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  1. Crazy talk. It sounds like you are suggesting that the algorithm plays favourites and that search results are skewed based upon some kind of portfolio performance metric. We know that can't possibly be true because all of the most knowledgeable forum experts here have discounted that for years. Forum heresy just to consider it out loud. LOL. That would also mean that portfolio size has relatively little to do with success if the proportion of popular images in your portfolio is at a critical mass high enough to boost your overall performance metric. That would also imply that taking your time,
  2. @stevemart - Things are not always quite what they seem. If you look closely you'll see that the templates are not actually free...they are part of FP's premium licensing model. AKA subscription. Dig a little deeper and you'll also find that many (the better ones IMO) don't actually include the image. For that you have to go to (you guessed it) AS and pay for it. AS has been API partnered with FP for a long time now. Wouldn't be at all surprised if they had a deeper relationship. @oleschwander LOL. Over a million downloads for $5,400. Worst case scenario with SS even today would be $100,
  3. Honestly Wilm, I'm baffled by your drop. If I recall correctly we used to be uncannily similar in terms of overall performance. I guess my time is probably coming too.
  4. For me February started strong and more or less maintained. My numbers are 1001 downloads this Feb vs 846 last Feb. In terms of revenue though only a slight (very slight) increase. The new normal it seems.
  5. No, I think it's me that's confusing things. I'm thinking of it in terms of percentages and not levels. I can't keep track anymore.
  6. So far for me it's not a complete disaster. I reached level 4 January 20. I had 4% fewer downloads in January 2021 compared to January 2020 but overall revenue was down by 31%. The quick math shows me that as expected the majority of that decline was in subscription sales with the diminished return from SOD, OD and Enhanced offset somewhat by better video performance this year than last. This month (so far) I am on track to equal or better last February both in terms of downloads and revenue even though I was level 5 before the change. Go figure. I will also add that I have never been a p
  7. Transitioning to a completely subscription based model is the end game isn't it?
  8. I'm at level 3 now and expect to be level 4 by the end of the month. So far this week as well as the end of last week things have been looking up slightly in terms of higher value sales...but still very far off where they were in 2020. We shall see.
  9. For the same period here: DL's 2020 = 118, DL's 2021 = 114 Revenue down by 81%. Ouch.
  10. I knew I would get this question but honestly too lazy to look for it now. It was buried in a SS blog post, posted around the same time AS fessed up to the fact that they were manipulating the searches to actively replace content that was becoming too popular. In any event to me it has always made perfect business sense to do it this way, either in whole or in part.
  11. I recall getting quite a bit of flack for this a while back, but I'll say it again because SS has more or less verified it now...portfolios are given a performance ranking based on a number of factors including port size, sales ratio, history, etc. This performance ranking indeed helps with search ranking, or at least it used to. Now though I think SS uses a mix of the same algorithmic approach as AS; purposely rotating out top performing images long before their organic expiration date in order to keep the search results looking dynamic to buyers.
  12. Alexandre FWIW I don't think that was directed at you. I think your blog and advice is open and honest, and certainly doesn't present a disingenuous or misleading picture of the industry like others blvdone is referring to.
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