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  1. Hiya, But whilst quality is very important, it's also a numbers game. The Forum members used to say the old average on Alamy was about 1 sale per 1000 images per month for an average portfolio. It might well be less than that these days as the Alamy catalogue has grown so much. I was about 6 sales a month last year for just under 3000 images. Your 90 images is really small fry. If you had over 1,000 or even better, over 10,000 of your collection, I'm sure you'd be getting a lot of activity. Have a look at this link. It should help with understanding your ranking: https://
  2. The sky has fallen Henny Penny and the bottom has dropped out . A few interesting zooms but where are the sales? To bed and hope for better news tomorrow.
  3. ps, @Steve F, I had a look at Alamy measures, and since it is the new year, I have pretty much no activity in there, but even since 2020, very, very little. And zooms, almost non existent! As I've mentioned, i have a lot of high quality content to upload, some of which is fairly unique and hard to get... however, how do I get more views and zooms? While it has been a year or 2 since i'VE uploaded, I have spent a lot of time with the keywording and captioning.... and even if that was the best it could be, and if my images were really good.... if clients aren't coming to Alamy to look for the
  4. Low sales here too. I haven't seen any communications from Alamy but bear in mind that we've gone into lockdown again so it's possible that's having a staffing effect.
  5. Yes, it's a little disconcerting. Hopefully some of those zooms will bear fruit.
  6. Something is going on. Just one sale for me too. I too would normally see 6 or more by now. Zooms have been good tho!
  7. Really slow start to the year for me as well with only one sale (upper $$) so far. I usually have a half-dozen or so by this time of the month. P.S. Zooms are way up, though, which has to be a good sign.
  8. Two little editorial website sales... one of the leaping bear and this one of a favorite place... Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya Paulette
  9. Typically, I get (at least) twice as many sales in the second half of each month than I get in the first half. And while I can guess why this is so, I really don 't know. 😎
  10. Hi Alamy community! Some of you may have recently seen or responded to my questions in the question forum! I've joined Alamy a few years back, uploaded 90 images (I don't recall one being rejected!), and haven't been very active in a few years! (Although I have made some sales:) I am currently on a year off from work and have just under 10 months remaining. One of my goals was to focus on growing my photography/writing business and to get much more involved with uploading stock images to Alamy. I have images from around the world, and am also from a special part of Canada
  11. Thank you again @wiskerke. Oh boy, all this stuff about zooms, and researching what people are searching for, and how many times things are looked at, etc..... this is overwhelming. I do want to just get started rather than frozen and scared off by all of this. No need to apologize about sending me links to your previous responses!! Thank you so much:) I'm glad there is a community forum with people willing to help!
  12. Ah yes that's a good price. Go ahead, I'm not going to get it. Though part of me does somehow still remembers the crave 😂. How does Brexit affect the sales? With slapping on some import duty I presume. It's not a ham sandwich, so they will not confiscate it. (I'm not proud of that btw - I think it's a disgrace. But yes they did ask for it. And they got it. So we all have to live with the consequences. No use crying over spilled ham sandwiches. Google Stoicism. However the Stoics believed it was essential to distinguish truth from fallacy through reason.) /rant mode o
  13. I think you may have shared a link to that site before, it's extraordinary. I'm particularly in awe of the 'stacking' technique (as in lenses rather than focus). Pssst. Don't tell anyone but there are both types of the 75mm Apo-Rodagon on UK ebay at the moment, each for a very good price. I don't know how Brexit affects sales to the EU though.
  14. Nice to see sales keep going, another two today mid and low mid $$
  15. To help the people more expert than I, you may have to clarify your definition of 'very low sales'
  16. I kindly ask for an analysis of my portfolio, upload many photos but very low sales. What is the problem? Can you help me? https://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?pseudoid={5B2B9A58-218E-4A1A-9EEA-E3B6F85A3BB8}&name=Luca%2bPonti&st=11&mode=0&comp=1
  17. Your premise is wrong. You have $764 sales if the images are exclusive to Alamy you get 50% of the sale price. If they are not exclusive you get 40% of the sale price. If you allow distributor sales you'll get 30% of the sale price. When a sale is recorded you have to wait for the customer to pay Alamy then you will get paid. It is paid when it is cleared. If you have a sale that has not been cleared and its more than 6 months old, email Alamy to chase it up. Read the contributor resources they explain most things https://www.al
  18. Captions and keywords are far and away the most important route to sales success. You need to highlight all your "super keywords", and have as many relevant others too - but just to repeat, no irrelevant ones. There is no need to "optimise" the image - very few contributors manage even 20% of their ports "optimised". (Mine under 5%...) In the end it's preferable to have fewer keywords than just keep bunging them in until you max out. Images appear at the top of searches based on the contributor's ranking, which you'll gain by working at it - back to the captions and keywords etc. If you can
  19. As Paulette says, you don't need a release for anyone or anything as long as you say you don't have one. The images will still be able to be sold for editorial use. I do not have a single release. All my sales are editorial.
  20. My tests have shown that caption has most weight, then supertags, then tags. Caption plus supertag gives the best results. I do think the sales record of an individual image makes a difference. Paulette
  21. The "extra time" taken to caption and keyword every image accurately is what makes the difference between making regular sales... and seeing your pix fall to the bottom of the barrel...
  22. You asked how you can improve sales from your images – little point then in ignoring the advice you’ve been given. Using blanket captions will reduce your saleability, furthermore, if you’re not prepared to put in the time to properly caption and keyword, how can you possibly expect to increase your sales? No, unrelated keywording doesn’t offer “a little extra to clients”, however it will lower your ranking here on Alamy. The lower your rank, the further down the search results you will be. How often when you were on picture desks did you scan much beyond th
  23. Nowadays, because the majority (perhaps vast majority) of sales are for web usage, there is much less of a need for large images and upscaling would be pointless given that the uncropped images are already large enough. I have never heard that about lowMP cameras. Not saying it is wrong, just that I have never heard it. Back in those days of minimum 48MB images, there was no sharpening at all permitted so I think maybe Alamy QC took that into account. Images did not necessarily have to look pin sharp - they just had to look like they could be properly sharpened. As
  24. My average for the 661 sales in 2020 was $28. (and that included one sale for $2200 !!) Kumar
  25. Actually, I have twelve sales if you count the three picked up by The Sun that I still haven't been paid for and that still have not appeared on my sales report.
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