pausing and boosts strategies

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I am still trying to figure out pausing and boosts and how to use them efficiently. Does pixoto pause photos in the 700 or 600 range? Do you use credits to buy boost for photos in those ranges? What is the best way to use boosts?

I am thinking any of my photos that made it to 600 or higher are safe from being paused so buying boosts for those particular photos would be wasteful. Is this correct?

Thanks for the help!
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Hi Brook, we don't pause image in 600 range. Boosting is for getting more duels more quickly then they would normally get.

I hope this helps.
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Brook, everyone has to work out their own strategy.

I am not Pro, so my images can (and do! LOL) get paused. I have even had images get paused after they've reached the low 500s, which is frustrating. Once an image gets into the mid-500s, it's usually safe.

I put my images on a very short leash. I only upload photos when I am already on the computer so I can keep a Pixoto tab open and monitor them. When I upload a photo, if it gets paused, I resubmit it. If it gets paused again, I will resubmit it one more time or just delete it and try it again later. If I do resubmit it and it gets paused, out it goes. I have had dramatically different results, sometimes by waiting just a few hours and then trying it again. An image can tank and I'll delete it and then later the same day I'll upload it again and watch it zoom up to 600 in an hour or so. Everything depends not on the photo but the group of people voting at any given time.

I rarely unpause and I rarely boost. That's just the way I do it. I've never found that it's made much of a difference in getting an award or not. Others may feel differently and have different results. You've just got to figure out by trial and error what seems to work best for you :-)
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Thanks! I am still trying to figure out all of this and your answer was a huge help
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Happy to try to help :-)
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I have very similar strategy to what Lenore described. Usually if image gets paused after multiple resubmissions, you might as well delete it as it won't get you anywhere. Couple times I tried getting the images I really liked to get into 500 or 600 just by constantly boosting them when they get paused - it's useless. You might get it to lower 500, but you are unlikely to get any awards for it. Plus it will literally take days to get there because once it is paused and you boosted it, it won't go back to duels right away - there is typically some sort of a delay of few hours before it will use the boosts.

One other interesting thing I noticed with images with higher scores (600-700) is when you use boosts on them to get them to even higher scores, they typically lose the duels. I had couple photos competing for the weekly 1st place contests, but was short of few points to the leading image. I tried boosting my photos (minimal 5 boosts) and to my unpleasant surprise both those images lost all duels in those boosts. Mind you, both images were in 730-740 range and it's puzzling me how come an image with such high score can loose 5 duels in a row and it only happens when you use boosts. And it typically loses to the lower scored images too. Maybe there is some sort of algorithm approach to it that Pixoto uses to discourage high scoring images from boosting? Because mathematically the probability of such thing happening isn't high.

But anyways, I got carried away here. My point here is that you need to use boosting carefully and in majority of the cases it might not help. And of course, if you become PRO, each of your images will be guaranteed 100 duels regardless of how well it does.
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I did sign up for pro.
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Agree. Never boost an image when it gets to a high score. I had the same experience as dimaint. I had an image running for #1 for the week and only 3 points ahead of #2. I decided to boost just as insurance. To my puzzlement, I lost all the remaining duels (to photos it won before) and the photo dropped from #1 to #4.

Go figure....
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Thanks everyone!

I did get my first photo in the 700s and wasn't sure what I should do. I have a dozen in the 600 range as well but the little lightening bolt symbol started showing up on them and I wasn't sure if I should boost or not.

I thought boost only stopped them from being paused and then read the higher ranking photos don't get paused. I just wanted to make sure.

All of this and my 1 700 photo went back to 699 today HA HA
I have only been on here a bit over a week so am still learning. Thanks for all the advice!
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If you are Pro, your images don't get paused (however, the ones you'd uploaded before you signed up for Pro can still be paused).
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AHH ok. So I shouldn't do any boosting then.
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Unpausing and boosting are two different things :-)
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ACCKKKK
I am never going to understand this stuff HA HA
I thought boosts kept your photo from being paused? That's not right?
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I'll try to simplify it. The operative word being TRY.... LOL

Okay, you have said you're Pro. So, any photos you submit after signing up for Pro won't be paused. Pro memberships are guaranteed 100 duels minimum for each image submitted after obtaining a Pro membership.

When a member (like me) who is NOT Pro submits a photo, the photo will be paused if the system thinks the image, based on how it does right away in the duels, won't get up to around 600 points. Sometimes the image gets lots of duels and gets all the way into the 500s before it's paused, but most of the time it's paused right away, after usually six to ten duels.

When it's paused, the little lightning bolt symbol disappears and a little triangle symbol shows up. So when that happens to me, it means the image is basically frozen -- I then have two choices, really. I can click on the arrow which "unpauses" the image. This costs five credits and gets the image three more duels or so, after which the image is either unpaused or it is still paused. Or I can just click resubmit and have it start over at zero duels (which is what I do).

Now, boosting is different. For a varying amount of credits, you can buy boosts which gets your image a whole bunch more guaranteed duels. For example, if I want to boost one of my images that is doing okay but seems to have slowed way down in getting duels, I could "boost" it by buying 25 more duels (or more, or less -- there are many choices). Sometimes, the boosts happen quickly, but sometimes it takes a day or even two to get all the boosts.

As a Pro member, once your image receives its guaranteed 100 duels, if you want it to keep actively dueling, you would boost it.

Does any of that make sense or is it clear as mud? :-)
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OK gotcha! Yeah that makes a ton more sense now.
I thought the boost kept your photo from being paused. I did sign up for pro as they had the free trial thing. Since I do have the pro boosting is stupid for me to use as I already get a 100. I can use my credits to join more contest ..and stuff. Thanks Lenore! Its really appreciated.
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You're welcome :-)

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