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  1. About high volume. I think i would love to have a agency that can give me a large choice. If everybody only uploads images that has high searches there will be a lack of less popular images. All the clients that are looking for a subject that is less popular will go out with empty hands. But if you are the one that has the image you will get the sale. Also what if a super photographer has 100.000 superior images with different subjects? He should only upload 20.000 because volume is not ok? More good images more sales. Mirco
  2. Hello Semmick.... I did not choose a direction because i realize that i helped traditional stock down. Me alone will not make any difference. It is more because i would like to sell RM images and i can not put it on both. I have editorial on microstock and on Alamy. I was doubting at the beginning but now i see my first sales here coming and also zooms are coming in faster. I see a growth in my traffic here. So it makes me believe that it just needed some time and i am positive about it. This 3 sales made up for 60 microstock sales. So i am want to give it a try and go on. And to answe
  3. The last thing commercial agencies want is a huge archive of images. To place a large archive in the closest thing to Alamy in the commercial world, Phog’s Choice, you will need more in the bank than in your image collection – that’s how much Getty loves large collections. By a "large archive" I mean a large archive with a GREAT VARIETY of subjects. What on earth would an agency have against lots of additional subjects whether they come from one photographer or several? May I remind you that the big players contact the small agencies to offer them their archives? So, what you said abo
  4. I feel so guilty ......... I am also someone that started wit microstock on a day that i just wanted to earn money from my images. Microstock was the easiest way to do so on that time. Now after 5 years doing so and helping traditional stock going down i have to say with the small experience i would start directly with Alamy and some others in the same range. Prices went down here.....but the same happened with microstock. I used to have sales 3 dollars per image. Now the general sales are like 0.25 or maybe 0.75. Gongratulations you just sold an image for 1.20 dollars. Again i am
  5. Wow I seem to have opened a can of worms here! Many interesting replies and good advice and some which seem a little crazy to this novice. Arterra suggests I shoot for many years to build up a portfolio and then submit and not on the hoof gradually as I am doing. Excuse my complete lack of experience and ignorance but I would have thought submitting when you can and learning as you go along would be the way to go? My images are not the best in the world, I have a lot to learn, but I hope I am submitting something of interest not any old tosh and flooding the servers with shear volume. I real
  6. All very well, Phillippe, but with the rapid changes in technology in recent years, surely you'd be a fool to wait for anything? Photograph for many years and then...xxxyyyzzz??? NOoOO!!! If you want to do it... Get in now before the technology updates and your old gear/images are no longer deemed acceptable quality-wise - your new gear today is already out-of-date tomorrow, and will be rapidly surpassed by new ideas, methods and technologies. Even the market for stock may not exist in a few years time (in its current form, at least) This means that your imagery is current and in de
  7. Many are now coming in from the cold (or microstock as it is sometimes called) and struggling. Part of the reason is that microstock encourages a jack-of-all trades mentality. Without some specialising, defining a style, getting very good at a few things, developing a point of view, then only way forward is to produce a vast quantity of ‘Alamy fodder’ as Geoff quite rightly calls it. To begin with think about targeting your work. Your signs look quite good. What about signs in context, rather than simply as graphical entities? Animals? really? You are competing against Steve Bloom and
  8. I'd never checked this before but I have just looked back over two years. Of the five oldest unpaid sales, all from 2012, four are from Brazil. The other is Chile.
  9. First add 5000 more images in the next year, and then you have every right to complain. Before that, prepare to get mauled here when you bring up poor sales. The fact that Alamy only managed to sell 0.85% of their library last year should be ignored completely.
  10. Out of my 170 final sales in the last year, no fewer than 15 have been from zoos, which is a high propotion relative to my portfolio; two have been from Edinburgh Zoo (one does not show any animals or indeed any part of the zoo people would recognise); several have been from zoos where commercial photography is not allowed, but they have been very editorial shots - not images of animals in their own right by any means. I regularly make zoo sales and with the exception of the one-a-day meerkat calendar shots, they are hardly ever animal shots, always human interaction or environment or archite
  11. And yet my limited number of animal images from Marwell Zoo here in Hampshire do get views every month, some zooms, and I have sold from them. Marwell are OK with tripods, and photographs being used for stock - although they do charge a fee for "commercial photography" onsite which is more like for example a model shoot where it would disrupt the flow of visitors. I'm yet to put up images from Berlin zoo, these are less natural and more about the environment - pretty poor in comparison to the wildlife parks I'm used to. But I will do them, Vancouver Aquarium just passed QC and are in my qu
  12. I sometimes purposely include commonly misspelled words in my keywords but have no idea whether or not it has done any good sales-wise. Never forget the old battle cry, "Dyslexics Untie!" Fortunately, this thread too shall pass...
  13. Hey - don't knock the dyslexic market! Don't want to say too much, but I'm convinced that one of my recent sales was partly as a result of a buyer not knowing how to spell a certain (commonly misspelled) word. I spell pen-y-gent (Welsh-sounding Yorkshire hill) about ten different ways in the keywords...
  14. Hey - don't knock the dyslexic market! Don't want to say too much, but I'm convinced that one of my recent sales was partly as a result of a buyer not knowing how to spell a certain (commonly misspelled) word.
  15. That ain't greedy - I want that in Sales (that'll be the day ).
  16. And when you call about the tripod, ask if you can take pictures for commercial sales, not just personal use and if you need permission to do so. Some zoos allow it, some don't and if not then they would be Editorial only.
  17. I remember getting really excited seeing 243 views one day. That was the highest it got for a while. Now I'm greedy and want that in zooms lol
  18. 56 is quite low and some of your keywording needs work, e.g. type of aircraft, species of tree including Linnaean name, location, that sort of thing. I'm not nea good example of sales success but most of mine have come from pretty specific searches. DJF462. Where is that? I'm pretty sure it's not some blokes on a building site in Dagenham. DJF4RN. Which national park? DJF4TE. Is that magnolia glauca or acuminata? You get the idea.
  19. I had to post it on both threads .. sorry... hope you all understand ... I am always being told to read things properly... I only read instructions on new goods when they don't work... Now I have got it... from the 1st dec. to 5th dec got 20 views and NO zooms.. ... that sounds more like it doesn't it...
  20. IS this what i should be looking at....... lets hope I have got it right in the end. Total Views for Barbara Luke:56Total Zooms for Barbara Luke :0Average CTR for Barbara Luke:0.00Total CTR for Barbara Luke:0.00 ))) I WAS looking at the wrong part of the page as something that looks like a spread sheet..like this BELOW which gives me and I suppose everyone 1000s of views... search team your views sessions your zooms your sales your CTR total views total zooms total CTR% Sorry ​ I am such a DORK and that's putti
  21. IS this what i should be looking at....... lets hope I have got it right in the end. Total Views for Barbara Luke:56Total Zooms for Barbara Luke :0Average CTR for Barbara Luke:0.00Total CTR for Barbara Luke:0.00 )))) I WAS looking at the wrong part of the page as something that looks like a spread sheet..like this BELOW which gives me and I suppose everyone 1000s of views... search term your views sessions your zooms your sales your CTR total views total zooms total CTR% Sorry ​ I am such a DORK and that's pu
  22. BqarbaraL - sounds like you are looking in the wrong place. Go to MY ALAMY, then YOUR IMAGES. This will give a rolling monthly view of your views and zooms. If you are getting as many hits as you say on 168 images, folk here are going to be mighty jealous!
  23. I haven't sold that much here as yet, but 50% of zooms/views by ref # have resulted in sales...so far.
  24. Alamy's position on zoos is that it has far too many. Not a good choice if you want to make sales (even assuming any buyers get that far after trawling the micros). People relating to animals (or vice versa) will be your best option. Having said that, I did make some sales of a polar bear in Belgrade zoo, but that was all about the cage. http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/386662/view
  25. Well you can all pick on me tonight if I have got """ZOOMS BY ALAMY CODE """ thread wrong.....I feel so Dum . . saying I had 1000s views when I just might be looking at the wrong page..
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