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  1. Say wha' fotoDogue Think they be speakin' da English on picture desks all over the world. I've sold images to Japan, for example, via Alamy as direct and distributor sales. Best RW
  2. Maybe you misread my post. I opted out of English Language distributors. I presume if they can read English on, say, a Canadian site then they can read English on Alamy. After several years with Alamy I've had 0 sales through North American distributors so I'm probably not missing much either way.
  3. As others in this thread have said (and I notice a few I have emailed/phoned/skyped and vice versa) we do share tips and a lot of information, but primarily between people we regard as our peers. Like any other industry its useful to keep in touch with your 'competitors' as a small piece of information that is useless to them might be the key for you and vice versa. I was in Nashville a couple of years ago having dinner with a few music industry professionals (I was there to photograph an album creation). They mentioned a lot the 10,000 hours rule. Its a sort of unwritted rule that for anyon
  4. Hi fotoDogue, I think you miss the point. By opting out you miss sales............. end of story. I understand that some clients may look at images that are not available to them via distributors but it is important to understand that with Alamy your images are not viewable to clients if you are not on distributor scheme in their particular country. Unless they go direct to Alamy - which many will not do. This is due to language/loyalty issues. It's easy to be too precious about our images - I know that and used to subscribe to the view that my images were somehow sacrosanct. Well, so
  5. I opted out of English Language distributers since I've never had any sales through their sites though they still have some of my images on their sites. I also wonder about the reasoning behind North American distributors now that Alamy has a New York office. Im still sticking with non-English language distributors since some of my distribution sales are higher than newspaper sales in the UK. Just because you opt out of some doesn't mean you have drop them all.
  6. If it was purely the low fees, I may have stayed in, however the poor reporting is the last straw - only about 30% of the sales credited without my intervention. One of the sales was over a year old and I lost out more because it was used when we got paid 60% of the fee, by the time I found it and told Alamy they had changed to the 50% model. After spending all the extra time contacting Alamy etc. the fee was just not worth the effort.($x.x) I would not mind the low fees so much if I had got more sales, the irony may be that I was getting more sales but I would not know because of the bad re
  7. If you buy a lotto ticket you may win £10 or thousands. If you don't buy a ticket you are guaranteed not to win. I've yet to meet anyone who sends back the £10 prizes. What I struggle to understand is why be on alamy and then opt out of sales categories if they are not performing for the moment. dov
  8. At this point I'm not interested in assignments or in online identity, but I did set up my own "stock" website with e-commerce through PhotoShelter a few ago. It gives me the opportunity to occasionally lease my work at decent prices and not have to pay big commissions. Last year I did quite well with fairly regular print sales and downloads, including a direct one for $650. However, this year has been something of a letdown as I've had only a handful of sales. There is no doubt that selling images on one's own is getting increasingly more difficult. Still, my PS site only costs about $20/mont
  9. My best chance of sales are via live news as once they go into the stock pile I'm sure they drop to the bottom page due to a crap AR I opted in to a couple of territories the other day to see if I get anything from them but stayed out of the UK newspaper scheme as I just don't see the point of a sale at $6 or less. I'll give it 6 months as an experiment to see if they earn more abroad, if at all. I've had quite a few zooms recently and one of my psuedonyms has a CTR of 2.33 against the Alamy average of 0.51 but still not a whiff of a sale. Alamy Rank is a dark art and I've no idea ho
  10. I opted out march this year due to the peanuts being paid but find distribution sales are still showing up on my account. Last one in august for $14 !! I have complained to alamy but am still awaiting their removal from my sales activity and feedback from the distributor(S) concerned. Its 6 months since I opted out - how much longer till I am PROPERLY opted out ?
  11. Actually most of my sales has come from the weather needs of Alamy. It's a very small edge of a very big wedge though.
  12. I don't know about that. I think the annoyance about the scheme is simply that the rates are significantly lower than non-scheme rates. As an individual you might not see a massive uplift in *your* images being used - therefore one sale at "normal" rates makes more than several at newspaper scheme rates. Alamy however either see an increase in usage or spend from papers in the scheme - or at least prevent or delay a move away from Alamy to other agencies who do offer subscription. The potential upside is that - Live News images get picked up at full rates because the paper is used
  13. In the "How was your August" thread I said "Average month with 36 sales but generally poor prices so not very encouraging. Hoping sales will pickup when summer hols are over." My first sale in September was a nice 4 figure sum - extremely encouraging. Never give up. Pearl
  14. The papers are spoiled for choice of images and opting out will not be noticed by them, only by you. The only solution would be if we ALL opted out. Even then I suspect that they could buy all that they need from other agencies. What bugs me even more than the prices is that one has to chase to get the sales billed. dov
  15. Today had a NU sale for $1 - ugh!! Average sales value, including the NU, for this month above average overall. Frustrating, funny old business isn't it. This was going to be my retirement businress too. At this rate I will need to start saving. dov
  16. Had some problems last night when searching for images and I have had the same difficulty in the past. When trying to identify the shooter for a particular photo you occasionally see the same model used in a different context, with an indication there are more similar images by the same shooter. Clicking on the number of images link should show that person's relevant collection, but last night it just flicked back to the start of the search. Further, the new page command was not working properly, only the turn page button at the top of the screen was working, that at the bottom would no
  17. I've never been a big fan of the RF model, so 99% of my images on Alamy are RM. However, I'm thinking of adding more RF images since the pricing seems much better, and RM licenses are starting to look more and more like RF anyway. Just wondering, is the price calculator more closely adhered to with RF sales? Are the average returns really any better than RM? Thnx a million, -John M
  18. "lots of sales but a grand total of about $50" microstock?
  19. Month of Aug from 4 agencies and i have over 10,000 images out there - lots of sales but a grand total of about $50 - I used to make over $2500 a month - I think i'm done; i just can't get motivated to shoot, upload and keyword anymore. Sad because this was going to be a retirement business; i guess i'll pursue golf and get out more and just look at stuff. Sorry for the rant.
  20. Hi Liam, Congrats on the sales, but my suspicion would be that you will be lucky to find out where exactly they have been sold; try google images or tin-eye; but the huge majority of images found in this thread by the stalwarts of Images found are in UK publications, particularly newspapers in the UK Cheers! Kumar
  21. I opted out once and it seemed to come into effect fairly quickly. However you may still have sales reported for at least another 3 months as there is a delay in reporting. Pearl
  22. Ok I give up, I have opted out of the newspaper scheme following a run of insulting (microtstock level) fees, which I now only get 50% of, un-reported sales(the ones I have found out about) and lack of trust in the whole idea. So my question now is from what point do my pictures stop being available to this scheme, is it immediate or can they still sell images for a time?
  23. I had five $31.40 RM sales (corporate website with a slew of uses) pop up today. Not to complain, but I guess this is the new reality: five sales = one decent sale of yesteryear. At least they weren't distributor sales, and a couple of the images had never leased before. So I'm actually a fairly happy camper all things considered.
  24. Hello Liam, Presumably you have had these two come through as "Images sold" - if you give us a bit more info about what type of sales they were (type, circulation, country etc), assuming they were RM, and the price you got, then we may be able to narrow the hunt down! Kind regards Kumar
  25. Hi All You people that hunt down all of Alamy sales do a grand job I only wish that I could find some of my sales from time to time, I always look through Google images and Wayback but have turned up a blank, so I am turning to you guy to see if you can track down a couple of my latest sales the are BEJNA9 and C3EKDG. I thank you in advance. Liam
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