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  1. I remember the help I received in the beginning of my Alamy journey and appreciate it. I did take many on board and have had some success since. More specifically, I have 663 Rights-Managed exclusive images on here...some have been here for 4 years. They've made me about $300 net. I would define that as "underperforming". My net return on micros is an average of $1/image/year but much larger volumes. Anyway, only have myself to blame for being naive thinking that somehow being exclusive and RM had some sort of benefit. I've heard mixed things about Getty RM as well...and now that collection is being overlooked for the RF in the search engines (just a rumour...someone please confirm). I suppose I'm just frustrated and had to recently go back into full-time (non-photography) related work to make ends meet. This is after some 3-years of intensive part-time photography and then some video work. Anyway, this isn't my blog so won't elaborate, but I expected better returns after devoting so much time and energy. Anyway... Seems like the wider industry is going through a transition period, generally to the detriment of contributors. Having more success with videos, pushing more in that direction. Nobody is paid to help newbies but wouldn't it make sense if some of us were? Can't we suggest a newbie part of the forum? Put together courses in return for remuneration? Just brainstorming. Loads of knowledge here and willing people, as well as newbies wanting answers. Put those together and there's opportunities...
  2. Appreciate the reply. I'm sure you have lots of knowledge to share on the industry. I picked on you because you are "Mr. RM" and RM seems to be dying, so would like to have your thoughts on the sustainability of this model. Others as well. Perhaps not the thread for it but why not as it's directly relevant to earnings. I've recently looked back on my RM-exclusive images on here and suffice to say that they have VASTLY UNDER-PERFORMED.
  3. I would have loved to have received some constructive feedback when I was starting out. Would have saved me 100s of hours and much frustration.
  4. Hi Ian, My intention is/was not to be passive aggressive or rub my nose on your "extremely worrying" month. This is a sensitive issue, of course and I have to tread carefully. I don't want to come across as a complete jackass, and have all intentions to make this a constructive comment / question to generate a thoughtful discussion. Many newbies are reading here and trying to find a way forward. The whole stock game is changing and we need to be proactive to find solutions. In brief: - You have 65,694 images, of which I presume that most are exclusive on here. - Some rough calculations means that supposing you make $500 net a month on those images (let's say Sept was a blip), this would equal $6,000/year or just under 10cents/image/year. Questions (feel free to tell me to fk off at any moment, it's fine, but would be interesting to have others' thoughts on this): - How is this a sustainable business model to earn 10cents/image on exclusive images? - If it's "extremely worrying", what steps would you take to mitigate? On my port I earned only $80 net from 11,212 images. A poor month but supposing I earn $150/net x 12, that's still $1800 or aprox 15cents/image/year, but fortunately 95% of my collection on here is non-exclusive. 15 cents/image/year is unsustainable imo. Why not? Seems silly, imo, in an open forum to prevent others' from commenting (within reason) on their sales. Collaboration is more effective than competition, after all, it's a huge industry and there are endless opportunities in a market that's constantly changing to meet buyers' needs.
  5. ( 7 item(s) totalling $147.66 ) Click here for my full Sept stock report.
  6. How can you opt out without going down the RM route? I've had my fair share of suspicious PU licenses, including most recently EasyJet airplanes....
  7. Thanks! I try to spice things up with the "Turd Agency of the Month Awards". Alamy has so far escaped this coveted club.... Agree about the modest returns 😕 I'm cautiously optimistic on the 4K video sales.
  8. Alamy doesn't exist in a vacuum in this industry. In other words, what's going on elsewhere, including microstock-land, has a direct impact on results here.
  9. Should have placed the "begging" in the end of the report Perhaps the Alamy Personal Usage update would be of interest.
  10. Yes, give it some more time. Video accounts for only about 1/4 of my income on that agency but rising every month.
  11. Looks like I won't be seeing any donations from you for my premium content? Bet you still read it towards the end though and picked up some valuable tips!
  12. 14 item(s) totalling $362.58 For my full brutally honest stock income report, see my blog post.
  13. Yes, perhaps I was a bit premature to criticise (especially publicly on Twitter), but you know what I feel like so many of these agencies are taking the piss. Canva, Getty and SS come to mind. Won't get into details here on shady dealing, as well as I look at Alamy in a much more positive light, but we must hold all agencies accountable and encourage others to also publicly call out bad behaviour. Will comment if/when the sale is re-instated.
  14. Just had a refund, which is no big deal, but the pic has obviously been published! wtf! https://www.ft.com/content/be8052f8-6db8-11e9-a9a5-351eeaef6d84 Santa Lucia station, Venice © Alamy
  15. Been trying for 6 weeks (following up once a week) to get some straights answers for some suspicious PU licenses...
  16. Having a nightmare time lately chasing very very very suspicious PU licenses of beggars on street, etc Anyway, as much as I would like to opt out, Alamy has indicated that you may only opt out when licensing as RM which is pretty much no go for me since I’m duplicating most images everywhere. Frustrating.
  17. Yes, @Reimar is having success. Very happy to see
  18. Post is 1 year old. Stocksy, in hindsight, wasn't / isn't a good fit for me...I'm not a lifestyle photographer and probably never will be. I do travel, so decided to dedicate my "premium" images to Robert Harding and having some success. RH have a large collection on Alamy, so think it's OK to mention them on here with no fear of censorship. I think we're moving towards more of a "death of RM" than "midstock vs microstock". I see no more benefits in having images as RM/exclusive for the most part and I'm sure that many buyers feel the same way in terms of wanting a more simplified way of sourcing.
  19. It's human nature to be fearful of what we don't understand! Glad we're having this discussion. RM old-timers on here used to be very dismissive of microstock and entertained no such open discussion, even referring to such agencies as "cancer".
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