New Trend in n/a Sales

I'm noticing a new trend:

1. 75% (6/8) of my last downloads are from n/a sales

2. I don't have any photos in the free section

3. ALL of my photos are in both private and public COLLECTIONS

What does this mean: (My Conclusions)?

© Raya (Help)

1. The search engine has changed and since I have very little depth in my portfolio (high level images with lots of dls) it doesn't favor me. My images don't usually come to the first couple of pages in keyword searches....

2. Regardless of the search engine change, buyers are finding my photos and 75% of the time the images they by are NOT found by keywords.

3. Since I don't have any photos in the free section, the only ways buyers can find my images without keywords would be: 1. COLLECTIONS and 2. making me as a FAVORITE photographer.

4. I manage 9 collections (5 which are private and I've linked to them on MY PROFILE page) The views on my private collections (images just from me) range from 28-73 views. My public collections have a view range of 120-335.

So my photos are getting looked at by someone....and since I've seen an increase in n/a sales - maybe COLLECTIONS are the vehicle for getting downloads?

My Recomendations:

1. No sales, No COLLECTIONS ------> create some, then watch closely to see if n/a downloads start happening

2. Create both private and public collections, this is a good way for members to see what type of photos are popular and help replace the unhappiness of not being able to see ALL views on ones portfolio.

3. Stay Positive. Keep shooting high quality useable photos and the downloads/sales should follow! :)

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Feedback:

I'd be really curious to hear what other members think. What experience have you had with COLLECTIONS? Is anyone else noticing this same upward trend in n/a sales? Do members see any flaws in my conclusions? Any and ALL feedback welcome!

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June 14, 2010

Joezachs

I think its mainly because people who are looking for a certain type of picture, will go on searching till they find what they want (doesn't matter if they have to shuffle through many pages)

February 24, 2010

Pcbiju

interesting..how do i create collections? and what does n/a sales imply? I am new to to DT Gina..:)

July 01, 2009

Countrymama

In June I had 50% n/a sales. I have no collections.

June 30, 2009

Zenotri

I'm finding the opposite, an increase in sales generally, only one n/a sale & the rest of them searched using keywords. I don't have a large sample size to get accurate numbers from though.

June 30, 2009

Morrbyte

Interesting article,will have to look a bit deeper into this to see if collections do help,thanks!

June 30, 2009

Rangpl

And since DT messed up things on the site i have less and almost 0 N/A but instead have sales with search query shown - means through the search engine only.

June 29, 2009

Aginger

Thank you for your tips and numbers! :)
I've already created some collections, but I will more... :)

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