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Author Topic: Best Match at iStock giving more importance to non-exclusives than before.  (Read 3050 times)

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« on: August 18, 2014, 13:48 »
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I'm analysing the best match and 2 months ago the proportion of exclusive content in the first page of almost any keyword was:

80% exclusive
20% non-exclusive

Since last week, the proportion totally changed in almost any keyword as well, is very consistent:

60% exclusive
40% non-exclusive

The analysis was made using 100 random keywords using the first page showing 100 images.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2014, 17:35 by luiscastor »


Shelma1

« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2014, 14:04 »
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Maybe add the words "than before" to the title? 60% exclusive means exclusive files are more important, though not as much as before.

Goofy

« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2014, 14:30 »
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I'm analysing the best match and 2 months ago the proportion of exclusive content in the first page of almost any keyword was:

80% exclusive
20% non-exclusive

Since last week, the proportion totally changed in almost any keyword as well, is very consistent:

60% exclusive
40% non-exclusive

The analysis was made using 100 random keywords using the first page showing 100 images.

Not saying it is fair but 'profit' is the main concern for them thus if an non-exclusive has a better image than iStock will make more $$ - it's all about the bottom line and not about fairness to the contributors...

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2014, 14:56 »
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Not sure how you - or they - would define better, but in a lot of searches, large blocks of 0 dls indie uploads, often very similar, are trumping exclusive files with sales. But unlike the OP, I don't find all searches have the same pattern in best match.

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 17:29 »
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If this is true, it has not helped my sales at all.  Still downhill at Istock.

« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014, 22:44 »
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Not sure how you - or they - would define better, but in a lot of searches, large blocks of 0 dls indie uploads, often very similar, are trumping exclusive files with sales. But unlike the OP, I don't find all searches have the same pattern in best match.

Are they brand new files or old one with 0 dls.

There should never be large blocks of the images from the same contributor especially if they're 0 sales and not brand new.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2014, 00:28 »
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The theoty and the reality don't always match.



« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2014, 01:54 »
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I do have a bit of an improvement from about 10 days ago, but the numbers are too low to be definitely significant

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2014, 03:07 »
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Not sure how you - or they - would define better, but in a lot of searches, large blocks of 0 dls indie uploads, often very similar, are trumping exclusive files with sales. But unlike the OP, I don't find all searches have the same pattern in best match.

Are they brand new files or old one with 0 dls.

There should never be large blocks of the images from the same contributor especially if they're 0 sales and not brand new.

Try searching elephant, river by best match. It's almost the same as 3-4 weeks ago. Huge swathes by one contributor all with 0;many with no river and some with neither ele and nor river.
Now go to the last page by best match, where most have at least some dls and many are exclusive.

« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2014, 03:48 »
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Maybe my search is different to yours due to my location. (if that still works)

In the first 100 in the search there a couple of contributors with "blocks of low DL images" 

1 set is an indies illustrations which are marginally keyworded. 5 images /100
1 set is from an exclusive photos uploaded in August this year 12 /100
1 set is from an exclusive photos uploaded in June this year  21/100
1 set is from an indy photos uploaded in July this year 11/100

I'd say there is a definite slant towards new content and there's probably more independent files than there use to be when the best match was heavily slanted to Exclusives.

But on my search its not just indy files in blocks with 0 uploads on the first page.

This search returns 2029 files which is pretty low number compared to alot of other searches. It looks to me that the newest files aren't being flushed out of the first page because of the relatively low number of new images.


 

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