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  1. Alamy annual revenue

    You'll find all their annual accounts filed at Companies House.
  2. Is anyone elses My Alamy looking wrong again

    Alamy measures has updated for me too. Views overall are low though, so on my port of 3000+ I had only 78 views from Friday to Sunday. On that basis you would only have 7 or so views, as Spacecadet suggests. In truth, your portoflio is much smaller than the number stated because of a quite large proportion of similars. Add to that your Live News images which are more likely to generate views around the time of the event, but become less active very quickly afterwards. Leaving aside all other issues about commission reduction and posting images on microstock instead of at Alamy, you would need to build up a much larger and more varied portfolio here to expect good numbers of views on a regular basis.
  3. Imposters syndrome (again)

    There have been times when my photos at Alamy have been so good that they sold like hot cakes (well, only-recently-out-of-the-oven-and-still-slightly-warm cakes) At other times, the last five months being a prime example, they have been so rubbish that nobody has any interest in publishing them, even at today's deflated prices. Nothing has changed about my portfolio or my skill as a photographer; the change is fortune is down to the tweaking of Alamy's search engine, which is beyond my ken and beyond my control. If you are plagued by self-doubt, by all means take a good, hard honest self-critical look at your work, compared with other contributors. Then peruse this forum and learn all you can. Then, finally, console yourself with the strong possibility that a lack of success may not be entirely your own fault. At least, that is what I keep telling myself in the arid months without sales.
  4. Commission structure single thread

    I can appreciate your anger, but I find it hard to believe that selling your images for between 25 pence and 74 pence each, and with no option for editorial, is a solution you are going to be happy with in the long term, even if sales come in greater quantities.
  5. Commission change - James West comments

    Not everybody has the same experience at each agency, photographer's location, styles and subjects of photography (amongst many other factors) will vary and be influential, but it's useful to try and gauge what others have experienced at any given place. My experience of microstock as a whole has led me to eschew that model for still imagery, and if I was somehow persuaded to return to microstock, the particular agency in question would be very low on my list of priorities.
  6. Commission change - James West comments

    I think I can identify the 'sleepy' agency of which you speak. I have a legacy portfolio of about 200 RF images on each of the main microstock sites, which have been there about five years now. The two main agencies pull in about $20 per month from this remnant portfolio. The agency which you refer to here, with essentially the same portfolio as the two big agencies, has earned me precisely $17.54 in five years and I expect to earn enough to cash out sometime around 2030. I'm not saying everybody else will have the same experience as me, it may be that this particular microstock agency will reward someone who commits exclusively to it. What I am saying though, is that on the basis of my own experience, I think I am better off here, even at 40%. I certainly would not contemplate exclusivity anywhere in microstock.
  7. Commission change - James West comments

    The summary of each of the microstock sites in this article is way out of date and the rosy picture painted in most cases would be disputed by seasoned microstockers. Read while distributing a large pinch of salt.
  8. Commission change - James West comments

    Setting one's own price is useful but can be dangerous. In 2106 the microstock agency we are discussing had to introduce a minimum price for footage to prevent a race to the bottom on prices. It was a race which many contributors there resisted but, through the actions of the minority of less commercially aware contributors, which was beginning to undercut their sales and, more importantly, impact customer expectations on lower prices across the board). The desire to give away one's creative work for little or no recompense, especially when the custoemrs are profit-making concerns, is a notion that is utterly baffling to me. Fortunately, this agency eventually realised that the race to the bottom affected their bottom line too.
  9. Commission change - James West comments

    The only large microstock agency I know with self-pricing and a 50/50 spit is one with a watery theme to its name. If this is the one you are thinking of, be careful because it is very good at video sales but still image sales are almost non-existent. It also did the dirty on many contributors by introducing a subscription service to which not all contributors were invited and sales for the rest were massively impacted. As a general point I'm thinking that the grass is not likely to be much greener wherever the disaffected contributors go, especially those like myself with a generalist soft editorial collection.
  10. Commission change - James West comments

    I feel this is a very insightful post; thank you, Mark for writing it. I too have been loyal to Alamy and placed all my photos from the last seven years with Alamy alone. In part at least it is the trust engendered by the openness of James and others at Alamy, particularly in the early years, which has led me to stick to Alamy. When I saw the video I was instantly concerned for the health and well-being of the man and my disappointment at the news he conveyed was tempered by concern at what I was seeing. I hope that insights such as this, as well as seeing the wave of horror from contributors at what Alamy are planning, might persuade Alamy to rethink and take action something along the lines Mark suggests. I feel there is a basic decency about Alamy and I hope it is not overwhelmed either by the business situation or the very understandable angry reaction of its contributors .
  11. quality control

    This thread will help you
  12. How was your November?

    Absolutely nothing in November. In fact nothing except two small newspaper sales since mid-September. CTR has been on a declining trend since May 2018. Nothing is the way of encouraging news at all for me.
  13. Zooms and Views

    False positives are a fact of life in stock photo work but they need to be minimized. To use your own example: assuming the main subject is a Jacob's sheep, is the Westbury white horse significant in the photo? Would a person looking for Westbury white horse find your image useful, or would they wonder why a photo of a sheep was showing up in their search? If some aspect of the image is not significant, don't put it in the caption or keywords if it may lead to a false positive. You can put such information in 'additional info' which is non-searchable. As to 'badger-faced', your images show you know something about sheep, but this probably too much knowledge in this case. Try to think like a non-expert picture editor, who is more likely to search for 'Jacob's sheep' or perhaps 'horned sheep' or 'rare breed'. Few, if any, will search for 'badger-faced' and in the meantime you are probably getting many false positives on badger and the rare bod looking for a badger-faced horse. With every picture you caption, look at each keyword you enter and ask yourself if your image would be a genuine candidate for a sale if a buyer searched on that particular keyword. Sometimes secondary aspects of the image add context to the main subject and warrant a keyword, but don't list everything you see in the image if what you see is just incidental to the main subject.
  14. Use Of Image Manager to older images

    There's no way of being sure whether going back over old images has helped with sales, but I have done it for the majority of my portfolio. A large proportion of my sales has come from these reworked images, but I cannot know if they would have sold anyway. Like others in this thread, in going back I found errors, missed keywords and mistypes. Some improvements to captions were also called for. Given that in the new AIM the caption is heavily weighted and supertags also carry a lot of weight it seems foolish to leave them unrefined if you can spare the time to polish things up. The main thing for me is that I was able to apply to my older images the benefit of my years of experience in captioning and keywording for Alamy. I was wet behind the ears when I started and it's only in the second half of my time at Alamy that I feel I've begun to get to grips with the task. In the midst of winter keywording in front of the fire is more attractive than standing in the cold hoping for a good shot.
  15. Zooms and Views

    Zooms are very relevant. They aren't directly linked to sales, but they are significant as your view/zoom ratio = Click Through Rate (CTR) feeds into your Alamy search ranking (how precisely is known only to Alamy). For myself, and I think many other contributors, sales also tend to follow a proportion of zooms; For me it is one sale every four zooms. If a contributor consistently gets a CTR of a lot less than the Alamy average of (currently 0.58) it would tend to suggest their images are being returned in irrelevant searches and their keywords would bear some scrutiny. If that contributor is getting good sales in spite of a low CTR, then well done, but it is probably not what most contributors will experience.