We removed them for a while from the search pages. They are still available on each shot's page. We did it in order to avoid suspicion from the buyers. We received some emails saying why most of the images were having 0 downloads. They didn't check that the site was just launched so obviously most of them were 0, as the upload lane traffic is tremendous.
That makes sense. But, perhaps we could just see our own stats for now that are only viewable when you are logged in? And, perhaps a separate bit of data that has our 15 most downloaded images and 15 most viewed images with a small thumbnail next to each.
Also, at ********pro they show the photogs a list of the 20 most used keywords by users for the week (or daily, I don't remember) What they don't have is that list of the most typed in keyword searches AND the keyword searches that actually resulted in a sale.
Giving us contributers as much data and stats as possible will help us take a better pulse of the buyers so that we can refine our portfolios for higher sales.
by the way... how many people are you here? Mohawk and Achilles... is that all? Also, when I converse with Serban via email, is that you too?
Nice site at archi-web by the way, but your link on your profile page is messed up... you've got an extra http:// in the url. ;-)
You obviously have figured out the new dynamic in image sales is pure numbers now (and quality of course) I might want to ask you some questions regarding the hosting stuff, your ideas on stock trends, etc. Do you mind if I email you about these?
And no, I am not by myself we're a lot more, this site is not that simple to run and build :) I'm the only one that uploaded stuff masively, but there will be some more in the near future. We do not want to differentiate the users as admins and non-admins, this is why probably there will not be obvious who is who when it comes on portfolios. Is better to sell our stuff as equals no?
I've got a big problem... apparently ********pro and ********photo don't like the fact I'm selling images here for a dollar and have some of them on ********pro for much higher so they're deactivating my images. AND, for some reason they chose to "deactivate" 65 of my ********photo images that happen to be here also. I can't believe this is happening after all that time I spent uploading....
The problem is... I uploaded hi-res images here that haven't sold on ********pro (I'm talking mostly about ********pro not ********) I wanted to see if those images move here for a $1, and after a few had sold and proved they were saleable, I would have taken them down here. ******** is concerned that images I sell there for $150 are being sold here for a $1 and that it could cause a customer service nightmare.
I get their point, but I wish they would have brought the issue up to me in an email and requested I choose sites instead of just deactivating my entire account. I had 340 hi-res images there that are now all gone. I'm hoping they re-activate my account with the understanding I won't offer identical images at cheap prices at other sites, but I'll have to wait and see. For now, I'm really screwed.
Oops! Actually, I hadn't realized I had uploaded the highest resolution of the ********pro images. I can certainly see their point. I'll probably just delete the higher res'd versions I have here that are also on ********pro and either not offer them here or only upload the minimum res. I can't believe how much time I spent uploading all of those hi-res ********pro images one-by-one and all the image descriptions, keywords, etc. and now because I screwed up and accidentally put hi-res dupes here at dreamstime, they're now all gone. I hope they reconsider... I should pay more attention to what I'm uploading and the res offered. Get's kind of tough to keep track when you start to get hundreds of images floating around. At one point I had over 1100 images on sxc and that was a nightmare managing.
I am sorry to hear you have problems there. We have been contacted by ******** and are currently analyzing our business relations as well as a potential partnership. However, they didn't notify us about this issue and I am very sure that ********photo allows selling your stuff to more agencies.
I am sending them an email and will get back on this issue after receiving their reply.
Well, as I stated... the issue is that I accidentally uploaded the highest res of some of my images here that are also on ********pro. I can see their point that if someone buys one of my images in hi-res from ********pro for $150 and then sees it here for $1... I'm sure they're not going to be too happy about it. I know I wouldn't be.
Yes, the agreement is non-exclusive, but I can see how they would expect their contributors to keep their pricing in line with what they're offering elsewhere. I'm already conversing with ********pro to hopefully rectify the situation, but I'm certain it will mean that I will need to pull duplicate images down from here if I'm offering them at a higher rate at ********pro.
We've received a reply, the case will not be discussed with us, this is understable. Basically it was a problem of resolution, I think that uploading a lower res here will make both sides happy. They do not require exclusivity.
Ive been thinking about this a lot. I have posted some of my best shots from ******** here. The thought come to mind if ******** now has over 100 thousand images many designers are allready useing ******** for their photos. If I post the same images on both sites is it realy good for dreamstime? What I mean is why would a designer decide to come here when they know the same images are available at ********? So anyway as a photographer I plan to keep two seperate portfolios with different images. this will give both sites excusive content which is good for them and will help drive traffic to both site which is good for me. Does this make any sense? I'll keep the ones Iv'e allredy uploaded but from now on a little here and a little there. Don't get me wrong I think having some of the same images is ok but, I think every photographer should try to do some content just for dreamstime to help build site traffic.
It's every stock agency's dream to have exclusive work. Therefore we encourage the users to upload stuff only here. This doesn't mean that we should force them to work only with us.
As long as the agencies are not requiring exclusivity and the price is the same, why not upload to all of them? Considering the price is similar, the resolution the same, I see no point in making restrictions. This is not a mirror of one site or the other, its directions will be different. It's reasonable to compare the site with other agencies' especially as we just begun, but the direction will not be identical.
Oh yeah, I'm definitly not saying anyone should be forced exclusivity after all it is royalty free stock. I was just posting my thought that having different images on the site will give designers a reason to search here for something they might not have found somewhere else helping to increase the usefulness of the site.
I would like to make a sugestion about the numbers that should appear under every image. This is when the numbers of downloads and views increases, of course. The download number is important and also the number of views, but the last one, considering the fact that some images al posted here before the others, will have different values disregarding the impression made by the image itself. So I would sugest using a value like number of view per week or per month, and that will make designers observe the impression made by picture to its viewers. Of course, they could use this number to compare between images they selected with a given subject.
Bogdan the views feature was especially created for bringing neglected old files with low downloads in front of the others, by using the sorting feature.
I admit that it might be useful to have another feature that would restrict these 2 parameters (ie downloads and view) for just one week. However this can't be done because the database can't hold such amount of data. We could do it now, but when we will reach 50k images this feature will use a lot of resources and I am not sure if it's something that members will use that much.
Let's see how everything goes in the upcoming months.