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When I sponsor keywords/pages I can see my images on the 3rd line of the sponsored page. Which is a good thing. I know that when more people sponsor the same page there is a rotation going on. Thats fair enough.
So when I explained this feature to a fellow member on FAA she told me she cant see any of my images when clicking the links. When I do, I see my images all the time. So I am thinking not many people are using those specific sponsored pages.
I checked when logging out, and still see my images on the third line. But when I use a proxy, I do not see any of my images any longer. So when you check the sponsored pages from a different IP or a proxy, the results shown to me are different.
If this is true, and if FAA is using my IP or cookies to show me my photos when I check the sponsored pages, but seems they are not shown when buyers search for my sponsored keywords, then I think thats bad practice.
Can someone confirm this or explain to me if I have this all wrong?
I haven't ever done the sponsor page thing because when I looked at it then you had to generate code for the link. I assumed that meant that only buyers that saw the link and clicked on it would see the 3rd line layout. But perhape this isn't how it works.
Ok, thanks for explaining, so I am correct in my OP. You show me my images but when buyers search, its a different result? I think I should see the same result as buyers, not a skewed result. But thats only my humble opinion,.
Here is an interesting fact about the sponsored row BTW, the images that would naturally appear in the search in the third row are overwritten and no longer appear in the search for that keyword or phrase at all instead of simply falling to the fourth row.
When you are logged in to your own account and do a search for a keyword that you have sponsored, you will always see your images in the third row. If you are not logged in to your account, then your images will appear at random with all of the other members' images who have sponsored that same keyword.
We had to do it this way because when we didn't do it in the past, we were getting tons of e-mails each day saying "I've sponsored XYZ, why aren't my images appearing in the third row?"
JC - I thought the same thing was happening but wasn't sure. I'm glad to see someone else who also notes that the images in the third row of a sponsored search vanish entirely. Very unllucky for someone who has managed to appear there. I saw it with one of my images but thought maybe it had been pushed back further than I was willing to hunt.
I don't really get the sponsored thing. Does it work if you post a link in a tweet? I guess I'm not really sure where a good place to post a link would be. It doesn't really make sense to put it in my professional website. Would it work if you linked it to a facebook page post? And does it always remain or does it get bumped off eventually?
If people were complaining that they didn't feel they were getting what they paid for, then it doesn't seem to me that the best solution was to hide reality and give them a more comforting image of what was happening....
Sonja, you have to use another website of yours, or a blog... something like that. I use my blog and just post the links at the bottom of posts that no one really reads, so no one ever clicks the links. I don't want anyone actually clicking those links created since it just takes them to the search results of that keyword. I'd rather they go directly to my website to buy my images.
I consider it a pro to always see our sponsored images in the third row of search results for a keyword when we are logged in to our own account.
This way we always know immediately if we've already sponsored this word or not. It shortens the whole sponsoring process significantly.
Oh, OK, I thought it was a paid-for thing. Not really an issue, then. I'm pleased 'cos so far I haven't identified anything unfair to do with this site (unlike a lot of others) I thought this was the first.