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Keith Douglas

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  1. 17 sales for $449 gross. Another 'Best Month Ever' for me, with lots of small value sales making up the numbers and one $$$ sale making up about 40% of the total $
  2. Thanks for the spot Bryan. Was hoping that it might have made it into the print edition as well, but unfortunately not, although the text of the article was on the front page. Times 30th Keith Douglas A branch of the Clarks shoe shop in Penny Street, Lancaster, UK - Image ID: M66E64
  3. They need to be a minimum of 3000 x 2000 pixels if they are in a 3:2 ratio. There's lots of other threads about minimum image size. Keith
  4. I'm sure that they do chase up customers. But they aren't going to spend tens or hundreds or thousands of dollars on admin costs/ legal fees etc. to accelerate the payment of a fee that's tens of $ or less.
  5. I'd rather know as soon as a sale is made. That way I can do a reverse image search straight away to find out any infringements. I've found them a couple of times - people copying images from newspaper articles to their blogs or using them on Facebook. If somebody is only earning $50 every 2 or 3 months, then I really don't think that a contributor just missing the $50 threshold should be on the list of priority items that Alamy needs to address. The answer is for the contributor to submit more quality images and make more regular sales!
  6. I don't think you are doing anything wrong, but the competition is high! Take your shots of Barclays Bank in Bath. Search for Barclays Bank Bath. 7 images of which yours are 4 and 6. If you are a customer wanting an image of Barclays Bank in Bath to illustrate an article which ones are you going to zoom? If you want an image of people protesting against Barclays in Bath then the 6th image might fit the bill but the small image just doesn't say 'Protest' to me. Six months is not a long time to begin to see results, particularly with just 413 images. It was over 1 year before I saw my first sale, so you are way ahead. I just don't think there is any more to know about the search process that you could take action on.
  7. Alamy aren't going to divulge exactly how their search algorithms work from a contributors perspective. Their priority, anyway, should be to refine their algorithms to give the customer the 'best' selection of images that meet the customer's search query. I suppose it's inevitable that contributors want to know the shortcut to getting their images at the top of the search list and zoomed by the customers. I don't think there is any secret key to it though. It's just a long term, steady process to have: Unique images, accurately captioned and keyworded that will get you on the first page of search results. A history of regular sales that will get your images on the first page of search results where many images match the customers search criteria. Strong and/or unique images that are accurately captioned and keyworded to get you zooms.
  8. I uploaded 1360 images in 2018. It increased my total number of images by 21%
  9. How do you know the images have not been viewed? As I understand it Alamy Measures only includes data from selected image buyers. I've just viewed all your images by the way ;-) Buyers may well have viewed them too, without you knowing.
  10. 2018 was my best year for revenue with Alamy to date. 81 sales for $2465 gross. Over the last 3 years my sales numbers have been relatively stable - around 80. Similarly, my gross revenue has been pretty stable at £2200 +/- 10% for the last 3 years as well. Over the last 3 years I've increased my number of images on Alamy by about 20% each year. A rate of increase that's easily achievable although I need to be careful about creating too many similars. All in all, a pretty good situation for me. The small value sales (<$10) are compensated for by 2 or 3 a month that are $50 or more, with the occasional $$$ sale maybe once a quarter. About half way through 2018 things didn't look quite so good, and I thought I would be struggling to achieve $2000 gross, but sales then picked up in the second half of the year. Let's hope that the upward trend continues in 2019! Keith
  11. Best month ever for revenue, 8 sales for $423 gross, including one $250 sale, again my highest ever.
  12. Sorry , I won't be able to make it today as I have family visiting here. It's all been a bit uncertain as I mentioned before so apologies for the late response. Keith
  13. Me too - exclusive as far as stock is concerned until the commission issue blew up, but it was a wake up call to me and I won't be quite so exclusive in the future. My degree of exclusivity is going to come down to the direction that Alamy takes and how that translates to (hopefully) increased revenue for contributors. Can/will they exploit the exclusivity amongst customers? And will they enable contributors to specify minimum licence fees for their exclusive images, for example? I don't think that Alamy will alter the search engine to give preference in the searches to non-exclusive images. Non-exclusive images may lead to a sale but not necessarily through Alamy. Secondly It would damage Alamy's reputation if they were seen to be saying "the best images for you are the ones that you can get from elsewhere". Thirdly, it's a pretty easy thing for contributors to check - just modify a few images between exclusive / non-exclusive, wait a day or two and and see where they move in the search results! From a contributor perspective, and with 99.9% of my images exclusive to Alamy, I like the idea of the Alamy Exclusive tab. BUT, my main question is what's in it for the Customer? Is it going to improve their experience, get them to an image they want quicker, be more accurate etc. I think something can be built on it for the Customer but it needs those underlying reasons why it's good for the Customer if it's going to work. Keith
  14. One argument for giving a higher commission rate for exclusive images is that if the customer finds an image that is exclusive to Alamy they can't then search for that specific image in other sources and Alamy then loses a sale. So why would Alamy give preference in the searches to images that can be bought elsewhere, just because they pay less commission to the photographer? If anything, they should give preference in the search to images exclusive to Alamy. Anyway, I think it would be something that would be fairly easy to monitor by changing around exclusivity on a few images and then seeing where they moved to in the search results.
  15. Hi Andy Still unsure of our Xmas plans, but think that I will be around some time between 27 and 30 Dec. Sorry I can't be more specific. Keith
  16. Same here. 4 sales, including one for $250, which is the highest value sale I have made on Alamy. Glad to get that one in while still in the 50% zone! Keith
  17. Not tried uploading today, but I have had ongoing problems with the site being inaccessible. This is when I am clicking on links in the dashboard. After a few minutes it starts working again. Keith
  18. I'm not too far from Blackpool - just up the coast near Morecambe, so it's a possibility for a meet up. Our Xmas plans are in a state of flux at the moment, so let's get in touch again in mid December. Any others from North Lancashire interested in meeting up? I was involved in regular Alamy member meetups (about every 3 or 4 months) in Cambridge and it was very successful. Having recently moved up North it would be good to get something going in this area. Keith
  19. I paid for the Pro Account, $25 per year for a number of years. In January the price will double to $50. That may be 'pretty cheap' but it's a big jump, and clearly needs some consideration about whether it is worth continuing.
  20. Yes indeed, that's what I will do. I'd just like to find one or two other people first to get things off the ground, so this was just a bit opportunistic. It would have been good to have John on board with it as he was in the right location and showed an interest in the idea of an Alamy group meet. I'll keep looking but not having the messaging facility makes it harder.
  21. That's a shame (that you don't live in South Cumbria). If I can find one or two other Alamy contributors locally it might be enough to get something off the ground, which is pretty much what happened in Cambridge. And yes, it's a shame that we can't message other contributors any more.
  22. I'm glad to see that the Cambridge meetups are still well attended, and I still hope that one of them might coincide with one of my visits to Cambridge. Hi John I was one of the original attendees of the Cambridge meetups. I moved to near Morecambe 18 months ago and I don't think I'm too far from where you are based. Do you think there might be some interest in setting up a similar group in North Lancashire / South Cumbria? Keith [Apologies to the Cambridge folks for hijacking your thread]
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