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  1. Worst month for years for me, just 3 sold so far. I have had a few shots zoomed by their Alamy Ref so hopefully they may turn into sales. No Huffingtons either, usually I get 4-5 of them. Col
  2. Me, too. But I've had three reasonably good sales - one 3-figure sale.
  3. Hi John , June has been slow for me too so far, but I am hopeful that some sales might turn up soon!
  4. Maybe check your net rev; HuffPost just coming in. (4x so far) wim I thought we had lost the Huffpost contract. Do I have this wrong or is this old sales coming in?
  5. I am so excited to finally start contributing here on Alamy. I am an extremely goal-oriented person, however, and am wondering what the consensus is for photographers- how many images did you have keyworded and passed before you started seeing sales come in on a regular basis? 10? 100? 1000? Just wondering as I am trying to put myself on a quality-image schedule to make time for that DREADED keywording! ugh!!
  6. @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
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. ...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...
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Any chance people can stop reporting Alex Segre and Greg B- E sales. It just gets flipping depressing
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. In my experience Stock is a numbers game, topic and image quality are, of course, important, but its the size of your portfolio that really counts towards regular sales!
  21. Remember, even if the person is as big as a pixel in the background you need a model release. Or clone the pixel out. But then you need to mark the image as digitally altered which could hurt editorial sales.
  22. I had my first sale of net 219 dollar after a few months with 60 images online. It was considered a lucky shot and wasnt supposed to expect anything like that to happen again with such a small portfolio. I am close to 400 images now, and I have had 8 sales total since starting in July 2012. Gross $612.90 - Net $315.98 I have a mix of RM and RF here, but never sold a RM license. I only use about 7-10 accurate keywords to prevent being punished on ranking. Basically, $0.80 cent per year per image on average. If you look at Shutterstock, I netted $2,321 in one year with twice as many ima
  23. Varies but consensus is you need around 3000 images loaded before regular sales appear. Allan
  24. That's what I was looking for, thanks. I was trying to do so via Images Sold but Net Revenue is perfect. And there doesn't appear to replicate that Huff sales glitch as per your link above. Thanks. Richard.
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