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  1. I did the research, interviewed James and published the blog post - thanks for the mention. This article is already a few months old and would like to do publish a follow-up. There is certainly much to discuss and obviously interested parties. I'm increasingly convinced that buyers do not search around that much. The evidence I have is that, even though fees at Alamy are on average 10x higher than what I receive from micros...the same image can, has and will be licensed on Alamy for 10x less than on micros on certain situations - this defies any logic but I have many examples. This strongly suggests that there are many others factors at play than merely pricing points, as discussed. . I would like to also analyse the correlation between zooms here and sales there on same day / following days. Last time round, I found almost no links. Yea yea, not all zooms are recorded and stuff but I have to work with the data available. To be continued....
  2. 10 sales for $400 gross. BME Now if only Alamy could sort out their PU license mess I'd love them even more...
  3. Oh I updated my username. Here it is: https://www.instagram.com/brutallyhonest_alex/
  4. https://www.instagram.com/brutallyhonest_alex/
  5. Just had a low 3-figure sale pop in this morning on here despite the image being widely available on 14 other agencies....for as little as 2cents. Do Alamy buyers shop around...most don't and won't for many reasons and some have nothing to do with price points. I tried to answer this crucial question on a blog post.
  6. The strict definition (at least for me) of a micro site is one that offers a subscription service. Alamy appeared to be heading in that direction, not sure what happened to that plan.
  7. From a quick look at your port, I believe that your isolated illustrative editorials of products would do OK on there. Probably only earn a subs though but they do add up. Also the more general touristy type UK shots, especially in sunny weather.
  8. 8 item(s) totalling $167.13 At this stage in the game, a complete failure. fml.
  9. Martini, shaken not stirred at "Spy Bar" in Hotel Palacio, Estoril, Portugal. Drinking hole of Ian Fleming and other WWII spies.
  10. Spotted mine and few others 15/01/2019 Why Brazilians Love Baby Talk - BBC Travel http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190114-why-brazilians-love-baby-talk?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter Alexandre Rotenberg above Yadid Levy Pulsar Imagens Filipe Frazao Fred Pinheiro
  11. Seems like an extra headache (and cost) to police those who claim the content is exclusive when it's not. The extra 20% isn't enough for me to encourage exclusivity but I suppose it's better than nothing. At another agency I won't mention here the difference between non-exclusive (15%) and exclusive (40%) is considerable.
  12. Perhaps. Difficult to say for sure. But we're going round in circles here since I mentioned earlier that those 7,000 duplicated images earn me on average 3-4x what they do here on any given month. So if they sell there, instead of here, it's still a sale nevertheless...could be lower priced on average but in the grand scheme of things it's still hugely ++ for me (probably because volumes make up for it)...although I would need data to work with which is pretty much impossible to obtain on buyers' habits/intentions. I do have some 2,000 RM exclusive images on here which mainly just take up some obscure server space with no benefit to me, sadly. Mainly Live News stuff that I never duplicated but also some interesting shots from Dubai and Israel. Experiment gone wrong. Frustrating. Also did a series on refugees in Milan, Italy of about 30 images about a year ago and put them all up as RM exclusive and not even zooms.
  13. Early days for you with 300 images. If my 10k is a drop in the ocean, your 300 is a mere milliliter! Some nice shots in your port but seems like many of the travel angles have already been done to death...London, Barcelona. Also see you're shooting travel shots in heavy overcast skies and drizzly. Those, in my experience, are a waste of time...unless it's raining in Dubai, etc. Good news that Midstock agencies have decided to take you on. They must see potential in your work.
  14. I think my relatively poor results have to do with my extremely low CTR caused by bad keywording in my early days. I also had quite a few similars which didn't do me any favours. I've cleaned up my act on the above and results have improved, both in CTR and $ earned. My port has grown a lot in the past year (some 5,000 images alone in 2018), so I'm expecting strong results next year as such images work their way up the rankings and they mature within their life cycles. Unlike MS, I think immediate sales on here right after uploads are rare (except for the Live News). See above post in regards to my opinion on MS duplication.
  15. Yes, using StockSubmitter, which is a blessing. Half a dozen or a dozen is the same with this software. Generally, buyers don't shop around that much. I've looked extensively into the relationship between zooms here and subsequent sales there and saw almost no links (I'm well aware that not all zooms are recorded so I have to work with the data that is available). Others have looked at this and have come to the same conclusion. There are many many more complex factors involved than just simply pricing on whether a buyer purchases at one agency or another. In any case, a few months ago, I received some valuable insight from Alamy and published the following blog post: www.brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2018/02/06/do-alamy-buyers-search-elsewhere-answers-from-alamy/
  16. Yes, that's fine and have sensed the resistance since the beginning - red arrows don't bother me. I'm not some sort of tout standing in front of a MS fast-food restaurant with a menu trying to entice more sophisticated customers over. More of a journalist and report on my facts (hence the brutally honest label). We see Alamy drop commission rates and someone mentions that MS is "exploitative". You can make up your own mind...I just like receiving regular PayPal payments every month, regardless of the source. 1. are the same images selling here as on the micros? Usually not. My top 5 best sellers on MS land have never sold on here, interestingly. Clearly, Alamy is catered more to an editorial market so my commercial/creative images tend to struggle more on here. 2. Are the same images selling on every micro, or are there clear differences? Generally yes. Pareto applies throughout, with a few surprises. 3. Do you have many multiple sellers here and/or on the micros? Like 5x; 10x; 20x? or are they mostly 1x or 2x? My Alamy sales haven't been fantastic in terms of volumes but I was a late bloomer here and my keywording was pretty bad in the beginning...I'm very close to approaching 100 all-time sales on here, compared to 20,000+ elsewhere. Obviously average price there is considerably lower than on here. 4. We probably all have noticed that you have a blog and a book about how to succeed as a stock photographer, does that bring in any serious money compared to the income from stock photography itself? Yes, please check out my blog at www.brutallyhonestmicrostock.com . Depends on what you mean by "serious money". Continuing on with my brutally honest theme, I've sold about 700 copies of the e-book. It's more of a brand thing than actually looking for profit....and should help me pick up more lucrative private client work. Nevertheless, It's part of the giant stock photography/videography business puzzle I've developed for myself with every segment contributing in their small way: - Microstock (15 agencies or so) - Midstock (including Alamy) - Book covers (won't mention the agency but it's on my blog) - Stock footage (new to me and very few sales so far) - Print on Demand (not much going on there) - Book sales + contributing articles at other blogs/magazines - Affiliate commission via blog So when I see that Alamy reduced their rates 20%, I'm not really bothered because in the overall grand scheme of things, it won't make much of a difference. It's difference for those that rely 100% on Alamy...then you're kinda fked because, what's to say they won't reduce rates further in a few years or negotiate steeper discounts to buyers. GL
  17. Exploitation? The same 7,000 or so images I have duplicated both here and on micros earn me 3-4x more there then they do here on any given month. Not taking a view what is best, just stating a fact. I'm trying to run a business, not a charity. Establish an efficient workflow that works for you and brings you the best return on your time/efforts. It's taken me a while to fine-tune mine but I can shoot/post-process/keyword/upload much much quicker than a few years ago!
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