The mysterious "n/a" searches

How do you suppose that an image is found and purchased by someone who doesn't appear to have searched for any key word? How can someone find a picture of yours and purchase it if they never searched for a key word to begin with? Many, many of my pictures have been downloaded with nothing in the search column. It simply says "n/a".

For example, here is a picture that was downloaded recently but had an "n/a" listed under.

So, how are people finding these images? Is there a way to capitalize on these mysterious "n/a" downloads?

Photo credits: Katn1999.


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November 17, 2010


Have also observed that all the "refunds" that has happened with me are those pictures with n/a search.
I wonder what is the connection there?

April 20, 2010


I know this is an old blog, but no one mentioned the NEW IMAGES section.
That would also explain a n/a keyword if the buyer browse the New Images section to find our work.

February 12, 2010


The buyer gets into your portfolio, through blogs, forums, collections, from free sections. I recently tested downloading my own image from my office account. I searched for an image and my image image was in the related image section and downloaded from there, and it showed NA. There could be many more possibilities.

February 12, 2010


what's been said makes alot of sense - also i find that if you add an image to the free section that will give your port more exposure and you might get a few n/a sales from there too if you're lucky :)

February 11, 2010


@Rosedarc: What your saying makes TOTAL sense. I think you're right that people view it, put it in a light box, go back to it later and download it. I guess that means the keywords are working, getting the client to the picture to begin with. Then is just comes down to whether or not they find something more applicable to what they are looking for.

Thank you for the info. It really explains a lot!

February 11, 2010


Hi there,
I also have a lot, often I see a lot of views happening around a photo, then some time later a download without a search word, I assume the buyers put my photo in their lightbox and had it compared to others, selected and validated by their clients.
A while ago, Petar Neychev wrote a blog about keywords and gave me this information about the n/a downloads.
images which have n/a in the buyer searched after field have been downloaded by using the visual navigation throughout the site. It could be an image appearing on a banner somewhere, linked through another web-site, or simply the buyer browsed the categories page. It could also be included in a collection by you or another user that the buyer visited.
Petar's blog

February 11, 2010


Mani pretty much answered the question. I once downloaded my own image from my profile page, and the earnings page gave me "N/A". Actually, a HUGE percentage of my downloads are "N/A". I'm not sure whether this is normal or not.

February 11, 2010


Interesting note.

February 11, 2010


hmm.. nice! :)

February 11, 2010


Hi there!
If this happens which means the buyer got your photo through a collection or through your profile eventually! Buyer haven't got to your image through search results! Anyway I hope that helped... for more check on the message boards about the subject. Cheers ;)

February 11, 2010


don't know but it is a good question!

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