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  1. 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
  2. "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
  3. I agree with John. 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. Sheila
  4. Best of luck then Ed, it's just not been my experience. I have pointed them to a large number of infringers by sending them a copy of my file image, a screengrab and the URL. They have assessed the site and the likelihood of securing a reasonable settlement - they have forwarded to me copies of letters from legal reps and the debt collectors where the collection would simply not be financially viable - and when I have bothered to have a look at the ones which they simply say are not worth pursuing I have to agree - mostly blogs and never a commercial company site. Regarding the direct
  5. If I was anywhere near Glasgow next week, I'd definitely apply for accreditation to the UK Space Conference - if only to get some grin and grabs and heads of Tim Peake, our first Astronaut to the ISS - but much more besides. Space sales are guaranteed, Jim. Rgds, Richard.
  6. With the help of Jon I was able to find out that although the blog post announcing the removal of the pseudonym field was dated 12 June the change didn't happen until around the 18th. That explains why I got the Warren Buffet result. I still think we would get a lot more sales if Alamy's database was searchable by Google. Thanks for your interest and your posts. :-)
  7. Thank you! Stefano You're welcome! Had you noticed SShep found your pizza 4 weeks ago? wim Yes! Still not in my sales report but was glad to see it here in the forum as sold image :-)
  8. I've thought of putting a link on my PhotoShelter website, but it seems counterproductive because the few direct sales that I make these days are usually much higher than the ones I get thru Alamy. In other words, there seems to be no point, financially speaking, in directing possible customers to Alamy. A case in point, a recent corporate website sale on Alamy will net me a whopping $11.15. Last year, I made a similar sale (with fewer rights granted) thru my PS website for $650. It was a once in a blue mooner, though.
  9. Yesterday My Alamy showed 1 sale and 6 zooms and a CTR of 0.59. This morning I have 3 sales and the same 6 zooms and a CTR of 0.54. Is this information useful to me? I don't have a solid opinion on this, but the numbers I'm most interested in are sales and price.
  10. I have been using ImageRights for chasing copyright infringements (mainly in the USA) - the greedy weasels in the UK mean that court action via the PCC (Patents County Court) is your best course of action to date. However, IR have now appointed representatives in both Germany and France - so if you find an image stolen there you now have a possible chance of redress. Is it worth pursuing ? Well, my settlement documents in the USA have produced payments beating my Alamy sales by a factor of three for the past few months (with the best settlement for $2,200) - I do not go after blogger
  11. I shot a roll of 120 film on Saturday. I came away with 14 images on the roll. I presented 3 images to the model I shot. I processed a shoot from two years ago last Thursday (using digital camera). I shot 73 images. I submitted 7 to Alamy. As you mention it's a tough question and it's more of an individualized question. Personally I use the "shoot to print" mentality as much as possible and moreso with a digital camera. With digital, I have no problem reviewing images and deleting them on the camera so I don't have to deal with them in Lightroom when I get to editing them. It
  12. Best of luck Jools, I'll look out for your shots. It's such an interesting sport to watch and photograph. I've been to Paris for the final stage the last couple of years - last year I uploaded some photos to the news feed and although nothing came of it initially, once the photos entered the stock archive they've generated a lot of zooms and so far one decent sale (CMD69G).
  13. 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
  14. For those who like crunching numbers, we can actually take some of the guesswork out of this. Since I learned that it's possible to export data from All of Alamy to Excel for a week at a time, I've taken a sample week from each month (avoiding weeks with holidays), exported the data to Excel, and calculated the total UCO, Zooms, Views, and CTR for All of Alamy. Here it all is in a (poorly formatted) table: Month UCO Zooms Views CTR (%) May 2012 32,472 24,109 5,137,774 0.47 June 28,783 23,498
  15. Haha Yep, I guess we're both coming at this from different angles John. Views and zooms feed into the same formula so they are linked. A rise in views or a drop in zooms has the same effect on CTR. There's no doubt a mathematical term for this but that's above my pay grade. Take your point about the "average" contributor having the same CTR. It's a nice target to aim to beat. If you're always on the right side of that figure you're going in the right direction. We'll never know the true Rank formula. Zooms and sales play a part, I think overall $ revenue as a proportion of collec
  16. Zooms drop off becuase the returned image (a view) is not what the searcher/client wants to see. It's all part of the same formula. You can spin it this way if you like but it's like a football manager saying: One of us is missing the point. You were suggesting that the all of Alamy ctr had dropped because people were viewing more images due to the default image per page changing. I was stating that at least in my case that was not the cause of the drop - it was due to a drop in zooms rather than an increase in views. I haven't worked through the all of Alamy stats so I don't know if that
  17. 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
  18. Zooms drop off becuase the returned image (a view) is not what the searcher/client wants to see. It's all part of the same formula. You can spin it this way if you like but it's like a football manager saying: "We lost, not because we let in too many goals, but because the other team scored too many goals". It's the same argument spun backwards. What is an "average" contributor?? J
  19. By "meaningful" I meant that if the number of zooms is so low across all of Alamy that this is no longer very informative to the contributor. My own count of zooms last month was almost the lowest I can recall - just one more than my sales total if I remember correctly. My CTR dropped not because of an excess of views but because I was not getting zooms. If the average contributer is only getting 5 zooms for every 1000 views that does not give the individual contributer very much idea of whether his/her keywording is going in the right direction (I'm ignoring quality of images in this argument
  20. It wasn't until I hot 100 that I sold my first. Then I sold a second and third and that was only at 300 images. I'm now at 638 and it's increasing the views but not zooms or sales. I'm optimistic about things, and tweaking keywording as each day passes does help, however, its relatively low sales so not as successful as some, however, I suspect others are more hard working than me.
  21. CTR is incredibly meaningful. This is what Alamy say, right here http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/alamysearch-engine-explained.asp (my emphasis): Alamy advises that contributors check their keywords carefully to ensure that they are both spelt correctly and are relevant to the image concerned. This will work towards gaining a high CTR score. Keywording both literally and conceptually is still advisable, but contributors should be careful that their captions and keywords are entirely relevant to the image. It is useful for contributors to put themselves in the buyer’s position to see i
  22. CTR is incredibly meaningful. This is what Alamy say, right here http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/alamysearch-engine-explained.asp (my emphasis): Alamy advises that contributors check their keywords carefully to ensure that they are both spelt correctly and are relevant to the image concerned. This will work towards gaining a high CTR score. Keywording both literally and conceptually is still advisable, but contributors should be careful that their captions and keywords are entirely relevant to the image. It is useful for contributors to put themselves in the buyer’s position to see i
  23. Thank you for the info, Wim. You are correct re tax. RRS seems to be a worthwhile investment. By the way if you buy from EU and you are registered for VAT, you pay Website price minus local VAT. Anyway I will have to compare the prices first. Sung True, but you do pay VAT in the end. There's no escape. In the US there is sales tax as well, be it lower. Recently I tested my most minimal setup for travel, including the smallest RRS ballhead the BH-25. For one of the tests to find out what would reduce mirror slap or shutter vibration the most, I put small sandbags filled with
  24. I dunno - no sales at all since the end of May, and then suddenly a $550 full page for a textbook, not too far off what the calculator recommends. The market moves in mysterious ways.
  25. I'm currently in the 'sin-bin' having uploaded what I thought was a creative and evocative image in evening sunlight. It's been nearly a year since I had a QC failure which was entirely my fault - isn't it always? I am still of the opinion that it has photographic merit/ sales potential but am expecting a failure due to SoLD. It's a judgement call and in fairness to Alamy, their rules are abundantly clear.
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