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damojo
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Isn’t it a combination of:

1. How new the file is 2. Search terms 3. Keywords in the description 4. Popularity

What I don’t understand is that my new template is way at the bottom when searching for “template” or “xml template” and other NEW templates are first entry.

What will happens is: Since most of my exposure time on the frontpage was on the weekend and I probably won’t make it into the weeks popular list because of that, the template well get lost in oblivion on monday.

Just back luck I guess? :-|

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MSFX
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here we go again :D lol

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damojo
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here we go again :D lol

Am I missing something?

I mean its supposed to be a fair system, no? :)

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pezflash
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I had the same question for couple of my files. The search behaviour is quite confusing. We have to asumme it’s fair, but not equally fair for everyone…
But fair at all!! :P

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ranfirefly
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Am I missing something? I mean its supposed to be a fair system, no? :)

Unfortunately it’s not.
Because as long as no one understand how it works, it will never be a ‘fair system’.

here we go again :D lol
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pezflash
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Because as long as no one understand how it works, it will never be a ‘fair system’.

Wrong view! It’s fair because nobody understand how it works!
Same with women… :) (sorry AD girls, just joking)

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LanceSnider
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Pez is right. The only way for it to be fair is if we don’t totally understand it. It’s just like with google. They keep their search algorithm top secret and change it constantly because as soon as people figure it out, they’re able to manipulate it. I don’t think anyone of us wants this to be a big game of who knows how to manipulate the system best.

The best way to be found in the searches is to write descriptive, relevant titles, descriptions, and tags. Also, try for less competitive tags. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that “clean” and “simple” are some of the most overused tags on AD. That’s like trying to get to the top of google with a phrase like “real estate.” Of course, throw in the tags like “gallery” if it’s relevant, but also use words that are less common and more descriptive.

Here’s a great article by Scott about effective tagging. I’d suggest giving it a read. I know it’s improved my tagging drastically.

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damojo
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Because as long as no one understand how it works, it will never be a ‘fair system’.
Wrong view! It’s fair because nobody understand how it works!
Same with women… :) (sorry AD girls, just joking)

Women make more sense to me than AD search :P

Here’s a great article by Scott about effective tagging. I’d suggest giving it a read. I know it’s improved my tagging drastically.

Thanks Lance, I’ll look into all of my tags and see if it helps.

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dSKY
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thanks for the article :)

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Pdesignx
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lol what can be so special for a simple search? i think the extreme case that is possible to be included by AD Search is, items that have same text both in item name, item description and item keywords gets upper… otherwise how an item can be more powerfull agains other one for a search engine, except having more sales… all i can think of that AD search engine could decide looking into sales count, may be they have an invisible item page display counter in the backend, and may be creation date, may be comment count that they have… may be having it’s name written inside the forum (and i don’t even think that is implemented, because AD team is trying to use system source well, it could crush the site..)

and it seems like that the only thing an author can manipulate is to browse his item pages many times to increase the item page counter (if it exists x) )

this is my 50cent (:

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