John Richmond Posted October 16, 2019 Share Posted October 16, 2019 1 hour ago, John Mitchell said: My recent sales suggest the same thing for the most part -- specific/obscure subjects are doing the best. I don't think that the flood of images will ever stop. Alamy will just get increasingly bottom heavy with more an more images sinking into the depths of no return. Keeping one's leaky boat afloat is everything now. 🥴 I can only agree with you, John. Which means that any of us have to stand out to have any protection from the floodwaters. We all all have our own ideas how to do that. For what it's worth this is mine: I made a conscious decision when I first joined Alamy to seek out obscure subjects in my chosen areas (mostly plants, gardens and macro fauna and flora). My rationale was twofold. I knew from my own experience as a magazine article writer that editors do like material that references obscure subjects - and that requires suitable images captioned and keyworded with good subject knowledge. It was also obvious that the way to initially stand out, make those first vital sales and inch up the Alamy rankings was to contribute material that wasn't widely available. Once established, I could then start adding other material hoping that a higher ranking would make it more visible. It's worked for me. Doing a quick and dirty analysis of my zooms since October 2018 - 1007 in total over the year - 168 (16.68%) have come from searches which have returned less than 10 images, Extending that out just over half, 507 ( 50.3%) of the 1007, came from searches that yielded less than 100 results - 1 page at default settings. At better than 1 sale per four zooms that's yielding a fair few sales. 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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