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  1. @Essexps: re "Has it been worthwhile - 100 Sales in just over 5 years?" Though perhaps I should say that it depends on the commission you earned, plus the satisfaction you received from capturing and taking those images, compared to what you could have been doing instead of pursuing stock image career.... ....I'll hazard guess that it WAS worth it. Enjoyed visiting your portfolio, and appreciate how your thumbnails tend to pop, thanks to composition (plus inclusion of blues to balance the browns). Congrats on 100th sale - Ann
  2. Having yesterday received advice of my 100th Sale since joining Alamy, I thought I'd post a few thought on the subject of Stock with Alamy (never submitted to another agency) This post isn't intended to be an 'Aren't I good' or 'Stock is a waste of time' post, just a brief record of how I got here. I'm sure that many contributors will have much more impressive sales records, so this is mainly aimed at non-professionals just starting out in Stock or thinking about starting and wondering what to expect and is it worth it. I joined Alamy in February 2008 - my initial submission failed
  3. Hi Semmick Photo First of all, if you are making a sale a month with just about 400 images you are doing well - congratulations! Secondly, sales do not contribute to the CTR as explained, and I suspect the reason your zooms have gone up but your CTR has gone down is that your views have gone up even more, due to the default 120 images per search that clients now see. However, if your zooms are going up your sales should also go up, and your ranking will hopefully improve as sales do count towards that. Good luck with it Kumar Sriskandan
  4. My CTR and zooms are at record high levels. My sales are meanwhile at record low levels. I'll monitor the situation but not worth uploading anything further at the moment.
  5. But do they sell? Anybody here that has had a cover (and sales)? Anybody knows of someone who had a cover and had sales? wim
  6. If it's any consolation, my CTR has increased in the past three months while my sales have almost disappeared. I'm not sure there's much connection.
  7. Thank you for all the tips! I've been busy with stock photography around 2006-2007, and made quite good sales on Acclaim and Photographers Direct (one of them needed you to use "stock photo of" as a caption). I uploaded a bunch to Alamy around that time, without putting too much effort into it. Then came wedding photography, and being so busy I wasn't able to do anything for my stock photography anymore. Now, due to health issues, we're leaving wedding photography more or less behind, and can focus on stock again. So, let's start capturing, captioning, and keywording!
  8. We have a Symbiostock site, and have had a couple of RF sales already. We plan to upload a few hundred of our RM files, and link them through to Alamy. The reason for this is that we are finding our Symbiostock files ranking high in Google at the moment, whereas Alamy do not seem to be there at all. Does anyone know why Alamy don't rank in Google? Why not sell RM direct? Because we have tried that through Photoshelter, unsuccesfully. The people who did contact us had no idea what to do, although it was, to us, clearly obvious from the site. We don't know how many left without contacting us.
  9. Alamy invites to reach "Find a contributor" scheme every contributor who made at least 10 sales. Till a couple of years ago, single clients could surf a Google map reported on page of Alamy website and spot the single participant photographers (name, website, emails reported) in the geographical area required. Then, that page has been removed.
  10. I do understand the legal need for releases or indication that none is available. What I'm concerned about again is from the buyer's point of view. If they do a search specifying e.g. 2 people, they are surely expecting the two people to be pretty prominent in the image. They don't expect to see a photo which apparently has no people, but we had to indicate had two people because they are little pixel blurs somewhere in the background. That must be extremely annoying, not to mention adverserly affecting out CTR. Can anyone from Alamy inform me as a statistical fact whether I'll lose more
  11. I think you just have to accept this will happen. I'd say about half of my views throw up images that are not quite the subject matter that the researcher wants. Some of it is due to vague searches but often It's unavoidable. Try keywording an "owl butterfly" or a "tiger tomato" so that you don't get lots of false hits. Of course if Alamy activated the quotes in keywording it might help. At the moment I'd just like to see some zooms again.
  12. This is key. It's all very well having a wonderfully interlinked network of independent traders but what's driving the traffic to the sites? This is why Alamy/Getty/Corbis are all fighting for market share. He who controls the client base makes the sales. No traffic = no sales, no matter how cheap or pretty the pictures. Plus, this appears to be microstock only?? From the symbiostock front page: "Symbiostock, as its name implies, creates a symbiotic relationship among microstock professionals" J
  13. ...and remain untroubled by the inconvenience of making sales. Maybe send smaller batches, while you get a feel for what QC want. Then, once you're confident about every image you upload, batches can be 50, 100, whatever...
  14. I notice you've been a member since 2007 so you have more than one month's stats. Given the, now, erratic nature of measures you could probably deduce rather more from considering the whole year's data. The average contributer with 1000 views per month is currently only getting 4 or 5 zooms within that time period so you can't read anything into such a small data collection.
  15. I think things have changed so much at Alamy in the last few months that it is difficult to interpret the stats. anymore. If you'd had thee or four more zooms over the same period you'd have average CTR so with that number of images it is only small fluctuations that make the difference betwen good and bad. I used to tick along with a CTR of about twice average. This month so far I have had 3 sales (presumably dating back to searches from months back) and no zooms at all. I don't find these stats. at all reasuring in terms of the future.
  16. I have a question on understanding the AlamyMeasures 2.1: My Images. I currently have 853 images online according to AlamyMeasures, from 12-May-2013 to 10-Jun-2013, I've had 0 sales, 948 views, and 1 zoom, giving a CTR of 0,11% Now, my questions: What can I deduct from these numbers? 1. That I have waaaay too little images online (working on that one) 2. That my images are badly keyworded? and don't appear in searches too often? 3. That my images are well keyworded, but that they don't appeal to buyers? 4. Whatever more info you can give me ;-) Thanks in advance!
  17. I have created my own website with Symbiostock as I couldnt find anything to my liking, Ktools, Smugmug, Photoshelter, whatever, it was all paid subscriptions, or asking for commission or paying 300 dollar to use the software. Symbiostock is free open source, you can build whatever you want around it. If you want to sell RM, sell RM. If you want to sell editorial, sell editorial. You can do whatever you want. Here is a write up http://semmickphoto.com/2013/06/10/symbiostock-fair-trade-image-licenses/ Here is a fair review of the project http://blog.melchersystem.com/2013/05/08/crowd-m
  18. Thanks all for your time and answers! I had confidence in my images being proper for submissions with 95% or higher on first stock site now, then joined a second microstock site where 1/2 are rejected. Mostly for compo even if main subjects were on the 1/3 marks. They also seemed to not like having room for copy or allow buyers to crop as they wish. And though I don't do many, rejected all manipulated/textured images. Most frustrating and now the wind is out of my sails quite a bit... confidence diminished. Sure wish I would've found Alamy before the other sites. Though my sales are very
  19. Hi, I am a member of the Symbiostock Network. The idea is that we each keep 100% of what we earn from our images rather than have agencies share whatever they feel fit with us and reduce it every time they get the urge, or do deals with our images of which we do not have any say. The network - yes we will be showing potential clients work from other people as well as ourselves but it works both ways, my work appears on my network members plus other peoples results, if they keywords they enter are ones that I have promoted because I specialise in that sort of image. It is very new, the firs
  20. Any chance people can stop reporting Alex Segre and Greg B- E sales. It just gets flipping depressing
  21. I was just over 100 images when I sold my first editorial. A week later and I sold another pic of my boiler lol. I don't get many views, and I have added 400 images in the last month. I have two zooms out of 400 images and 2 sales. Nothing award winning there, however, content and keywaording is king. Sometimes it's hard to keep going. the effort you put in to get images up there, the hours you spend shooting, then editing, puts people off, and then there's the adverse effect of the people around you when you're sitting in front of a computer all night keywording. There's more to
  22. Yes, well, you might have a point there. Two thing that I have done is put an FAA "widget" on a couple of blogs and set up a "shop" on Facebook. I don't think that either of these efforts have led to any sales, though.
  23. Your observations are right on. For those who disdain the comment game, that is fine. You may still sell something. Occasionally. Comments do help the ranking, and if someone is searching for a particular image, say a Tahiti seascape for instance, they will probably find one they love on the first 10 pages before going to the back of the pile. Joining in the community in a positive way is time consuming. The commenting part is, for sure. But one must consider it falls under the heading of "marketing" and just. get. over. it. That is, if you are interested in helping your rank. I have a
  24. MaryBethBueno, There is no "Magic" number when you start to see sales. I have noticed for me it takes about a year before images I have uploaded start selling. Keywording is a pain but very citical for succsess. I notice the image you have of the two boys playing in the stream does not have a detailed location or the the name of the stream. Best of luck, David L. Moore
  25. I sold my first image for $300 after I had 300 images on Alamy (when the commission was 65%...sigh). Best prices for me have come from educational publishers - go to your local library and see what images are found in school textbooks, in all subject areas. Worst prices have been from newspapers. I shoot a wide variety of subjects; realize a lot of money can be made shooting images from around your own home and within a two-block radius. At one time, I tried to emulate Jeff G, but got burned out in two days. Shoot, process, submit, and keyword at a rate that you are comfortable with. Sales
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