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August was good! 17 for $1,388.  The number of sales was about average but the price per sale was up!

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1 hour ago, VbFolly said:

That's a great result. I hope you don't mind, but I just clicked on your image number to get an idea of what you are photographing, and noticed an error in your lizard identification towards the bottom of the first page - Image W5AD6B - it is actually a sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). I recognised it straightaway as I am a reptile surveyor and we have them in my area of southern England.

 

Thank you! They are hard to differentiate for the non-specialist - I was looking at its dorsal markings, which seem to match the Wikipedia description. This was on top of a hill in a lush green pasture, though - no sand for miles - is that a likely habitat for your creature?

 

Alex

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8 for $78 gross. Last few months have been dreadful. 😥

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4 hours ago, M.Chapman said:

Wasn't helped by a PU sale that was refunded. Hi res download for free? Or did they really think they were buying a box of tablets? Mmmm...

It's perfectly possible. I had several PU sales of photos of tablets refunded. After it was suggested here on the forum that people thought they were getting the actual meds*, I contacted support who told me that happens often, and not just with meds - PU sales are made to people who think they're buying a product.

At that point, I wrote in the caption or 'additional information' of all my meds pics, "This is a stock photo of medicine, not the medicine itself" or somesuch rubric and I haven't had such a sale again(so far). Probably these buyers did not download the image, hopefully Alamy would be able to see that - that for sure would be an indication that they didn't understand the sale. I suspect most of Joe Public have never heard of 'stock photos'. Certainly when I mention 'what I do' to people I meet, they haven't a clue, and I explain it in terms of some of the big news names that they have usually heard of, then push that out to other uses.

 

*I'm sure many people who live in countries which don't have free prescription medicine are desperate enough to risk paying a low price, even from a company not known for reliability in sales of medicine. Maybe they just see Alamy has a generally good reputation without looking at the details. Maybe English isn't their first language.

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11 for $514, boosted by  a $230 book sale. Total ctr rose to 1.27. Hope that translates to sales.

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1 hour ago, Alex Ramsay said:

 

Thank you! They are hard to differentiate for the non-specialist - I was looking at its dorsal markings, which seem to match the Wikipedia description. This was on top of a hill in a lush green pasture, though - no sand for miles - is that a likely habitat for your creature?

 

Alex

Although in the UK they are restricted to coastal dunes and sandy heaths, they are in more variable habitats in the south of their range, including grasslands. They would need a few bare patches to lay their eggs. The green flanks on your lizard identify it as a male sand lizard in peak breeding condition.

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Only 3 sales, but the $ was decent. 

Total $159

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Quite a mixed bag above.  For me, I had a mediocre month - 18 sales for $554 gross/$207 net.  Even my other "experiment" is tanking, with only $150 net this month.  It makes me scratch my head in wonder.

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Worst month in years. 3 sales for $39 gross. It's really taken the wind out of my sails - I've been working so hard. 😞

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4 hours ago, VbFolly said:

Although in the UK they are restricted to coastal dunes and sandy heaths, they are in more variable habitats in the south of their range, including grasslands. They would need a few bare patches to lay their eggs. The green flanks on your lizard identify it as a male sand lizard in peak breeding condition.

 

Many thanks - one of the nice things about Alamy is that there's always someone out there who really knows their stuff, and is willing to help

 

Alex

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Poor month here and at other sites. Only 3 alamy sales for about $86. Started off well and then.    just.    stopped...

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12 for $370. Ok. A couple of decent stock prices, but many tiddlers. Helped by one $$$ live news image.

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23 for 844.

Both under this year's average. Which is under last year's monthly average. Which was just above the average of 2017. Which was a lot under the average of 2016.

 

wim

 

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17 minutes ago, Brasilnut said:

 

To be brutally honest I don't think that it is acceptable to link to your blog which is so blatantly requesting financial support.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

To be brutally honest I don't think that it is acceptable to link to your blog which is so blatantly requesting financial support.

 

 

 

Looks like I won't be seeing any donations from you for my premium content? :) 

 

Bet you still read it towards the end though and picked up some valuable tips!

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10 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Nice one John, you're clearly doing something right!

 

Thanks. I imagine that August and July (which were similar in terms of increased sales and revenue) were probably anomalies. However, I'm thinking that certain clients may now be asking Alamy for exclusive images, and I've been benefiting from this for whatever reasons. At any rate, it will be interesting to see if the upward trend continues. It's great to be on a roll, but ups are often followed by downs, as the responses in this monthly thread always demonstrate. One has to be realistic about these matters. 🧐

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3 hours ago, Reimar said:

Quite a mixed bag above.  For me, I had a mediocre month - 18 sales for $554 gross/$207 net.  Even my other "experiment" is tanking, with only $150 net this month.  It makes me scratch my head in wonder.

 

My limited experimenting on the dark side suggest that it's quick sand. I may be wrong of course.

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14 for $152. Lowest month of fees ever.

 

Craig.

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1 hour ago, Brasilnut said:

 

Looks like I won't be seeing any donations from you for my premium content? :) 

 

Bet you still read it towards the end though and picked up some valuable tips!

 

No, I stopped reading after the begging started.

 

I sincerely doubt that there would be any valuable tips for me.

 

 

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3 Stock and 1 iPhone App.

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25 minutes ago, geogphotos said:

 

No, I stopped reading after the begging started.

 

I sincerely doubt that there would be any valuable tips for me.

 

 

 

Maybe the first to start this thread next month could name this the Brutally Honest Monthly Report. 😁

Oh wait I think we know a worthy candidate. 😂

 

wim

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Slow steady progress. Average age of pictures sold still around 3 1/3 years, ranging from 9 years to a month. End of month rush was more of a post operative shuffle!

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