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  1. @ OP: I don't think that there is anything much wrong re your images from a technical point of view however 225 images in a pool of almost 40 million isn't even a drop in the ocean. Watch out for posting too many similar images such as your tigers; in Alamy's system generally it works against your ranking. It is almost the blind leading the blind as to what will sell, who knows what a buyer wants to illustrate a point? Many many "mediocre" images sell; then again what constitutes mediocre? Something your peers may disapprove of? Something the local camera judge sneers at? etc. etc. In
  2. Apart from my hunch that Semmick is from the other side of the pond, and it is a long time since GB possessed any land there, - I agree with you about the UK photographers, and to some extent the US photographers. But we are many who fight against this advantage and do get some sales.... No, sorry, on second thoughts I think you are right about the UK, the spelling of licences is British.
  3. You can't apply. Alamy decide, based partly on sales history.
  4. I see views/zooms and CTR as simple as people walking into a shop and looking around. They know they want a new fridge but they want to see what offers the best value for money. A view is walking into the area of the fridges and a zoom is opening a door to see inside. The consistent zooms/sales ratio works well for folk who have an established portfolio. However for new people its less of an important statistic to work off. I'd say working on a quality catalogue of work and a large portfolio of saleable images is key. My stats have gone up a lot, but until I start seeing sales then I'm not
  5. True, but sales are only made when a client has a chance of seeing your images. The higher your (constant) CTR, the more your images will show up in the first few pages of a search result. A (constant) low CTR and your images are lost like a needle in a haystack Cheers, Philippe With respect Philippe I beg to differ. I really don't believe that CTR makes a big difference to Alamy Rank and it is AR that controls (as well as keywording of course) the position of your images. A low CTR does not mean your images disappear from view but few sales and a very low average price does. Alamy
  6. True, but sales are only made when a client has a chance of seeing your images. The higher your (constant) CTR, the more your images will show up in the first few pages of a search result. A (constant) low CTR and your images are lost like a needle in a haystack Cheers, Philippe With respect Philippe I beg to differ. I really don't believe that CTR makes a big difference to Alamy Rank and it is AR that controls (as well as keywording of course) the position of your images. A low CTR does not mean your images disappear from view but few sales and a very low average price does. Alamy
  7. Thanks Shiela, I will have to add this query to a growing list of unreported sales and licence infringements that I need to send to contributor services.
  8. True, but sales are only made when a client has a chance of seeing your images. The higher your (constant) CTR, the more your images will show up in the first few pages of a search result. A (constant) low CTR and your images are lost like a needle in a haystack Cheers, Philippe With respect Philippe I beg to differ. I really don't believe that CTR makes a big difference to Alamy Rank and it is AR that controls (as well as keywording of course) the position of your images. A low CTR does not mean your images disappear from view but few sales and a very low average price does. Alamy
  9. Just do not know what it all means - looking over a three month period I seem to have 29,000 views, 208 zooms and 78 sales - with a big drop in all activity during the current month - the CTR is 0.74 as against Alamy average of 0.48 (I've got about 5,000 images in the system). The bottom line, and the only one that seems to matter is - the bottom line ! Here the value of my sales is markedly down for the current month with the sales numbers just a few down. The period was boosted by a number of extra sales of images rejected by News which I marketed myself to the nationals and major provin
  10. May I make a small addition to your conclusion, Pearl? It's sales and price-paid that matters. And, Philippe, that is the perfect explanation of the roll of CTR. So now I guess I will have to adjust my statement to Pearl: it's sales and price and CTR that matters.
  11. In my experience it is easier to achieve a high CTR when you have a small portfolio as just one zoom can make a big difference and so it is also less meaningful. Maintaining a high CTR is less easy but at the end of the day it's really only sales that matter. Pearl
  12. An above average CTR has to be a good thing. You are obviously doing something right. Hopefully sales will follow but bear in mind that you do not yet have many images in your portfolio. Good luck anyway dov
  13. Nice one Nick. Thanks for sharing. How do the $8.30 gross Alamy sales compare. With 500 of these I may be able to afford a lens!! dov
  14. Yep! i kid you not, don't know where i am going wrong with Alamy my sales are low and slow, compared elsewhere, my downfall might be that i have only marked a few areas in the distributor scheme. I admit that i do get envious when i read the how was your month threads, some people do very well with Alamy! Have a good one everybody. Cheers, Paul.
  15. With a good CTR, it's nice to know that buyers are taking an closer interest in some of my images, but whether that translates into sales is another thing. Most of my sales are not from clicked zooms. Dave
  16. Activity registers but isn't reported over the weekend (look for the 'last updated' date and time, top right). You have to wait for Monday (usually morning) to see the weekend's views and zooms. As for 'ready' images, there has been a recent change - they now go on sale 24hrs after being made ready, whereas before weekends didn't count.
  17. I have not read the entire thread, however i am sure that many have said you have to get more on Alamy, it is a numbers game the more you have the better the chances of a sale, as you can see i have over 7,000 with Alamy and i battle to sell 10 images per year, i am not having a go at Alamy, it is todays market with so many images and archives out there it will always be tough to make a lot of sales, unless you have the numbers, so get very busy start shooting and uploading. Good luck! Cheers, Paul.
  18. I realize I'm pretty new myself, but I would suggest you slow down and rethink your tactics.... This morning over coffee I looked over some of your images. Did you know that any image that has even a persons finger in it and doesn't have a model release needs to be under RM license? You have images with people as RF and in fact the majority of your images are under RF. Curious as to why that is exactly and why you didn't opt for RM? And if there are people in it w/o a model release they should be considered Editorial. Now I realize many don't follow this rule, but it's in place for a reaso
  19. I have sales but my CTR is only 0.16 and it's not really going up much. So honestly I no longer know what it all means. I have the same amount of sales as I had before when my CTR was above Alamy's average. The only thing that I am noticing different is that my views went way up in the past few months or so that's why my CTR is so low but he amount of sales is the same. I get more sales than zooms.
  20. Be optimistic but it doesn't necessarily mean sales will come out of it. It probably means that at least your work has been viewed, along with others, so there is an increased potential, but in and of itself, it doesn't mean a sale - or sales! Good luck anyway nj
  21. though no sales my CTR jumped to 0.86% and 6 zooms is 0.86% good or bad ??
  22. Mirco One other point following my rant above - true stock photography is about the 'long game' that is images that can sit be search and sell for years to come; just this week I have had two zooms on images taken over 20 years ago. If you are looking to build a quick collection to make a quick buck (to use our American friend phrase) you are in the wrong business!
  23. I recently found one of my photos on a foreign magazine website - multiple monthly uses. Seeing that the image only sold once and the usage was for placement in print media, thinking this might be a second separate sale, I reported this to member services who thanked me and investigated. So what was the outcome? They refunded my original sale and re-posted it with a new usage description at a lower sales price, gee thanks for the kick in the ass Alamy. This was a distributor sale, the difference a few bucks. You would think that since the error was the distributor's fault, they would bear
  24. I have 4 sales, 13 Zooms, and 6402 views (only been on ALamy for 9 months). I would reckon half my pics are strictly editorial. I've started limiting the amount of similars I'm putting up because I see views as the devil, zooms interesting and sales even better. If I have a category of picture or loads of the same I avoid taking anymore, unless I can better it, usually adding people, emotion or a story to be told. It's a lot harder than it sounds but its a lot of fun and very challenging. Got to take my hat off to those living off Alamy funds.
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