Since the launch of the new site which I'm still disappointed with, as mentioned in previous posts on this forum by me, I've taken to uploading
to another well known aviation photography website, I'm not particularly bothered about hits of my images, but I'm staggered by how many more
hits my images are getting on the other site, some examples of recent images, ANET 68 other site 781, ANET 96 other site 844, every image posted on the other site are getting far greater hits? This must be a concern for ANET, and I'm sure it has something to do with the new site and people going elsewhere to look at aircraft images!
You're right that hits have dropped. But I don't know exactly why and I can only guess at possible reasons. My best guess would be what you wrote in your last sentence. There are concrete ideas that may be an incentive for people to start uploading more/visiting the site, but those still need to be finalized.
I'm sure that one of the only two staff members that respond to user questions on these forums will claim it's because the other site is linked to FR24 which in some but not all instances is true.
I think we're perfectly capable speaking for ourselves and don't need you to do that for us, thanks.
I also like many others including a lot of the screeners have started uploading over there, something that in the last ten years I've had no inclination to do, but with the state of this site at the moment I thought why not.
Many people, including screeners, have also uploaded on other sites for ages. That's nothing new.[/quote]
In answer to the reason why hits are massively down, I would make the following comments.
I'm another who rarely looks at a.net any longer despite having done so almost daily for 12 years or more and having around 5000 photos in the database. Basically, it's not a pleasant experience due to the jumbled up layout after you search for anything.
Before the 'upgrade' one could get a nice orderly list with thumbnails one below each other and on a typical screen could see perhaps 10 at a time before scrolling down. The most important part of the info is the Registration, and now you have to hunt for it. There's no logic to the layout whatsoever.
Now it's all over the place with double spacing and spread all around under sub-headings. There's no need and it looks a mess! No wonder hits are down.
The info should be laid out similar to before. ie:
As above, this covers around an inch or so of space.
Then, if you click on the thumbnail, you get a larger version of the photo but not necessarily the full size version. That might involve yet another click. Now you have to scroll down the page to find the info. again the Registration is somewhere over on the RH side of the page. It's infuriating to say the least.
Underneath the photo there is a scrolling horizontal bar containing more of your photos that detracts from what you are actually looking at. As for the info, you then need to scroll further down the page and again the layout is a mess.
I can well see why a.net regulars are departing to other similar databases en-mass.
As others have commented, the previous site had it's problems but at least it was nice to look at.
Anyway, that's just my thoughts on the matter...