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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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....
  6. 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!
  7. 5 Months after 900 images uploaded. Although currently there seems to be a severe famine for sales. Regards Craig
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. The way I see it is that I'm already earning a living which involves taking the photographs I take, though only a small percentage are used for my work. Because of what we shoot - avoiding people shots which date, but taking people shots which are less likely to date and countless people-free images which will never date - I believe that our keyworded work will sell as long as there are outlets able to use it, which right now means as long as Alamy exists. If I look at the sales made now, and the pattern of use of older images, I do not believe that our entire collection will fall off a d
  14. I have 57 images on Artflakes, the print agency in Berlin. They have made a few sales for me. Does anyone know if they are connected with Pinterest and what that connection might mean? Thank you, Ed
  15. it's amazing the number of troglodytes who still don't get it -- 20 years ago they were wailing about DIGITAL images destroying their profitable stock sales -- now they can't understand the fact hat COOPERATING with other artists can help everyone! in the 70's we didn't get $200 an image because the images were worth that - we got it because of the enormous overhead involved in shipping physical slides to prospective buyers. some people still thought their images were worth those high prices and blamed new technology for eroding their sales. alamy and microstock have their place, and
  16. 2 or 3 minutes normally ( unless like others have said I need to research some details). Maybe I should take longer? More sales? Who knows!
  17. One to five minutes seems about right for me, although I've not timed myself. All my sales, all the images that have sold on Alamy, have rather simple keywording. When I review them, for time to time, I'd be more likely to delete a keyword than add one. Over-thinking the process is not helpful. Mostly I do the obvious. The order of our keywords is important. When I submit images to Alamy, I write a quick caption. After they pass QC, usual the next morning, I write a fuller caption, then fill out everything else. More often than not my keywords don't spill over from Essential. I always ope
  18. I think some contributors who have experienced lower sales have given up and moved elsewhere, which may be why the poll result is skewed.
  19. January - June 2012 29 sales for $1664.07 (Gross) January - June 2013 33 sales for $1422.46 (Gross) Number of images added during the 12 months 1038. Increase in number of images on sale 16% Increase in number of sales 14% Increase in gross earnings -14% I am not unhappy because now and again, I get one good sale and that makes a big positive difference. It did not happen in either of these periods. I do not do the Lottery and I cashed in my Premium bonds, Alamy "Summary of items sold" is an excellent substitute for these...
  20. Any news? Any sales? Any.... ? Just have had a sale to Germany but through distributor . Just wonder why not direct?
  21. Go into "All of Alamy." Clicking on the Zooms heading will list data on images by numbers of Zooms; Sales by number of sales. Mind you the info is only for buyers who actually keyword search the Alamy collection themselves. I don't believe zooms/sales info from buyers who contact Alamy's own research staff for images is listed. Dave
  22. +1 - a 'print out and keep' post! It's easier than ever with modern cameras and software to make good vibrant images yet often those we see complaining of low sales (and blaming the agencies and distributors for not selling them!) tend to have dull lifeless imagery that anyone could take. Photographers are the worst critics & the worst editors. Best thing that ever happened to me personally was being edited hard, and I mean *really* hard by one agency a few years ago. It made me mad at the time, that I had to redo work until it was absolutely perfect but it made me sit up and take
  23. I lodge my work with another agency - both are RM - called fotoLibra. I do this so as to not have all my eggs in one basket. I currently have almost 9,500 pics with fotoLibra but I do have to say that I have found sales to be very disappointing. That said my current level of sales with Alamy are even worse than that so I have no real answer that leads me upwards and onwards! I have never seen stock as my main income stream but would really love to increase my earnings anyway! nj
  24. Not looking forward to making all my locations searchable again, one by one, because "Location" that I already added manually, has been disabled. Did anyone ever say WHY it was eliminated, as it was used for an example in one of the sales videos, how people found images for a sale, by searching locations? Reminds me of Description which I used for specifics and some people added a page from the encyclopedia. So Alamy disabled it and I had to move all that data, one by one, over to Comprehensive. (which was hidden at the time.) Oops, now Main is hidden and Comprehensive is shown.
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