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  1. As mentioned in the title; What to chose, Poor Discoverablity vs Good CTR...
  2. Keywording and CTR

    Hi all, Although I have been registered with Alamy since 2015, it is only this year that I have started taking it seriously and uploading in volume, and this is my first forum post (although I have been lurking for a while). As I understand it the CTR rating is key to how high up your images appear in searches (is that right?), so I have taken care to keyword properly. But no matter how relevant I make the keywords my images are appearing in searches that bear no relevance to the image. As an example a couple of days ago a user searched for ‘Washing Up’ and my images of a young child playing with pegs on a clothesline appeared in the search due to the fact that two of my keywords are ‘washing line’ and ‘close up’. I am wondering if there is any method to avoid the individual words in a keyword phrase being used in isolation – my average CTR is taking a pounding.
  3. Alamy Measures

    Period : 01 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2018 Total views for Fahd Khan: 31 Total zooms for Fahd Khan: 0 Total CTR for Fahd Khan: 0 Average CTR for Fahd Khan: 0 Top performing pseudonym: FAHD KHAN(CTR: 0.00) Last month average CTR on Alamy: 0.55 Please can some one put light on CTR 0.55
  4. CTR clarification question

    I did research this a bit but didn't see a clear answer (or at least one that I understood), so hope you don't mind if I ask here. On the main dashboard page under "Alamy Measures", there is a total CTR and average CTR and I believe I understand the difference between those two (as well as the Alamy average). However, if you click the "Your Images" tab just under that, the Average CTR and Total CTR numbers are completely different (and much higher at least for me). So, which number accurately reflects how well I'm doing against the Alamy average? Fairly new here and still learning... Thanks in advance - ****** I have figured it out.... Took all of about 1.5 minutes. I said I was new here - I didn't say anything about smart.
  5. HI Quick one. Do views and clicks on Live News images count towards CTR and show in stats? Thank you
  6. CTR and similars

    Looking to My Images today i noticed a behaviour that makes me think again to the relationship between CTR and similars. When i initially upload a batch of images which contains let's say 3-5 similars per subject i see a huge number of views for these images, let's say hundreds. I have these pictures foundable by "classroom Mali Africa" which initially returned 200-500 views/week for about 100 pictures. I guess that was probably because customers filters "New" so ALL my pictures of that topic were displayed in the search. At that stage 200-500 views/week for "classroom Mali Africa" were too much and in fact my CTR was affected and a few zooms and sales resulted. So, similars were badly affecting CTR but there was a benefit for me: at least 1 picture out 5 similars was the right one for customers and they bought some. Today, for the similar search i've let's say 30 Views (the ones more appreciated by customers) but these Views are only of the best performers with more chances of zooming so my CTR is higher. In the long run, similars not interesting for customers will disappear from searches so they'll not represent any issue at all. Let's sum.... similars generate customer curiosity if the topic is interesting, so not bad at all if viewed in this perspective right?
  7. Sorry folks, this is another of my what's changed since I was active posts. I've done a search of the forums and read a few interesting posts suggesting that pseudonyms are no longer independent of each other. When I was active and submitting regularly the general thinking was that it was good practice to split the images into different pseudonyms because it meant that an unpopular pseudonym wouldn't drag down a popular one. At the time I started creating a new pseudonym for each country of the world I had photographed, each region of the UK, and in the case of models one for each model I'd shot. Since then I've travelled to many more countries and worked with many more models and my list of pseudonyms not runs to over 60!! The fact that I had so many pseudonyms didn't really bother me - 60 is just a number, and until I read the recent posts I believed it was a good idea to continue to keep them separate - let each collection fend for itself and in the gladiatorial arena that is Alamy Rank. However now with the theory that the pseudonyms are somehow linked in the ranking algorithm, I wondering if I ought to consolidate back down to smaller number. When I set up the pseudonyms it was round the time that we all used the BHZ keyword (and yes we called them keywords not tags in those days) to get an idea of relative ranking. As things stand at the moment I have one pseudonym "Ian M Butterfield (concepts)" that ranks on page 5 out 30+ pages. The rest are languishing between 1/2 and 2/3s down the listing. Some of the newer pseudonyms don't have any images with a BHZ tag, so I don't know there they fit into the grand scheme of things. I can already think of one big reason for consolidating. The Alamy measures info is VERY misleading with a lot of pseudonyms . Because I have a relatively low number of images in each pseudonym (Average of just over 115 per pseudo) it can give odd results. If I look at the the CTR for "Ian M Butterfield (Canada)" over the period 1 Jan 17 - 28 Sep 17. it has a CTR of 25.0 - wow! thought, until I delved deeper. Over that whole 9 month period, there were only two searches resulting only 4 views and 1 zoom. It might be a CTR of 25.0 but actually it was pretty rubbish performing pseudonym! So bottom line, what's the current thinking? Is there much point in creating lots of pseudonyms anymore? How many do people have and are people still using them to let different images live or die on their own merits? Thanks Ian.
  8. Hi all, with yesterday' PU sale i've come to the 4 sales in a row with the image being searched from other sources than Alamy. May be the customer did a Google search or may be he/she found my image link in a large image bank around the Net. The fact is : none of my images display on Zooms or Sales, therefore i can't really know which keywords generated the sale. So CTR is affected in a bad way, because i had sales from various topics but for these keywords associated to these searches my ranking remains the old one.
  9. 2 months without sales

    Hi everybody, my Alamy experience started badly with me having only 4 major sales in over one year and now 2 months from the last sale occurred in late May. It's my fault since i've uploaded in the beginning a lot of similars and may be bad keywordered files with the "cream" of having not properly post processed all my images. Most of you all veterans advised me about these things but it seems i'm a bad student My CTR is low but my views are up (few zooms actually) so it seems topics i covered are requested by customers and my CTR is not so bad. What do you suggest me at this point? 1) Delete badly post processed or similar files 2) Improve keywording BEFORE adding new files 3) Add new files caring more about the above points 4) Play with pseudos 5) Start a new account and add new files there I know 2) and 3) i should do by the way but it would be enough without doing 1) , 4) or the worst option 5) ? Thanks
  10. Dazed and confused...

    Dear Forum, It doesn’t take a lot to confuse me, and the CTR subject has proved to be way beyond my limited comprehension, so I’m hoping someone will be able to shine a light on the following. In “My Alamy Measures” I have three differing values, 1) Total CTR 2) average CTR and 3) top performing pseudonym CTR In addition, there is an “average on Alamy CTR” for the last month. If I open up the “Your Images” section, neither the rates for my total CTR, my average CTR or my top pseudonym match the figures already mentioned above, in fact the only consistent figure is Alamy’s monthly average. So the question is – which of these is truly my CTR ? Your sincerely, Confused of Devon.
  11. Hi! When looking at view grid of my images I have noticed twice lately that an image of mine would get a view for a search term that I cannot recognize, meaning that the image does not have that as a keyword. The latest offender is the word "backpulver". I have never used that keyword, yet I have an image collecting a view for it. Moreover, when I go check out the entire Alamy and punch in "backpulver", none of my images show up. The other occurrence was my images getting a view for a non-English search term. Needless to say, all of my keywords are in English. Has anyone else seen this? It appears the "ghost" views are accounted for when CTR is calculated. Thanks guys!
  12. Location could affect CTR?

    I've 3500+ images on my port but following many contributor advices i decided to improve my existing images keywording instead of adding new ones. In particular looking at My Images i recently noticed that i've some Views related to the Location .. i mean , just the location keyword itself. For i.e. i've thousand of views for "Mali" which is strange.. I never imagined buyers searching for the country or the city only. In the above example i imagined searches like "Mali school" or "Mali children", from which i actually had views but much fewer than searches for the word "Mali" standalone. Do you also experience such searches? It affects in a bad way my CTR and i wonder if it would be better to associate location with other keywords, removing also the country/city keyword from the caption field. How do you manage these situations?
  13. Questions from a noob

    Hello everyone, My questions may seem they come from a noob because in reality, they do. I often see a lot of people talking about CTR and Zooms, what are those and where can I check my stats? I have 66 pictures uploaded and on sale (I understand that's nothing), but my question is, how many pictures did you guys have before the first sale popped up? I have less than half of that on other sites and have had a few sales, though not many to be honest. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks everyone. David Edit - I've found out what CTR and Zooms are since creating this post hence I edited the post.
  14. Hi everyone, I joined Alamy a couple of months ago, and have now got 178 photos uploaded on here. I've very much an amateur rather than professional and I'm obviously not expecting huge sales through this site, but am a little concerned that so far I've only 411 views, and my CTR is 0. I've been careful with key wording, and have read around the forums for general advice, but I was wondering if anyone observed anything specific about my portfolio. I'm about to go on a 9 month trip around the world and plan to take a whole lot more photos! Can't wait Be great to get any views advice from anyone Thanks in advance, Andy My portfolio link is
  15. Tips and Improvement on Sales

    Hi all, Im sure this has been asked 10000 times but was wondering if someone could have a look see what I can do to increase sales and rank or any tips general to help me to improve my rank, would be most appreciated. I do know it takes time and effort and luck really as I only have 500+ images at the moment. Thanks in advance Peter
  16. I like to browse the Customer search activity of Alamy measures to identify possible clients interest. Specifically I search for search terms, that yield only a small number of pictures. What about an advanced search for the "All of Alamy" measures, where we could enter ranges for UCO, Sales,Zooms, Views and CTR. That way one could search a specific area of interest and narrow it down to say - terms that sold at least once, resulted in a CTR of x to y%, but yielding only 1 to 99 images. or any other combination. Also the number of search words could be an interesting parameter - ie only results containing Whisky with three or four words in the search term This would help to identify shortages in Alamy's image base within the photographers areas of interest. Any support for this from fellow "Alamists"?
  17. CTR useful considerations

    Hi all, i'm a newbie in Alamy but have some skills about the concept of CTR. We all know it's basically a "# of Zooms / # of Views" kind of thing, right? Higher CTRs mean usually more Sales (not a math relationship btw). As all math ratios, the more Views we have the worst CTR we're gonna expect from our pictures. Views are the result of a combination of multiple Keywords and math says the more Keywords the more combinations, so # of Views. for i.e. i had Views for the search term "Miami" alone of pictures i did of a Miami beach gay party which is NOT what i wanted since "Miami" keyword alone DOES NOT full describe my picture, therefore i wrongly addressed a potential buyer to my party image. Someone who looked for "Miami" probably wanted some downtown Miami images or may be Miami skylines, not a private swimming pool party which could have been photographed everywhere. Then looking at this great tool which is "Your Images" or AoA i could easily come to the conclusion i should MINIMIZE the # of Views to increase the CTR and hopefully MAXIMIZE the # of Sales. So, am i right if i say it's better to use a minimal set of keywords to keep low the # of proper combinations? That should reduce consistently our # of Views preventing buyers from the bad thing also known as keyword spamming. What do you think and how do you keyword this way? Thx in advance I'm sorry English is not my mother language...
  18. When I am on the forum I often have a look at members photos as I am curious to see what sort of photos they have on sale. But if I zoom on any of them does that get recorded and show up on your Alamy measures?
  19. UK Newspaper Scheme

    My sales on Alamy this year have been nought short of abysmal. So much so, that I am even considering joining the controversial UK Newspaper Scheme. I can't help but feel that here at Alamy, sales are far too dependent upon rank - which is highly reliant upon sales. Get into a negative spiral and you will never be found again. The BHZ game sees me 'ranked' higher than ever before, yet my CTR is trash. It seems that Alamy's random (?) 'tweaks' to their search algorithms mean that it is pointless making changes to keywords based upon search results, as that changes with time? I am in agreement with Jill Morgan in her assessment that regular uploading contributes to rank (I've said as much myself before), but it seems to me that regular sales are by far the most important factor. In any case the uploading issue is another downward spiral - the fewer sales you have with one agent, the less inclined you are to upload - and so it goes. To that end - and considering that I am lousy at following up on unlicensed usage of images - should I join the NS? Is it worth the hassle and the gripes of lousy sales returns in order to build up CTR. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that many who have had a good half year are in the NS? Am I getting panicky (doubtless!)? Am I overly concerned about current sales (should I just ride this wave for a few months)? Will NS prove to be a low return option without the uptick in CTR - and therefore further, higher value sales - that I presume? More rant and desperation than owt else, but I would appreciate your valued opinions. Ta...!
  20. Understanding Alamy Statistics

    I've always been somewhat confused by the statistics on Alamy so I tend to ignore them. All I really knew was that my stats were poor. Thankfully the last 3-4 months have been quite a bit better for me--my zooms are up, I've made a couple sales and for a change my numbers seem to be on par or slightly better than Alamy's. My CTRs for the last three months are 1.61, 0.88 and 0.72. I'm curious whether I'm interpreting the numbers correctly? Does my Average CTR correlate directly to Alamy's Average CTR, and why do I have a Total CTR but Alamy doesn't? My stats under My Alamy today are: My best performing pseudo 0.92 My Total CTR 0.44 My Average CTR 0.67 Alamy's Average CTR 0.46 One last thing is especially total zooms dropped by 2 since this morning. How can that happen??
  21. Like many i am confused in regard to how to improve my CTR, i also have no idea what the average CTR is. My CTR for last month is 0.50, i would think not so great, but then again maybe it's average. Any folk's out there willing to share? Paul.
  22. Hi all As a relative newcomer to the library I am interested as to whether you track the activity on your own images.?..Do you just rely on the My Alamy "your images" or do you use your own tecniques?
  23. Alamy's low CTR

    What's up with Alamy's very low overall CTR recently?