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  1. Personally I would find it useful if there was a field associated with each photo that recorded the number of times that the photo had sold and, ideally, its max, min and average price. That way it would be easier to remove photos that were not selling from each portfolio. :-)
  2. For one thing, using a tag that isn’t correct is dishonest to the buyer, who is looking for a true picture of Scotland. Second thing, that person will not buy your image, but since it came up in an erroneous search, those “views” with no zooms or purchases will hurt your CTR and cause your images to fall back to distant pages. That vague caption is not what’s needed here on Alamy. Your caption should have your most important keywords. For instance in one of mine, I might caption, “Caucasian woman and small girl child picking up shells early morning on the beach of St. Croix, west end
  3. came back from the weekend to see that I got more of these, 38 total to be exact, for which I might make a whole $1.52. You only need 1334 of these sales to get out of the 20% basement when it comes. Can I just opt out of China distributor sales? and will Alamy actually honor this before I die?
  4. One zoom. ---------------------- No sales. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Early days. Allan
  5. Best year ever in terms of sales volume (mostly steady upwards trend since I joined in 2007), with 275 sales. Disappointing year in terms of revenues and lowest income since 2013. The trend is clearly lower and lower prices per image. The only saving grace for me may be that the travel sector was hit badly in 2020-2021 and may come back after COVID.
  6. Alamy, please explain these lower-than-low distributor sales.
  7. Absolutely zilch Not worth staying Just 3 sales since starting uploading in late September 2020 Was going to stay until September this year but on two minds now
  8. Sales numbers up 14%, Gross Revenue down 14%, Net revenue obviously worse due to the cut in our share. Sales numbers have gradually increased in 5 out of the last 6 years, but revenue reduced every year for the last 7 years except one when I had an exceptional $$$$ sale. I haven't submitted any images since the change in commission and still debating whether to do so - but the ridiculously low fees I'm now receiving (even though I'm opted out of novel use) isn't exactly encouraging me to restart submitting more work ....
  9. It hasn't been too bad for me given it always takes a few days after new year to get going. 6 sales mostly mid $$ looks like an ok start for 2022
  10. Excellent advice above from Panthera. There have been exceptions but in general I avoid pursuing media users - the whole syndication system, also the ecosystem of scraper sites, is too complex. Having said that a UK magazine recently paid me a good fee. They downloaded the image and 'forgot' to pay. All mine are RM and I keep spreadsheets of all sales through Alamy and elsewhere. The Alamy team have been incredibly helpful as have my contacts at my other agency. But even with careful due diligence mistakes are inevitable. As we know uses don't get reported, people make mistakes. I
  11. What I was hoping for was that these services provided some sort of a license checking mechanism. As a contributor, I don't get the details of where a specific photo sold by, say, Shutterstock or Adobe Stock is approved to be used. While I do track my sales and know how many times each image has been sold and for how much, I don't have a way of cross referencing that with the destination those sales went to. The best I've been able to do is mark the matches on the legitimate stock agencies I'm contributing to directly as Approved. But that's about all I'm finding I'm able to do...
  12. It's a similar tale here - my highest ever sales year in terms of volume and my lowest in terms of revenue. The point about zero cost is, I think, an important one and I have come to the same conclusion. I had two sales this week one for $21 dollars but that attracted 60% to Alamy and then (after that) a 40% levy on the distributor commission for outside market fees - I think I ended up with about $5. Today a popular image that I normally sell for about $40 got sold for $2 and that has been a theme this year. It seems non viable to go somewhere, at cost, specifically in the hope that it can ge
  13. Hi In June I started uploading part of my portfolio to Alamy . I signed up many years ago but for some reason never had uploaded anything So far with more than 3000 photos I've had 31 zooms and a CTR of 0.54. But only 3 sales and all of them of the same topic (editorial portraits of people in Cuba). This sales amount to a net income of $30. So I guess I'm doing something wrong because there's no logic in spending the time to upload and tag 3000 photos if sales are so rare. I'd really appreciate your advice
  14. Lots of 15 cent sales in recent days. I would like to get an explanation from the administration under which license these sales are
  15. The beauty of using Alamy Lightroom Bridge is that you can spend endless time working out what sells from your portfolio. I’ve found that one particular annual event is my most profitable, with one photo within that clocking up 153 sales and over $1300, but even without it it is still the best thing for me to go to as much as I can. And one of the farms in East Lothian that I frequent is also a good earner. Edinburgh festivals get a lot of sales, but generally for pretty low amounts and a lot of time attending photocalls etc. Helps to know what to focus on.
  16. I found it interesting that one of two previous best years for number of sales was 2018. Total gross was $9425. Payout was $4776. 2021 beat all years decently for number of sales. Gross was $2629. Payout was $1176. Interesting that payout for 2018 was more than 4 X than gross for 2021 with more images. And payout is more the important figures than gross, since our percentage cut. I’m listing payout instead of net, because that’s what landed in my pocket for each year, including DACS.
  17. I stand corrected. The substantive point about slow sales so far this year is valid though, for me at least.
  18. Sales equalled my best previous year but gross income almost 40% down - far too many $ sales and only one $$$ the whole year. Not good.
  19. It's $250 gross from last 1 July to this 30th June, Alamy's Revenue Year, clause 12 in our contract. Meanwhile, I have two sales this year: total net: $2.49.
  20. I was actually glad to see this post already started. My teeth just about dropped out last night when I saw 3 sales for the total of $0.45. Yes three sales at 15 cents each. They were all very small file sizes (sold) but that is just not acceptable.
  21. As the year approaches its end, I thought I would undertake some statistical analysis of my sales for the year. · The single image that made most money was just under 5% of my total annual sales · Three out of my top four images, by value per image, were taken within a mile of my home · The most popular image (highest number sold of a single image) was 5% of the total number sold but only 1.4% of revenue · The top 31% of my images by value is equal to 80% of the total sales value · Average gross image value was $25 · The politic
  22. Well, yes, but do we know that Alamy discounts these images when they claim the average is still around $35 (gross)? Do they have any right to do that? Including these pisspoor sales (for those who have them, China seems not to like my images, which at that price is fine by me!) gives a true average of sales.
  23. I think we should not count the Chinese images. If not, I licensed 11 for basically the same net. Up to you. All the China sales do is falsely inflate our numbers but trash our average profit. I only had 1 of those, so it didn’t change my numbers greatly. But it did change a lot of yours. Just mention whether you leave them out. After all, what does it mean to count 6-15 images in your sales total other than ego stroking for numbers, yet less than $1 amount? That whole “giving away our images” thing makes me angry. Not so much because of my one image, but for you.
  24. January has been pretty good so far with 11 sales and two of those are +$$$. On the assignment front, however, I am off to a slow start. Looking at past Januarys, I was much busier. I do have a new assistant working with me and she has been great so far, lots of energy and eager to learn photography! She even went to my old high school...of course only the name and location are the same. They rebuilt the school and I am very certain she had no teachers that I had.
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