MichaelG

Dramatic drop in views

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Morning All,

 

Did anyone notice dramatic drop in views? My views plummeted in the last few days, yesterday being epic - only 5 recorded. I would usually have around 100 +/-... 

 

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Michael 

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Simple answer is yes I have. No idea why though. Sales too, still nothing for the month. Maybe the accounts team are on vacation. ;)

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Yes same here.  Main pseudo would normally be 600-800 per day but now down to approx 400 per day for last few days.

 

Pearl

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hmm... i think someone mentioned change in search algorithm but that`s a massive blow for me. I know i dont have a big port yet and although not really suffering from too many zooms (recorded only 38 for the last 12 months) at least i thought my views are growing along with my port and sales are slowly started to creep in. But now with 5 views not sure if i can scratch any surface in here... Hope this is just temporary glitch and all be back to norm soon...   

 

 

Thanks 

Michael 

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38 minutes ago, MichaelG said:

hmm... i think someone mentioned change in search algorithm but that`s a massive blow for me. I know i dont have a big port yet and although not really suffering from too many zooms (recorded only 38 for the last 12 months) at least i thought my views are growing along with my port and sales are slowly started to creep in. But now with 5 views not sure if i can scratch any surface in here... Hope this is just temporary glitch and all be back to norm soon...   

 

 

Thanks 

Michael 

 

There is no obvious sign the search algorithm has changed massively - both BHZ and my benchmark searches remain static. It is more likely the view counting machine has gone awry. It has happened before where the number of views recorded dropped dramatically for several days and then eventually returned to normal. An IT glitch rather than a search policy change would be my bet.

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2 minutes ago, Joseph Clemson said:

 

There is no obvious sign the search algorithm has changed massively - both BHZ and my benchmark searches remain static. It is more likely the view counting machine has gone awry. It has happened before where the number of views recorded dropped dramatically for several days and then eventually returned to normal. An IT glitch rather than a search policy change would be my bet.

 

Thanks Joseph! Hope that`s the case! 

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When I looked yesterday I didn’t have any zooms. When I looked today at yesterday’s statistics, I did have one. I think there must have been a glitch.

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Something seems amiss somewhere.

 

Views are very low and also my cleared balance on the Dashboard is nothing like the 'cleared but not paid' items in my account page.

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Ditto

My views are down to less than half from 6 months ago despite adding about 400 images.

 

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Views down significantly here too but, conversely, my zooms have soared this month. Just hope this is a positive trend.

Jim :)

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Yes. Everything else is dramatically dropping as well.

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The system seems very fickle these days. My zooms, CTR, and sales all went south in August after months of stability. This month they all appear to be coming back (touch wood). I haven't noticed any significant drop in views, though.

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22 views yesterday :huh::lol: 0 zooms.

I had hoped i could rely on 1 image sold per 1000 uploads, but it looks like i can't, so i'll just have to plod along with live news as the only reliable means of making money on here (touch wood).

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My views have shot up this month but no sales. I am getting really fed up with the lack of sales here. 

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From what I have been observing, a lot of the older images have been selling for months now which of course I have nothing prior to the letter J-K and I personally am hoping that changes very soon. :P

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9 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

22 views yesterday :huh::lol: 0 zooms.

I had hoped i could rely on 1 image sold per 1000 uploads, but it looks like i can't, so i'll just have to plod along with live news as the only reliable means of making money on here (touch wood).

 

I wonder if the emphasis you have on Live News impacts the number of views you are getting? I have a similar sized portfolio and yesterday I had 86 views and 1 zoom (and I regard 86 views as about one-third of what I would normally get). One difference I notice with Live News shooting is that it tends to produce a greater number of similars in a portfolio as multiple photos of the same event are shot, whereas a portfolio focussed purely on stock would more likely have only one or two images of any subject. Portfolios with large number of similars tend to get pushed down the rankings as such views as are generated result in proportionately fewer zooms and sales, which becomes a vicious circle. I don't shoot a lot of live news myself but I have recently created a separate live news pseudonym to hold such images as I do have, so that the larger number of similars does not impact my main pseudonyms. 

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Only 38 views today. More than 5 but still not very promising... 

My sales picked it up finally and I started getting at least one a month but wary now with views being so low i wont get much exposure and possible sales... :wacko: being hopeful tho that this is just a temporary glitch... right back to keywording :ph34r:

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Out of curiosity I selected:

 

12-13 July: Views 1034 Zooms 3 Top subjects: England football charity (138), Farnborough Air Show (49), Spitfire flying (43)

12-13 Sept: Views 681 Zooms 4 Top subjects: Trafalgar Square (28), Old War Office London (43 - two sessions combined), Chelmsford (19)

 

Who knows whether it's just a variation on subject requirements or a trend?

 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, MichaelG said:

Only 38 views today. More than 5 but still not very promising... 

My sales picked it up finally and I started getting at least one a month but wary now with views being so low i wont get much exposure and possible sales... :wacko: being hopeful tho that this is just a temporary glitch... right back to keywording :ph34r:

I really don't think keywording is that important. I have done searches here and some of the first few images that appear on the first page have very very few keywords.

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It might be that Alamy have tweaked the criteria for the views/customers that get recorded in the metrics... 

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17 minutes ago, Marb said:

I really don't think keywording is that important. I have done searches here and some of the first few images that appear on the first page have very very few keywords.

 

But it really matters if your smaller amount of keywords are not among the ones used in a search.

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For a small port my views are holding up well this month so far 400 and 3 zooms, which I think is the best so far as I have only been on here since March.

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My guess is that such a drop is possibly related to Google, not Alamy. Doing a search for "Alamy" + "keyword" in Google images, today gives me much less pictures than in the past; furthermore, most of them are totally unrelated to the subject.

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7 minutes ago, riccarbi said:

My guess is that such a drop is possibly related to Google, not Alamy. Doing a search for "Alamy" + "keyword" in Google images, today gives me much less pictures than in the past; furthermore, most of them are totally unrelated to the subject.

 

Searching for Alamy images using Google never counted as part of the views reported in Alamy Measures anyway... so Google makes no difference.

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1 hour ago, Joseph Clemson said:

 

I wonder if the emphasis you have on Live News impacts the number of views you are getting? I have a similar sized portfolio and yesterday I had 86 views and 1 zoom (and I regard 86 views as about one-third of what I would normally get). One difference I notice with Live News shooting is that it tends to produce a greater number of similars in a portfolio as multiple photos of the same event are shot, whereas a portfolio focussed purely on stock would more likely have only one or two images of any subject. Portfolios with large number of similars tend to get pushed down the rankings as such views as are generated result in proportionately fewer zooms and sales, which becomes a vicious circle. I don't shoot a lot of live news myself but I have recently created a separate live news pseudonym to hold such images as I do have, so that the larger number of similars does not impact my main pseudonyms. 

That’s what I figured, too, so have created two pseudonyms - one for weather news and one for news news. 

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