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  1. Funnily enough, when I started in stock, my keywording was perfect - probably much better than it is nowadays - as not only did my other place formerly insist on pixel perfection, 'their ideal' lighting etc, but they rejected for poor keywording. Those were the days!

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  2. I know you won't appreciate this, so I'm going to throw in a quick comment then return to the uncontroversial matter of inaccurate keywording.

    Much of your portfolio looks like the cheesiest* microstock from c2005. Micro has moved on since then, and that's a totally different market from Alamy.

    *muy cursi


    Anyway, back to keywording.

    tops of palm trees seen from the ground, with blue sky Stock Photo




    1929, america, andalusia, architecture, capital, city, coloration, cultural, culture, display, environment, europa, european, fountain, freshness, frog, garden, historical building, history, landscape, lion, national, nature, palm, panoramic, parkland, plant, seville, spain, spring, square, tile, tour, tourism, travel?, urban, visit, water,


    Sorry to be so harsh, but really, what would a buyer think if they were looking for a photo of a fountain, a frog, a historical building, architecture, water ... etc?

    You won't sell to them, they won't suddenly think, "I wanted a photo of a frog, but I'll take a photo of four palm trees instead". They'll just have a really bad impression about Alamy, and you're doing the rest of us a dis-service.


    Where on earth did you get these ridiculous keywords?

    ¡Paradlo ya!

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  3. I mix of green herbs on white background Stock Photo



    I realise you're not captioning in your native language, and I appreciate the difficulty, but you need to caption and keyword accurately.

    The above photo looks to me like the content of a bag of pot pourri (popurrí) with a lot of dyed, dried plant-origin materials.

    But you have captioned it "mix of green herbs on white background", which is wrong.

    Also, most of your keywords are totally wrong:

    agriculturebaby, background, biological, chives, closeup(?), cooking, diet, dill, favor, food, fresh, garden, green, greener, health, healthy, herb, ingredient, isolated, kitchen, leaf, leafy, lettuce, mix, mixture, organic (?), parsley, plant, raw, salad, up, high, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian, vitamin,


    So your caption should read 'contents of a pot-pourri packet on a plain background*' and the keywords could be, pot-pourri, dyed, green, plain background, texture, textures... maybe someone else could suggest some more? - I've run out of ideas.


    There is absolutely no value in adding wrong keywords. If you thought up fewer, but accurate keywords, you'd waste less time looking up translations for wrong words.

    I hope you didn't use one of the auto-keywording programs. If you did, this shows how totally inaccurate these programs usually are.


    I see the very next photo in your portfolio has the same pot-pourri contents surrounding a lamp (why?) and you have captioned it as "grass".


    *Your background, as it is in your photo, is not white.


  4. On 25/08/2021 at 12:24, Alamy said:

    The reactive service is what we call Unauthorised Use Queries (UUQs) and this is what the UUQ form on your dashboard is used for. This currently goes to a different team within the business, usually within the sales team as quite often these will be existing Alamy customers and they need to be investigated slightly differently due to the process in which they have been identified. We currently have a backlog of these we are working through and this is where the delays currently are which is why we offer you the option to chase yourself rather than wait. Of course we're not happy about there being a waiting time like this, but it is the reality.

    James A
    Head of Content

    Why should we lose 20% because  PAlamy didn't hire enough people to get through the backlog before the contract change?

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  5. Meanwhile, re the unreported TLS use above, I got an email:

    "We have received confirmation that this use will be billed this week.
    We're sorry for the lengthy delay on this query. "


    Then last night I found another unreported use, this time from November 2020.

    So I contacted Alamy. It was on a Russian website but credited to Diomedia.

    Answer:  Thanks for sending this over.  We do have a relevant download from a distributor so we’ve passed this on to our distribution team to bill.

    Shouldn't we (logically and morally, if not contractually) be getting the 60% on unreported sales or misuses that we find and report to them?

    If there's a relevant download, why hasn't there been some 'proactivity' in getting it billed before now?

    I bet if there was some sort of penalty on distributors (e.g. give whoever 'notices' it, us or Alamy, their share), they'd be better at reporting on time. As it stands, they'll get more than I do and the sale might never have been billed or paid. And, again, I'll get even less than I would have had it been paid on time, before our share got cut by 20%.

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  6. 17 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:

    No, not in captions, only keywords. For captions I simply use a straight forward sentence or sentences that describe the image and where space allows I may include spaces between the location words, e.g. Hampshire, England, UK, but that isn't essential.

    Yes, I try to caption in sentences.

    The OP was specifically asking about captions, as she currently captions with keywords.


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  7. 2 hours ago, FocusUno said:

    Concerning commas, does anyone know if space a "must" after comma?

    In getting rid of quotation marks
    "Miami Beach" Florida "Ocean Drive" "Art Deco District"
    I would normally change to preserve phrases
    Miami Beach, Florida, Ocean Drive, Art Deco District, 
    but in the name of saving caption character space
    Miami Beach,Florida,Ocean Drive,Art Deco District
    would this backfire...?  TIA

    These are keywords, not captions.

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  8. Lots of regular customers have accounts which let them report up to three months after the file is used.

    Keep and eye on this and chase them up if it hasn't been reported by the end of September.

    Note that it probably won't be actually paid for some time after it's reported.


    BTW: Congratulations to have made a sale with only 11 images!  I think the Beast has a good discount, so be aware that you won't actually see the money until your share of all sales add up to $50.

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  9. More than a handful, but nothing like as many as I'd have thought, as I'm used to doing it with searches elsewhere, even though Google doesn't pay as much attention to phrases in quotation marks as they used to be.

    I'd have thought that during certain very 'polluted' search iterations, a searcher would try it 'just to see' if it would give them better results (it often did).


    In fact, an Alamy employee once said quite categorically that if a seach was shown in Measures in quotes, it was a staff member who had done it. I took that with a liberal pinch of salt, but What Do I Know?


    Just use commas to separate keyword phrases.


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  10. 1 hour ago, FocusUno said:
    Sentence in Alamy Blog (see OP)
    “Rhinoceros Beetle” will show up in “Rhinoceros” searches, but the search engine tries to make sure that the beetle image does not appear too high up.
    indicates quotation marks has desired effect of lowering single word returns...?
    But CR email contradicts! = gobsmacked...
    So is it now correct that image with
    , RHINOCEROS BEETLE, (commas) will return lower in
    than image with
    the latter two will return to same or nearly same place...? TIA

    That is for searchers using quotation marks, not for keywording.

  11. 18 hours ago, FocusUno said:

    this response left me sort of gobsmacked

    as it states 0 effect....


    Including quotation marks with the words won’t improve search results, so this isn’t something we would suggest.

    Kind regards,

    Alamy Contributor Relations


    does anyone's very recent testing contradict...? TIA

    Why were you gobsmacked?

    That's exactly as I expected, because search ignores punctuation in keywords  -as SpaceCadet said and Meanderingemu tested.

  12. On 16/08/2021 at 19:32, Caffolive said:


    I have many vintage magazines from as early as 1930s -1970s. Is it possible to upload the images from these magazines onto Alamy and make money from them? How does this work in terms of copyright? I ask because there are many similar images on this site. Any wise words would be gratefully received.

    Also be aware that just because something is on Alamy doesn't mean it's legal.

    Unlike at least one other well-known site, images submitted to Alamy are not inspected for IP, only for IQ*.

    We, the submitters, bear all of the responsibility if we submit files infringing others' rights.

    *(Intellectual Property vs Image Quality).

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