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  1. Ed,In All of Alamy, if you click on the menu data title, "Sales," the list of search terms will be reordered in order of sales (from most to least) and puts all the items that show 0 sales some three or four pages away (you have to click on the Sales title twice to get order from highest to lowest). I find this feature very useful to see what search terms buyers are using that generate the most sales...and if my own keywords are missing any of the terms if I have a similar image. I also find it useful to search for subjects (especially those I can find right around my house) I hadn't thou
  2. I also think being willing to join the newspaper scheme, Novel Use & Distribution scheme where your images are sold for peanuts gives you a higher Alamy Rank. Novel use sales don't count towards Alamy Rank. Pearl Thanks Pearl.
  3. I see I have some images in Creative now too, based on searches by subject. How does this work, again? I thought it was just by application for a whole pseudonym. I tried that but was turned down. But I only have a portion of my images in a given subject search in the Creative section, with most of them in the Relevancy section. So in effect, Alamy is doing image editing beyond the QC technical edit, correct? Based on my results, it does not seem to track to sales history.
  4. I also think being willing to join the newspaper scheme, Novel Use & Distribution scheme where your images are sold for peanuts gives you a higher Alamy Rank. Novel use sales don't count towards Alamy Rank. Pearl
  5. Ed,In All of Alamy, if you click on the menu data title, "Sales," the list of search terms will be reordered in order of sales (from most to least) and puts all the items that show 0 sales some three or four pages away (you have to click on the Sales title twice to get order from highest to lowest). I find this feature very useful to see what search terms buyers are using that generate the most sales...and if my own keywords are missing any of the terms if I have a similar image. I also find it useful to search for subjects (especially those I can find right around my house) I hadn't thou
  6. Thanks, Bobbster and Arterra. Looks like i'm going to be making frequent visits to the UK over the next year, so maybe i'll look at a laptop/monitor option. Monitor can stay here in the UK. RX100/netbook combo is producing sales, also tempted to stick with this setup given the number of image i'll need to sell to pay for the laptop/monitor. Joe
  7. Hello, Thanks for all the answers. Also i did not know that in this search and sales results are not included all buyers.
  8. I found a couple of images with my byline this month on Guardian online. Advised MS and was credited with the sales within DAYS - a massive $8.40 each. Certainly worth letting MS know immediately even though you will get the usual "wait three months letter", as I did! dov
  9. Your Alamy rank determines the order of results to some extent. I've had much better sales this year so I appear higher up in many searches. Not much higher, a bit higher. IMO upload date has some effect as well.
  10. Ed, In All of Alamy, if you click on the menu data title, "Sales," the list of search terms will be reordered in order of sales (from most to least) and puts all the items that show 0 sales some three or four pages away (you have to click on the Sales title twice to get order from highest to lowest). I find this feature very useful to see what search terms buyers are using that generate the most sales...and if my own keywords are missing any of the terms if I have a similar image. I also find it useful to search for subjects (especially those I can find right around my house) I hadn't th
  11. Yes Phil, I am in the scheme, the returns are now so much lower than previous sales to newspapers, that I am considering leaving it. Newspapers seem very reluctant to report sales on time if at all, and it looks a really bad deal unless you already have huge numbers of images already uploaded.
  12. I wonder how often the "Sales" data is updated. For instance, "All of Alamy" shows no sales at all for "Vancouver" searches during the past month. This isn't the case, of course. P.S. Before leaving on a trip to Mexico earlier this year, I used All of Alamy to look for gaps in Alamy's coverage for each of the places that I would be visiting. This proved to be quite useful. However, I've yet to sell an image from the trip. Have had some zooms, though, so hope springs eternal.
  13. Ed, In All of Alamy, if you click on the menu data title, "Sales," the list of search terms will be reordered in order of sales (from most to least) and puts all the items that show 0 sales some three or four pages away (you have to click on the Sales title twice to get order from highest to lowest). I find this feature very useful to see what search terms buyers are using that generate the most sales...and if my own keywords are missing any of the terms if I have a similar image. I also find it useful to search for subjects (especially those I can find right around my house) I hadn't th
  14. I'm wondering what if any valuable or helpful information we get from All of Alamy. I do feel the wording of the subjects in "Search Term" is a good guide to consider when doing keywording. (Maybe.) "Sales"? Since this almost always shows a zero, occasionally a one, there's not much to be learned from that. "Zooms" seem to show a keen interest from some enthusiastic researchers, not sure what it means though. Now "Views"? Hmm. The islands in the Caribbean are always at or near the top of both Zooms and Views. Dogs are also something people like to look at. Double hmm. I like dogs but I've nev
  15. Peter, I've had my RX100 for about five months now, overall i'm very pleased with the camera. No problems with QC, 7 sales reported and a couple of Live News images and images i've found still to be reported. My only gripe with the camera is edge/ corner softness. Images are big enough to crop, so not a huge problem, but would be nice not to have to think about cropping when composing. I believe you had a similar problem with your RX100. Did you see a big difference following the repair by Sony? Joe
  16. They are very useful. At the weekend I dug out a list of concepts I had made: proverbs, aphorisms, cliches etc (created on a couple of long train journeys) as I was thinking of setting up to shoot them. But first I checked them against All of Alamy. Few of them had any hits, fewer sales, in the last year. At least I looked before I started shooting! Saved me a lot of probably wasted time; need to rethink my plans
  17. Hello everyone, I can imagine that for you this is something old. I want to say that i really like the AlamyMeasures feature. I have some images of editorial Polish subjects in the city. I see that i have amounts of zooms and views regarding this topic. Seach terms like "Polish food market" or Polish Grocery". Because of that i know that i should include more images concerning food idustry in Poland. To the experienced Alamy Photographers, is this the right way to use it? Or is this a good way to improve my Portfolio? Thank you allready . Mirco
  18. It can take a few months for newspapers sales to appear in your stats. You could always tell contributer services that you've found a watermarked image being used by a newspaper. If it's one of the big papers it's probably just a mistake by the newspaper that will go through as a sale in the normal way.
  19. Ian is still very active at PS, thankfully, so it appears he has not totally given up on PS . . . me neither I must admit, especially as my PS sales over the past 12 months are second only to my Getty sales for the same period. dd
  20. I found an image of mine from Alamy on a major online newspaper yesterday. It had the Alamy stamp in the lower left corner. I see no sign of any zooms or sales in my images. I don't check everyday and have only sold one image here so I am not too sure about any lag time in between a sale and posting. Any information out there?
  21. You have too few images with (imho) too many similars. That tends to be a major factor. Keep uploading constantly, vary your subjects and you will start to have sales.
  22. My CTR is low, around 0.4 this last trimester, but I've had a lot of sales of images that were zoomed long long time ago. I've also had sales of images that were not zoomed (at least that I realized).
  23. Good analogy, Paul. My heart only beats a bit faster when a buyer zooms one of my images again...but only uses the Alamy ID code the second time (this morning and twice this month already!). Of course with the long lag time between zooms and reported sales, I often forget... Dave
  24. No point picking a fight (which I truly don't believe Ian EVER did - photoshelter is a not "europeanized" enough IMHO, and a bit too full of fanboys until the recent BEAM debacle) in the photoshelter forum as most people have given up on it as a forum - and have given up on Photoshelter as a sales outlet also for stock. And I say that openly and transparently as an individual who's major private sales outlet is PShelter. Ian has impressed me in his PS comments as he uses it primarily as back-up and FTP source - and has been transparent about that.
  25. @ 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
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