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  1. Hi all, Hope you had a decent and healthy start to the new year - and 2021 will be huge improvement over the one just gone! I have been with Alamy since around 15 years, and despite a constant fall in commission, have so far stayed with them. In the last ten years on teh 1300 images I have up here, I made a average sale of just under 5 a year. Obviously nothing to make a living of. Most of my images are from China and editiorial. I have been a live news contributor. After working on the picture desk of the Asia hub of one for the four major news wires I have changed the way I keyword, following some of the methology on the picture desk. But the agency and Alamy are of course not using the same search algorithms (or clients). At the end of last year, I decided to do more in the way of Sale Optimisation. So over 65% of all my images now have a meaningful caption (which includes the key 5 W's), and I completed the Optional Info for those as well and completed 50 keywords, with 10 supertags. (not sure if anyone of us can see the keywords...) My QC rating is 2 solid dark stars, one light (whatever that means..out of 5?). It may be low due to having a past of uploading via FTP from location and on a few occasions having to re-upload due to some errors. The CTR for the last month is: "Total CTR for O. Geibel: 0.96" (fo the last 12 months). Archive of images here I plan to: 1. upload more editorial archive pictures of pollution and industrial production of China (another 1000 pictures this year) 2. optimize the remaining 35% 3. opt out of the "personal use including single copy, non-retail wall art prints" ( ...I may not really understand how to use this, or where the money is made here) Any critique and thoughts most welcome.
  2. I created my Alamy profile a few days ago and passed the QC with the first set of 3 images. I then added the tags, super tags and optional content along with caption, all three images turned green "on sale". I gave it 2-3 days after adding all the metadata and then made searches on the platform to see if my pictures are appearing in the search. Even with super tags that are also a part of my caption, I do not see any of my 3 pictures appearing on search. A glitch: When I download the data from AIM, I see all the tags and supertags in the csv, but the status for all three images is "Not On Sale". On my Contributor dashboard I see that it says "3 images with good or optimized discoverability are on sale". I don't really know whether my images are on sale or not. The images not showing up on the search and inconsistent metadata information is not helping me understand what's going on. Could you kind people, please suggest what else can I check to understand what's going wrong - do I need to wait for a few more days so the images are re-indexed or is this a case of genuine bad keywording? Thanks a lot in advance.
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