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I want to increase my sales. Would you please let me know your experience about uploading pictures exclusive to Alamy? Do they sell better? Are they higher in the search engine results? What's the difference in payout? Generally do pictures sell better when uploaded exclusive? 

I am happy to receive any advice. Thank you very much. 

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3 hours ago, sarosa said:

I want to increase my sales. Would you please let me know your experience about uploading pictures exclusive to Alamy? Do they sell better? Are they higher in the search engine results? What's the difference in payout? Generally do pictures sell better when uploaded exclusive? 

I am happy to receive any advice. Thank you very much. 

1. Yes, but it probably won't be very helpful

2. Not in my experience. But we have no way of knowing what the overall picture is.

3. We have no way of knowing this either, as we can't see by clicking on images whether or not they're exclusive.

4. You get 50% of direct sales if the files are exclusive, 40% if not exclusive, so 20% less, which could be a few cents or many dollars depending on sale price.

5. See 2 - we (the suppliers) have no way of knowing. Also remember only a very tiny proportion of suppliers are active on the forums.

 

Bottom line is if you sellelsewhere, you're probably better keeping your files non-exclusive.

If you're wondering whether to spread your wings to other agencies, it can't hurt to try.

Remember, with 489 images, you're a very tiny fish here.

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It may depend on where else they are on sale and at what prices.

 

If the same image appears on Google in two stock sites at very different prices you would expect the potential client to act accordingly. 

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From my experience talking to graphic designers for instance they go to thier usual stock library supplier and don't spend time looking around for cheaper alternatives for the same image.

They seem to stay with one prefered library due to them having no knoledge of the existence of competing stock agencies therfore would not stumble upon images that are exclusive to one site.

That said there are a lot of varibles and one size does not fit all.

Andy

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One option I haven't tried (because all my images are non-exlusive) is to set two similar images with either tag (one exclusive the other non-exclusive) and see where they land in a search result. 

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Tough question to answer. My sales numbers have increased this year, and I can't help thinking that having most of my images exclusive to Alamy has had something to do with the upswing . I have no proof of course.

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All my images are exclusive with Alamy. My sales are strong but the prices paid now days are not. We get 50% of most sales instead of 40% being exclusive. Better placement and more sales? That's hard to know. ???

 

You have some terrific images, Rosa. 

 

PS: If you want to increase your sales, you'll have to have more than 489 images. You've been with Alamy 10 years. Get to work. 

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5 hours ago, Andy G said:

From my experience talking to graphic designers for instance they go to thier usual stock library supplier and don't spend time looking around for cheaper alternatives for the same image.

 

It's useful that reverse image search from Alamy result pages no longer seems to work.

 

Mark

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As Edo noted, the 50% commission for exclusive images can make a significant difference. I still have several hundred images available at a non-performing agency, and I've lost a fair amount of revenue because of this. I've started deleting them, but it's going to take at least six months, which is something to keep in mind -- i.e. once you have images with other agencies, it can take a long time to have them removed.

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51 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

You have some terrific images, Rosa. 

I'll second that. Really nice!

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3 hours ago, jodyko said:

I'll second that. Really nice!

I`ll third that!!.  just checked your portfolio and I was very impressed.  Wonderful eye and perspective. :)

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Thank you so much for all your comments and advice! Appreciate it. I will upload some images exclusive and see whether I see a difference in those, whether they are more successful then the others. 

 

Have a nice day. 

 

Sarosa

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A little late, but my take on exclusivity. 

 

The benefit for the Alamy contributor is 50% of the gross sale price instead of 40% in exchange for exclusivity. The benefit for Alamy is more images not available elsewhere that could increase sales. Increased Alamy sales equates to increased Contributor sales. What isn't known is the percentage of exclusive to non exclusive sales made by Alamy, and if this has changed significantly since the exclusivity 40/50% option was introduced.  Also if customers simply bought an image that suited their purpose or bought as they could only find it at Alamy. If ever the 50% option was removed, it would increase the likelihood of images also being placed elsewhere.

 

Exclusivity currently suits me, likely 99.99% of my port is exclusive.

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22 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

All my images are exclusive with Alamy. My sales are strong but the prices paid now days are not. We get 50% of most sales instead of 40% being exclusive. Better placement and more sales? That's hard to know. ???

 

You have some terrific images, Rosa. 

 

PS: If you want to increase your sales, you'll have to have more than 489 images. You've been with Alamy 10 years. Get to work. 

Thank you Ed. I like your "Get to work". Because the sales never really inspired be, it was just a little bit something I did. But I really would love to put more energy and time into it. YES, I WILL GET TO WORK!

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Good! I love your pictures . . . and I love your dogs.  😃

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4 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Good! I love your pictures . . . and I love your dogs.  😃

Thanks Ed!

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@OP, after seeing what the others wrote, I looked at your pics, and they are indeed lovely. Have you considered putting them on sale as prints, somewhere like FAA. So long as you don't tick to sell your images as stock here, they are still considered exclusive on Alamy.

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It would be helpful if Alamy could give us feedback about how the move to increased exclusivity is working out. Do customers like the idea?  How is it affecting sales, etc.? Hopefully we'll hear some news at some point.

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No. I have exclusive shots of behind the scenes of the upcoming bbc War Of The Worlds tv series due to be aired very soon worldwide, some good ones nobody else has and yet non have sold here except 1 small personal sale  (which I have since stopped and made all editorial) So considering its a major story, first time ever on tv being aired worldwide, its a very very poor return here. 

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1 hour ago, Marb said:

No. I have exclusive shots of behind the scenes of the upcoming bbc War Of The Worlds tv series due to be aired very soon worldwide, some good ones nobody else has and yet non have sold here except 1 small personal sale  (which I have since stopped and made all editorial) So considering its a major story, first time ever on tv being aired worldwide, its a very very poor return here. 

Doesn’t matter really if they are photos that no one else has. For something like this, what matters is whether the producers make photos available freely to editorial outlets, which is highly likely since they want to promote the programme. The papers are unlikely to pay for something that they can get free.

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