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Gary Lucken

Order in which images are displayed?

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Good morning everyone.

 

A quick question which I'm sure must have been asked before but which I can't seem to find an answer to in the forums.

 

If you have a handful of images tagged with the exact same keywords, in what order do they come up in a customer search? Does the most recently uploaded, for example, appear first? Or is it the earliest uploaded etc?

 

I was informed by contributor relations that the most recently uploaded would appear first but that doesn't seem to be my experience.

 

Any help appreciated,

 

Gary.

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On 15/08/2019 at 09:41, Gary Lucken said:

Good morning everyone.

 

A quick question which I'm sure must have been asked before but which I can't seem to find an answer to in the forums.

 

If you have a handful of images tagged with the exact same keywords, in what order do they come up in a customer search? Does the most recently uploaded, for example, appear first? Or is it the earliest uploaded etc?

 

I was informed by contributor relations that the most recently uploaded would appear first but that doesn't seem to be my experience.

 

Any help appreciated,

 

Gary.

 

If an image has been zoomed previously, using the same search word(s) it will (may*) appear higher in the results, ahead of those from the same contributor with the same keywords and caption. Certainly such images of mine appeared higher last time I checked, *but Alamy can (and do) change their search algorithm from time to time.

 

Usually a previous zoom works in your favour, but other times, when a zoom is based on "what on earth is that" it can mean that your most unsuitable image, that meets the criteria, ends up appearing first. Last time I checked "previously zoomed" carried a higher weighting irrespective of whether the search words appeared in caption, supertags or tags or all three. *One of my images of Loweswater still suffers from this effect (I've just checked).

 

Mark

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