Hi Steve! First, thank you for your extensive answer and your nice comments! I really appreciate you taking your time, so again thank you! Now, lets see:
1. More pictures, got it! As I understand It probably pays off, and even more so in the future I presume, to find niches and trends early on. I have been thinking a lot about this and have some ideas that I will explore. One general portfolio question I have is whether or not it is a good idea to keep more or less identical portfolios on Alamy as on microstock sites like Shutterstock. I have read on other forums that it seems like bigger clients do not shop around for images but rather tend to stay with the agencie they prefer, but it would be interesting to hear input on this topic from you and other Alamy contributors.
This is the format I've learned to use for editorial images and I have used it for all my images just to make the process of describing more efficient. From my point of view it can be a valuable information for some customers and I can't see how it would hurt the image in a selling point of view. I understand though that it is probably not needed for a lot, if not most, of the images, I just highly value consistency and efficiency.
Got it! I didn't know this and this is something that differs a lot between agencies, so when you are working like me and uploading to several agencies there will be conflicts like this. I will figure out what is the best solution for this problem for me. thanks!
This is also a formating thing, this is how I've learned how editorial photos should be captioned and I've just been consistent with this and used the same format for all the agencies. Oh, and I also changed the format of the date, so newer uploads have the month in the date tag. Thanks for the input!
3. Yes this is a problem I've had for several of my images, Alamy is allowing 150 characters in the caption, in the beginning I didn't realize this at all, but later on I've tried to adjust it but unfortunately a lot of times I am too quick on going through and finishing the images in the image manager and have been missing this error. I wish Alamy would increase the maximum to at least 200 characters, or give off a warning when the caption is cut off.
4. Venice can be a nightmare for symmetry chasers (I'm one). The fact that the buildings are leaning over and the symmetrical design of the buildings makes it very confusing when trying to compose the photo! But I agree, it does look a bit skewed. I'm using Lightroom but I have never used the transform tool on a regular basis. It is one of the tool that I need to learn more about, definitely!
5. I'm aware of the bad effects of keyword spamming and is something I try to avoid, I'm using a tool to help me find relevant synonyms for example, but I always try to put 50 keywords, sometimes less but probably 90% of my images has 50. I have always got the green bar to max, thinking that this is obviously better, so it's a bit concerning to hear that this is a defective tool in the image manager and is something Alamy should do something about. I will research in the forum about the topic! My CTR is 0.96, which should be pretty good?:
Period : 01 Apr 2019 to 06 Apr 2020Total views for Patrik Forsberg: 1042Total zooms for Patrik Forsberg: 10Total CTR for Patrik Forsberg: 0.96Average CTR for Patrik Forsberg: 0.96Top performing pseudonym: PATRIK FORSBERG(CTR: 0.96)Last month average CTR on Alamy: 0.57
Thank you so much for your feedback! this is all really helpful information and will definitely make me a better contributor!