Paulstw Posted September 27, 2013 Share Posted September 27, 2013 I think with only having 880 images on Alamy within a year is not bad going. I certainly fell pray to the ideal that loads of images result in sales, so I went a bit crazy snapping everything I thought would sell. I am getting a lot of views everyday (hundreds), consistent numbers from relatively the same search terms. So it leads me to a few conclusions. 1. The images that are coming up are not fit for the buyers purpose 2. They are missing my images due to poor ranking 3. The images overall are just not fit for their purpose I have key-worded my images to an acceptable level (I think) and I'm happy with the search terms used for my images to appear. I do tweak a few that missed and the few that were way off. I've been lucky to work with a few people lately on photography jobs, and their perception of how an image should look in their head normally doesn't translate well in the camera. For instance, a landscape shot that was given to a client, came back with the comment "Can you squash this into a portrait pic so that everything fits in?"ME: I did take a portrait picture of that scene"Yeah but it's not wide enough. ME: ok it's been squashed. "Fantastic, that's how I wanted it. ME: scratches head Do we have a void on Alamy where a customer wants a certain image but it's not really technically possible or doesn't exist yet? Gives weight to the argument of why the strangest of images sell and the ones we're proud of don't. Maybe a better communication between client and Alamy can be addressed and then cascaded down to folk who can take the image they need? Lots of other agencies have a "picture needs" part of the forum where a client can ask the photographers for certain images that are missing from the database. I've tried to think like the buyer and not the photographer but this hiccup with QC lately is denting my confidence in that theory. I'm not complaining about lack of sales, as I have a few in the pipeline from what I can gather. It's really to address the need of the buyer. There seems to be potential there for sales, but something is getting in the way. Anyway just rambling away here. Paul Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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