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Steve Valentia

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  1. Update: Mine's just arrived. I wouldn't say up 30% (as with @spacecadet ) but definitely up; maybe 20%. Well into €€€, which was a nice surprise.
  2. Ironically, having started the thread, nothing for me yet. I'm assuming (more of a hope, really) that as I now live "abroad", my already useless bank is taking it's own sweet time to process the exchange.
  3. Design and Artists Copyright Collecting Society. It's a UK-based copyright collecting society, that gathers royalties - from books, magazines and library usage, etc, for visual artists like photographers, cartoonists and illustrators.
  4. Thanks @Nigel Kirby and everyone for the feedback. October looks favourite. I'll let you know when mine comes, and if it's on a par with previous ones. Stephen
  5. Thanks for all the replies. I had a feeling it was September for me last year, which is why I asked, but I could be wrong. I also claim directly like @M.Chapman and @Robert M Estall. I think Alamy get enough from me as it is - or they would if I had sold anything lately. it's more refunds than anything!
  6. Has anyone had their DACS Payback for 2019 yet? It may be a bit early - they pay "in the autumn". I just wanted to make sure I hadn't missed mine. Thanks, Stephen
  7. Thanks for the replies everyone. I think @Marianne hit the nail on the head. I was looking at the total CTR column and not "Your CTR".
  8. Yes, it is. I was thinking (obviously wrongly), that the CTR is based on how many of my own images were viewed (.i.e. 2 in this case). So, I thought 2 zooms from 2 views is 100% (if not, even, 200%).
  9. Today, I noticed that I had zooms on 2 images under the same search. I only had those images show up for the search, and no other images were zoomed. 4 images in total appeared in the search. My CTR was 50%. I'm puzzled by that, as only my images were zoomed, 2 zooms out of 2 hits. Should that not be a 100% CTR?
  10. Just noticed that today, as I usually come into the forum via the link at the bottom of the My Alamy page. Seems a bit odd, given that the forum must work to alleviate some of the pressure on the Contributor team.
  11. A similar story with this one, for a book in Ireland (mid $$). 2 sales of it on Tuesday, then both refunded yesterday. Then, another sale of it today for 10 cents more than the original fee. Someone's been busy with the refund button. Made a mess of my neat sales history page though.
  12. Another one this morning, April is getting busier than I thought, despite me getting kicked out of Live News (yes, I'm bitter!) Chelsea Flower show. Usage: Single company, editorial magazine, print and or web, multiple use 2 years Industry sector: Media, design & publishing. Mid $$
  13. 3 mid $$ sales came in this morning. Two are exactly the same use, so I expect one of those will go red. This is the other one.
  14. To be honest, I think we'd all be better off concentrating on photography than maths. Yes, the difference between 50% and 40% is 20% (actually, it's 22.22% recurring) If you start at 50%. But, we're not starting at 50%, we are starting at 100%. So, if you got 50% of 100% and now you get 40% of 100%, you have lost 10%.
  15. It's not losing you anything. It's just not making an extra 10% - not 20%, as you say. But, you have the chance it will make more money and that might be worth the wait.
  16. 1. Sorry, I don't get that. If it's non-exclusive and not selling elsewhere it's not losing money. It's just not making extra money. 2. No, 60% commission is correct. Commission is what is paid by the client (you) to the agent (Alamy). Alamy take 60% unless images are exclusive, then they take 50%.
  17. 1. I don't get how it can be losing revenue if it's just sitting there gathering dust? 2. I think you mean 60% commission.
  18. I joined Alamy in 2004 but didn't upload any slides - as I had binned thousands of them when I converted to digital. I uploaded new digital images energetically for the first 3 or 4 years, getting up to about 5000 images, then had a period of inactivity (while doing a lot of commercial and editorial work that was "exclusive" to the clients). It's only in the last 3 years that I've got my numbers up to just over 7000. But, I rarely see sales from the pre-slump period. Most of the sales are from the last 3 or 4 years. I saw one sale last week that was one of my first ever submitted images, but it's rare for me to get an older image sale. My point is that it seems to me that (at least in my case) that regular contributions are connected to increased sales. Keep it up Alan.
  19. Good for you Andy. I hope they sell. Even if they are not all that. 😃 As I said whatever the quote by whoever it wasn't the point. P.s. maybe next time you don't want to be quoted, it might be best if you didn't actually write anything down in a public forum (twice).
  20. Oh. I was beginning to wonder why you seemed so vitriolic towards me. I am not in any way referring to you. I was quoting somebody else. And that really isn't the whole point of what I was saying. You really should go back and check the facts.
  21. I can't believe I've been kicked out of live news. It doesn't make it less true. Nor does it make what I wrote less valid. Everything I said is based on what apoears in this thread. When you have a bit more time on your hands, maybe you'd like to go back over it and check the facts.
  22. You quoted me in full Andy, but you obviously did not read me fully. I believe that the system is flawed and that some people who were included should not have been and others have been excluded either by mistake or because the system is faulty. I wasn't basing everything on that one light-hearted comment. In fact, I wasn't basing anything on it I was using it as an example of a wider issue. Also, as mentioned, half of my sales from last year were from news uploads. So if I lose those, that's a shame too.
  23. The whole thing is a shambles based, as some have speculated, on an algorithm that chose the leavers on the basis of low-level news submissions. If that was true, however, then some mistakes were made, as can be seen by @Alamy's own message to me (on a previous page). This states that I had made only 18 submissions in total. When I challenged this, it turned out that I had, in fact made over 300 news submissions. Just when I thought that might be enough to re-instate me, a counter-blow - in the shape of "but you haven't sold many news images" - was wielded against me. I countered this by saying I had, in fact, sold half my total year's sales for 128 via news uploads. This prompted body blow number 2 - the old "oh, but they were secondary sales" uppercut. At least one member here has stated that their images "were not all that", and I assume this means neither were their sales. In which case, if the reasons given to me for my expulsion were valid, then that member should also have been excluded. But they were not. As someone who has genuinely been exclusive and loyal to Alamy for over 15 years, I feel confused and badly let down. OK, don't let me submit news images. I might lose €500 a year. So what? But at least be consistent with your reasons across the board and apply the same criteria to everyone.
  24. Actually, it's at least 25, as I sold another this week. Yes, they may have been "secondary stock", but they were uploaded as news images. I would not have uploaded them otherwise, especially the weather shots, as I would have considered them too late for general stock use. I consider my 24/5 sales as a direct consequence of the option to upload news images, and it's a pity that you might not, as you could be missing out on some sales. I've already re-applied. I won't hold my breath.
  25. I have been excluded from the Live News feed, but I note my Reportage & Archival upload options are not "greyed out". You might want to check that in your own AIM. Of course, when Alamy see this, they may discover they made a mistake with me and grey out all of it!
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