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  1. Thank you Paulette, Living in NYC and being able to specialize in that subject I think is advantageous for me. There seems to always be a high demand for NYC images. Patrick
  2. 18 sales in June, which is slightly below my latest 12-month average of 20 sales per month at $38 per image. Patrick
  3. Jill, I think with searches that have exactly 100 views, i.e., one page, if the question is are buyers viewing fewer images or is the search enging providing better results, the answer lies in the number of images that were zoomed of those 100 images. If none were zoomed, the buyer quickly moved on after seeing 100 (high "bounce rate"), however, if one or more images were zoomed, perhaps the buyer found something they liked. I, for one, also see many searches with only 100 views, and no zooms. Patrick Most of my sales aren't zoomed. Many buyers put images in a lightbox and that is not recorded. It would be great if it was so we would know at least someone had an interest. Jill What I meant was: when you look at your Alamy Measures, there is a column for Total Views and next to it a column for Total Zooms. If the column for Total Views shows 100 and the column for Total Zooms shows 0, this is a high bounce rate. This is a measure we can look at without thinking of our own pictures. It shows the buyer left after seeing 100 images and zooming nothing (or altered their search terms for another search). Patrick
  4. Jill, I think with searches that have exactly 100 views, i.e., one page, if the question is are buyers viewing fewer images or is the search enging providing better results, the answer lies in the number of images that were zoomed of those 100 images. If none were zoomed, the buyer quickly moved on after seeing 100 (high "bounce rate"), however, if one or more images were zoomed, perhaps the buyer found something they liked. I, for one, also see many searches with only 100 views, and no zooms. Patrick
  5. I think you are correct Pearl: there is no feature like that now for client searches, but because Alamy has added that feature to the annotations in AIM, I am speculating as to possible future uses for it. They are not putting it there for no reason, presumably. One of the uses for it currently, I am led to believe by Alamy Contributor Relations, is that Alamy "may" use it to rank images through a combination of category and date taken. In this instance, pictures that are categorized as "Travel" can then be further sorted by "Date Taken." Not perhaps by the client yet, but by the search engine in returning images in a specific order, for instance more recent travel images before older ones. Patrick
  6. but that still doesn't explain why my own image moves down if I change one of its tags to a supertag. No It doesn't explain the Tag-Supertag issue. But, with all the testing that's going on, it may be helpful to keep this in mind as photos categorized as "Travel" (or other categories) "may" get lower rankings if they are old. Usually stock agencies categorize travel pictures as "old" if they are more than five years old. I still get good sales on travel images that are older than that. But if Alamy are going to demote them based on "date taken", I may remove the "Travel" category from them.
  7. Here is something that may affect image placement that I haven't heard discussed before. There is a new tab in AIM whereby one can select for an image "Primary Category" and "Secondary Category" e.g., Travel, Business, Concepts, etc. Why would Alamy have added this? Most likely so that clients could filter their searches, for example if one searches "New York" and doesn't want to see the pictures of New York Strip Steak that come up, they could select the category "Travel," and if presumably the steak images are categorizied as "Food and Drink," those images would be lowered in a search of New York "Travel." However, Alamy can use this to filter pictures on it's own, and in fact I am told by Alamy Contributor Relations that if a picture is categorized as "Travel," it may be placed lower than another picture based on the "Date Taken" field, with the idea that for travel pictures at least a more recent image is more "relevant." So, if you have older travel images that still sell well, you may want to leave the "Primary Category" tab empty, for fear that the age of the picture may cause it to be pushed down in results. Patrick
  8. Hello All: I would like to fully understand what re-rank is, when does it occur, how to know when it has occured, what affects it (e.g. CTR), and everything else that one would like to add. I am asking because I have many images of a particular topic, and when I do a keyword search of that topic, it seems that the order of images has not changed for months. I would think that changes would periodically occur, but I don't see any, even with a different browser, on a different computer, resetting my browser, etc. So, any intelligent information is welcome! Thank You. Patrick.
  9. Hello, Someone (Wim, I think?) previously asked about a "New Search Engine" thread. Is there such a thread yet? I believe many of us have concerns about how these new features affect how the images are ordered, etc. within search results, and not so much the nuts and bolts of how to use them in the new AIM. If someone started a new thread for this type of topic, I would be very interested. Thanks. Patrick
  10. Does the "QC Rank" only exist in the new Alamy Image Manager? Thanks
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