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  1. I've been a contributor for about six years. My total income from Alamy is about $13,500. This year a whopping $243. Since 2012, the slide into oblivion has been accelerating to the point of nearly no action, as yet, I continue to feed the beast. Hasn't bothered me too much because of income from other companies, however, here it's July and with income of $243 it's hardly worth the effort continuing to contribute. I thought the expansion into the US as well as more attention to advertising would make a strong case for staying but this is out of hand now. Is there a consensus about what's happening? Believe me, I'd like to understand the problem. Thanks very much. Ken
  2. I just had two sales show up, with exactly the same descriptors of usage, duration, etc. I was surprised to see that one was priced about half as much as the other. How can the prices be so different if the details are the same for the both of them? Thanks, Maria
  3. I see a lot of people talking about have sold a picture for $100, $200 and so on. I was wondering, how can I sale my pictures for more then only $0,90?
  4. Hi, anyone want to share their Stockimo sales average / low / high mine: $32,50 / $1,59 / $122,68 Update (13/07): $23,57 / $0,12 (SS-Sales) /$122,68 /Arthur
  5. How was your May 2016? Mine was average with 9 sales. Only $160 gross in total though. Lowest $2.23 (x2), which were distributors sales so netted me $0.67 -so about 40p! Highest $57.05. Views another record rolling month high. Zooms holding up to about average. John.
  6. EDIT: Scratch that - thought I'd found an unreported sale. But on second check it was there. The threads are STILL important!
  7. 10 sales, $97.47 net. So far I have about 1/3 of last year's cash, so holding steady, but 50% of last year's sales, so dollars per sale well down again. Zooms best of year; 20+ infringements reported in early Jan still to be processed.
  8. Let me share with you this case to know what you think. more than three months ago, Alamy asked me for one of its distributors one of my photos at a larger size. I did shipping, everything was right but now, nearly four months later, I have not received any notification about my photography and its possible sale. What is your opinion?. Thank you.
  9. Hello, I am kinda new here and these qustions might sound dumb, but I'm kinda discourged no ones bought my photos. Maybe you guy would have some suggestions to help me make some. Is this a kind of deal where you spend money to make money? What keywording companies do you use? Is rights managed a good option? Thanks, Jacob Y.
  10. I like to browse the Customer search activity of Alamy measures to identify possible clients interest. Specifically I search for search terms, that yield only a small number of pictures. What about an advanced search for the "All of Alamy" measures, where we could enter ranges for UCO, Sales,Zooms, Views and CTR. That way one could search a specific area of interest and narrow it down to say - terms that sold at least once, resulted in a CTR of x to y%, but yielding only 1 to 99 images. or any other combination. Also the number of search words could be an interesting parameter - ie only results containing Whisky with three or four words in the search term This would help to identify shortages in Alamy's image base within the photographers areas of interest. Any support for this from fellow "Alamists"?
  11. Hi all, i'm a newbie in Alamy but have some skills about the concept of CTR. We all know it's basically a "# of Zooms / # of Views" kind of thing, right? Higher CTRs mean usually more Sales (not a math relationship btw). As all math ratios, the more Views we have the worst CTR we're gonna expect from our pictures. Views are the result of a combination of multiple Keywords and math says the more Keywords the more combinations, so # of Views. for i.e. i had Views for the search term "Miami" alone of pictures i did of a Miami beach gay party which is NOT what i wanted since "Miami" keyword alone DOES NOT full describe my picture, therefore i wrongly addressed a potential buyer to my party image. Someone who looked for "Miami" probably wanted some downtown Miami images or may be Miami skylines, not a private swimming pool party which could have been photographed everywhere. Then looking at this great tool which is "Your Images" or AoA i could easily come to the conclusion i should MINIMIZE the # of Views to increase the CTR and hopefully MAXIMIZE the # of Sales. So, am i right if i say it's better to use a minimal set of keywords to keep low the # of proper combinations? That should reduce consistently our # of Views preventing buyers from the bad thing also known as keyword spamming. What do you think and how do you keyword this way? Thx in advance I'm sorry English is not my mother language...
  12. How was your February 2016? Mine was average with 8 sales for $353. Lowest $5.59 (x2), highest $180. Had one refund, sold originally for $45, refunded then sold for the same licence for $43.34 - a saving of $1.66! Incidentally, rolling views for the month highest for 6 months, and rolling zooms highest ever!! John.
  13. Hi! I just signed up and I have one question: if a buyer uses my image, will it have a watermark or will my name still be attached to this photo? I know that somewhere this question will have been answered. Just some info on my question would be very much appreciated!
  14. I have some family photos from the Victorian era and slightly younger. say 1900 through to 1950s. Many of these were taken in studios, now long defunct, of my family members or their homes. Some are simply family "snapshots" Do I have any right to sell scanned versions of these on Alamy, or are they the Intellectual property of the original photographer?
  15. Sales are happening once in a while in months. How can I increase it ? I categorized the photos into albums,but the most I got was just views.
  16. How about tiered pricing? Might it not make sense to allow photographers or Alamy staff to set pricing. I understand that supply and demand might make even a really nice photo of a very popular subject sell for very little. But what about subjects for which there is virtually no competition? For example, I'd be interested in hiring a plane and getting aerial shots above my region. But I could spend $500. Based on previous experience I often see my photos sell for just a few dollars each. Sometimes sales are for "real money" but not that often. Also some contributors have unique niches. As such I have photos so far as I know nobody has of things that are quite relevant. I feel weird when I license those for cheap, I just checked and found a two year worldwide print and web license for $15 for example. Some ways I could imagine this working would be: Allow contributors to set a minimum price but keep other Alamy pricing otherwise the same- forcing the lowest paying news outlets and blogs to cough up a "reasonable" amount if they want a premium photo. Let contributors set pricing as a percentage of a base pricing scheme. I think that's the way my Photoshelter is setup. Simply start a new premium service like the opposite of Stockimo and have a new set of prices all-together Just an idea....
  17. For the first time ever i've sold an image on a Sunday! John.
  18. Hi all, Not sure if this is helpful to anyone but I went through the 'images found for October 2015 thread'. I added all of the sales by image numbers starting A-F. Here are the results: A - 147 sales B - 193 sales (best by quite a margin) C - 159 sales D - 144 sales E - 125 sales F - 40 sales (unsurprising as current) 808 total images mentioned - 61.75% in the A-C range so we can extrapolate that older images do sell well. Note - I have only complied these from the thread entries where image is visible or the number has been added in the text description. I tried to eliminate duplicating numbers where an image had been quoted (in thanks) in a subsequent entry.
  19. These sale details have me scratching my head: Country: Germany Usage: Editorial Media: Magazine - print, digital and electronic Print run: up to 10,000 Placement: Inside Image Size: 1/2 page Start: 01 September 2015 End: 01 September 2020 Duration: 1 month Can anyone try to explain why Start and End dates of 5 years becomes a duration of 1 month? This explanation from MS makes even less sense: "Customers we actively go after, contact us about specific needs or key customers with large spends and image requirements may negotiate on price; which always starts with our shop front pricing. It’s in our interest too to get the best price and our sales team works extremely hard in negotiating deals. Some of these customers need to be confident they’re covered to use images for their particular area and we may invoice with the highest print run and largest page size as we’re working with large orders. Actual use is nearly always at a much smaller size and lower print run." The only thing I can think of is that they want to license for 30 days within a period of 5 years which seems strange. Rgds, Richard.
  20. I always assumed worldwide usage to include the UK. At least that's how I always presented evidence for book sales for my Payback 2014 claim. DACS however are no longer counting 'Worldwide' or 'Worldwide English Language' as evidence on the summary of sales I present them. Sales must indicate a book was published specifically in the UK. This is fine and rules is rules though confused why now and not previously.
  21. Any idea which UK newspaper would have yielded this sale? (Two sales actually but identical wording.) Country: United Kingdom Usage: Editorial Media: Newspaper - national Print run: up to 2 million Placement: Inside and online Image Size: 1/4 page Start: 01 June 2015 End: 02 June 2015 One use in a single editorial article used within the print and digital versions of a single publication. Digital usage includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article. There's no online evidence I can find with Google and Tineye reverse image searches and the wording doesn't correspond with any of my other UK newspaper sales. John
  22. Hi, This is my first post here and my question refers to my initial submission to Alamy. I passed the approval process and I just finished keywording my 4 initial images. Is there a next step I need to to do place this photos for sale? Or does that happen automatically after I save all the keywords and all the information fields? Thanks Dom
  23. My sales on Alamy this year have been nought short of abysmal. So much so, that I am even considering joining the controversial UK Newspaper Scheme. I can't help but feel that here at Alamy, sales are far too dependent upon rank - which is highly reliant upon sales. Get into a negative spiral and you will never be found again. The BHZ game sees me 'ranked' higher than ever before, yet my CTR is trash. It seems that Alamy's random (?) 'tweaks' to their search algorithms mean that it is pointless making changes to keywords based upon search results, as that changes with time? I am in agreement with Jill Morgan in her assessment that regular uploading contributes to rank (I've said as much myself before), but it seems to me that regular sales are by far the most important factor. In any case the uploading issue is another downward spiral - the fewer sales you have with one agent, the less inclined you are to upload - and so it goes. To that end - and considering that I am lousy at following up on unlicensed usage of images - should I join the NS? Is it worth the hassle and the gripes of lousy sales returns in order to build up CTR. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that many who have had a good half year are in the NS? Am I getting panicky (doubtless!)? Am I overly concerned about current sales (should I just ride this wave for a few months)? Will NS prove to be a low return option without the uptick in CTR - and therefore further, higher value sales - that I presume? More rant and desperation than owt else, but I would appreciate your valued opinions. Ta...!
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