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  1. Thank you for all your responses (and good wishes). It's been no great surprise that many have a similar pattern of first ten/last ten sales value, the greater differences being for those who go back a long way (submitting on CD and a six week wait for QC sends a shudder down my spine). I've been encouraged though that some have mentioned recent decent sales. I'll mayby rouse myself, dust off the camera bag and make sure the lens is clean and the battery charged....
  2. 10 sales for $200 gross. Unpleasantly high proportion of presentation sales, I'll be keeping an eye out for those ones using reverse google image search.
  3. My wow is that I got no low $ sales in March (either). I got no sales at all...
  4. March was a very slow-starter, but I ended up with 18 sales (above average) for $592 gross. Six PU sales in the mix, which I think is a new record for me. No $$$ licenses to report.
  5. March was a little above average. 24 sales for $979 gross. 3 sales $100+
  6. First 10 sales (2003/4) = $ 1,867 Last 10 sales = $ 223.29 (including a $95 sale...)
  7. Hope your wish comes true. Being "parsimonious" by nature, I spend as little as possible on gear. My sales remain surprisingly good (touch wood). However, I do get nostalgic about higher monthly payouts. Mine are still large enough to help cover a few bills, but lower image prices have meant that the amount I get every month has been declining. I'm especially noticing it this year, even though sales volume has been fairly consistent for some time.
  8. I too get nostalgic over those very nice textbook sales. They were my mainstay back in the day. The landscape has changed so much over the past decade that I hardly recognize it now. However, I try to take the long view. It makes me feel better. I started uploading in mid 2007 and made 30 sales in 2008 with only several hundred images on sale. I'm now just shy of $90K gross, which is more than I had expected to make at what has been for me an enjoyable part-time pursuit.
  9. A bit like 'after the Lord Mayors show' for me this month. Three sales, one of which was immediately refunded on the same day. Zooms and views both well up so here's hoping coming into the last week of the month. 😏
  10. Only a few days to go this month and I too will have flat lined for two months running. My zooms and views are up a bit above my normal average as is my CTR but, frustratingly, sales are not.
  11. There is much to be gained by studying the forums at length, in particular threads on the Introductions forum where the kind of questions you are asking come up quite frequently. Many new contributors, with some exceptions, do not make sales until they have maybe 1000 photos in their portfolio spanning a wide range of subjects. Alamy is not microstock and sales patterns differ. Study the monthly images sold and images found in use threads to see what sells, both in subject and in how the images have been processed. Look also how they are captioned and keyworded. Specifically takin
  12. I am getting the top two squeezed. If you edit the post, then double-click on the image and tick "preserve aspect ratio" that will fix it.
  13. I understand that the commercial buyer will not go through the normal portal and Zoom images there before buying. It happens, I see it, no problem. But, personal use images will be different. Who would buy an image without looking at it closely if they were going to use it for Usage: Personal use, Personal prints, cards and gifts. Non-commercial use only, not for resale. I think its acon. Its commercial users who see a $13 useage as the cheapest option and go for it because the chances of getting caught are nil.
  14. This a good thing, bad thing kinda post. I was watching a the CBS Sunday Morning news/entertainment show today and was happily surprised to see a couple of my photos used in segment on science and religion and getting the Covid vaccine. It was mostly a narrative by Dr Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health. So they used a picture of Dr Collins that I shot and showed up in my sales on March 23rd....but the other photo, an aerial of the NIH campus, has not shown up as sold in the last year and it is exclusive to Alamy. I'll have to contact Alamy tomorrow. I was able t
  15. I'm pleased to be able to help. Though tread carefully on starting a Claim against anybody - make absolutely as sure as you can that is 100% - because otherwise you can be held liable for Pixsy's costs. I started around 50 Pixsy cases without realising the possible implications and then had to back peddle rapidly! Most of them are close to 100% but I can't be entirely sure and so there is a risk. The trouble is that with the way sales reporting goes across the stock industry it is actually quite difficult to be 100% sure that the possible infringer doesn't have a lice
  16. I've been seeing a drastic drop in zooms during the past few months -- only eight so far this month. CTR has been creeping downward as well. Strangely enough, sales have been holding up well. Most months have been average or better for number of licenses. Anyone else noticing this odd pattern? If so, any explanations or theories (crackpot or otherwise)?
  17. lots of terrific images in your portfolio, you clearly know your way around a camera and a computer. Don't fret too much about the green/orange discoverability bars, I'm not at all sure they really have much effect on zooms and sales. But time and effort spent on keywording (tagging) will reward you. Stock platforms like Alamy better reward thoughtful content than artistic photography. More's the pity!
  18. No sales, but a few zooms on both Saturday and Sunday. Encouraging, as it keeps the CTR high, if nothing else.
  19. Unfortunately at the moment it is only a very small number of sale reports that include details about the user. This thread was started as a way of asking Alamy to provide this information more regularly when they are able to. As you suggest it may be more difficult in the case of distributor sales.
  20. Because Alamy wants clients to download images in the hope that they will then use them and pay for them. The long delays tend to be with distributor sales and that is an opt-in sales channel. Other agencies such as Getty only report once they have been paid and the payment has cleared. Alamy lets us know about sales as soon as they are reported. Yes, the Alamy tracking system can be improved but insisting that all downloads are paid for would drive clients away.
  21. Reading this thread with interest as I was unsure if sales got updated on Mondays like the zooms etc, went onto my account - and - a Saturday Sale! 😊 Only £ presentation, but it is the second sale of one of my old archive images from the 90's I've been scanning during this lockdown, so it's a good sign
  22. Zooms holding up reasonably well with 25 so far this month. A bit down on average but not disastrously so. Did a quick check on my zoom numbers and zoom/sales ratio for the last two years and, despite the pandemic, there is very little difference between the figures with no great drop off showing up: Year Zooms Sales Ratio Zooms to sales 2019 987 365 2.70 2020 963 362 2.66 It could be that specialist portfolios are better insulated against swings in demand - or I could just be lucky,
  23. My number of sales for March are above expectations . . . no $$$ though. I'm encouraged by the fact that half my sales are of locations other than NYC.
  24. I'm getting a basically blank page if I check my Sales History. The image I sold is still appearing on the right. Another blank page for Account Balance. Paulette
  25. I'm on Alamy more than year and over 1700 p photos, but have only 1 sale. What I'm doing wrong? My porfolio: https://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?pl=1&plno=673186
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