Down here in OZ the new site is slow, probably as slow as the old version.

Doesn't seem to be much action in sorting all the bugs, and although I reported the stupid 'my indox' error a week ago even that hasn't been corrected.

Gut feel is very negative.  I don't think they've got the cash or the resources needed to sort out this mess and I think it will drag on for weeks.  What the buyers will think of that I don't know.

As for the various promises made by 'chad'; as CEO he is presumably a person who sanctions deliberately misleading statements like '3.2 million online files', 'we sell 10,000 pictures a day' etc; personally I wouldn't believe most of what he says or promises.

Something inside me says this is the beginning of the end for FT, although I have been wrong before and I might be wrong this time.

« Reply #116 on: June 25, 2007, 13:23 »
I'm lucky my sales there suck anyway.

« Reply #117 on: June 25, 2007, 14:16 »
I'm glad I use four other agencies.

« Reply #118 on: June 25, 2007, 16:50 »
Right on Hatman!

It's now been 12 days since the "upgrade" started and we still don't have an upload facility. 

In the statement from Chad posted here they said they hadn't slept since the upgrade started, which at the time was four days.  I wonder how much sleep they're getting now with their site still crippled after almost two weeks.

I agree with your suspicion about them being under-resourced. I can't think of any other explanation. In situations like this when you have a mission-critical issue you do whatever it takes to get it fixed. There is nothing that can't be fixed in 12 days.

Boy, would I like to be a fly on the wall in the CEO's office over the last 12 days.

Oh, did I mention it's now been 12 days?

« Reply #119 on: June 25, 2007, 20:41 »
One good news: pay-outs are working now.  Let's see how long it takes to actually received the money, though.


« Reply #120 on: June 26, 2007, 04:05 »
Yep managed to request a payment an extra prompt appears
"are you an American citizen?"

 if so I guess you should have your social security number handy.

I don't understand credits earned on the 11th and 13th of June still not validated.

In V1 credits earned from affiliates were validated on the day of sale whereas there was a three day wait for your sale credits to be validated

Now my credit sales are validated on the day whereas affilated credits seem to be stuck on orange I think I prefer the new system as I am obviously earning more than 10% of my affilates.

Sales are definately down in V2 just did a quick search to see if where my photos are appearing in searches. I live in Scotland so my portfolio is strongly baised towards cities and scenics of this country and I had quite a niche market for a while. So I was shocked to see not only had various islands ceased to exist in Fotolio database but so had Edinburgh and Glasgow, even a search for Scotland showed only just over 1,000 results and not familar ones.

I sincerely hope the search engine is fixed very soon otherwise when people have used up their old credits they will go to sites where they can easily find photos they want.

I had a quick look at my microstock earnings across the board and unless there is a few miracles this will be the worse month of 2007

« Reply #121 on: June 26, 2007, 04:26 »
There is a thread about Fotolia's return back to normality at

where there are snippets of news from Chad amongst the list of complaints.

Uploads coming soon apparently

« Reply #122 on: June 26, 2007, 04:36 »
well it is good to know i am not the only one with a serious downward trend in fotolia earnings the last few days after the update.

« Reply #123 on: June 26, 2007, 05:30 »
our views went from about 60-100 a day with about 3 or 4 sales to 1 view and possibly one sale.

we havve been waiting to get paid since the 12th.

:( :(

very unhappy... btw, it's still very slow.

« Reply #124 on: June 26, 2007, 06:41 »
You must be mistaken Fin - as FT have pointed out, they sold '10,000 pictures' on the day V2 went live.....

... so the serach engine must work.....

.... unless..... (shock, horror)..... unless of course this is yet another lie.....

Hmmm... constant stream of lies, promises made and never kept, long list of suppliers waiting to get paid, thousands of bugs that never get fixed......

... all this smacks of a business about to go bust.

Instead of managing the upgrade, the CEO is probably in emergency talks with the company's bankers; he will of course have driven to the meetings in his $100,000 Mercedes wearing his Gant suit and Versace tie........

Gut feel is that cashflow has been destroyed and there will be an 'announcement' soon.....

... or it will just die....

I will be VERY surprised if anyone actually gets paid.

I hope I am wrong.


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