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  1. Paul, On the other hand if you have zooms it looks like people like your images. Otherwise they would just pass it. Many sales you will get after months. Thats makes it so difficult at the beginning. Maybe you have allready a couple of downloads what you will know about in november for example. If you will have zero sales at the end of year then i would start thinking. Mirco
  2. In my opinion and from my own experience, 6% is not bad. When I have been contacted by greeting card companies in the past they offered either a one-time fee for the license of each image or a percentage for sales. They also wanted to restrict the usage of the images that they licensed, but just in the card category. I always went for the one-time fee
  3. I do see the Picture needs on my twitter feed, but sometimes its news events that they need pics of that are hundreds of miles away from me. I know there's a social issues needs out of the blog and that's been there for a while. I've certainly had many views and zooms on the recent pics I've taken of homeless people, but with there being no sales, you often wonder what it is the buyer is looking for exactly. Some are going to say "A good photographer knows what sells" and I agree with that entirely, but for the beginners like me, you end up at a loss as to why your images fit criteri
  4. Hello Paul, Like i said before i think every image that has good composition and meet technical requirements have chance for sale. I sold an image of a trash can on the street for a environment article. Just look at the object and think for what it could be used. I see many parked cars and i think "this could be used for article about parking problems" and i take a shot. This counts for most of subjects. You never know what a client is looking on a certain day. The best way is to try to cover as many subjects as possible to catch most clients needs. I think Jeff Greenberg is a perfect exam
  5. I think with only having 880 images on Alamy within a year is not bad going. I certainly fell pray to the ideal that loads of images result in sales, so I went a bit crazy snapping everything I thought would sell. I am getting a lot of views everyday (hundreds), consistent numbers from relatively the same search terms. So it leads me to a few conclusions. 1. The images that are coming up are not fit for the buyers purpose 2. They are missing my images due to poor ranking 3. The images overall are just not fit for their purpose I have key-worded my images to an acceptable level
  6. Say that you would like to see some sales figures and talk about retail price. You might consider a licence fee as an advance on royalties.
  7. Does anyboby know if Alamy news sales are used in the Alamy rank equation? Joe
  8. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  9. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder.... Yes, I'm now thinking of putting everythin
  10. Yes, that seems to make using multiple pseudonyms pretty self-defeating in your case, the successful one being dragged down by the new one that has few or no sales yet. The higher CTR one would probably still show up higher up in searches. You could consider liquidating the least successful one at some point? (But maybe the intereconnectedness of the CTR-ratings is not as clear-cut as this) In my case creating a new pseudonym (and potentially one with a better CTR) could in turn also boost the other one? Still lots of questions to ponder....
  11. I've only just recently created a pseudonym, mainly for images that are not doing well or that don't seem to fit into my main collection. It's a bit early to judge whether or not this move has improved the CTR of my main collection, although it consistently remains above the Alamy average. One thing I do notice, though, is because the new pseudo has not had any zooms yet (CTR = 0), my "Average CTR" is half of my "Total CTR." I don't know if this adversely affects overall Alamy rank. If it does, then wouldn't having multiple badly performing pseudonyms make matters even worse?
  12. Thanks for this. I was able to unearth the Pinterest "popularity" box and deselect it. I have 266 images on AF and still no sales after over a year, so I guess I wasn't very popular to begin with.
  13. Four years in I still struggle much of the time to see what will make a good stock shot when I am out and about. My sales have been so varied that there is no real pattern other than 60% have been taken in London. I never miss a chance to take a hospital sign, and have had a fair bit of success with them recently. There is always a hossy scandal for the Daily Mail to kick off about . Likewise the bl00dy statins the doctor put me on a while back have gone some way to offsetting my prescription charges, and with no associated travel costs!
  14. Interesting, my best sale was for very boring and straightforward picture of an amber jewelry display on a stall in an arcade; I don't think it is even properly sharp. Only sold the once though. Close behind is a straight snap of the plaque on a war memorial. Anyone could have taken with any sort of camera. In 3rd place, just, and sold more than once is a picture of the flights of some replica medieval arrows shot on film and scanned. None of them would have been worth putting on the wall but there is clearly a market for the banal! Mind you I have not got close to 50% of those sal
  15. Paul, obviously I can't say why you are having these ongoing QC problems, but surely it would make sense to leave off any photo which has had any level of post-processing apart from the basics necessary - at least for a while? Go back to the basic principles you applied when first submitting images here (good, but unchallenging light, aperture at f8 / f11 or whatever, minimal PP, view at 100% ensuring no dust spots or CA, etc. etc.) and get a few submissions through successfully. You're clearly on some kind of watch list owing to number of fails, so I guess the slightest of errors will h
  16. Looking back over sales was quite depressing, seeing all those high valued sales from some years back compared to recent years. Consequently I have limited my answer to images sold within the last 2 years. Highest sellers have been of blueberries, tomatoes and a molecular model.
  17. Hello everyone, I am curious wich photo brought you a good reward.... we all get sales from the craziest topics . Mirco
  18. I have the Canon non-IS f/4 version and it's a good lens but I would love to have the f/2.8L IS lens. Maybe someday if my stock sales ever take off...
  19. Yes, that could be an option. have one pseudonym with only a few high quality salable images mainly set up to garner as high a CTR as possible and another for the bulk of your images. In case you feel that those images aren't picked up most of the time when searched, but do generate frequent search results, you could decide adding some of those to the high CTR-pseudonym and improving your odds that way. Sounds like a good idead, David. Are the CTR-ratings of those pseudonyms similar? I could imagine that when you shoot generic images, but ones that might be very salable, you w
  20. Thanks for your input, Pearl That's the sort of option I'm considering as well. The type of queries that are very frequent and often lead to sales are the ones you want to do well in, meaning a high CTR is important, particularly when there is a lot of similar content. As mentioned before elsewhere, I try to broaden and diversify my wildlife-portfolio as much as possible, meaning I have over 250 different species of fauna already on alamy. Some of those are clearly niche markets, only/mainly my own images showing up in a query. In such cases clearly CTR has become more or less irrelev
  21. If you're getting the sales, then your 'system' is working. If not, then maybe 'some people' are right...
  22. I wanted to create a new pseudo so that I could include my name but didn't want to lose the high rank that my main pseudo had. So I created a new pseudo with just a few images then added any images that received zooms in measures. After several months the new pseudo had a few sales, quite a lot for the number of images, so it eventually jumped up to page one in the ranking. I was then able to transfer images into it which I am doing gradually. Pearl
  23. I have four different pseudos, according to subject matter, with very different Alamyrank ratings. I find that subjects with a lot of competition on Alamy, like travel, understandably get a lot of views but few zooms. My other subjects, however, which face a lot less competition, have a much better CTR, better sales and therefore a better rank. Deciding how to split your work up really depends on whether you see lumping all your subjects together as pulling up the rank of your less popular images or dragging down the most successful.
  24. That's exactly what the Alamy homepage does. However Keith is right about the longest side: it is 1920px. The height varies with the ratio of the original image: the boxer is 1216px high. And you have downloaded the whole thing already when you look at it. (So technically you do not have to download it again, only to find it on your harddisk. Which can be not that easy with some browsers.) Yours may send the smaller version, but Alamy's page doesn't. wim
  25. Interesting briefly reading this thread! I for one am not interested in picture numbers on Alamy - that said I still intend to grow the collection on here, but the numbers that interest me are the number of sales! Why have 1000s of images all very similar - or is the 'kick' getting them past QC? As someone who provides the 'end users' with images I would not dream of sending 100 images where the vast majority are almost the same; imagine the face of the picture editor.
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