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Is Sponsoring Pages Taking The Mickey?

Posted by: Semmick Photo on 02/03/2013 - 3:59 AM

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.

I sponsor a few pages from my blog at the bottom of the page

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?


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Posted by: Robin Maria Pedrero on 02/07/2013 - 10:53 PM

I found similar results


Posted by: Jeff Kolker on 02/04/2013 - 3:41 PM

My thought on sponsoring pages...can't hurt, may help. It's about all the "marketing" I do.


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 02/04/2013 - 2:22 PM

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.


Posted by: Menega Sabidussi on 02/04/2013 - 2:19 PM

you don't pay for it, you just stick a link (the code you're provided with) on your blog.


Posted by: Christine Till on 02/04/2013 - 2:15 PM

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.


Posted by: Heather Applegate on 02/04/2013 - 2:13 PM

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.


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 02/04/2013 - 2:03 PM

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....


Posted by: J L Meadows on 02/04/2013 - 1:58 PM

Sponsoring pages is a complete waste of time.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 02/04/2013 - 1:55 PM

No social media sites


Posted by: Sonja Quintero on 02/04/2013 - 1:25 PM

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?


Posted by: JC Findley on 02/03/2013 - 11:05 PM

I submitted a ticket to support about it but it probably isn't a priority since it only effects a small amount of images and then only with certain search keywords.

We will see.

The only reason I posted it is if you know about it, there are things you can do to work around it.


Posted by: Mark Tisdale on 02/03/2013 - 11:02 PM

It seems like that should be considered a bug. Surely it wasn't the intention that sponsoring a search meant that you got to eliminate your competition? Rise past them, sure, but eliminate them?


Posted by: JC Findley on 02/03/2013 - 8:51 PM

I have myriad examples and they are GONE from the search with that word or phrase. I just changed my Hoboken wording so it would fall LOWER in the search and maybe at least be there.

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I may do the same for my seagull image.

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Posted by: Mark Tisdale on 02/03/2013 - 8:47 PM

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.


Posted by: Melanie Spencer on 02/03/2013 - 8:23 PM

I tried for you and entered 'Chicago' and I saw 3 of your images on the 3rd refresh


Posted by: Heather Applegate on 02/03/2013 - 1:00 PM

Semmick - have you tried clearing your cache/cookies, then doing your IP experiment again?


Posted by: Keith Webber Jr on 02/03/2013 - 12:39 PM

Does sponsoring work???
Has anyones sales increased?


Posted by: Sean McDunn on 02/03/2013 - 12:25 PM

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?"



Posted by: Dave Dilli on 02/03/2013 - 11:33 AM


For what it is worth, I searched for one of your sponsored words - Chicago - and found you in the third row after two refreshes. It seems like it works for you.


Posted by: JC Findley on 02/03/2013 - 11:12 AM

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.


Posted by: JC Findley on 02/03/2013 - 11:08 AM

What is the word or phrase you sponsored so we can take a look?

Edit.... Disregard, I found it.


Posted by: Semmick Photo on 02/03/2013 - 11:04 AM

No Heather, its not dumb luck. I see them every time when I click on the sponsored links. Logged in or logged out, yet when I hide my IP address or use a different IP address I do not see my images. Meaning, my images are shown to me using my IP address or because of cookies. I want to see what the buyer sees, not some custom view.


Posted by: Heather Applegate on 02/03/2013 - 9:13 AM

When you logged out and saw them immediately it was probably just dumb luck, provided there are many others sponsoring the same keyword. It happens.


Posted by: Semmick Photo on 02/03/2013 - 4:24 AM

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,.

Thank you Beth.


Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 02/03/2013 - 4:18 AM

When you sponsor the images, it says, that you are now at random with everyone else sponsoring those same words.

If you choose a word that is unique, you will appear there more or less constantly.

of you choose a word like...for instance, cat, or landscape, or sky, then you will appear once in hundreds of clicks

So choose the term carefully.

when you are logged in, the area always shows the images so you know it works.


Posted by: Mary Ellen Anderson on 02/03/2013 - 4:11 AM

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.


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