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  1. Hi Ger, I can see you appreciate the problem and therefore the solution. But it's all of us who have the problem: oldies/newbies - it's ongoing and the solution is same for everyone. Just had a look at your pictures for the first time - only looked at first two pages - very nice. You certainly understand that everything has to be taken in good light. However IMHO you don't need the near duplicates - they will hurt sales, so it's counter-productive. If a bird is flying - well it's flying, so 2 or 3 pictures of each species should do. Place the others somewhere else. You are goin
  2. I was surprised to receive the 'top 500' email. My sales over last 3 months are only 30 sales for $1330 gross. I haven't uploaded any new images for a year now. Andy
  3. There are probably a few of you out there using muliple aliases/pseudonyms here on Alamy to sell your images. One possible reason could be the type of images, someone might keep a seperate portfolio for wildlife, architecture, portrait and/or travel-images. Another possible reason could be that (either through bad tagging, the amount of competion and/or very generic searches that don't result in zooms) you click through rate (CTR) remains low, so you want to start over afresh, with a new account that only features the best of the best in popular categories where your images will autom
  4. Hi Steve I've been using DxO Optics Pro for processing RAW files from my secondary camera (Canon G12) since the beginning of 2011. No problems at all with QC and have had sales from those images. I find it intuitive with all the features I require and only wish they would include the Fuji X-Series in their database. Cheers John
  5. Did Alamy actually say that? Interesting. I have always thought that having too many views versus zooms was the problem. Paulette
  6. Ger said: 3) Brings me to the million dollar question: does it hurt to have more choice? Will potential buyers like you less because you - by broadening the gamut - also potentially offer them images that they might not particularly care for, amongst those that they really appreciate? Does Alamy itself penalize contributors for giving people choice? Doesn't appear so to me. There's a lot going on with the search engine. Two problems with your assumption: 1)I'm not saying it's right; but what happens is that the more you have of a subject that's searched, the lower they appear. We all
  7. Mirco, put the camera down, and start keywording those images my friend lol. You are hurting sales by leaving them sitting. Go keyword with the same enthusiasm as your thirst for a picture. If you get sales, every month, regular as clockwork then repeat, however, if you don't then change.
  8. Swamping the site with similars WILL harm your sales. It's not a penalty, as such, but AlamyRank will push your shots downwards. It's wrong to say that "Alamy is a numbers game". That's only true for a varied folio...
  9. I'm a bit concerned about this idea that massive numbers of images are going to generate sales. I usually hesitate to criticize the work of other contributors since I am not any kind of expert but I hope I can add something helpful. I'm sure you've heard it before that similars can hurt your ranking. As an example, you have about 40 images of a European Grey Heron. There are only about five of them that I, personally, would have uploaded. I think you know which ones are best because you have taken the time and trouble to crop and work on some. My opinion for what it is worth is that you will d
  10. Alamy and the stock industry in general are run in English with American spelling, Ger—much like the international airline business. (We just had this discussion in another thread: "My Alamy Homepage" in Alamy.) Indeed it is very impressive that you speak 8 languages. I struggled to learn Italian. But I see you doing two things wrong if you want a good position and sales: (1) You are uploading way too many similars, and (2) you are cluttering your keywords with all those languages . . . that will almost certainly not be used in a search. Try to think like a buyer who has just three minute
  11. Basically I'm wondering how many search queries are made in English and how many in other languages. Anyone having an idea? Of course most contributors will tag their images mainly with English terms. As a bit of a polyglot myself (I speak 8 languages), I have become used - besides English & Latin - to tagging my wildlife images with the vernacular names in Dutch, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Polish as well. A habit I started a couple of years ago on my Flickr-stream for the benefit of my many foreign contacts . ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gerbosma/
  12. I'm a bit concerned about this idea that massive numbers of images are going to generate sales. I usually hesitate to criticize the work of other contributors since I am not any kind of expert but I hope I can add something helpful. I'm sure you've heard it before that similars can hurt your ranking. As an example, you have about 40 images of a European Grey Heron. There are only about five of them that I, personally, would have uploaded. I think you know which ones are best because you have taken the time and trouble to crop and work on some. My opinion for what it is worth is that you will d
  13. Hello everyone, I see indeed that it is still not solved. The update of views, zooms and sales happened but nothing with the images. Does someone allready asked alamy and get answer? Mirco
  14. I would also love to know how it works. My images seem to sometimes appear under creative and other times not. Anyway, I wouldn't mind if I was actually selling more! Views and zooms seem to be on the rise though...
  15. I also receieved the email. It bothers me that my $3962 in sales for the quarter gets me into the top 500. It was only because of one large sale for $3700. I would feel much better if $10,000 would get me into the top 500. This is helpful though to get a picture of what is going on overall. I think someone already mentioned it but Alamy states that there are 40,000 photographers signed up. It sounded like that didn't include outside agencies.
  16. ^^ Maybe the size of the collection (40.19M now) really is taking it's toll (I have the same two probs. as you with the last couple of submissions). I'd kinda like to say that despite it's size, they really should research a way of editing it (if not the current collection, then at least all new submissions), but I'm afraid that I'd be first out the door! I'm guessing that - as has been suggested - this may be more a targeted e-mail, than 100% literal: encouraging those with decent sales to continue submitting on a grander scale?
  17. Nonsense. My email is now printed out and framed. It hides a beer stain on the wall... Like everything to do with Alamy stats, it doesn't quite ring true. But, in the final analysis, it's sales that count... and KM continues to put most of us to shame...
  18. I'm hardly one to give good advice on sales, but I'm great for opinions! So I'd say - YES! What a great idea, btw. Lucky if you can find a train in a UK train station, much less a piano!
  19. Agreed - seems strange - I also got the top 500 e-mail. I queried the meaning with MS in terms of whether it referred to numbers of images sold or gross value. They replied ""We select the top 500 photographers of the quarter depending on the total sales on the account" which is a bit ambiguous. FWIW my figures for the previous quarter (Apr/May/June) are: Images sold: 128 Gross value: $6122 I'm sure Redsnappers' figures are better than mine. Cheers Kumar
  20. That is weird. So either it's collection/sales or it's $$ and you had low amounts. Because as far as I remember you reported usual or better than usual sales in the how was your threads. wim
  21. I'm surprised that Alamy let you upload so many duplicates and similars. I would get rid of them if I were you. You can do it quite easily using "Manage Your Images." However, it will take a few months for them to disappear. Member services might do the deleting for you more quickly if you e-mail them. Big numbers don't necessarily mean big sales. Good luck.
  22. Does last quarter = Apr,May,Jun? If so I had 30 sales with a lot of low fee licenses (Ie. <$10).
  23. Well I had the email and only 49 sales in that period. I imaging there must be many contributors who simply don't sell regularly at all.
  24. I had the email too. If the quarter referred to is April, May, June I had 126 sales. It will be quite a different story for the next quarter sadly. Pearl
  25. Ive made the top 500 but im sure its not for sales as mine are slowly falling. Ive only had 37 sales over the last 3 months.
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