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  1. I have roughly the same amount of images, I started uploading one year ago I had 9 sales for gross $868.06 since then. Netting me $392
  2. CTR is dropping and dropping, but I have 1 or 2 sales per month between net 50 cent and 76 dollar total. Its just enough to keep me here. I think I made 392 dollar in one year.
  3. Stab at reasons for lo/no sales (only for those affected by this phenomenon): 1. Recession 2. Too much choice 3. Alamy Rank - I have almost 1,300 pics on here - a drop in the ocean! 4. Subject matter/material - is it landscapes, urban, architecture, news, natural history etc etc? This is apples and pears territory. 5. Depressing prices to virtually zilch to secure business 6. too many pics - 36? Million? 7. No specialisms all any or none of the above - in other words, across such a MASSIVE supply and so many photographers, split across the many photographic disciplines when added
  4. One possible explanation why Jeff is having increasing sales is that he his US based, particularly in one very popular area like Miami if I'm not mistaken, and in the words of alamy's CEO there's a very, very strong growth of alamy in the US market. So, with almost 100.000 images with themes from the market that is growing it's natural that he may be seeing better sales. On the other hand, apart my RF images, all my RM photos are more focused in the European market since all of them are from Portugal which is a tourist destination mainly for Europeans. And as it's common knowledge Europe i
  5. All I can say is that in my little corner of the Alamy universe, monthly sales this year have definitely been less consistent than during the past couple of years. Why, I don't know. But it does seem that a significant number of other contributors are noticing a similar trend. Is it worth creating a poll? In Jeff's case, he has so many images on Alamy that I imagine nothing could rock his boat. Good for him. Not moanin', just observin'.
  6. I have to weigh in on the side of sales being better than normal these past few months (in quantity, not in quality, but price-per-license is off topic for this thread). But I have a small and somewhat specialized collection, so I've learned not to read too much into the ups and downs of my zooms and sales. I suspect only a handful of buyers regularly search for and license my images, so a change in projects, or a maternity leave, or some such for just a couple buyers can make a big difference in the activity I see. When someone like Jose Elias, with upwards of 11,000 images, sees a sudden dro
  7. I'm sure this is true. I used to get quite a few zooms where someone had just looked at 12 or so images. Now my images tend to be at the bottom of a page of 100 below a load of "creative" images. I'm beginning to wonder if the old stategy of keywording closely for rank is still relevant and perhaps a more expansive keywording ploy would actually be of benefit. Not seeing this here. June has been quieter than normal but average $ fees are up on earlier in the year. Rank is still hugely important. Despite the search now defaulting to 120 per page there are many searches that'll not go p
  8. Relative to last year I'm actually doing much better in terms of sales and zooms, it's just the fees I'm getting that make it feel like I'm not selling anything.
  9. That's the human nature... But the fact is that starting in January 2013 something clearly changed, at least for me. It's like a line was drawn and there's a Before and an After. Everything that has happened since contradicts years of data and it's not a seasonal fluctuation, as I know them. Yet, only in the sales part as I've shown. The views and zooms only had a slight decrease. Something doesn't make sense. I believe some people are having better sales now than before, but that's normal. The problem is the ratio between zooms and sales, and even if alamy changed the clients th
  10. I think people are always more willing to talk about poor sales than good. Perhaps those selling well are too busy out there taking photos to contribute to the discussion......
  11. So on the one hand Alamy is reporting promising growth and optimism while the replies on this topic seem to point towards diminishing sales. Personally, my image numbers have gone up and my sales down.
  12. My sales/zoom ratio has been 1:3 over the last 2 years, this month is 1:30 sure something has changed. On a side note I have a couple of sales on Sept 2012 not cleared yet.
  13. 0 sales this month. Haven't had 0 sales month in 3 years! Views are way up, zooms are average. I am SHOCKED
  14. I'm sure this is true. I used to get quite a few zooms where someone had just looked at 12 or so images. Now my images tend to be at the bottom of a page of 100 below a load of "creative" images. I'm beginning to wonder if the old stategy of keywording closely for rank is still relevant and perhaps a more expansive keywording ploy would actually be of benefit.
  15. With regard to paying to be in the creative section the answer is NO you don't. The images are selected by Alamy or through client activity. But you are quite right IMO, many creative images have been left out. The problem as I see it is that editorial buyers are looking at the creative section, not just the advertising clients that Alamy is wanting to attract. This means that the benefit of a high Alamy Rank has been largely lost and, rightly or wrongly, I believe that is a significant cause of my own drop in sales. Pearl
  16. I also see a drop in zooms. The question is that the drop in zooms is small, while the drop in sales is HUGE. I cannot see a correspondence between both. Average zooms per month in first six months of the year: 2011 - 85 2012 - 56 2013 - 50 (June hasn't finished) The views trend is similar to the zooms. How a small percentage drop in the views and zooms stats can lead to a 60% drop in the sale is something that puzzles me. That's why, unless there's a better explanation, I'm suspecting that many self-billing clients are not reporting the uses, and unfortunately I have no pos
  17. Am not finding the same trend, thankfully Sales Jan 4 Feb 4 Mar 7 Apr 6 May 5 Jun 7 Zooms also increasing Jan 34 Feb 30 Mar 30 Apr 52 (includes one large batch) May 49 Jun 49 I make few sales to the papers. Could this be the key? dov
  18. It is not a general trend that zooms are up. There has been a drop in CTR over all of Alamy since the changes. My own zooms have dropped considerably. My zooms are definitely on the way up but I have also increased my port significantly over the last couple of months. Getting about 10 zooms per 1000 images a month at the moment (not sure if that's normal or not). That said, I would rather see sales!
  19. It is not a general trend that zooms are up. There has been a drop in CTR over all of Alamy since the changes. My own zooms have dropped considerably.
  20. Difficult to analyse with any scientific certainty, but my thoughts are: 1. the drop/lack of sales - maybe not so with ALL contributors, is influenced by the Alamy policy of accumulating a VAST library? 2. we ARE, in the UK anyway, suffering from a significant economic downturn which is BOUND to influence sales here, to whatever degree 3. so many publishers are going for the 'we'll credit you' line rather than buying repro rights through e.g. Alamy - and wannabees are 'falling for it'. Ironically many photo mags do this!! 4. Alamy doesn't specialise - I think some libraries are latching
  21. A couple of points. Do we have to pay or apply to get images into the creative section? In many given searches there often appears to be more images of a creative nature left in the relevent section. Now that the search images are displayed larger could it be that zooms are now being used more to gain illegal screen captures. The quality is more than acceptable for web use and the Alamy watermark is very easily removed in most images. This might be the reason that zooms are up without corresponding increases in sales. If this is the case then perhaps Alamy might consider using a be
  22. Interesting. October was when my sales started going from consistent to inconsistent. I'm now thinking that it's best to upload small batches of different subjects and locales -- rather than large submissions of similar images -- as often as possible in order to take advantage of the "New" button and other changes that seem to have been implemented. Any thoughts on this strategy?
  23. I am a creature of habit...I log into Alamy and go to my account. I check for sales, check for views, etc. and from my account, I go to the member forum. The problem is, I don't see a way to go from the discussion forum back to My Account on Alamy...instead, I have to click the back button on my browser (and if I've been browsine topics, it can take a while). Can Alamy please add a link or an icon up at the top of the page that links us back to our accounts? Thank you.
  24. Average number of sales per month from January to June: 2011 - 18 2012 - 21 2013 - 8 Now, this is a drop! The income also reflects a +60% drop. I have absolutely no explanation for this, but the fact is that the number of zooms have only declined slightly which is very strange. I also believe that there are possibly a huge amount of unreported uses. And if UK residents have at least the possibility to checkout the newspapers and magazines, being in Portugal or any other country outside UK makes it impossible to police those newspaper deals. The self-reporting deal is ou
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