Has anyone heard or read any official announcement concerning the recent changes in search engine on the site? A lot of our items have shifted dramatically in results (some up, some down) and I gather it’s the same for a lot of other people.
Especially for accounts where external traffic is negligible, there are various considerations including: 1) Is this a permanent switch-up? 2) How now is search engine ranking decided? 3) What does this mean for authors in general, as well as for the experience of buyers?
For example, if you’ve just joined the site, the chance to get a track titled ‘Inspiration’ much higher in search results is obviously beneficial in the short term. But if there’s no way of getting it to ‘stick’ in results at all (even if it sells well) and your track is constantly being shuffled backwards, it would mean that the only way to continue earning anything significant from this site (assuming external traffic is negligible) is to keep making new tracks in this vein, each getting a handful of sales. Considering that the income one gets from a handful of sales is negligible (even a low one-off fee for producing a bespoke corporate track direct for a client is over $150), this arguably takes much of the motivation out of producing royalty-free music- the possibility of large scale, long term residual income.
Any thoughts on this?
Thanks in advance.