"Any tweaks or changes we make to the search engine now or in the future will aim to benefit those photographers who follow our recommendations".
For now, as my own tests today have shown again, tags carry higher weight than supertags.
Are some customers seeing results that suggest that supertags carry a lower weight? I understand that some customers may see different results, but surely no matter who they are and what sort of images they have licensed before, and what their location is, a supertag should always carry more weight that a tag.
Take my image ID J0HK8N. Yesterday a search for "derelict pier" showed that image in 52nd place. I changed my supertag of "derelict pier" to a tag. Today, that image is now in 2nd. That's a move of 50 places HIGHER. It's the same for my other tests today and in recent weeks.
Why would any customer want to see images tagged with words that I decide to be less relevant, higher up than images with words that I decide are more relevant to their search?
So according to Alamy, I should still continue to use supertags for the most relevant words. That IS what I am STILL doing. However, I know full well that my placement for every image will be lower than if I used only tags for the most relevant words. I am 99% sure that every client will also see this, no matter which images may appear higher for them. So, just in case Alamy may or may not change things, I should continue following the recommendations. That IS what I am doing other than in my tests, but it does not make any sense at all.
I seriously think that Alamy are not aware this problem exists. I have posted my test results, as has Philippe and others. They are conclusive for US. I am aware that at least one other contributor is getting results that show supertags carry more weight than tags, so for some people things seem to be working. Is it possible that some accounts have a problem while others do not? Has anyone at Alamy investigated this?
I am very aware that Alamy must be annoyed and frustrated at myself and a few others constantly complaining about this problem, and I am sorry for that. Believe me, I do not like it either, and really could do without this extra stress. Something must be wrong though and all the replies I have had or seen quoted by others have not explained this particular problem. We do not need to know the algorithms and of course some details have to remain secret. Tags and supertags though are surely something that should work for everyone in the same way.
For now, I am going to continue tagging in a way that I know will give me worse performance, as that is what we are told will benefit us IF any tweaks or changes are made now or in the future.