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 I would say about 50% of my sales were zoomed first. 

 

That's good to know Pearl.  I was wondering what percentage of zooms have ended up as sales.  If zooms are so important to CTR, I'm curious how predictive they are of sales.  I haven't sold that many yet, so it's hard for me to tell.  But for my main pseudo, none of the zooms in the past year translated into sales.  My my other pseudo, about 25% of the zooms turned into sales.  The rest of my sales were never zoomed.

 

I'm also curious how the relationship between zooms, views and CTR works if your work is on distributor's web sites.  Would we know if our images are viewed or zoomed (if they have zooming) on those sites?

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I only have 10 images up so far and am happy to wait for my retirement while my portfolio builds. All of my many 1000's of older images were pre DSLR compact camera so are useless for Alamy's quality control although other sites will take them.  This summer I will just get out there on my travels with my new cameras and start to build a collection all over again.

 

 -  and from your avatar it seems you have quite a good, long time to build that portfolio  :)

 

You could consider the reportage route on Alamy for older suitable images of quality.

 

Niels

 

 

There is an archival route - where the photos are marked archival indicating to buyers that they may not be to current Alamy standards. From memory, and I may be wrong, you have to have a reasonable track record with Alamy before they allow you to join, but there's no reason why you shouldn't achieve that.

 

I have found that old, even black and white, images have a niche position with the most unusual uses - for example calendars for industrial shots. I was recently chuffed ;)  to see a 1960s steam loco shot being zoomed, the only one out of over a 1000 views, and my CTR is very average. So there you go, there's a great opportunity if you have genuine old shots of reasonable quality.

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That reminds me, must add fragaria (and I think vesca for the wild white strawberry?) to one of mine.

.  For example DBJCYY is labelled 'wild strawberries'. 

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FWIW, 75% of my sales have been zoomed.

Just under half within the year for me.

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Hi everyone, I just arrived on Alamy

Starts with about 300 files and I will not stop upload until I see my first sale

I would like to ask if you, who have been here for quite some time sell ​​your files on alamy with exclusivity?

I upload the same files that i sell in other micro stock agencies. Will this decrease my sales?

 

Thanks all

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Hi everyone, I just arrived on Alamy

Starts with about 300 files and I will not stop upload until I see my first sale

I would like to ask if you, who have been here for quite some time sell ​​your files on alamy with exclusivity?

I upload the same files that i sell in other micro stock agencies. Will this decrease my sales?

 

Thanks all

 

Alamy is not a micro site.  There is no point in selling your images here if you are basically selling the same image for next to nothing at a micro.  Images sold here should not be on micro.  Why would a buyer pay more here if they can get it cheaper elsewhere?

 

Jill

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Hi everyone, I just arrived on Alamy

Starts with about 300 files and I will not stop upload until I see my first sale

I would like to ask if you, who have been here for quite some time sell ​​your files on alamy with exclusivity?

I upload the same files that i sell in other micro stock agencies. Will this decrease my sales?

 

Thanks all

I did a GIS on one of your images and, guess what, it popped up on SS. Why would I pay Alamy's price?

Do the rest of us a favour and don' t have the same images on both sites.

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Alamy has more than 50 million images, you have 207. In other words, you're merely a needle in the haystack.

 

Add a zero to the end of your figure and you should start to see some sales.

 

Alan

 

It's over 100 million now. Any bets on how long it will take to get to 200 million?

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Hi everyone, I just arrived on Alamy

Starts with about 300 files and I will not stop upload until I see my first sale

I would like to ask if you, who have been here for quite some time sell ​​your files on alamy with exclusivity?

I upload the same files that i sell in other micro stock agencies. Will this decrease my sales?

 

Thanks all

 

Alamy is not a micro site.  There is no point in selling your images here if you are basically selling the same image for next to nothing at a micro.  Images sold here should not be on micro.  Why would a buyer pay more here if they can get it cheaper elsewhere?

 

Jill

 

 

Thanks

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Hi everyone, I just arrived on Alamy

Starts with about 300 files and I will not stop upload until I see my first sale

I would like to ask if you, who have been here for quite some time sell ​​your files on alamy with exclusivity?

I upload the same files that i sell in other micro stock agencies. Will this decrease my sales?

 

Thanks all

I did a GIS on one of your images and, guess what, it popped up on SS. Why would I pay Alamy's price?

Do the rest of us a favour and don' t have the same images on both sites.

 

 

Thanks for the advice

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After the upgrade of the upload/key wording system, sales pretty much vanished for me. I am 2/3 from finishing assigning categories and reviewing tags. Nothing has come out of the extra effort. 

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After the upgrade of the upload/key wording system, sales pretty much vanished for me. I am 2/3 from finishing assigning categories and reviewing tags. Nothing has come out of the extra effort. 

 

I did a random search for one of your images:  natural history books.  You are on page 1 of 175 third row, so you are getting good placement.

 

Jill

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After the upgrade of the upload/key wording system, sales pretty much vanished for me. I am 2/3 from finishing assigning categories and reviewing tags. Nothing has come out of the extra effort. 

 

I did a random search for one of your images:  natural history books.  You are on page 1 of 175 third row, so you are getting good placement.

 

Jill

 

 

 

 

Thanks. I kinda know that but still no sales for a while. 

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Well maybe I'm not a star but with 512 photos in my portfolio no sell in more than one year.Below smaller agencies. I started a few year ago with a reasonable sales (not a lot). I upload regular. Sometimes I think some click in the system it doesn't work good for me. Some feedback? Have a good time!

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Well maybe I'm not a star but with 512 photos in my portfolio no sell in more than one year.Below smaller agencies. I started a few year ago with a reasonable sales (not a lot). I upload regular. Sometimes I think some click in the system it doesn't work good for me. Some feedback? Have a good time!

I like your images, but did a reverse google image search on a handful and found they were also available on microstock sites.  The majority of customers will do the same.  Why would they buy the images here if they can get the same image much cheaper elsewhere?

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Well maybe I'm not a star but with 512 photos in my portfolio no sell in more than one year.Below smaller agencies. I started a few year ago with a reasonable sales (not a lot). I upload regular. Sometimes I think some click in the system it doesn't work good for me. Some feedback? Have a good time!

I like your images, but did a reverse google image search on a handful and found they were also available on microstock sites.  The majority of customers will do the same.  Why would they buy the images here if they can get the same image much cheaper elsewhere?

 

I see what you mean Kay... so with that thought only the cheapest agency will survive in the jungle. Anyway your feedback is very interesting. I take note.

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I see what you mean Kay... so with that thought only the cheapest agency will survive in the jungle. Anyway your feedback is very interesting. I take note.

 

 

I'm no expert on Microstock and don't want to be, so please someone correct me if I am wrong here. My understanding of Microstock agencies is that the client pay a subscription that allows them to download as certain number of images, so downloading a few more costs them nothing. The cheaper price is what YOU see, not what they pay, depending how many images they download for the subscription period. I haven't read this point made in all the countless Microstock discussions in the forums lately so maybe I have that wrong. If I am right though, then of course a client will try to find the same image elsewhere, effectively for free.

 

Regardless, Alamy is better known for quality work rather than snapshots (although looking at the huge majority of images available and even many used in Alamy's blogs, I sometimes wonder!) and many clients will choose to come to Alamy first, and if they can't find the image they like in Microstock, they'll buy it from Alamy.

 

Geoff.

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Well maybe I'm not a star but with 512 photos in my portfolio no sell in more than one year.Below smaller agencies. I started a few year ago with a reasonable sales (not a lot). I upload regular. Sometimes I think some click in the system it doesn't work good for me. Some feedback? Have a good time!

I like your images, but did a reverse google image search on a handful and found they were also available on microstock sites.  The majority of customers will do the same.  Why would they buy the images here if they can get the same image much cheaper elsewhere?

 

I see what you mean Kay... so with that thought only the cheapest agency will survive in the jungle. Anyway your feedback is very interesting. I take note.

 

 

No, just don't make your images available for peanuts. If the client really needs that particular image, he'll pay the price. But - of course - if you first smash in your own windows, then you shouldn't complain here that sales suck.

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

That take us to an interesting stuff. This point of view works well when you think the only available images are yours or mine in this case. The images in this market must to compete with hundred of millions. I think that smash all the windows I can imagine. You make think that my sales in others is thanks  to my photos here. You have the all the eggs in just one basket? It is a way so.

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No, just don't make your images available for peanuts. If the client really needs that particular image, he'll pay the price. But - of course - if you first smash in your own windows, then you shouldn't complain here that sales suck.

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

That take us to an interesting stuff. This point of view works well when you think the only available images are yours or mine in this case. The images in this market must to compete with hundred of millions. I think that smash all the windows I can imagine. You make think that my sales in others is thanks  to my photos here. You have the all the eggs in just one basket? It is a way so.

 

 

You aren't competing with hundreds of millions. You're competing with similar images of similar quality, accurately keyworded so they can be seen on the first few pages, and stand out enough to get interest from clients.

 

Geoff.

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No, just don't make your images available for peanuts. If the client really needs that particular image, he'll pay the price. But - of course - if you first smash in your own windows, then you shouldn't complain here that sales suck.

 

Cheers,

Philippe

 

That take us to an interesting stuff. This point of view works well when you think the only available images are yours or mine in this case. The images in this market must to compete with hundred of millions. I think that smash all the windows I can imagine. You make think that my sales in others is thanks  to my photos here. You have the all the eggs in just one basket? It is a way so.

 

 

You aren't competing with hundreds of millions. You're competing with similar images of similar quality, accurately keyworded so they can be seen on the first few pages, and stand out enough to get interest from clients.

 

Geoff.

 

You are right Geoff. My wondering if I have no sales here... maybe keywords...search engine...or I'm not doing well.

Thank you for your feedback.

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The sales I had here, when I used to sell, were surprisingly simple photos. Stuff like shoes, flowers, a dry pasture, go figure. Never a tourist photo or photo of a tourist place. It is hard to predict what will sell here, hit or miss, so I advise you to either shoot a variety of things trying to get on the "hit" side; or else find something you can become a specialist on and take the best photos ever on that subject and only on that subject. 

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