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  1. Ah, yet another Belgian here :-) I have the same issue as you, about the same nr of views as the nr of images online. And a lot less sales unfortunately :-) I've also started building up portfolio on Alamy now, and training myself a bit in keywording, which is sometimes not as easy not being a native English speaker.
  2. Jeff, I've made from video sales over the past year than I have here on Alamy. The stuff I've done is up on Pond 5 and although it is royalty free you can at least set your own price. They give you 50% of sales. In addition, I've also had some footage sales through Shutterstock. Personally, I think if your DSLR has the capability of HD Video and you're not using it then you are losing a potential income stream.
  3. "Video has been slightly disappointing… " James Allsworth I suspect that the reason video sales have been disappointing, i.e. nonexistent, on Alamy is because the video here is hopelessly overpriced. Similar, or in fact identical, clips are available on multiple other sites for a fraction of what they cost here. Even in relation to the pricing for Alamy's existing catalogue of still images, the video pricing seems to make no sense at all. For example, I can get a lovely still of Princess Diana for $149-, but a 13 sec. clip of a mallard doing nothing in particular on a pond tops out
  4. I'm not a microstock contributor but I have just set up my own Symbiostock website. I actually think it's a brilliant concept and most certainly worth a try. In any case much than complaining about low earnings or decreasing sales at any stock agency. I hope many more, especially traditional stock shooters, will join the network.
  5. First of all it seems to me you are producing some very nice images and are deserving of some success on that score. I'm not so sure that keywords alone are the issue as your essential keywords seem pertinent for the most part. If you have lots of less relevant kewords in the 'main' keywords box then it could damage your Alamy rank as you will get views but no zooms or sales to go with them, the result of which is your images appear further down the results of any given search. Having said that, I don't think that's the main problem either. I think there are two principle issues for you, a
  6. Easy to find the search terms for zoomed ones: Alamy Measures -> Your images -> click on the pseudonym of the zoom in the list to the left -> click on "Your Zooms" on the black top line -> find the search term in the list to the left You should to be able to click on "Your sales" in Alamy Measures and do the same - but you cannot unfortunately, it doesn't work. Thank you for the lesson. I somehow missed being able to click on the black line. I would just look down the list of zooms to check the search terms. Paulette
  7. Also, Measures includes only a subset of regular customers. Very few of my sales ever show up as zoomed in Measures. Louise
  8. I restarted photography as a very old hobby of mine, entered the digital age and joined Alamy two years back. By now my portfolio on Alamy is around 400+ pics so still a long way to go. Last year I got one sale and in 2013 I had an increase in turnover by 200%, 2 sales. Obviously there is no market for my submitted pictures. Would much appreciate it to receive any advice how to get on track. I'm living in Belgium and full time employed.in IT so my shooting is mainly during weekends and holidays. Still 10 years to go before retirement so al the time to learn and getting better in this. Di
  9. I don't think the reporting of sales in Alamy Measures is working at all. I think the function has been on/off - and now off. (The old forum had information about this). Use "Sales information" instead. Many of my sales have not been zoomed. Perhaps they have been searched and enlarged by mouse hovering - but I also have a number of distributor sales - which may not count in the viewed images.
  10. Thank you Niels. I can see it now. I'm puzzled that only one of my sales over the years shows on the list though. Can this mean that all the others were somehow found and purchased without using the search function?
  11. Easy to find the search terms for zoomed ones: Alamy Measures -> Your images -> click on the pseudonym of the zoom in the list to the left -> click on "Your Zooms" on the black top line -> find the search term in the list to the left You should to be able to click on "Your sales" in Alamy Measures and do the same - but you cannot unfortunately, it doesn't work.
  12. Thanks James for taking the time to answer my question about US business. If I heard it right, US contributes 60% total revenue. That is pretty amazing in short period of time. Maybe it's just me, but I feel US sales are generally higher priced, more prompt in payment. No chicken sh!t $7 newspaper scheme. It's the land of law afterall. . Keep them coming!
  13. I too was disapointed that there is no prospect of video submissions being opened up. I also think that there is probably a critical mass required in terms of the library size which will make buyers realise that Alamy is serious about video and worth visiting to see what is available. That critical mass is probably a library numbered in millions rather than a couple of hundred thousand, so success in video sales seems to me unlikely to happen here unless a significant change takes place in Alamy's approach. However I do want to thank James for opening up to us, even if the answer is often
  14. Country: United Kingdom Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - Print only Industry sector: Media Industry Sub-Industry: Publishing Print run: up to 100,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1/8 page Start: 18 July 2007 End: 25 July 2007 $142.97 Total gross sales since July 2007: $2,812
  15. My first three sales The joy 17 Nov 2006 $181.23 Then, depression (22 November 2006) Rights Managed Sale Refunded $ -181.23 And then happy again 22 November 2006 $416 When the stained glass window sold, I really imagined that four hundred dollars a sale would be the norm. Such innocence. Col
  16. from jan 1 to now i have had 6 sales and 0 zooms in fact my ctr is 0 - yes 0.00 that cant bode well for me i guess but hopefully the sales keep coming
  17. I don't have enough sales and zooms to be statistically relevant, but for the sake of completeness, most of my sales (about one image per month for the last 3 years) have nerver been zoomed !
  18. My first sale.... only last year I wish I had started a lot sooner. Started submitting slowly in June 2012, and picked up pace since Feb this year (added 2000+ images since then). 18 Sales to date. Country: Worldwide Usage: Magazine, editorial print and digital use, repeat use within a single issue Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Start: 23 August 2012 End: 23 August 2017 $ 30.51
  19. Don't do much number crunching due to lack of analytical understanding of the variables created by Alamy. Have currently noticed that many searches produce no zooms at all - but this is obviously in the phrases that produce views for me and my keywording is pretty tight. For what it is worth from January 1st I've had 137 sales from 366 zooms the previous six months produced 32 more sales from 10 more zooms. But as others say many zooms produce no sales and many sales result from no zooms - so I think I'll go and have a cup of tea.....
  20. Over the past year, 2.37 zooms to 1 sale, though not all of my sales seem to have been zoomed.
  21. The mystery of unzoomed sales turns up regularly in this forum, but it's not all that difficult to explain. Alamy tracks the views and zooms of only a subset of visitors to the site, presumably those who have demonstrated they're serious customers by actually licensing some images, so a sale may result from a customer who does not (yet) belong to this group. What's more, not all zooms, even by those in the elite subset, register as zooms: Someone in the old forum was able to establish that if a customer clicks on the "more" button to view more of your photos, subsequent zooms do not register (
  22. Personally, I've never found that zoom and CTR stats correlate very well with actual sales. However, my sales to zooms ratio for 2013 is not nearly as good as it was for the first six months of 2012.
  23. Have to agree that given the fact that non-zoomed images often sell and zoomed ones regularly don't, trying to work out the significance of zooms is a mysterious dark art which isn't going to solve itself anytime soon.
  24. That used to be my situation, Alex. In the past year I've been getting more zooms and they relate more to my sales. It is a puzzlement.
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