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  1. Yesterday My Alamy showed 1 sale and 6 zooms and a CTR of 0.59. This morning I have 3 sales and the same 6 zooms and a CTR of 0.54. Is this information useful to me? I don't have a solid opinion on this, but the numbers I'm most interested in are sales and price.
  2. I have been using ImageRights for chasing copyright infringements (mainly in the USA) - the greedy weasels in the UK mean that court action via the PCC (Patents County Court) is your best course of action to date. However, IR have now appointed representatives in both Germany and France - so if you find an image stolen there you now have a possible chance of redress. Is it worth pursuing ? Well, my settlement documents in the USA have produced payments beating my Alamy sales by a factor of three for the past few months (with the best settlement for $2,200) - I do not go after blogger
  3. I shot a roll of 120 film on Saturday. I came away with 14 images on the roll. I presented 3 images to the model I shot. I processed a shoot from two years ago last Thursday (using digital camera). I shot 73 images. I submitted 7 to Alamy. As you mention it's a tough question and it's more of an individualized question. Personally I use the "shoot to print" mentality as much as possible and moreso with a digital camera. With digital, I have no problem reviewing images and deleting them on the camera so I don't have to deal with them in Lightroom when I get to editing them. It
  4. Best of luck Jools, I'll look out for your shots. It's such an interesting sport to watch and photograph. I've been to Paris for the final stage the last couple of years - last year I uploaded some photos to the news feed and although nothing came of it initially, once the photos entered the stock archive they've generated a lot of zooms and so far one decent sale (CMD69G).
  5. Hi all, This has probably been asked in the past, but I couldn't find it. Do any of you let the big, bad world know about your Alamy portfolio with the aim of getting exposure for it (and, abviously, help with sales)? If so, may I ask how you do it? I am thinking of doing this and would appreciate any pearls! nj
  6. For those who like crunching numbers, we can actually take some of the guesswork out of this. Since I learned that it's possible to export data from All of Alamy to Excel for a week at a time, I've taken a sample week from each month (avoiding weeks with holidays), exported the data to Excel, and calculated the total UCO, Zooms, Views, and CTR for All of Alamy. Here it all is in a (poorly formatted) table: Month UCO Zooms Views CTR (%) May 2012 32,472 24,109 5,137,774 0.47 June 28,783 23,498
  7. Haha Yep, I guess we're both coming at this from different angles John. Views and zooms feed into the same formula so they are linked. A rise in views or a drop in zooms has the same effect on CTR. There's no doubt a mathematical term for this but that's above my pay grade. Take your point about the "average" contributor having the same CTR. It's a nice target to aim to beat. If you're always on the right side of that figure you're going in the right direction. We'll never know the true Rank formula. Zooms and sales play a part, I think overall $ revenue as a proportion of collec
  8. Zooms drop off becuase the returned image (a view) is not what the searcher/client wants to see. It's all part of the same formula. You can spin it this way if you like but it's like a football manager saying: One of us is missing the point. You were suggesting that the all of Alamy ctr had dropped because people were viewing more images due to the default image per page changing. I was stating that at least in my case that was not the cause of the drop - it was due to a drop in zooms rather than an increase in views. I haven't worked through the all of Alamy stats so I don't know if that
  9. I am so frustrated with the bizarre search results I have been seeing on Alamy with my images that I am driven to post here. For example: Someone searched for Warren Buffet and got my pics of cutlery and crockery on a restaurant buffet. My last name is Warren. A keyword is obviously 'buffet'. That is just unbelievable. Supposedly contributor names are no longer an issue in basic searches. Furthermore why doesn't Alamy's search engine stem keywords? It is a basic function of a good search engine. Try it on Google. Why are we told to place emphasis on syntax or sequence when the results don
  10. Zooms drop off becuase the returned image (a view) is not what the searcher/client wants to see. It's all part of the same formula. You can spin it this way if you like but it's like a football manager saying: "We lost, not because we let in too many goals, but because the other team scored too many goals". It's the same argument spun backwards. What is an "average" contributor?? J
  11. By "meaningful" I meant that if the number of zooms is so low across all of Alamy that this is no longer very informative to the contributor. My own count of zooms last month was almost the lowest I can recall - just one more than my sales total if I remember correctly. My CTR dropped not because of an excess of views but because I was not getting zooms. If the average contributer is only getting 5 zooms for every 1000 views that does not give the individual contributer very much idea of whether his/her keywording is going in the right direction (I'm ignoring quality of images in this argument
  12. It wasn't until I hot 100 that I sold my first. Then I sold a second and third and that was only at 300 images. I'm now at 638 and it's increasing the views but not zooms or sales. I'm optimistic about things, and tweaking keywording as each day passes does help, however, its relatively low sales so not as successful as some, however, I suspect others are more hard working than me.
  13. CTR is incredibly meaningful. This is what Alamy say, right here http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/alamysearch-engine-explained.asp (my emphasis): Alamy advises that contributors check their keywords carefully to ensure that they are both spelt correctly and are relevant to the image concerned. This will work towards gaining a high CTR score. Keywording both literally and conceptually is still advisable, but contributors should be careful that their captions and keywords are entirely relevant to the image. It is useful for contributors to put themselves in the buyer’s position to see i
  14. CTR is incredibly meaningful. This is what Alamy say, right here http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/alamysearch-engine-explained.asp (my emphasis): Alamy advises that contributors check their keywords carefully to ensure that they are both spelt correctly and are relevant to the image concerned. This will work towards gaining a high CTR score. Keywording both literally and conceptually is still advisable, but contributors should be careful that their captions and keywords are entirely relevant to the image. It is useful for contributors to put themselves in the buyer’s position to see i
  15. Thank you for the info, Wim. You are correct re tax. RRS seems to be a worthwhile investment. By the way if you buy from EU and you are registered for VAT, you pay Website price minus local VAT. Anyway I will have to compare the prices first. Sung True, but you do pay VAT in the end. There's no escape. In the US there is sales tax as well, be it lower. Recently I tested my most minimal setup for travel, including the smallest RRS ballhead the BH-25. For one of the tests to find out what would reduce mirror slap or shutter vibration the most, I put small sandbags filled with
  16. I dunno - no sales at all since the end of May, and then suddenly a $550 full page for a textbook, not too far off what the calculator recommends. The market moves in mysterious ways.
  17. I'm currently in the 'sin-bin' having uploaded what I thought was a creative and evocative image in evening sunlight. It's been nearly a year since I had a QC failure which was entirely my fault - isn't it always? I am still of the opinion that it has photographic merit/ sales potential but am expecting a failure due to SoLD. It's a judgement call and in fairness to Alamy, their rules are abundantly clear.
  18. First upload December 2005. 1st Sale $100 gross on 1/5/06 when 153 images on sale. 2nd Sale $453 gross on 16/5/07 when 992 images on sale. Sales took off in November 2007, with sales in 59 of the 65 months since then. Last time I had a month with no sales was December 09. It started slow but then got very steady....
  19. Still waiting, after a year of uploading fairly steadily. Just passed 1000 images, and have had a few zooms, but no sales yet. Any advice appreciated!
  20. 5 Months after 900 images uploaded. Although currently there seems to be a severe famine for sales. Regards Craig
  21. It took so long that I had stopped looking to see if I had a sale. Then one day I decided to look and saw that I had two within a week, one at $ 73.71 and another at $95.00. This sparked me in to life to upload more and it only now with over 5000 up that I am getting sales every month. Hard work but rewarding when you find your photos in books and newspapers (newspapers less due to the low fees) http://www.redbubble.com/people/tommysphotos
  22. Artflakes hasn't worked at all for me so far. Also, I find their website to be much less user-friendly than FAA's. I've made three sales on FAA (about $210 net) during the past couple of weeks, which is better than I did on Alamy during the same time period. Hopefully, I'm on a roll. It's all very unpredictable. I've had long periods of drought on FAA as well. As you say, photographers are joining FAA in droves. Then again, buyers are all looking for different things, as is the case on Alamy.
  23. I had a few sales from artflakes from about 50 photos. I don't think they are overly good however I'm not too positive about FAA these days as I think they have good marketing to get you to join, and therefore hundreds of new photographers every week but a limited number of buyers.
  24. JohnB I agree with you about the question of Alamy's CTR relevancy. Many of the images I have sold were never zoomed on and many of my zooms were never sold. Seems that sales would be a better measure instead of zooms. Am I missing something here?
  25. I have a number of zooms where there was only 1 zoom recorded but no sale shown after some months. If I remember correctly, on the old forum, there was a way described of dragging images from Alamy into Google Image Search but I can't make this work. I'm either doing it wrong or it can't be done that way. Can anyone advise on the best way to search these images (in layman's terms) please. John
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