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« on: May 12, 2008, 08:23 »
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How are your sales at FT since some 10 days ago, since relevance odred is messed up? Mine are disaster. Today (monday) 1 sale! And it is end of EU work day. By now I should have at least 25-30 sales on normal days. And this is in 10 last days also... total disaster. How about you?
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 08:24 by Chode »


« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2008, 08:45 »
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My current sales this month are 20% of the last months average sales.
And current acceptance level is the worst I ever had.
Seven days rank is sinking, it means many people is doing much better.
Where is the old time fotolia???


« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2008, 08:53 »
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I sank from rank 33 to 145 now (in last 10 days, and I was steady between 30-50 rank in last 4 months, never happend anything like this). but dont know anybody who is selling good. Whoever I ask, everybody complains. I think that those first 150+ ranks are selling also poorly, maybe the variations between them are small. Thats what I think.

ironarrow

« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2008, 09:08 »
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I sank from rank 33 to 145 now (in last 10 days, and I was steady between 30-50 rank in last 4 months, never happend anything like this). but dont know anybody who is selling good. Whoever I ask, everybody complains. I think that those first 150+ ranks are selling also poorly, maybe the variations between them are small. Thats what I think.

I knew there was something weird going on with fotolia!!! ::) I have joined there in January this year.. Until last few weeks It was my number 4 earner.. NOW, It is my number 7.. Below Bigstockphoto, That is weird.. There is no logic to it..
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 09:10 by ironarrow »

« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2008, 09:09 »
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Sinking like a stone as well. Fotolia was one of the agencies that grew fastest for me the last six months, but now it's just a disaster.

« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2008, 09:14 »
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My sales are well down too.  Someone must have higher sales.

« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2008, 09:28 »
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Falling dramatically.

p.s.: On top of that I experienced the weird problem of disappearing credits (and balance going into the negative). And their forums where this issue has been brought to attention don't work (I get a strange error while posting - definitely a sign of gorgeous Fotolia jerking moderation).

« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2008, 09:30 »
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My sales are creeping up slowly but surely, I haven't noticed any down turn recently.

« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2008, 09:32 »
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wow...not just me.  My sales have been horrible their for a little over a week.  Used to be nice and consistent.

Contakt

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008, 09:44 »
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Don't forget folks there's a credit squeeze in all major economies at the moment. Spending is down, advertising is down and it's generally just sluggish across the board.

« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2008, 09:45 »
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My sales are higher than they have ever been so it is affecting me positively.  I guess it's a case of where one person loses out another person gains.  
I can sympathise with how you feel as I have had the same thing happen to me at IS in the past but unless Fotolia's overall sales go down then I don't suppose it is important to them which of the contributers get the sales.  Only they know how sales are since the change and if in fact it has helped overall sales then they are not likely to do anything about  it.  
There is a lot of talk on the forum about bad search results but from my experience there have always been bad search results and always will be.

« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2008, 09:49 »
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Almost 70 % down... complete disaster, on top of that also disappearing credits... !!!!

Patrick H.

« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2008, 09:51 »
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I used to sell quite well on fotolia but now I have days without sales...

« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008, 09:54 »
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Wow, sorry to hear that.  That is a huge % to lose.  :(

 
Almost 70 % down... complete disaster, on top of that also disappearing credits... !!!!

Patrick H.

ironarrow

« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2008, 10:04 »
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Wow, sorry to hear that.  That is a huge % to lose.  :(

 
Almost 70 % down... complete disaster, on top of that also disappearing credits... !!!!

Patrick H.

Hear this!! It was never my bestsite, I accept, BUT I used to make about $20 per week there, Now it's only about $3.. At least that $20 was only about 5% of my weekly earnings so I am not crying but hell why is it down from $20 to $3??!!

« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2008, 10:13 »
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I've never understood how people rave about FT because I just never ever got sales there, especially after V2...   But things were improving - at least a couple sales a day... then all of a sudden about a week and half ago dry spell.   

I thought it must be a glitch - but I guess things must be really bad for everyone when I finally got a small sale a few days back and my rank went from something like 1720 to 1540.  With one sale!

« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2008, 10:17 »
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FT was my #1 site, I made about 600$ per month for last consecutive 6 months (every month ~600$), but in last 10 days (since search engine change) 3-5$ per day with almost 6500 images online, thats disapointing. Totaly. I hope they will fix that soon.

And it all began 10 days ago when they changed something in search engine and relevance order, also they shut down Simillia feature. Hope they will recover, and soon, because I need my money to pay bills, lool!

I made another sale (2 for today, LOL!) an my rank is 137 (was 145). Thats showing they dont do well.

I think buers are finding inacurate images which they wont buy because of screwed up search engine.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 10:19 by Chode »

CCK

« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2008, 10:39 »
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When I check statistics I see that I still get the same number of views that I used to, but no downloads. I think that point to buyers not getting what they are looking for.

« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2008, 10:46 »
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When I check statistics I see that I still get the same number of views that I used to, but no downloads. I think that point to buyers not getting what they are looking for.

exactly. me 2. another fact that goes in favour of inacurate search engine. I suggest you to write to support about this, I did, and if many of us do it, they will sooner fix it I guess.

« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2008, 11:12 »
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Oh that explains it , my sale are up significantly  last few days and I'm getting sales from images that were never sold before. 

I never did  any reorders to my alphabetically sorted  keywords just for Fotolia ( and I never will) , so maybe that has something to do with that change , but maybe its just a coincidence

jsnover

« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2008, 11:13 »
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My sales are OK - not way down, but certainly not great either. What had puzzled me was my 7 days rank, which was higher than I expected given the rather lackluster performance. I guess that's because of the effects that some others have seen of sales dropping significantly.

They're in 4th place in the earnings this month - they've been #2 or #3 most months (in the last 6 months or so).

I know that image quality is a factor in sales performance, but every time we see one of these big shifts in search results make big dents/improvements in sales, it's a reminder of just how much the search engine behavior affects our earnings.

« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2008, 11:35 »
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Huge loss for me also compared to last month  :-\
Views are the same but practically no sales.....
Good that other sites are picking up....

and yes and they reject pics accepted on SS and IS
so I pause for now....
« Last Edit: May 12, 2008, 11:46 by ldambies »

j2k

« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2008, 11:44 »
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My sales stopped on May 1st.  Used to get multiple daily downloads, and so far in May I've got 3. And fotolia was just starting to look good :O

J.

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2008, 11:51 »
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Same as J2K. Sales literally stopped May 1st.

I used to get downloads daily and they were catching up with SS to compete for the #2 earner slot.

I've had one XS download so far this month. What a mess.

« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2008, 12:00 »
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Way down here as well. Hopefully this isn't a permanent thing and they are trying to fix the problem?


 

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