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  1. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/paris/articles/20-unmissable-attractions-in-paris/


    Steve Tulley x2

    John Kellerman

    Peter Horree

    olrat x2

    Ayhan Altun


    Fabrizzio Robba

    Janet Ridley

    Perry van Munster


    Ilyas Ayub

    Susan Montgomerie

    Jamie Gray

    Francois Roux


    Andrea Izzotti

    Patric Schadler

    Chris Wilson


    Don't get too excited - despite being on the website of one of Forbes 'fastest growing companies to watch'  who invested over $22million in the last two years,  with over 1600 articles and  20 million visitors a month, these were sold as 'novel use' and you probably got your 62c on 31st January.


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  2. Remember turning that bar green doesn't trigger anything that suddenly makes your image more discoverable or higher ranking. In itself, it means nothing.

    It is meant to be an indication of whether you have added enough stuff, but is, objectively, in the opinion of some, perhaps (definitely) almost meaningless. 


    If you have a picture of a cat and add the names of fifty dog breeds as tags, the line will turn green. But is that necessarily a good idea...?

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  3. 1 hour ago, spacecadet said:


    Exclusivity of representation is not the same as exclusivity of content. 

    If someone takes a similar photograph to mine this has nothing to do with the exclusivity of representation of my images.


    I have often (too often) seen images, especially news, published that I thought might be mine but turned out to be taken by the photographer standing next to me. 

    The images might be almost indistinguishable but my version is still exclusive to Alamy if I haven't sent it anywhere else.

    If I send two almost identical images taken half a second apart to two different agencies, however, that's a different matter.

  4. I'm going through mine by subject - best-selling subjects first.

    Search on one computer with a keyword on Alamy and use the same search on my laptop an my other (main) agent, then see what comes up on both. 

    Select all, then go through unclicking the ones I find on the other site before chosing 'exclusive to Alamy'.


    I am planning to check everything that gets zoomed on an image by image basis as they are the ones you know might sell soon.


    With nearly 40,000 images it's a big job and I don't expect to be finished any time soon.

  5. 12 hours ago, Bob J said:

    Is it the novel use bit that is causing these low value sales - I am getting quite a few of these and frankly I am not keen on the whole microstock thing. Is this the part that I should opt out of to get rid of these $5 sales?

    To be honest $5 isn't bad for Novel Use. It started out for customers who didn't fit into any of the traditional licencing models - like someone who wanted to put an image on a fridge magnet or a mug - but it now being used for 'special deals' with government magazines with a circulation of 250,000 to use images in perpetuity for $1.62. It's not what we signed up for, most of us thought it had been killed off years ago and some of us are somewhat surprised and not entirely happy to see our work being given away to people who can afford to pay, in some weird commercial experiment. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, IanDavidson said:


    about average for number sold, several of our friends in Downing Street, a couple of Brexit demo pictures: but revenue above average some good mid $$ prices.  


    Keep up up the struggle...

    Yes - I had a couple of Downing Street pics come through last night - including one of Nicola Sturgeon and a Christmas tree - I was just ready to pack up and leave when she arrived.

  7. Given that the so-called 'novel use' sales coming through these day in no way what we were led to believe they would be when the scheme started -

    $1.62 for use in a government magazine with a circulation of 250,000, 'in perpetuity'!; advertising use on commercial travel websites etc -

    and that many of us thought that the scheme had been discontinued a long time ago anyway, could we perhaps, as a friendly gesture, be given a one-off chance to opt out of it without having to wait until April?

    Especially as after after Feb we will be getting 40% of nothing rather than 50% of nothing.

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  8. 11 hours ago, RedSnapper said:


    The end-of-month 'surge', of UK newspaper on-line  and print usages being reported,  happens on the last two or three days...which this month should be the 29/30/31 of January......





    Without going into detail, how's you month going so far? - I need to hear someone is doing well.

  9. 2 hours ago, orest said:

    It's really helpful to read your advices about keywords.

    I thought I need to somehow complete all 50 keywords to make my pictures discoverable.

    What I didn't know is that I can put few words together to describe the pictures more precisely.

    Optimising discoverability takes 90% of upload times.

    If I ignore that and add all the directly relevant keywords (who, doing what, why, where, when), I'll win a lot of time.


    Add the keywords you think are relevant - don't add anything just to make up numbers.

    The concept of 'optimising' is one of Alamy's biggest mistakes ever. Ignore it.

    Good luck.

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