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  1. 3 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:


    There's absolutely no reason why I would get this and you not if I'm right in assuming that you are still on 3 stars, it must surely be just a matter of the system getting round to it. Like you I had a few fails early on until I learnt to look at my skies a bit more closely (!) but I've only been here for 18 months or so.

    I asked Alamy. Here is the reply. Note the use of the word “may”. I have had 1,307 submissions since end of February 2017, though admittedly some of those are news, especially in the last year. Just did a quick count since January 2019 and I made 170 photo submissions versus 207 news submissions. Maybe that’s my problem.  

    “QC time is based on your QC history, the more frequently you pass QC the less time you have to wait. If you keep passing QC then your QC rank may increase to 5 stars.“

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  2. 13 hours ago, DJ Myford said:

    One is a distributor sale, the other is an affiliate sale: two different schemes.


    A distributor is a subcontractor, selling on behalf of Alamy and taking a cut for making the sale. As I understand the affiliate scheme, an affiliate promotes Alamy: if a customer clicks through to Alamy from an affiliate site and then buys an image, the affiliate gets a (smaller) cut for sending the customer to Alamy.

    Aha. Yes, thanks for that.

  3. I have another question about affiliate commissions. I’ve had two this month but with widely varying percentages. Does it depend on the country? (One was to US and the other EU)


    12 November 2019 alamy Commission   43.50%        
    12 November 2019 Affiliate Commission   13%        
    13 November 2019 Alamy Distribution Commission   30%         
    13 November 2019 Distributor Commission   40% Distributor Commission

  4. 14 hours ago, Marb said:

    Yes but a lot of my shots are not covered by the press, publicity etc. Some of mine are a bit more niche. sfx Shots of the dead bodies for instance, and other stuff.


    16 hours ago, Marb said:

    I have a lot of exclusive behind the scenes shots of the making of War of the worlds taken when filming in April 2018. A lot nobody else has coveted. The series is at long last being aired currently. And I haven't sold anything. Its unbelievable considering the high profile the series is getting worldwide, fan interest, sci fi, movie mags etc etc. Just goes to show if you put all your eggs in the Alamy basket it doesn't pay off. Now I will have to resort to conceding in making them available for personal use, or sell them on microstock sites. Very sad. 

    I did reply on October 13th saying as below. I guess you missed it. This isn’t anything to do with the efficacy of Alamy.


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  5. On 14/11/2019 at 09:18, Karl said:


    I recently uploaded some images of Brighton Pavilion, and when I did a search, I found them on page 22. How do increase my chances of getting them onto page one, where I assume they have a better chance of being spotted and purchased?




    Agree with all of the above. Take M602BA for example. Where is it? You have tons of keywords for it but I suggest that most are irrelevant to the image. When your images turn up in searches for particular keywords but are not zoomed, your CTR will drop and will affect your overall rank, resulting in your images being further and further down. 

    Words like coherent,  business-like, ship, lug, methodical, ferry do not fit this image.


    it looks like you are using a dictionary or similar to add keywords eg synonyms for ‘speed’ like swiftness. Check AoA to see if the less common words for a simple term are being used by clients to search. In my experience someone is much more likely to search for ‘speed’ than ‘swiftness’. Think about what words you would use if you were searching for a particular type of image.  

    I have considerably reduced the keywords I use as time has gone on, with better results I think.

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  6. The Time News in Pictures November 9th



    Chris Strickland 

    Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, UK. 8th November 2019. Starlings murmurate prior to roosting on the verges of a minor B road and the M6 motorway at Gretna Green near the Anglo Scottish Border. Credit: Chris Strickland / Alamy Live News 2A8EMY4




    Sally Anderson 

    Princes Street Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, 8th November 2019. Edinburgh Remembrance Garden in the run up to Remembrance commemorations. The annual garden next to the Scott monument includes the Field of remembrance where members of the public and organisations can plant a poppy cross & the Garden of Remembrance for the official poppy wreaths. Credit: Sally Anderson/Alamy Live News - Image ID: 2A8E2RF



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  7. 1 hour ago, sb photos said:

    Further to my previous comment by searching by my credit I found my image used and credited here:




    My image appears to be used and credited in a Times Instagram post used elsewhere, and the article displaying it was dated 26/7/19. Am I correct in assuming the Times used the image in their Instagram account and they should report their usage by 26/11/19? The last image used by the times was reported relatively quickly.

    Yes, Live News images can be chased with Alamy after 4 months is up.  Usually The times is good at reporting uses the following month.

  8. It's always worth keeping an eye on the Scottish Sun (and presumably other versions of The Sun) for repeated use of Live News images, though I have to say I only found this by using Copytrack. A use several months after Live News upload.






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  9. 1 hour ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

    Found one of mine, yours sally and Carolyn Jenkins here:


    Are these legit and what do i do about it?

    Not sure this is legit. I think its a lifted use of this in the Cairns Post


    Im not sure if this is also a lifted use


    I will be contacting Alamy when the 4 months is up, which it will be soon.

  10. On 31/10/2019 at 11:15, wiskerke said:


    That could work either way 😉

    Many images from Alamy's own other sites or from distributors' sites, but few published images could easily lead to the needle in a haystack feeling. Hence the filtering.

    Contributors with live news pictures will even benefit more of filtering out those own sites.


    For my own images I found that also distributor dijitalimaj.com turns up quite a lot in a search.

    This could well be because my name is still in some of my legacy keywords.

    So (for me) the ideal string for the moment is:

    "your pseudonym" alamy -site:alamy.com -site:alamy.es -site:alamy.de -site:alamyimages.fr -site:alamy.it  -site:dijitalimaj.com

    (Paste all of this in the Google Images search box of course.)




    Brilliant. Just found a photo I took in Liverpool in a credited book use published on May 31st this year. Also one there by Ken Biggs of Albert Dock.





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