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  1. And every time an image sells for peanuts, a fairy dies... But a monkey somewhere is happy Let's hope the buyers show mercy, it's no fun clearing fairy corpses and peanut shells off the floor... Don't mind us Marc, there are still some good sales to be had, hope you get one soon.
  2. I believe that if you happen to have the image that the client wants at a quality equal or better than your peers then your image will sell. I have a few which sell regularly and many that have only sold once or twice and loads and loads that have never sold or even been zoomed. A friend has less than 800 images and has regular sales on two image locations. I have a relatively large portfolio but in the context of Alamy it is not statistically significant. I sell on average about 7 images a month but about 4,000 of my images have never even had a zoom, let alone a sale. I guess in
  3. +1 It's a combination of saleability, image quality, great keywording & search positioning - but mostly saleability. I've got a new contributor with around 350 images yet they regularly sell 5-10 images here each month, because they shoot for the market. Simple as that. As I've always said, to make $$ photographers need to treat stock as a business. Treating it as a hobby where the output from the camera is what the photographer likes, but is not directed at the market into which it's being sold and then expecting to make $$ is just setting yourself up for disappointment. This
  4. Uploaded a batch overnight on 17th July - still annotated no of images N/A - Arrived awaiting processing. QC are usually so quick off the mark. Also on the sales front - one on 1st, one on 3rd and one on the 5th. Since then nothing!!!!! Have a wonderful holiday one and all - the weather is great for it. dov
  5. Au contraire, files zoomed by ref number very often come through as sales a month or two down the line. In general, it's actually a good omen. Though as wim added, it will often be a $7.34 newspaper sale... better than a refund??? Well, slightly. -Jason cheers.... i'm not in the newspaper scheme so it maybe more than the $7.34 Not either... That's just the rub. It still happens. -Jason
  6. I'll always post some images of particular interest to me; subjects related to sustainable products and design, historic preservation, architecture, construction and travel. Hopefully images of this type will have some sales potential. Except for occasional trips I'm currently limited to subjects in or near Florida. Within these constraints I'll attempt to create a portfolio that is varied and interesting, and moving forward I'll include more people working, enjoying recreational activities, etc. I don't think I'm posting too many of any given subject but let me know if I'm wrong.
  7. Thank you to all for sharing your experience. I've been posting images for 14 months on FAA with minor success and I've just started posting on Alamy about two weeks ago. I keep hearing how the market is changing...more difficult to predict...sales are erratic, etc. This may be true but I'm determined to make it work and will invest a great deal of time and effort to achieve my goals. Between images already online and those awaiting keywording, I should have 500-600 images online within the week. That should be enough images to test my subject variety, keywords, captions, etc. Wi
  8. It really depends on what you mean by regular sales. if you mean 2-3 per month on average you can do that with 1000 images. I'm not sure where the oft quoted three thousand images comes from. Of course you can do much better than that with the right pictures. If you look at the "how was your June" thread (or any preceding month) you will get an idea of how many images people sell per thousand per month.
  9. Au contraire, files zoomed by ref number very often come through as sales a month or two down the line. In general, it's actually a good omen. Though as wim added, it will often be a $7.34 newspaper sale... better than a refund??? Well, slightly. -Jason cheers.... i'm not in the newspaper scheme so it maybe more than the $7.34
  10. Au contraire, files zoomed by ref number very often come through as sales a month or two down the line. In general, it's actually a good omen. Though as wim added, it will often be a $7.34 newspaper sale... better than a refund??? Well, slightly. -Jason
  11. I have had 4 iQ sales to date, 2 at $37 and 2 at $40. I am not complaining at this level. dov
  12. July is also turning into a good month for me. Sales have been hit and miss since January. $5.95!!! another one of these finally made me hit the NO for the newspaper scheme. $44.65 German magazine use $52.06 IQ Sale $450.00 Retail Book $44.62 IQ Sale Regards Craig
  13. Definitely Silly Season. It's already the 19th and only 2 sales. If it's the UK heatwave that's a factor, it may be the wrong kind of heat. Richard.
  14. I photographed a flooded road on Christmas Day. The Telegraph used the image in their online edition on 29th Dec 2012 The image has never shown up on any sales so one can only assume that the Telegraph has not reported the usage. I have sent the screen grab to MS on two separate occasions and asked them to make some enquiries. I have been assured they will chase it up. Today is July 17th. Still no payment. Still no notification of usage. Nothing. The image was probably sold for peanuts anyway - I assume that is MS cannot be bothered to chase it up. I give up. Gordon
  15. That's a good point that I hadn't considered. Perhaps contributors should be given the opportunity to opt out of those sales. We are given that opportunity. Annually during the month of April (1-30th) we can deselect any or all distributors. So if this bothers anyone, that's the answer: http://www.alamy.com/distribution-terms.asp J
  16. I am so frustrated with the bizarre search results I have been seeing on Alamy with my images that I am driven to post here. For example: Someone searched for Warren Buffet and got my pics of cutlery and crockery on a restaurant buffet. My last name is Warren. A keyword is obviously 'buffet'. That is just unbelievable. Supposedly contributor names are no longer an issue in basic searches. Furthermore why doesn't Alamy's search engine stem keywords? It is a basic function of a good search engine. Try it on Google. Why are we told to place emphasis on syntax or sequence when the results don
  17. I am the photographer running this workshop at my studio in London on the 20th and every month - which Alamy have kindly mentioned. I have been with Alamy for 10 years and my 1800 picture sales have made $180,000. While the average price of a photo sale has gone down over the years across the whole industry I am still doing well and making money from stock photography. To prove that, what i do at the workshop is open my Alamy account completely. You can see exactly what i have sold, for how much and to whom in the areas of travel, lifestyle, studio conceptual. If you feel you would like to lea
  18. That's a good point that I hadn't considered. Perhaps contributors should be given the opportunity to opt out of those sales.
  19. Another aspect of making Alamy Googlable is that many of their distributors already are, notably those in India, Canada, Israel and Japan. Alamy images DO show up via those sites, which means any Google-generated sales will come through distributors, meaning less money for the photographer.
  20. My first sale came about 6months in with Alamy near 150 images at the time. Occasional sales since then and now up to 232 images and slowly adding more over time.
  21. Hi Nick Actually, "stock" is not my primary source of income these days. If it were, I would take up basket weaving. And as I have said many times, I don't consider myself a "stock" photographer. It's a good point regarding not having all your work on your own website and hence having a link, but as I started uploading to my website many years before I joined Alamy et al, most of my work is not on Alamy. I have close to 5,000 images on my website (and 11 million hits in 11 years) and a fairly high Google ranking. I have approx 1,300 on Photodeck which I joined about 18 months ago when it w
  22. Hi all, This has probably been asked in the past, but I couldn't find it. Do any of you let the big, bad world know about your Alamy portfolio with the aim of getting exposure for it (and, abviously, help with sales)? If so, may I ask how you do it? I am thinking of doing this and would appreciate any pearls! nj
  23. Too colourful? You mean they are overcooked or that there is just way too much colour in the image with all the gear the cyclists are wearing? I like your photos, no question about that - and am aware that the gear is giving an extra colour lift - also that there are many opinions on how colourful images should be. But looking at the skin tones a few of the images may look a little bit overcooked on my monitor, anyway. Only thinking whether it could reduce sales in worst case. But more a question than a critisism.
  24. Ed, I didn't expect things to move at the speed of light - as I'm sure you know IR make an initial contact with a request for information regarding the origin of the image, the replies are rarely quick, and sometimes non-existent - they then suggest a billing figure through their debt collectors, and you have to supply an invoice to support that, often that is ignored or passed from department to department before IR get a progress report from the debt collectors - then, and only then do they introduce the weasels - having tried to deal with these things myself in the USA I know that it all ta
  25. "I don't understand quite why one would direct sales away from your own website where you have complete control over the pricing and use, to your Alamy site where you have neither and risk single figure licenses. " because i have a few hundred images on my site...and 22,000 on Alamy km
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