Did anyone else notice that the first two results in Google (today at least) are individual composer sites that offer Creative Commons licenses… in other words, FREE? Yes, they offer “enhanced” or “premium” licenses for business use at a low cost, but that fact that many people can use their music for free, and it’s advertised as such, probably drives a ton of traffic to those sites. The number one is the same for Google and Yahoo, probably for this reason and the fact that he’s been giving music away for years now. He has a very big following because YouTube users promoted him like crazy some time back. He became very well known in the “no budget/low budget” market and got further promoted by word of mouth. I think those very top spots are going to remain where they are as long as they offer lots of free music.
Honestly, I wouldn’t worry about this because once people get here, you’re lost in a really weak search engine anyway. That’s why people are using meaningless, key word titles and writing music that intentionally sounds almost exactly the same as the top sellers. I’d be more worried about the AJ search engine than Google and Yahoo.
As for AJ being one of the top RF sites… perhaps if you only consider customers with low budgets and very short deadlines doing corporate videos. But, many RF libraries cater to higher level budgets and projects destined for broadcast by direct marketing. They offer higher quality music and are very well used. You don’t see them in top spots on search engines because of how they market themselves and network within the industry offline. They don’t need high search engine placement. It’s a very different situation in the mid to upper tiers of RF music. So, I wouldn’t say AJ is “the best place” for RF. It’s a good place for this specific level of the RF market that relies heavily on the internet for marketing.