IDP Posted November 18, 2015 Share Posted November 18, 2015 This has been mentioned in passing in another thread (which I can't now find) but it probably merits a thread of its own. At about the same time as the thumbnail display changed, it soon became apparent to me that customer searches by Alamy reference weren't being shown in My Measures data. I noticed it quite soon, because I often used to get 4 or 5 such searches a day - which weren't always zoomed (no real need, since they could be put straight into a lightbox or basket). At the time I checked the All of Alamy data and noticed that the searches were still appearing there - although seemingly at a slightly lower frequency and often with other keywords included eg. ABC123 Eiffel Tower. Given the above, I surmised that Alamy had probably decided to purposely exclude searches by reference number, believing it skewed CTR data. There is a logic to this, as the idea behind the click through ratio is that a better photographer's images will stand out from the crowd and thus be zoomed. If only one image is being searched for, this criterion doesn't apply. Although, I suppose it could equally be argued that the image might already have stood out from the crowd and, if it was put straight into a lightbox, not registered as a zoom - thus it deserved it on the follow-up search! Given the volume of such searches I used to get, I'm presuming that this is happening to everyone? Perhaps Alamy would like to comment about any change in methodology? Ian D Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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