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Jose Elias

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  1. Excellent analysis Ian. You may be quite right if the standard view passed from 30 images to 120. Unfortunately my raise in views was much more dramatic and my CTR is pretty much the lowest I have had in the last several years.
  2. The last month I had an abnormal number of views passing the 20.000. It doubled the average of the first three months, when in previous years (recorded data from 2009/2012) April is in fact a weaker month than the first quarter, thus under the average. Yet, the number of zooms are in line with the average of the three first months and not far from the 2012 overall average. Anyone experiencing a huge surge in the number of views? Or can this be a kind of "curse" of the Creative collection when we get the images counted when viewed in it, and then recounted when the client selects t
  3. Absolutely HORRID! The worst month since March 2009. Only 5 sales that when I subtract the alamy and distributor's share leave me image commissions smaller than my "Single Downloads" and Extended Licenses programs at Shutterstock. So, at this point I'm having sales with a higher price in microstock than with alamy.
  4. Thanks DavidC for your words, but it's becoming hard. Portugal images are not that required as I don't see many searches about it, a 60/70% drop in my stock income in the last year, to which I have to sum up a brutal and indiscriminate tax raise we're experiencing in Portugal it's just too much to handle overall and difficult to keep the spirits high. I even thought on making available my portfolio, or a large part of it, for free download and simply ask for donations to those that download my images. Something like a beggar asking for alms. After all, people get my small and watermark
  5. More and more I think this is a lost battle. At the moment there are several photography packs in the Pirate Bay with tenths of GB of images each totaling many tenths or hundreds of thousands of images being given away for free in all disrespect for copyright. Given the global scope of the Internet it's virtually impossible for anyone to sue thieves. More, every time any kind of news about copyright infringement and associations trying to fight appears in a newspaper 99% of the comments are simply insults and complete lack of understanding that artists don't live from the air and n
  6. I'm also very skeptical about this like/dislike button. Alamy said: "Over time this will hopefully become a more useful feature and promote well thought out posts, so for now, it will stay." I'm absolutely certain that it doesn't matter how well thought some posts will be as some members, just by commenting on certain unpopular issues about the stock business will have an avalanche of dislikes. I'm pretty sure most people will use this, not as a measure of quality of the post, but as a punishment for that member to have brought that issue or for expressing a contrary vision to what
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