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  1. I was trying to be tactful! I would work on the assumption that the fault is with the agency and start moving your collection. I think your idea to place specialist images with a specialist agency is a good one (check out the BAPLA website) although this is a much more demanding area of stock - specialist agencies are ruthless and very exacting (this is a good thing!) I'm surprised at your lack of sales, I don't have many more than you on Alamy and would expect to make 5-10 sales a month, sometimes more. Your images look good, but maybe there is a lack of variety in terms of genre. Mix in some
  2. Thanks all - John, I agree. I just really want/wanted to make a success of stock - depending, of course, on what is the definition of success. And, yes, every so often I review it and do issue a 'crie du coeur'! Sung, you are right I think that fotoLibra is just no longer viable for me to waste my time on. I will not scrap it, but just not spend time adding any more. Instead, I will just focus on building up on Alamy, my concern being that during the time I build up to my 5,000 plus, the prices and sales will have slid down commensurately! Thanks all - I think I will concentrate my gener
  3. Your pix are fine, Nick, except maybe too many country churches (I have a weakness for them too: must be my age. I stick them under a pseudo, and sell a shot every now and then). You just don’t have enough pix at Alamy to be making regular sales. And you do seem to reach a crisis point with some regularity! All I can suggest is that you either commit to increasing your Alamy portfolio to, say, 5,000, to get a better idea about what sells and what doesn’t... or pack it in.
  4. I may paint a grim picture, but I base that picture on the present system/situation. If we implement a few positive changes to the system then we'll get a much different picture. How about a program to educate buyers to use more tags when searching, implement/refine new search methods (like annotated phrases, singles/plurals, American/British spelling, etc.) that indirectly force all contributors to improve their keywording, reduce similars by stringently enforcing submissions, implement a program to entice contributors to purge their non-productive/similar images (perhaps anyone trimming thei
  5. My own experiences with a mainly natural history collection (tropical mammals and insects are my "area")........ NHPA - this was my early target and I got in by accident really when Bruce Coleman (who I started with) was bought by PhotoShot, who bought NHPA also: Bruce Coleman - defunct NHPA - no sales in three years PhotoShot - no sales in four years AGE - no nat' history sales, other sales but not nat' hist' SEApics - had regular sales but the owner had a struggle with illness which caused sales to disappear - but now she is active again, I like SEApics Getty - in throu
  6. It seems like very few contributers will tightly edit their portfolio to only include 500 top producing images that produce multiple weekly sales. It's more likely they will have 500 top producing images interspersed with 5000 less desirable images that produce a couple sales a month. I guess my question would be what's the problem with retaining both levels of imagery in a portfolio? As long as the images are producing at least some sales I see no benefit to culling them out. If the CTR and ranking for the 10% of top producing images is negatively impacted by the remainder then wouldn't it
  7. Thanks Chrissie and Keith, I have only lodged them thus far with Alamy (not many and no sales) and fotoLibra (utter waste of time). So I am trying to place 'specialist' pics with specialist rather than generalist libraries. I will have a look at NPL.
  8. I might be wrong but I think the suggestion was that more visitors from US means more interest in US based photography with resulting boost in sales to US based photographers. I'm just doubful that Alexa is a reliable measure. For one thing there are probably more Alexa toolbar users in the US so that alone skews the stats.
  9. I despise jingoism, but the USA is still No. 1 when it comes to image sales. Go USA! P.S. India and Poland I can understand. But why Finland?
  10. First thank you to those that have given me a plus one... Working backwards, Philippe, I'm rushing off to see if I can figure out your magic keyword that doubled sales:-) Reading back through all the comments it sounds like images including everyday human interactions, a story if you will, sell best. In the past I've shot for different purposes and shot around the people. Now I have to retrain myself to capture them instead.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. +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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. First off there is a big difference between a "quailty" image and technical quality. Alamy accepts images purely on digital merit (no dust spots, sharp, etc.) without regard to image's creative quality or saleability. I typically average 50-60 sales per mouth at each of my various edited agencies with about 3000-4000 images per agency. I don't average that at Alamy with three times the images. Of course I'm not in the Novel or newspaper schemes either and that will impact the count. Becasue Alamy is not an edited agency it must use all sorts of ranking algorims and techniques (like creativ
  17. 3000 images of a niche subject might make some sales, 3000 images of a wide range of topics will make many more sales. Also helps if the images are good pictures rather than just sharp, well exposed photos. Really depends on what the buyer is looking to illustrate and how much competition there is for that subject. Regardless of the standard of photography, good keywording is the "key" to unlock regular sales
  18. Last year I started to upload thousands of images to Alamy. Now I have over 23.000 images online (two pseudos: niceprospects and niceprospects-prime). My portfolio consists mainly of Southeast Asia (65%) and some European countries (35%). Subject are general travel photography (landmarks, landscapes, people, etc.) My total number of sales were only 17 with a gross turnover of 1.000$ since the beginning of this year. I find it pretty depressing. My total CTR is also only 0,20! Although I carefully keyword. As has been stated before I do not think that there is a general rule. Subjects,
  19. It depends on your portfolio and your subject matter. I have over 3,000 images - I have yet to see regular sales at Alamy - collection spread over multiple agencies and I see regular sales. My CTR lately has been in-line with Alamy's. As John #3 mentioned, sales are all over the place these days for some reason. Some images that are more commercially oriented are going to get licensed frequently. Images of a newsworthy nature can be licensed immediately, then maybe one year after the event, then maybe to textbooks. It all depends on what you shoot and what your style is. Images of re
  20. 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
  21. Yet another John is about to chime in. Sorry about that. Speaking from my own experience, I find that it is getting increasingly more difficult to predict month-to-month sales. For the last two years, my average number of monthly sales was fairly consistent. But this year the numbers are all over the place, and my totals -- sales and income -- are down over 50% from Jan. to July of last year despite my having added several hundred images. Scientists tell us that systems tend to get more volatile as they get larger. That certainly seems to be the case with Alamy. The ups and downs seem much
  22. Thank you John and John... I've been following the discussions and so far find it difficult to discern clear trends or useful statistics. Everything you've both mentioned is pertinent. How many sales I consider regular sales depends on how big the sales are...one sale of $1500, three sales of $500, 10 sales of $150 or I shudder to think, five hundred $3 sales. Out of $1500 I'll be lucky to see $1200 after taxes and then I must pay for equipment and maintenance, gas and living expenses. A couple times contributors have discussed $1/picture/year. If that is the case then I would need at
  23. I'm not sure I have ever complained about lack of sales. I am quite pessimistic. A few month's back I did complain about lack of zooms but that was mainly because I was convinced there was something wrong with the reporting. In the time I have been with Alamy there has been quite a drop in fees. My first newspaper sale in 2007 went for $250. My most recent newspaper sale was for ... well you know what current fees are for newspapers. ... and licenses for online uses are tiny.
  24. 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.
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