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  1. I have had a Skrill USD bank account and USD prepaid card since it was introduced. When my last USD card expired I received a replacement which I used as before. I now find that the replacement is denominated in Euros and I am charged 4.4% on each USD transaction. Many calls later and much research I find that the Skrill Mastercard no longer offers a USD card. Has anyone else got this problem, and more importantly, has anyone found a solution? (If you have a USD account and card log into your account and check the card tab.) Help dov
  2. Struggling to get into Measures. Is the system down again? dov
  3. As far as I know Alamy does a quantity deal with the newspapers and receive a fixed sum per month which is divided between the sellers regardless of size and prominence. They have become like NU's!
  4. I check my sales and zooms by going into - Your iImages and then drilling down to the actual image sold/zoomed which I then annotate. When I close that annotated image the screen now jumps to another Alamy open tab rather than the thumbnail of that image. For the last ten years my system has reverted back to the thumbnail. Anyone else having this problem when they have more than one tab open?
  5. I am currently keyboarding images taken in Israel. When I put in the correct location the map shows Hamburg, in Germany, each time. Something is clearly wrong with the Google map location function. dov
  6. Good question Adrian - useful exercise. My volume is up by 25% and average sales price up by 20%. Gives me a bit of encouragement to carry on cleaning up my keywording. Thanks dov
  7. Rightly or wrongly I list them as RF and have not had any adverse feedback. dov
  8. The standard is H type. European two pin sockets in the bathroom. Been to Petra twice. Fascinating, unique, different - well worth a visit. Eilat is just a beach resort, you could be anywhere. Sun goes down early so it's a long evening. Have a wonderful time. dov
  9. Some good points by Andyman. Clearly do not take photos of checkpoints or airports. If you go south you may find that you are restricted near certain sites on the way but you will be told before you get there. If you are meeting your group in Israel you can buy a VIP security/passport pass with/without transport to your hotel. Not cheap but saves a lot of time and frustration. I have taken lots of pics in Yad Vashem - never aware that it was a problem. Planning to take some more on my next trip. dov
  10. Be careful when taking the ultra orthodox, they don't like it. If you are going with the family and want to visit religious sites, of all faiths, ensure that arms and legs are covered. For men ensure you have some sort of head covering when visiting Jewish sites. Bear in mind the Sabbath days and be more discreet when taking people of that religion. In Tel Aviv look out for the Carmel Market and Jaffa port. In Jerusalem look out for the Mamilla Mall near the Jaffa Gate. Not on the mainstream tourist route but great fun. Food is generally good now, used to be really bad. Must try a falafel with all the works, best fast food out. Most people speak English so getting around is easy. Get lost in the back streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, there are surprises around every corner and it is safe. The Jewish quarter is less interesting than the other parts. Have a great time, you never know, our paths may cross. I will be there again late October. dov
  11. What on earth was that? A market scene in Marrakesh uploaded in 2008 for use of professional medical poster. No doubt will be my top sale for this year. dov
  12. Hi Geoff Not sure that I understand the implications of what you are saying. I have six pseudos for different categories of images. Using the BHZ search I find my main pseudo on page 3 and the rest on pages 9, 10 and 12. My page 9 was previously on page 5 and my page 12 was previously around page 20. That said, the format I have used explains the change, at least, in part. Therefore not sure that I can see the change attributable to any linking. Am I missing something? dov I wish I had all the answers, but unfortunately there are too many oddities with how the search engine has changed in recent months. Since the changes, I have found that all my images in different pseudos for most searches appear on the same page, whether they're in a good or poor performing pseudo. I tried switching pseudos between my best and worst of 2 images with similar tags, yet their position in search results did not change. From memory, I think in one of my tests, it looked like the pseudos were not connected, just like they never used to be. In all the rest of my tests though, it seems like they are. I suspect that our rank is now calculated per account rather than per pseudo, but that's only my own speculation. I cannot explain why your images appear on different pages of a BHZ search, assuming you only have BHZ once as a supertag, and not duplicated or in the caption for some of the images? I wrote to CR recently about this to clear up whether pseudos were connected or not, and this is the relevant part of the response I received.... -------------------------- Pseudonyms are linked for some things and aren’t for others but pseudonyms should really only be used to organise your collections into groups that make sense to you. If at any point we want you to use pseudonyms to help our customers we’ll let you know. We are sure you are after a bit more information than this but unfortunately this is all we can provide you with. -------------------------- I have since deleted 2 of my newish pseudos, but kept 3 and I'm unsure how I'm going to use them as yet. Geoff. Thanks Geoff Interesting. I shall run some more tests on it. dov
  13. Went to and from Chicago in May. No problems with hand baggage or camera cases or iPads. My friend did a similar trip last week, also no problems. Personally I favour a scruffy but durable bag. dov
  14. Hi Geoff Not sure that I understand the implications of what you are saying. I have six pseudos for different categories of images. Using the BHZ search I find my main pseudo on page 3 and the rest on pages 9, 10 and 12. My page 9 was previously on page 5 and my page 12 was previously around page 20. That said, the format I have used explains the change, at least, in part. Therefore not sure that I can see the change attributable to any linking. Am I missing something? dov
  15. This month had one for $427. Otherwise best this year were 3 in the $100's & one for $241. In 2008, my first full year, I had 2 in the $100's, 4 in the $200's, 4 in the $300's 3 in the $400's & one for $562. How times have changed!! dov
  16. I am totally confused. The 31 pages is the default of 100 per page. In the past we have used 120 per page which is 26 pages. I shall use the image number to avoid confusion. Pseudo Position Position Position Creative Relavant New dm 395 396 80 mw 1,089 1,094 759 dmC 1,210 1,218 344 dmIn 1,241 1,256 457 dmIs 1,273 1,273 532 dmS 1,430 1,556 1,342 I find it difficult to get my head round why there are such significant differences between the ranking of the same image between the different categories/filters. What criteria are we to use for future BHZ posts i.e. 100 or 120 images per page and new, relevant or creative as a filter?? dov
  17. Thanks for raising this John - I am also stumped on this one Architectural - it has a building in it Archival/Historical - its an old building Business - it has a cafe Industry - they make souvenirs Landscape - its not portrait Lifestyle - people go there Travel - it is not next door After much thought I gave up on the first pic I tried to categorise. IMO too ambiguous to be helpful. This deserves a greenie. dov
  18. I keyword directly into Alamy. I have found that the new version is more flexible, particularly on bulk additions and changes. The spellcheck is a real pain changing correct spellings of foreign words without warning. For some reason mine hates "nobody" and types "noboy" or "nobodyy". The downside is that you don't have a copy. I totally agree with Philippe's comments - have a green on me. dov
  19. Previously we could vary the images per page on searches. My preference was for 120. I cannot find this feature in the new search function and the default appears to be 100. Am I missing something? dov
  20. After a very good January sales and zooms have plummeted, particularly after moving to the new Image Manager system. I cannot remember when my CTR last dipped this low. dov
  21. My ratio is 14 green 86 orange. Need to wade through to ensure that I am optimising on my pics!! dov
  22. When I joined the requirement was 4 to 10 pics. I chose to submit 10. My thinking at the time was that you got pic by pic feedback as to whether they were up to standard. Thereafter one pic fails the whole batch fails and the feedback is limited. It worked for me! Good luck - it may seem daunting at the beginning but we all get there in the end. dov
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