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  1. A strange year, views and zooms down about 20 % but sales ( numbers and value ) are my best year ever. I am also seeing a small improvement in average selling prices overall
  2. Against expectations, my sales are up. Should pass last year's total sometime next week, and beat my best year by Xmas. Revenue? Well, that's a different story. 🙁
  3. Just to be clear, they did respond to my inquiry about three hours after I emailed them from a different email address. So I got in. They asked how many photos I would submit. I said about ten, and ended up submitting eighteen. I felt sort of bad about taking advantage but I didn't feel I had time to make decisions. And then some I would have eliminated turned up much higher than the others in the search engine. If anyone wants to comment on that or give me feedback on these, feel free. Here is my feed. Too many photos? Mediocre quality? Any suggestions on how to get even better shots? Placeme
  4. That's a good point. Perhaps it's a technical thing -- i.e. some zooms just aren't showing up. The site is super slow for me tonight (7:30 pm PST). However, everyone's experience is different. I did say it was a crackpot theory... 🤪
  5. Oddly, my Zooms and CTR are at the highest point since January....but sales have been sluggish so far this month. Hopefully sales will pick up in the second half of November.
  6. My current crackpot theory is that mainly well-established Alamy customers tend to be licensing images here these days. New ones might be going elsewhere for economic reasons. Hence the drop in zooms but not so much in sales (in my case, anyway).
  7. Just emailed sales at Alamy as they are still on duty. They tell me they are on to it and should be sorted in the next half hour. I'd say it's Friday the 13th, but I'm avowedly non-superstitious.
  8. As with many here, my portfolio is primarily travel oriented. I had a migraine for most of my only vacation in January, so I had just one day to shoot. Since then I've been healthy but with Covid all I've managed are a handful of new landscape images, which don't generally have much sales potential. Fortunately a lot of my images are fairly timeless so hopefully when travel is safe again the lack of new images in 2020 won't put me at a disadvantage, as I'm certainly not alone in being unable to shoot much that is new. I've tried to add other types of images to my portfolio but my
  9. This has been my worst year ever, Covid has really taken its toll. In the spring and early summer, views were way down and although my CTR was holding steady, sales were gone. Starting late in the summer, when Covid was down, views crept back closer to normal, and some images zoomed back then sold in August, September and two this month. Ironically, while sales improved, at the same time my CTR dropped and is now average for my primary pseudo (which is more usually .80 to over 1.0) and well below average for the others. This month, my views are down a little from the s
  10. Oddly, my zooms are not lower than normal. Although it is once again taking AGES to open an image for editing. The Alamy glitch continues. But I must say sales are truly remarkable. After two weeks, I finally got my first sale today for this month: two sales of the same image for 35 cents each. That's right. Net, but still.... Two other places are showing $53 and $61 for me so far this month. Hard to see how Alamy will catch up given recent prices.
  11. Views, Zooms and sales all down by a similar proportion, to about 66% normal. CTR therefore approximating to normal; - but mainly a travel-biased portfolio. Kumar
  12. Same here - my zooms and CTR are lowest ever (especially in the last two months), but the sales are on the usual level
  13. 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)?
  14. In a search for Owston, my freshly uploaded image appears at the following positions out of 155 images returned when doing a search with "relevant" set. Owston in Caption and as Supertag - 5 Owston as Supertag only - 7 Owston in Caption and as Tag - 8 Owston in Caption only - 17 Owston as Tag only - 27 So, in the case of this image and search, the weighting priority currently looks like Supertag > Caption > Tag, with Caption + Supertag being better still. Ideally I should have picked a subject with more images returned to give
  15. I joined in 2009 and every year I have sales from all previous years. The only exception is this year- I haven't yet had a sale from 2010. All were uploaded in the year they were taken, though, but I can't see how that would disqualify travel images. They go out of date eventually, but then they may become archive! If you count archive, this year I also have sales from 1992 and 1994, and in previous years, back to 1979.
  16. You would probably not expect to see sales for some months, even with a large and diverse editorial collection, and you don't have one of those. Not many will disagree with Michael- this is an editorial agency.
  17. I just checked my Measures. So far this month, I am the only zoom for 14 zoom instances out of 34. Also quite a few 1 out of 2 only. Now bring on the sales please! Here's hoping.
  18. This year my oldest image licence was for one which was taken on 18th November 2010. Not long after I joined Alamy. Have to admit that I do licence a mix of old and intermediate as well as newer images. The latest one to licence was taken on 20th August this year. Generally I shoot for stock. Others who shoot live news will get sales the following day if not the same day. Allan
  19. I've had four reported sales this month, three of them are over two years old. It'll help you get your numbers up too, because you'll need that to have a chance of sales.
  20. 4 year old photos are not old photos. Of course there is a market for the most recent shots but 95% of my portfolio is much older and trundle along producing sales
  21. I agree with Michael. Very creative and I won’t knock that, but Alamy caters to buyers who mostly want images to illustrate a story. You want to think, when having a shoot, or even taking one photograph, “What story would this image (these images) fit?” It could be a landscape of a popular tourist draw. A person gardening, especially an elderly person a family picnic a herd of cattle a shop, school, factory, etc. mother/father with a child hobbies (painting, cycling, woodworking, whatever) objects like food, (cooked or in the can or bottle or package,) di
  22. I'm opted in; but still, this post further erodes my trust in Alamy. When I was opted out, all that happened was that I got fewer sales. It has been said many times that UKNS buyers just didn't see opted out files. How can that be a "more complex and confusing search experience"? How stupid do you think these customers are? How stupid do you think we are when you feed us this guff? If I'm buying anything online and filter my options by price, I get options which are within my budget, and I don't need to see more expensive (or, indeed, cheaper) options. That's a sma
  23. Something like this for stock, in order of demand: 1. business 2. lifestyle 3. concepts ... 10. travel 11. documentary If you choose to do #11 aka walk around and document stock-worthy scenes in front of the lens, you'd get the corresponding and disappointing sales. Speaking from personal experience. GI
  24. Thanks. No sales. It's interesting to see what they offer to the library though, when I look at the other pictures from that night in various searches. I was wary they were unusable or that I uploaded too many, but the blur really expresses the energy of the night, and they all have very high placement.
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