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  1. That is a really encouraging number! I wish we could say the same for the newspaper *scheme*. Or can we? wim I can't share average figures for the newspaper scheme however, you should think of it this way: The newspaper scheme is UK only The UK is our second biggest market Sales into the newspaper industry is one is one of our major revenue sources Over 98% of photographers are opted IN This all means that if you are not opted in, you're effectively in the 2% who are removing a major potential revenue stream from their Alamy portfolio. We'd therefore highly recommend optin
  2. Well I'll see how the Distribution sales go, although with being new won't be many I suspect. Yet I'm still leery about the newspaper scheme and w/o numbers, there's no incentive to change my mine.
  3. That is a really encouraging number! I wish we could say the same for the newspaper *scheme*. Or can we? wim I can't share average figures for the newspaper scheme however, you should think of it this way: The newspaper scheme is UK only The UK is our second biggest market Sales into the newspaper industry is one is one of our major revenue sources Over 98% of photographers are opted IN This all means that if you are not opted in, you're effectively in the 2% who are removing a major potential revenue stream from their Alamy portfolio. We'd therefore highly recommend optin
  4. 50% of my sales over the last year have been through distributors, including some of the biggest - and some of the smallest. The best come from Japan, so if you're thinking of opting in selectively, I'd certainly include Japan.
  5. Not used the sweep feature on NEX, but presume that the output would be a JPG, rather than raw? Have taken a few manually without a tripod, stitching in PS. Passed QC OK, but no sales to date. Good looking shots from Philippe, understand how they have been commercially successful, and not necessarily subject matter that I would have thought of for the technique, thanks for posting.
  6. Callie and Phil and all: The annoying quid pro quo business on these print sites is most distasteful. I've decided not to involve myself with this, and it may result in my closing my accounts at both FAA and Artflakes. Now, with this threat of having my images stollen, I have another strong reason for pulling out. This has been why I don't put images on Flicker and the like. I've said before, I don't see my images as having strong sales potential in these print agencies. If you have good landscapes or nature images, FAA should work for you. If your "Art" images are more avant garde an
  7. This year (2013) my lowest distribution sale was $6.24 My highest distribution sale was $957.00 wim My experience is similar (though highest not as high). Just had to add that surprisingly(?), some of my highest GROSS sales on Alamy have come from distributors... However, at only 30% NET the take-away is rather less exciting, and indeed often ends up less than a decent direct sale. Regardless of what Alamy leaves us to believe, the big sales are out still there (sales at other agencies agree as well!), just wish they were more often through Alamy directly than through one of the
  8. If a customer searches and zooms without being logged in then these zooms will not be registered. If they later come back to buy the image after logging in, there is no way we can retrospectively associate the zoom with that sale. Also, to confirm, zooms from searches following a click on 'more' and zooms from within lightboxes are not registered with Alamy measures. Cheers James A
  9. I too wonder how they manage to function.... Got a lot of likes and follows from other artists on the site but also don't understand the search system. No sales, but then POD doesn't seem to work for me, tried Redbubble, Photo4me, and the free upload on FAA, nothing sold
  10. I I'm not sure where the idea originated that it's only a fraction of Alamy clients whose searches appear in Measures. Alamy have certainly never said this and on the search activity page they state "This data is collected from the search activity of our paying customers". Furthermore, in the Contributer Help, they state "This tool allows you to see activity, including searches, views, zooms and sales for customers who have spent money on Alamy" Information from buyers I know would indicate that this payment activity threshold is very low and so I'd suggest that the majority of
  11. The easiest for me is to look at my summary for 1 year (sept 2012 - sept 2013) and compare that to my balance for the same period. My summery gives me 216 sales. Out of a collection of roughly 1650. But there have been 6 refunds and they have to be deducted. Twice! (Because the summary counts everything, both the original sale and the refund.) So the total sales = 204 The total of distributor sales over hat time: 26 Of which 2 have not been paid because they are from Brazil. wim
  12. Hi Lit - Only a fraction of Alamy clients qualify for their zooms to be taken into account for the measures statistics. This also ignores mouse overs and lightbox zooms. This will hold back your CTR but still, its the sales that count - well done. dov
  13. Thanks Wim. Even the lowest amount is more than I received on 99% of my sales over on micro. Are there a lot of sales for Distributions?
  14. One of the magical routes seems to be the lightbox: it has been repeatedly reported here (well probably on the old board) that zooms from within a lightbox do not count towards zooms. My guess is that experienced researchers and Alamy staff use lightboxes extensively. wim
  15. I spotted three of my images on a newspaper web site yesterday and they appear as views, but not zooms, in my data for yesterday. Possibly zoomed in the past and just checking for options, or maybe these larger clients have a magical route to purchase without a zoom being recorded?
  16. I would guess that at least two thirds of my sales have not been zoomed. It's perhaps encouraging to see some clients have had a closer look at our snaps but it doesn't mean they are going to turn into sales, nor that lack of zooms means your prospects of sales are doomed.
  17. Only the best customers views & zooms are registered in "measures" as far as I know, happens to me quite often!
  18. Forgive me, I'm sure that you have a lot of experience, have made a lot of sales and may well be able to pass all this on to others to improve upon their careers/sales etc. I wish you all the best with it. But doesn't this conflict somewhat with Alamy's own guidelines on the use of this forum? A rhetorical question and only one which Alamy themselves will be able to answer. Well, for a start, it's a good, simple question, unambiguous, and not rhetorical at all. Secondly, I think the answer is that the guidelines ban " using the Alamy forum to promote other libraries, agencies or
  19. Yup, without doing a rigorous analysis, I would say that the majority of my sales come from shots taken within a 20 mile radius of home. Would probably do a lot better if I lived in New York or London, but I quite like it here.... However variety is the spice of Alamy life, and you need to spread your wings a little. Why not fill in the location tab on your profile?
  20. Forgive me, I'm sure that you have a lot of experience, have made a lot of sales and may well be able to pass all this on to others to improve upon their careers/sales etc. I wish you all the best with it. But doesn't this conflict somewhat with Alamy's own guidelines on the use of this forum? A rhetorical question and only one which Alamy themselves will be able to answer. It was alamy themselves that started the thread.. Precisely!
  21. Forgive me, I'm sure that you have a lot of experience, have made a lot of sales and may well be able to pass all this on to others to improve upon their careers/sales etc. I wish you all the best with it. But doesn't this conflict somewhat with Alamy's own guidelines on the use of this forum? A rhetorical question and only one which Alamy themselves will be able to answer. It was alamy themselves that started the thread..
  22. Forgive me, I'm sure that you have a lot of experience, have made a lot of sales and may well be able to pass all this on to others to improve upon their careers/sales etc. I wish you all the best with it. But doesn't this conflict somewhat with Alamy's own guidelines on the use of this forum? A rhetorical question and only one which Alamy themselves will be able to answer.
  23. I found one of my images found on two separate sites with no credit to alamy or me. Lucky I searched my zooms in searches. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ www.express.co.uk http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/422136/Britain-A-nation-of-bird-lovers "Goldfinch - D8K2E6" Thu, August 15, 2013 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Live News 24 http://www.livenews-24.com/britain-a-nation-of-bird-lovers/ "Goldfinch - D8K2E6" Aug 14, 2013 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
  24. Searching "yourname/Alamy" can turn up pix before they are reported (plus many other pic-searching facilities that scour the web)... Search on your recent zooms as well. Either drag them onto the Google search box or install the right-click widget as I have.
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