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  1. People who want some money to pretend to be "real pros" are going to be happy. If people will pay to be "published" by Vantage and some of the on-line e-book "publishers" who admit sales of their titles average around seven copies paid for, then don't imagine that people won't happily contribute to Alamy for be "developing a photography career." I was thinking about the playwrights in Elizabethan England. The only way to make serious money in 1580 and on was to own a significant share in a theater. Several of Shakespeare's rivals died young and one went back for a medical degree
  2. I think most PU sales are abuse, nothing new. And Alamy just do not care. Restricting PU for your images probably also results in removing them from distributor sales. (As all restrictions do.)
  3. Some people only put their best work on Alamy and I would like to see the ratio between number of images and zooms and sales used as the marker. Not total sales. it took me three years to sell $250 and they seem to value me now, judging by how high my images appear in results. Paulette
  4. I think all new starters should be given two years to build up sales to the $250 gross. I mean lets face it, If that's not achievable then either they're bad at choosing subject matter, bad at keywording, or just plain bad at photography.
  5. This is the article in question: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/02/officers-accused-of-sexual-abuse-must-face-investigation-says-police-chief Looking in my sales report, there isn't a sale of this image on Alamy. I was under the impression the sales report updated quite frequently?
  6. There is little incentive for alamy to 'please the active contributors', and no evidence whatsoever that they 'probably have the best images' either, sadly. A tiny number of contributors are active on this forum. By comparison, the large agencies have far greater numbers of images available on alamy. (Just as an example, WENN Rights, 5 million + images, and I'm sure Zuma etc. have higher numbers still). Even a contributor with a large individual collection of 70-100k images is peanuts against that. Many of the large accounts who are not agencies never venture on this forum and may or may not h
  7. How about keeping the commission at 50% and raising the 20% band to minimum of 500 $. That would please all of the active contributors who probably have the best images. The ranking should also favour those who have the best sales record.. This would possibly produce the same financial result for the agency in terms of revenue.
  8. yes I am - just posted this on the contract change thread to get out of the photographic rut; Not clear why it is taking so long to amend this contract, as contracts go it isn't one of the most complicated ( contracts generally not stock companies) and could have been amended in a few hours - providing the lawyers were given clear direction as to what Alamy's requirements in the contract were to be- and then the amended contract would typically take just a few days for internal approvals. All of this prevarication has given me time to think, this time has also coin
  9. Not clear why it is taking so long to amend this contract, as contracts go it isn't one of the most complicated ( contracts generally not stock companies) and could have been amended in a few hours - providing the lawyers were given clear direction as to what Alamy's requirements in the contract were to be- and then the amended contract would typically take just a few days for internal approvals. All of this prevarication has given me time to think, this time has also coincided with one of my best periods for Alamy for the amount of money being paid for sales, which of course only
  10. It looks authentic to me - an older account under a different email where you have had some sales within the past 5 years? Or less likely but possibly some sort of mix up with another contributor after you changed email address?
  11. This turned up in my e-mail today. It looks like phishing, do not reply. I have deleted the return address which called itself "contributor balances" I have forwarded it to Alamy. From: Sent: Friday, June 4, 2021 12:05 PM To: Subject: Your Alamy Account - Update Payment Details Hi James, We’re sending you this email because you have held an account with Alamy and have accumul
  12. Got seven at the moment. Last month five but I think a couple have carried over. My biggest problem is no licences (not sales) since end of March. Allan
  13. Zooms? Whassat? Only had one in a fortnight.
  14. Two more sales today, one $$ and one $, making 5 sales since the start of the month. I’ve sold two of Fingal Edinburgh amongst them...not sure why.
  15. four mid $$ sales today including one of Sydney sandstones universities
  16. My first sale for June...still waiting on unreported sales to show up. German travel guide book use for low $$. Hamentash cookies in Israel.
  17. CTR has been bobbing about between 0.50 to 1.00 for some time now. This morning it has shot up to 3.85 which surprised me as there has been no drastic change in views or zooms. Gone up a bit but not that much. Allan
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/04/ancient-tsunami-could-have-wiped-out-scottish-cities-today-study-finds Urbanmyth https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jun/03/india-covid-variant-spreading-in-englands-schools-and-colleges-data-shows Peter Lopeman https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jun/03/drug-may-help-more-women-survive-hereditary-breast-cancer Marina Krasnokutska https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jun/04/school-trips-to-uk-from-eu-could-halve-brexit-hits-cultural-exchanges Marcin Rogozinski htt
  19. And thats why the PU thing should be scrapped and sales based on image sizes (like other stock agencies) but Alamy seem unwilling to do anything about it.
  20. Phil, In my case opting out of that Spanish distributor I could miss some more interesting sales, e.g. Newspapers, editorials. There is always a big dilemma in dealing these cases, Jorge
  21. Anyone else had a sudden drop in CTR today? My CTR normally averages around .50 but for a few days it hit the dizzy heights of .60. Sadly, today, it plummeted to .20 for no obvious reason, zooms and everything thing else is much the same as before. I have never gone from .60 to .20 in the space of a day before. Seems strange, algorithm cock-up or just cursed?
  22. Terrible. No sales, again. I have had one $3 sale since December, when I was doing ok before. Zooms were way up so this is weird. 🙁
  23. This is because the exclusive collection is a dog's dinner. It only exists because of the back-tracking as a result of the previous commission grab and James West back peddling. Until that point whenever the idea was raised Alamy replied that the vast majority of they contributors didn't have any need for exclusivity. And on the rare occasion when they did want it the contributor would be asked. Naturally many honest contributors took the hit and worked hard to comply with the changed rules in 2019. But equally many others will have either simply not bothered or deliberately not m
  24. and even Alamy refers to the report as "Sales History" (plus I don't need to worry about the licence or license for noun, but always licensed for verb form)
  25. Ah, that may explain some 'surprising' personal use sales! Although Website use includes blogs (hover over the ?), so don't know why they would be PU.
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