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  1. In my experience it is easier to achieve a high CTR when you have a small portfolio as just one zoom can make a big difference and so it is also less meaningful. Maintaining a high CTR is less easy but at the end of the day it's really only sales that matter. Pearl
  2. An above average CTR has to be a good thing. You are obviously doing something right. Hopefully sales will follow but bear in mind that you do not yet have many images in your portfolio. Good luck anyway dov
  3. Nice one Nick. Thanks for sharing. How do the $8.30 gross Alamy sales compare. With 500 of these I may be able to afford a lens!! dov
  4. Yep! i kid you not, don't know where i am going wrong with Alamy my sales are low and slow, compared elsewhere, my downfall might be that i have only marked a few areas in the distributor scheme. I admit that i do get envious when i read the how was your month threads, some people do very well with Alamy! Have a good one everybody. Cheers, Paul.
  5. I have not read the entire thread, however i am sure that many have said you have to get more on Alamy, it is a numbers game the more you have the better the chances of a sale, as you can see i have over 7,000 with Alamy and i battle to sell 10 images per year, i am not having a go at Alamy, it is todays market with so many images and archives out there it will always be tough to make a lot of sales, unless you have the numbers, so get very busy start shooting and uploading. Good luck! Cheers, Paul.
  6. I recently found one of my photos on a foreign magazine website - multiple monthly uses. Seeing that the image only sold once and the usage was for placement in print media, thinking this might be a second separate sale, I reported this to member services who thanked me and investigated. So what was the outcome? They refunded my original sale and re-posted it with a new usage description at a lower sales price, gee thanks for the kick in the ass Alamy. This was a distributor sale, the difference a few bucks. You would think that since the error was the distributor's fault, they would bear
  7. Hi I'd like to sell my alamy archive of over 400 images which since 2008 has produced over $5000 in sales. I would be willing to discuss how much.
  8. For the past couple of years, I've been putting together calendars of recent travel shots using Lulu.com. I don't make many sales, but I find calendars useful for promotion. I'm fairly happy with Lulu. However, I'm wondering if anyone can recommend any other do-it-yourself calendar sites worth checking out. Merci beaucoup
  9. With the newspapers and there wesites consider yourself lucky if they are reported as sales at all, unless you find them yourself.
  10. Yes, I know how newspapers sales are reported as I got many of them so far. I had a few doubts about Sunday Times. Standing to Google Images they published my photo which is available only through Alamy. Well, better I ask Alamy.
  11. A sale was reported in my account with these infos today: Country: Worldwide Usage: Internal print & electronic communications - single design, 1 year Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Start: 23 August 2013 End: 23 August 2014 I uploaded the photo and Google Images found it published on Sunday Times edition last July though the details of the sale do not mention any newspaper scheme. Are sales for Sunday Times reported in that way standing to your experiences? Stefano
  12. Thanks Pearl, but all of the newspapers already know what the rates are and it refers only to the Newspaper Scheme.......it is the general sales which are commercially sensitive.
  13. I'm thinking of diversifying into a new line of cast iron underpants for the likes of your good self Mike ! Yes this is in line with what has been negotiated for us by the downward spiraling sales teams - just feel happy that yours was printed - if it had been ONline only you would be celebrating a sale worth just under $4 !!!! Had your image been sold when it was in the Live News section you might have got more, but once it reaches 'Stock' then you get a pittance under the "Scheming Newspapers Rates" - I was a night picture editor on a Fleet Street biggie and the then managing edito
  14. Be prepared for happy monday, miserable tuesday....................etc. There is NO consistent sales pattern so you're mind set should be in it for the long haul. Good luck. Nick
  15. I have taken in to account all the advice handed to me and i have also been doing other research. Photographs with people in them seem to be a good option for me as i do a lot of engineering inspection too and get in to some very good locations around the country. Some of the images i have just recently uploaded are similar i agree, especially the giraffes maybe i should delete some, The tigers i thought were ok as they do show different stages of him eating. I do have thousands of images on my pc but a lot have been taken with a different approach to stock, ie they were intended to sell as p
  16. Echo what Nick has said. With regard image count, there is the general consensus of having at least 1000 images of a good variety before you'll see sales. In addition, I would say to upload around 50 - 100 images a week if you want to get something.
  17. Hello Steven, Welcome to Alamy. I also joined short time ago and i am also waiting for first sale . I learned from Microstock sites that you need to have patience and keep uploading then suddenly the sales will come. Just keep going and dont loose will. I also am enjoying the extra freedom that a mirrorless camera can give you. It is also always with me so i will not miss quality moments. GOOD LUCK!
  18. Hi Colin - has the performance of your Churches and Monochrome images improved since you integrated them in your main pseudos? Are there enough of them to hold back your ranking in your main pseudos? How much competition is there for these pixs ie are there a lot of other pixs of the same churches? I have a non performing pseudo which is on the last page of BHZ on which I get regular hits and occasional sales. Food for thought. dov
  19. There have been numerous posts on this topic and, having read them, I now use pseudonyms as follows: Each of my shots gets categorised into: FreespiritCoast FreespiritCityscapes FreespiritNature FreespiritTownsVillages etc etc This enables me to very easily run through all my sold work, identifying strong/weak sales areas. So far, FreespiritCoast has sold the best, and FreespiritLandscapes the worst. So, I will put greater emphasis on Coast (and TownsVillages) and less on Landscapes, Cityscapes and Transport, for example. To many of you this may be a no brainer but it certainly helps me f
  20. What is all the fuss about? I bought a similar lens over 25 years ago, it then cost an arm and a leg, but it was a work horse and used almost daily; hell knows how may images it helped me with and bottom line it paid for its self over and over again. Early this year I looked at an upgrade - same lens 70 - 200 2.8 in Nikon - I could not believe how things had moved on; the optics were unbelievably better, the focus much quick, slicker and quieter and for me it is much better balanced in the hand. Do I regret the cost? Not one bit, if I again get 15-20 years of service out of this
  21. OK, now I'm really confused. It sounds as if having a bunch of pseudonyms is useful for organizing images and keeping track of CTR, etc. However, there doesn't seem to be much evidence that having pseudos leads to more sales. But I'm probably missing something here.
  22. I used to have about 6 or 7 pseudonyms but found them to be counter productive. The problem I found was that a subject specific pseudo can have a very low rank and slip so far down in the searches as to be effectively non existent. So my churches and monochrome pseudos were completely lost to view. I now have just two pseudos, one for travel and the other non-travel. That way my poorer selling subjects like churches will not be relegated to the very bottom of searches and will be buoyed up a bit by my better selling subjects such as city centres. How this has affected my sales I can't say but
  23. Check with MS for sales activity on that image. If none, see if you can find a cached version of the site. Would you care to share the image reference so we can have a look? Edit- nothing on the waybackmachine since june 12.
  24. If it is 20% off the list price I think that is a great idea. Most of my sales are discounted by a lot more than 20%. Good one Alamy - this should get prices back up. Good to hear that Alamy are doing promos on our behalf. dov
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