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1. crisderaud5 February 2010, 0:20 GMT +01:00

Up to date news on what our developers are working on and where they are at.

50. lennie26 March 2010, 9:44 GMT +01:00

I would say, please don't.

Search is pretty much broken at the moment. :-(

Things will get better in a few days though.

We got a new update waiting and after that we can do some real improvements on search.

Becasue we got a 'real' searchengine like Google and friends have which we'll use to replace current search.

I'm not sure when it will be production ready, but we are working on it as fast as we can.

51. saavem26 March 2010, 11:56 GMT +01:00

Alexa Traffic Rank: 461,943
Amazing progression!

52. lennie27 March 2010, 0:08 GMT +01:00

To give you an idea, what I meant with a few days, here an anouncement:


53. crisderaud3 April 2010, 12:51 GMT +02:00

Alexa Traffic Rank: 390,327

At this rate, we'll be a well known name on the web before the fourth quarter of the year!

Good job by all. The home of the "High Quality Free Stock Photos" on the internet.

54. Ayla873 April 2010, 13:09 GMT +02:00

Great News, Cris :)

55. saavem3 April 2010, 16:00 GMT +02:00

If you search in Google:
High Quality Free Stock Photos

RGBStock.com is the result #45
That's great!

56. crisderaud3 April 2010, 17:06 GMT +02:00

#7 in Yahoo!!

57. lennie5 April 2010, 0:24 GMT +02:00

The new search is online.

Enjoy. :-)

58. Ayla875 April 2010, 8:31 GMT +02:00

Great that searching with two keywords works fine now.

I have the impression that the order of the search result could still be improved. When an image matches both keywords in the search I would expect it to show up in the results before those images with only one matching keywords. But that needs no hurry...

BTW, The new RSS-feeds are a nice service, too
Maybe any new forum posts would be an interesting addition for an rss feed, too?

59. lennie5 April 2010, 12:15 GMT +02:00

As search now understands 'english', if you search for planking, it will understand plank and planks are related keywords, the more keywords it finds that match in the total number of keywords, the more to the top it will be shown.

This could mean when searching for 'red rose', a file with keywords 'rose, rosy, roses' might get in front of 'red, roses, blue, water'. Because more keywords in the total words match.

But I agree, maybe it could be even better. I've noticed it too.

But you can search for 'red AND rose' (yes, in capitals) as well, if you prefer. I haven't gone to the trouble of making that obvious. Because well, maybe you should want/need to do so.

I'm not to worried about it though, when things don't work, it usually means just one or two images in front of what you actually wanted to see.

60. fishmonk5 April 2010, 13:45 GMT +02:00

It's great, Lennie. Just tested for 'rose AND orange' as opposed to 'rose AND purple' - excellent when searching for a specified color range. especially as site fills up with images. Love this improvement!

61. lennie5 April 2010, 15:38 GMT +02:00

More to follow, not all as visible maybe, some are performance improvements or just speeding up the 'publishing' process, but more will follow for sure.

I guess you could say, Jay is more the new features guy. Part of the reason is, he's also the design-guy, so no need to talk to himself when he wants to introduce something visible.

62. jazza5 April 2010, 21:52 GMT +02:00

@58 Michael: yes. Hope to finish new forum posts RSS this week.

63. fishmonk6 April 2010, 23:35 GMT +02:00

I love received & given comments numbers! Have just noticed it! Thanks, guys...

64. jazza7 April 2010, 0:00 GMT +02:00

Thanks. given comments is new. And the numbers are new too.
RSS feed for forum is finished too.

65. xymonau7 April 2010, 9:13 GMT +02:00

I must be slow. It took me ages to find the numbers. Right at the top of the comments!

66. Abyla7 April 2010, 9:49 GMT +02:00

Thanks for the new improvements.

67. crisderaud7 April 2010, 14:17 GMT +02:00

I like the comment stats too and we can review them. Sometimes I forget what I said! :)

68. crisderaud7 April 2010, 14:20 GMT +02:00

Hey, I just checked our search position on Google for keywords "high quality free stock photos" and we are at the bottom on the first page!!

We are #10 and right behind sxc at #9.

69. jazza7 April 2010, 15:12 GMT +02:00

@68 that is funny. In the Netherlands we are at position 13. I am searching in google.com.

1. www.stockvault.net/
2. www.free-stockphotos.com/
3. www.freeimages.co.uk/
4. www.bigstockphoto.com/
5. www.dreamstime.com/
6. www.photoshopsupport.com/resources/stock-photos.html
7. freerangestock.com/
8. www.masternewmedia.org/where_to_find_free_images_and_visuals/
9. www.stockaphoto.com/
10. www.sxc.hu/
11. www.crestock.com/free-image.aspx
12. www.crestock.com/
13. www.rgbstock.com/

There seems to be regional differences.

70. jonfletch7 April 2010, 17:26 GMT +02:00

And position 16 in the UK. In google.co.uk

71. Abyla7 April 2010, 21:00 GMT +02:00

Also position 16 in google.es (Spain)

72. crisderaud8 April 2010, 4:01 GMT +02:00

There is a new lesson on SEO at Lynda.com and the trainer confirms that the order of ranking is taylored for the person doing the search. Geographical locations as well as the specific computer used with its IPS history with Google will change the order of search results for a given set of search words or search phrase on Google.com.

That means I got us listed in the top ten, and I could grab my brothers laptop and get a variation of the order doing the same search. The variation won't be a whole lot for our kind of site but that is the reason we are not getting the same results.

At any time, Google could change the algorithm they are using and our placement in the order of search results for a keyword phrase would change.

There are no specific standards for showing how your site is doing compared to the other sites. All methods such as Google Page Rank, Google Analytics and Alexa are estimates and indicators but not an actual measure of competitive position.

It's wonderful to see our name in the first page of results surrounded by sites who have more years getting there than we have months. The established sites are aware we are coming. Our name is getting around!

73. krayker9 April 2010, 5:19 GMT +02:00

In India its on #47.
probably, it's to do with regional popularity, so we are getting different results. with about 2000 users in the last few months generating enough traffic (& growing) , we're headed towards a nice curve upwards!

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