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Robert Shantz

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  1. Male Vermilion Flycatcher perched on sprinkler.
  2. Sold on the 30th -- Round-tailed Ground Squirrel at the mouth of his burrow. Reasonable price.
  3. A relatively poor month for me -- but 2 sales on the 30th saved it from being really bad. I'm still slightly above last year at this time on net revenue so I'm happy. 4 sales for $130.70 / $65.37 gross / net. High $60.93 / $30.47, low 2 PU / presentation at $19.99 / $10.00. Views and zooms down with 3277 and 14 for a slightly below average CTR of 0.43. Robert
  4. Rick, I'm a bit puzzled by your question. Did you submit these and get the automatic reply of too small? Normally, Alamy just bounces the files that are too small and not the entire submission. A couple of points. As far as I know, and I'm no expert, the 300 ppi ( or dpi ) refers only to print standards and has nothing to do with file size or sharpness. Only the actual pixel size matters. Alamy requires a minimum uncompressed file size ( not jpeg size ) of 17 MB. Your smaller file, 3324 x 1801 pixels, gives 3324 x 1801 x 3 = 17,959,572 by
  5. I cannot help with how well German editorial images sell on Alamy, but I do see quite a few for sale here. A couple of comments on your images. Unreleased model / property should be marked RF editorial only if sold as RF -- the optional tab on Alamy Image Manager. Your M7R76D for example. You also need to work on captioning and tagging (keywording). For example M7R7G6. I would have the name of the chapel (if known) and its location in the caption. Your tags have France -- wouldn't think this appropriate for a photo taken in Monaco. Inappropriate tags
  6. Marbled Godwit Female Northern Harrier in flight
  7. Presentation use, natural gas compressor station near Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA
  8. About average for number of sales with 7 but above average for amount with $698.66 gross / $349.35 net. High was $300 / 150, low $36.19 / 18.10. No distributor sales. I'm now somewhat ahead of last year at this time for net sales. Views and zooms were both below average with 3735 / 19, which gave an average CTR of 0.51. All in all, I'm happy with how this year has gone so far. Robert
  9. Taken in 2004, uploaded 11/2008. For a fairly good price. White-crowned Sparrow
  10. There is no way that I know of to avoid having your images returned on a search if the searched words occur anywhere in the tags or captions. Individual words within phrases in a tag are presently searched, although I think I read somewhere that they would have lower relevance that individual words in their own tag. The buyer can use quotes to require the exact phrase. For example, "washing up" in the search should not return your images. I have seen such exact phrase searches only rarely in my Alamy measures. Some years ago, before tags, Alamy was going to allow cont
  11. A slow month, but still better than last February, so there is still plenty of hope for the year. 4 sales for $239.61 / $109.69 ( gross / net ). High 149.00/74.50, low two presentations at 19.99/10.00 Much lower views and zooms with 2915 / 13 for a CTR of 0.45 (only slightly lower than average on the CTR). Robert
  12. Nice to have a sale on the 1st, even if it was only a presentation. And it was one of the small percentage of my sales where the image was zoomed. Parry's Agave in bloom in Arizona, USA. Taken and uploaded in 2009. Robert
  13. Zooms can vary greatly for no apparent reason. Last year my high month was 39 zooms, low 17. Since mouse-overs began in 2009, my high month was 47 and low 3 (and the 47 came years before the 3 when there were fewer images). Changes in zooms only appear to somewhat correlate with what might be re-ranks. My impression, and it's only that, is that some viewers only view a relatively few images and zoom many of them, while others view a large number and zoom hardly any. I've seen searches that included a few of my images that had 15,000 or so total views with no zooms. Not good for the CTR,
  14. A below average month on sales with 5 sales for $147.37 gross / $50.21 net. Mostly distributor sales. High on the gross were three at $39.13, and on net one at $12.35 -- difference of direct versus distributor percentage payment. Low was a direct at $5.28 / $2.64. The only bright spot is that the monthly net was a little above last January, and last year was a fairly good year. Views were 4025, zooms 24 for a CTR of 0.60. About average on all three. Robert
  15. Bulk distributor sale -- one of three that came in today. Not great prices but consistent with prior sales. Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake -- detail of tail and rattles.
  16. I added 1242 in 2017 for an increase of 10% over the end of 2016. Numbers per year have ranged from a low of 175 to a high of 2090, with the first submissions in 2006. Total now is about 13,754. Robert
  17. 65 sales for $3920 gross / $1930 net. Plus $110 for DACS to both. The best year in number of sales but not revenue. Number of sales up 3 or 5% from last year. Net revenue (including DACS in both years ) up 18%. 2012 was my prior best year for both sales and revenue. Compared to 2012 sales according to the Alamy Dashboard were up 1 or 1.6%. Interestingly, I only have 51 sales on my spreadsheet for sales compared to 64 for Alamy but gross revenue is very close to the dashboard -- must have had a number of Novel Use or something 2012 that I didn't bother including. B
  18. December was a little bit above average with 8 sales for $362.47 gross / $166.54 net. Views were well down at 3554 but zooms not so much at 21 for a CTR of 0.59. High was $89.00 / $44.50, low a distributor at $3.39 / $1.02. Four sales on the same day for $50.00 / $25.00. All in all, not a bad month for me. Robert
  19. Steve, Welcome to Alamy and the best of luck with your sales. A couple of comments on the images you have uploaded. I would include the scientific name when you have it in the caption as well as the tags where you have included it. Also, I would add a general location to the caption and tags -- maybe just Spain or Andalucia, Spain. Sometimes it matters to a buyer where the photo was taken. I don't do detailed locations as I doubt buyers would be interested on my animal photos. In my case, just Arizona USA not Bonita Creek, Cochise County, etc., unless there is a go
  20. Betty, I started to separate out prior sales, especially those that had been renewed. But then I decided it was more trouble than it was worth since RF prices now seem to be competitive with RM, so someone renewing probably would get an RF image for the renewal price and not be unhappy. My highest RF as I mentioned was $365 gross / $182.50 net for RF Editorial Only. But I just had an unrestricted RF (animal) through a distributor for $3.39 gross, $1.02 net. Granted it was for only a 691 x 461 pixel size. When I first started with Alamy in 2006, RF prices were gen
  21. For what it's worth, I changed all of my photos to RF or RF Editorial early this year (2017). Prior to this change, RM probably accounted for 90% or so of the photos, but I don't have the exact number. I didn't make good notes of the dates, but basically from February through March. I did this based on Alamy's recommendation, and the fact that they allowed changes and added RF Editorial as on option. I didn't expect that I would see a statistically significant change, and that has been what has happened. But here are the numbers. Year Sales
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