Microstock Photography Forum - General => General Stock Discussion => Topic started by: StockStudio on August 17, 2017, 05:41

Title: Search results algorithm
Post by: StockStudio on August 17, 2017, 05:41
So, I was wondering about this:
When a potential buyer searches for a photo/video in a stock agancy,
they abvously can filter the search result in three main ways:
Relevant/best match - I'll get there in a second
Popular - number of sales and/or views?
New - date of upload

Now where's popular and new are abvious - what does the "relevant" or "best match" mean?
Is it a mix of good title and keywords? Does it take sales into consideration?
Does it favor older/newer items?
What do you think?

Has anyone experimented with this?
Title: Re: Search results algorithm
Post by: Sean Locke Photography on August 17, 2017, 06:20
This is discussed specifically and in general in most discussions here.  Different sites use different factors.  Could be size, upload rate, previous sales, previous keyword success, etc.
Title: Re: Search results algorithm
Post by: ShadySue on August 17, 2017, 07:31
You need to do your own checks on each agency you want to know about.

I've found on both Alamy and iS, new doesn't necessarily mean 'new', as in recently taken or recently uploaded.

Also for sure in a 'popular' search on iS, I've seen a low seller from one of my own series hundreds of places above the top seller in the series (where by far the most likely two or three keywords to be searched on are the same).
Title: Re: Search results algorithm
Post by: JimP on August 17, 2017, 07:38
Popular is not what you say it is. We don't know what any of these mean and popular isn't downloads or earnings or anything I can understand. IS used to be sales over time so a new file that got one download would shoot to the top, and then slowely drop down in the search.

Like Sue says, new isn't always new. Relevant is supposed to be best match, not new or popular, but I doubt that.

Sorry but every agency has their own idea of what's popular, best match or relevant, you have to try to guess what they do and some like SS are impossible and illogical.