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  1. My collection may have grown by about 1000 since a year ago but my income stays roughly the same due to the lowering value of the sales.
  2. Hi, I have just checked my stats for the period of June-July 2012 and found out that zooms and sales are down. In the past year, I almost doubled my port in size and I am receiving tons of views, 200 are normal for a working day... In the past months I had an average of 2 sales per month. Really little, I was expecting a growth at least. Please, tell me that it's just me, that Alamy is still growing and there is hope for the future!
  3. Nick, nice talkin to ya - glad you have other outlets for your creativity. The last few months here have been very dry on sales; i find if i don't upload i don't get sales reports or $; kind of a curiosity? They probably think i died or something.
  4. There is a subject category that I've found is being ignored by many but should not be: cliché landmarks and icons. In June I went up to Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to photograph the main library with the twin lions in front. I did it for a writer's Web site. I put some of those shots on Alamy, and low and behold, I've had two sales of them. Again, I wouldn't think to waste my time shooting the Empire State Building, yet from the one time I did, Alamy has made sales. Jools was complaining about not being about to find subjects in his city of Tours. Why not shoot some food? He's in France
  5. Nick, I just wanted to add this. I was almost 2 years with Fotolibra - particularly liked their "picture calls" and I was often chosen for light boxes - but had no sales from around 1500+ images. My image for whatever reason did not go well there. Few months ago I closed my account and moved some to Alamy. Of course, it can always be better but I do sell with Alamy - most recently an entire page in Guardian supplement - probably terrible money but a great motivator! Whatever you decide good luck.
  6. Nick, we've had the discussion many times. You know my opinion as to how to get those sales. A week or so ago you sent out on of your workshop emails and there was an amazing images on there. If I was you, would I put in Alamy? NO! That place we have talked about on many occasions has just produced another amazing quarter. One sale in there of £333! Come on Nick. You are savvy enough to see what it is you need to do...or do I need to come over from France to Cardiff to kick you up the bum to do it
  7. Hi Nick, I also have shots with FotoLibra, just short of 1400. I hardly ever sell anything with them, but regard FL primarily as a safe storage with the added bonus of possible sales. This I believe was the reason why Gwyn started FL. I also find it handy to download images, as my archive system is rather chaotic! Why don't you leave the shots with them, as they are not exclusive, even skip the quarterly fee and accept the 20% (or is it 25%?) cut! As for Alamy, I agree with "Addict"
  8. I've been at the crossroads for a while but the lights are still at red I'm still a newbie with stock so can't really give advice to Nick but it is soul destroying when you spend a lot of time loading images and keywording while your zooms go through the floor. I'm making an effort when covering news type stories of making sure I get some shots that can be used in a generic way as stock so hopefully that will help me get some sales. As DavidC, Addict and others have pointed out though, you will struggle to make a living on stock alone due to the crappy prices.
  9. Hi Nick.... I know my Pure landscape work does not sell as stock very often, even when I misguidedly placed them with micros. Since then I have change a few things to increase sales and to allow me to continue taking the shots I love. 1. Added people to my landscapes while out and about in the hills, seems to sell well in outdoor magazines, got the cover of Lakeland Walker for July / Aug. Images with people in the distance look nice printed as well 2. Decided not to go out quite as much.... by that I mean work on studio shots / concepts. I have split this between RM and RF. The RF is a
  10. Thanks so much everyone - you have all been really helpful. Lots of practical advice there! I do find stock hard (I never thought it would be easy) and it does get me down sometimes but those of you who know me know I will bounce back - just with a differing approach. I will read through your comments (twenty paces?!!) and reformat my approach/attitude. More shots->more variety @David - I was with fotoLibra from the beginning - it never REALLY did it for me. 43 sales in the last four years! Nick
  11. Here you go Nick - this is the secret to the whole stock conundrum - I realise that by revealing this I will lay myself open to abuse and plagiarism. Make sure that your collection is either specialized - or eclectic. Targeted or scattergun - corner the market in a subject if you can, or read the news, and create images to suit the consumers. Have a look at the crazy variety in my images - everything on the latest page from a courgette flower to toads via a few wild birds - taken within twenty paces of my back-door - plus a number of opportunistic shots. Here is the rub, the © of the vast
  12. Nick, fotoLibra despite Gwen's efforts just does not work for casual sales. I was impressed when he grabbed the Ordnance Survey map cover deal off other agencies and fed it to his photographers, and made lots of sales (OS used to buy from Alamy). But Gwen is not finding new deals every week and I for one seem to have dropped off his circular with 'image requirements' (perhaps because it's part of a kind of pay-to-play scheme?). He also found a lucrative channel for book covers at one point. I'm seeing a recovery if anything in values right now, so I am optimistic. But I do not sell many, i
  13. Ah! Understand now Chrissie! I would genuinely LOVE 5 to 10 sales a month and this is why I NEED to know what is possibly going wrong so I can attempt to fix it. I could try asking MS for a quick opinion but to be fiar they have better things to do. nick
  14. I was trying to be tactful! I would work on the assumption that the fault is with the agency and start moving your collection. I think your idea to place specialist images with a specialist agency is a good one (check out the BAPLA website) although this is a much more demanding area of stock - specialist agencies are ruthless and very exacting (this is a good thing!) I'm surprised at your lack of sales, I don't have many more than you on Alamy and would expect to make 5-10 sales a month, sometimes more. Your images look good, but maybe there is a lack of variety in terms of genre. Mix in some
  15. Thanks all - John, I agree. I just really want/wanted to make a success of stock - depending, of course, on what is the definition of success. And, yes, every so often I review it and do issue a 'crie du coeur'! Sung, you are right I think that fotoLibra is just no longer viable for me to waste my time on. I will not scrap it, but just not spend time adding any more. Instead, I will just focus on building up on Alamy, my concern being that during the time I build up to my 5,000 plus, the prices and sales will have slid down commensurately! Thanks all - I think I will concentrate my gener
  16. Your pix are fine, Nick, except maybe too many country churches (I have a weakness for them too: must be my age. I stick them under a pseudo, and sell a shot every now and then). You just don’t have enough pix at Alamy to be making regular sales. And you do seem to reach a crisis point with some regularity! All I can suggest is that you either commit to increasing your Alamy portfolio to, say, 5,000, to get a better idea about what sells and what doesn’t... or pack it in.
  17. I may paint a grim picture, but I base that picture on the present system/situation. If we implement a few positive changes to the system then we'll get a much different picture. How about a program to educate buyers to use more tags when searching, implement/refine new search methods (like annotated phrases, singles/plurals, American/British spelling, etc.) that indirectly force all contributors to improve their keywording, reduce similars by stringently enforcing submissions, implement a program to entice contributors to purge their non-productive/similar images (perhaps anyone trimming thei
  18. My own experiences with a mainly natural history collection (tropical mammals and insects are my "area")........ NHPA - this was my early target and I got in by accident really when Bruce Coleman (who I started with) was bought by PhotoShot, who bought NHPA also: Bruce Coleman - defunct NHPA - no sales in three years PhotoShot - no sales in four years AGE - no nat' history sales, other sales but not nat' hist' SEApics - had regular sales but the owner had a struggle with illness which caused sales to disappear - but now she is active again, I like SEApics Getty - in throu
  19. It seems like very few contributers will tightly edit their portfolio to only include 500 top producing images that produce multiple weekly sales. It's more likely they will have 500 top producing images interspersed with 5000 less desirable images that produce a couple sales a month. I guess my question would be what's the problem with retaining both levels of imagery in a portfolio? As long as the images are producing at least some sales I see no benefit to culling them out. If the CTR and ranking for the 10% of top producing images is negatively impacted by the remainder then wouldn't it
  20. Thanks Chrissie and Keith, I have only lodged them thus far with Alamy (not many and no sales) and fotoLibra (utter waste of time). So I am trying to place 'specialist' pics with specialist rather than generalist libraries. I will have a look at NPL.
  21. I might be wrong but I think the suggestion was that more visitors from US means more interest in US based photography with resulting boost in sales to US based photographers. I'm just doubful that Alexa is a reliable measure. For one thing there are probably more Alexa toolbar users in the US so that alone skews the stats.
  22. I despise jingoism, but the USA is still No. 1 when it comes to image sales. Go USA! P.S. India and Poland I can understand. But why Finland?
  23. First thank you to those that have given me a plus one... Working backwards, Philippe, I'm rushing off to see if I can figure out your magic keyword that doubled sales:-) Reading back through all the comments it sounds like images including everyday human interactions, a story if you will, sell best. In the past I've shot for different purposes and shot around the people. Now I have to retrain myself to capture them instead.
  24. And every time an image sells for peanuts, a fairy dies... But a monkey somewhere is happy Let's hope the buyers show mercy, it's no fun clearing fairy corpses and peanut shells off the floor... Don't mind us Marc, there are still some good sales to be had, hope you get one soon.
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