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  1. I just started going through all of my Geneva-on-the-Lake photos to take out the "Geneva-on-the-Lake" tags and keywords. I come to find out that my photos of the Hotel Geneve in Mexico City are also included in the monstrous number of views I had last month (and has brought my CTR down quite a bit in the process). I went through my Hotel Geneve photo keywords/captions thinking I must have put in Geneva instead of Geneve somewhere but that wasn't the case. It is difficult to understand why if someone would put in the search term Geneva that my photos of the Hotel Geneve have come up. Either way they were viewed so many times I presume most of them are far down in the search results at this point. Thinking out loud here.....wish there was a way for search terms submitted by the photographer to be delimited (such as putting NOT Geneva Switzerland or Geneva exact spelling). It is what it is eh and know it isn't going to change. It helps to know I am not alone in my frustration with this (especially those who upload from British Columbia....wow).
  2. Going through a cursory search of my name in Google I came across two sites.....one SELLING two of my Alamy photos that have never been shown as sold and the second having four of my photos available for free wallpaper use. They all have the Alamy banner underneath the photos. I didn't click on any of them but to find six in just a basic search with my portfolio size being quite small shocked me. I followed up with Alamy to see what, if anything, can be done. It is very disconcerting to see my photos for sale on another site that were submitted to Alamy.
  3. 4 sales in September with 1 $$$ which offset the 1 dollar net sale. 303.32 gross and 150.99 net
  4. A photo uploaded in early 2017 with a relatively healthy $$$ return on it this week. Direct sale.
  5. Thank you for your responses as I know all of you are seasoned veterans with Alamy (I don't contribute to the discussion board but I do follow many of them). As for being overly concerned, I am usually not but haven't had this problem, to this extent, in the two years since joining. John....thank you for the perspective as I can only imagine the false positives you get with British Columbia. It seems that whoever is trying to get photos of Geneva was doing it nearly daily for awhile there as they were using the same terms and views of my photos kept coming up. I presume after the constant false positives my photos have been buried pretty deep after the past couple weeks (thank you Wiskerke....I think they are deep enough now : ) I do like your suggestions about removing the word Geneva from the caption and from the supertags which I will do to hopefully reinforce their not appearing. Since the terms Geneva-on-the-Lake was only searched for twice and Geneva Ohio once this past year I can only see it as helping me to remove them. Thanks again.....much appreciated. Mark
  6. I need some advice from the forum in terms of a keyword problem issue. The issue was sent to Alamy and they replied there is nothing I can do but I am wondering if other contributors have found a way around it. Here is my email to them and then their reply. Any advice is appreciated. My email: In the past month someone has been searching for photos of Geneva in Switzerland and it keeps happening. Unfortunately I have posted a cadre of photos of Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, a resort town in Ohio, USA. "Geneva" is not in any of my search terms but instead it should only be coming up in the search engine when it is as I have put it, "Geneva-on-the-Lake" with hyphens as the town is known. My CTR has taken a major hit because of over 100 views over several sessions. How do I stop my photos from appearing for searches of "Geneva"? If you put in the search engine "Geneva-on-the-Lake" you will see I am the only one to have photos posted of this popular northeast US resort town and that none of the search terms are "Geneva" on its own. I cannot strip the photos of their title "Geneva-on-the-Lake" otherwise they will obviously not be found. Alamy reply: If you have ‘Geneva’ anywhere in the tags or captions of your images, they will appear in a search for ‘Geneva’ even if the word is part of a multi-word tag. Our search engine doesn’t recognise most punctuation such as apostrophes, hyphens etc so have ‘Geneva-on-the-Lake" won’t make a difference.There is no way you can stop images of “Geneva-on-the-Lake" from appearing in a search for ‘Geneva’ unless you remove this word. Obviously I cannot remove the name of the town otherwise people who are looking for photos of Geneva-on-the-Lake will not appear. Has anyone found a way around this type of situation? Some other examples may be if I put up photos of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Would searches for "santa" bring up my photos of Santa Fe? If someone is searching for photos of "Mexico", will photos of New Mexico (the state) come up in the search? If there are photos of New York, will the search "York" bring up photos of the city in the US instead of York England? There has to be a way for terms that cannot be left out of keywording be delineated but I am at a loss as to how. When I wrote earlier that over 100 views over several sessions is impacting my CTR, I should clarify that over 100 of my photos (several repeat searches) of Geneva-on-the-Lake have been viewed with no zooms of them seeing as what is being searched for is a completely different locale.
  7. Gerard....Thank you for the recommendation of copytrack. I will end up using it for my writing but after my posting on here earlier this week about the photos, I just received credit from Alamy for one of the photos I wrote about. At sub two dollars net for the photo, I am not going to spend the time chasing down or trying to find photos from my Alamy submissions. As Geoff indicated, infringement is part of the game. I am going to be opting out of the distribution scheme (says I must wait until next April to do so for some reason) so that should help. I will also shift my submission/business strategy concerning submissions/exclusivity/RM/RF. Again, I appreciate your help. As for the photo being used for "Free Google Advertising", I went back to it in my documents and it is listed as RM/Exclusive/Editorial only.
  8. Thank you. Yes, the image was uploaded on Live News in January 2017 so it has been 7 months. As for the second photo, I wrote them and they said to contact them in August if it still hadn't registered, which I did a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately it was a somewhat condescencing reply email (usually they have been incredibly nice when writing them which is one of the reasons I submit to them moreso than the other sites) so at this point I may just let the photos go rather than chase them. The third one I didn't bother saying anything. As for the one listed under free Google Advertising, that threw me off as I would never consider submitting for "free" advertising and then seeing that the photo was uploaded 7 months ago and now password protected was disconcerting. With only 2 official sales and 3 that are off the books it is a bit disconcerting but as you indicated infringement is just part of the stock world. I was under the impression that submitting as exclusives would help in terms of pursuing infringement. Either way, I really appreciate your input as I see you have been here for quite awhile and have a well established portfolio. As of today I will start to upload non-exclusive whenever I can. Cheers.
  9. Recently I did a reverse image search and found one of my photos in a locked "google docs" folder. When googling the photo, the url is there along with a description of my unsold photo. It states "Free Advertising Cleveland Ohio- Google Docs". Thereafter it reads " Jake s on public square in downtown cleveland, ohio, usa, give diners a view of the st. patrick s day festivities. mark kanning/alamy live news. ... claes oldenburg ..." but when you click on the url it asks for a password. I cant put an URL here but you can copy and paste the previous section into Google to see the description/URL where my photo is locked by password protection. I have written to Alamy about it but to no avail. Has anyone had this happen? Finding their photos in locked "Google Docs" folders that are used to sell the photos or used for free advertising? The photo is an Alamy Live News photo. I don't recall ever giving permission to use my photos for free publicity to Alamy (or any of the others I submit to). Since the photo is exclusive to Alamy I am not sure what to do. I just started with Alamy this year and I have only sold two photos and have been chasing down three that haven't showed up in sales (one of them from six months ago, another from two months ago, and now this one in Google Docs). Sort of diconcerting to a) see my photos come up as "free advertising" and then locked behind a password protected Google Docs folder and b.) to have more photos out there not "sold" than those I am credited with/paid for. The photo that is "Free advertisement" was exlusive to Alamy so I am wondering if there are others out there like this that are locked behind Google Docs password protection but moreso how they are getting those photos without being "sold"? I enjoy Alamy the most of all the sites I submit to but it is difficult to see my photos submitted to them show up as "free advertising".
  10. Jill...thank you for the response. I have seen those postings about the "Have you found any Alamy photos" and I will pay more attention to them. One other issue I didn't indicate was that I am based in the US and know that Alamy is more UK-centric. This was part of why I asked the question but failed to put it in my initial posting. Thanks again for the reply
  11. I am new and currently shifting from microstock to focusing primarily on Alamy submissions. At the same time I have shifted to street photography primarily based on travel. My question is.....is there a list publicly available of the clients/buyers/distributors associated with Alamy? For example, does National Geographic or The Guardian or whatever other publications out there have a relationship with Alamy? I would love to look at said publications to see what stories are being written thus gearing my photography towards similar genres/topics. I don't know if this is proprietary information but I thought it would be worth asking.
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