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  1. 39 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

     

    I'd say that's a good prediction. I had a "weed-related" sale not long ago.

     

    Since Alamy is primarily an editorial agency, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on the media to see what's "trending" locally, in your own country, and around the world.

     

    That said, just about any subject can license at any time. The 'post your latest sale' thread is testament to that.

    It depends on events, which can often be unpredictable.  Keeping an eye on the local or national news is probably your best bet. Or spend your efforts on older images and make sure your captions and keywords are up to scratch. I’ve been working my way through a years worth of uploads. I’m currently on July 2017, so still some way to go, as it’s very time consuming.

    But it’s a good way to spend cold wet days in Scotland in Winter.


  2. 31 minutes ago, Jansos said:

    How concerned do you think I should be? As an example, I normally dip in to see if any photos have sold at least once every couple of days (it's becoming a bit of a rather enjoyable pastime/obsession to be honest). Thing is, when I am pleasantly surprised by a sale or two I then have quite a lot of difficulty, later in the day, trying to remember what actually sold. Likewise, when otherwise occupied, I think of questions to post in the discussion area but can I for the life of me remember what I wanted to say when I actually get round to logging in. Old age or something more worrying? Long term memory is pretty good though. :huh:

    Typical sign of stress, or older age. Not too much to worry about I suspect, but annoying.

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  3. 1 minute ago, Southpole said:

     

     

    Would it be better to have zoomed images in a separate pseudonym ?

     

    28 minutes ago, Reimar said:

    Go to the measures page and you will see this:

     

    How is this data collected?

    This data is collected from the search activity of our paying customers. It records searches, visits, views, sales and zooms.

    How to use this page?

    Use this page to identify pseudonyms that are performing well or badly relative to one another. Pseudonyms with a high click through rate (CTR) will be receiving more zooms relative to views than pseudonyms with a low CTR. This is important information because the ratio of zooms to views is one of the factors that influences your AlamyRank score.

    Is CTR my AlamyRank?

    No. CTR is just one of the factors that make up your AlamyRank.

    What are “Your Sales”?

    The total number of sales made under a pseudonym for the time period specified.

    What are “Your Views”?

    The number of times customers have seen your thumbnail images in search results pages.

    What are “Your Zooms”?

    The number of times customers have clicked on your images to see the larger zoom view.

    What is “Your CTR” ?

    CTR stands for “Click Through Rate” which is the number of zooms divided by the number of views, multiplied by 100.

    Yes I’ve seen all that,  but it doesn’t tell me what CTR actually does, apart from contribute to my overall rank (algorithm unknown).

    I suppose my question really is why CTR is important, given that the vast majority of sales take place without zooms.


  4. What, actually, is the point of CTR (click through rate)? Mine is pretty low. But only 5 of my 14 sales to date were ever zoomed (and not necessarily by whoever bought the image) making it around 40%. So why does Alamy bother with this calculation, and what impact does it have?


  5. 2 hours ago, funkyworm said:

     

     

    On my recent trip through the UK on my bike I kept an eye on the weather images used and decided for the tabloids you need 1) human interest 2) pretty girl with hair out of place 3) someone preferably going into water (cor what a scorcher) 4) someone with a Union Jack umbrella battling elements, 5) silhouette of someone with a UK landmark in the background at sunrise/sunset.

    Best case scenario, pretty young lady in bikini with hair out of place because of wind going into the rough seas carrying a Union Jack umbrella battling the elements with a easily recognisable UK landmark in the background. At sunrise.

     

     

     

    Ha! Or people walking dogs on a beach. Brits love their dogs. Two out of the three recent News images I’ve sold were of such. 


  6. Thought I would start the monthly thread, since our regular thread poster must be on holiday!

    Two sales popped up today. One, I think, constitutes an Alamywhack, since the only photos for the search are mine. All I will say is that it is a place in Scotland.

    My second sale was the first from my archive photos. Only $11 (presentation) but the two sales early on in the month makes a good start for 2018.

     

    unedited-american-photo-of-victorian-stu


  7. I only started uploading in February this year (indeed I only started photography less than two years ago), but with 2 sales that I know will come through next month (news), my first year with Alamy should amount to minimum 14 sales and over $400.

     

    i am well chuffed with that, as I expected nothing in the first year from having read previous forum posts.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Russell said:

    I see you've edited your post to include the website address. However I'm not prepared to disable my browser features to view it. Contact Subscriber relations if you feel that your image has been misused.

    Yes sorry, I had forgotten the link. It’s 

    http://www.tobyandkc.com/victorian-christmas-traditions.html

    i was really wondering about the general issue of images being lifted and used with the Alamy logo and watermark etc. I don’t know whether that counts as an infringement that Alamy will chase.

     

    there are lots of other within the links at the bottom of the page,

    eg Christmas Time has Jochen Tack’s F871PJ

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  9. 2 hours ago, Sally said:

    There are 5 Alamy images on this page - but lifted from the website, not purchased.  Not sure what, if anything can, or should, be done about it.

    http://www.tobyandkc.com/victorian-christmas-traditions.html

     

    Mine

    KPATE7

     

    FDJPNN

    FDJPNW

    FDJR50

    FDJR51

    All from  The National Trust Photolibrary 

    There appears to have been another one added, or I missed it the first time.

    BX144J Rachel Wright


  10. No, the images uploaded to Live News get sent directly to editorials, whether or not they are “on sale”. However 2 days later, they go into your stock photos and will remain as “not on sale” unless you do the minimum of putting some keywords in. 

     

    However, you don’t get a QC message for Live News photos, so that has me confused about what you did.

    Any images on the live news feed should show up here

    http://www.alamy.com/news/


  11. On 12/13/2017 at 00:22, Rick Lewis said:

     

    I used Zenfolio for years back when I had my portrait business.  It was easy to use, easy for my clients to access and reasonably priced.  They have added a ton of features since I went into retirement from that business.  I would definitely go back to them, if I needed to.  I have no experience with the others mentioned here.

     

    Rick

    If anyone is interested I now have a time limited offer (until Dec 28th) of 20% off a subscription for Zenfolio.  Contact me at sallya26 at gmail.com


  12. 2 hours ago, Cofiant said:

    Sun online 23rd

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5202786/britain-to-be-warmer-than-istanbul-on-christmas-day-as-temperatures-set-to-hit-a-balmy-12c-but-it-wont-last/

    KT92TH - Kelly Rann

    KT922X - Zuma Press

    KT93MD - Sally Anderson

    KT8RD2 - Ian Jones

    KT8XDP - Robert Timoney

     

    Woohoo. Thanks very much for spotting my photo. Only my second News photo to sell.

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