There has been a lot of discussion around the overuse of popular search terms in track titles, and how search is giving prominence to these items. This is related particularly, but not only, to AudioJungle.
We hear you. This doesn’t encourage creativity and variety at all, and it’s definitely not a good experience for anyone. While we are glad that AudioJungle continues to grow and perform well, we are not happy with this issue and want to start doing something about it.
So we have decided to make some tweaks to the algorithm, which we’ll release later today. I can’t go into details about the algorithm, especially as we are testing it now, but the gist of the tweaks are to reduce the weighting of title and adjust a few other levers for a set of popular search terms. This set includes terms like Indie, Inspiration, Corporate and Dramatic.
The change brings some diversity to the search results for these queries. However, we realise it’s just a start and that we need to continue to work to ensure we are providing highly relevant search results while at the same time discouraging gaming of the track/item names. The balance between relevance and fairness is hard to strike but we are committed to getting it right!
As usual, we don’t take changes to the search lightly and will be closely monitoring the impacts. We will also be looking to add to the set of search terms we have changed, if this change meets our expectations.
Thank you all for your patience through this and for your continual feedback