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2 hours ago, Colin Woods said:

This reminds me of a piece that was in the news back when I was living in the UK. A couple in a nearby town bought a crate of (I think) bananas as they were having a big party. They opened the crate and out popped a large tarantula  type spider, delighted no doubt to have its freedom after a week or so in the box. It was more swift on its feet than the couple and it vanished under the sofa. They moved the sofa and the spider was not there. They eventually made peace with the idea of living with the spider, and saw it fairly frequently, even in their bedroom! Gulp. Not for me. As previously discussed I am happy with ants but I do draw the line at plate-sized spiders.

 

This is a very good reason not to go to the Amazon. That's what documentaries are for.

 

Documentaries? That's what I was doing there! It's not somewhere I'd go on vacation. 

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3 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I know a tarantula bite isn’t poisonous. Neither is a Wolf spider bite. I was bitten on the top of my big toe by a wolf spider and it felt like a cigarette had been ground out on my skin. It turned dead white and bled. A spider bite bled!!  
Spiders are evil little creatures and I hate them. They hide in your shoes, your clothes, and of course when you put your stuff on, they don’t like it and bite. The wolf spider was in one of my gardening shoes and when I slipped the shoe on, I paid for it. There are at least 500 less wolf spiders in my part of the country.

You’ve heard about a woman scorned, that’s nothing to a woman spider-bitten.

Where’s my bazooka?

Betty

 

In my other part-time gig, I tutor high school kids in their homes. A few years ago, I tutored a grade 8 student who kept a pet tarantula in an old aquarium set up in his cramped and cluttered bedroom. I always used to have a look at the tarantula before getting down to work. One evening, I noticed that the tarantula was not the aquarium, so I asked my student where it was. His answer: "I don't know." 😬

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3 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

In my other part-time gig, I tutor high school kids in their homes. A few years ago, I tutored a grade 8 student who kept a pet tarantula in an old aquarium set up in his cramped and cluttered bedroom. I always used to have a look at the tarantula before getting down to work. One evening, I noticed that the tarantula was not the aquarium, so I asked my student where it was. His answer: "I don't know." 😬

😱 I’d have said, “Guess what?  You don’t know where I am, either,” Then taken a powder.

Edited to add: I just now pictured you unable to concentrate on tutoring and nervously and constantly looking around. If only I were there to touch the back of your neck with a feather. Bwa-ha-ha!
The fence guy yesterday was nailing the last board on my fence. The compressor was making racket and he had earbuds in.  I needed to ask him something but didn’t want to shout. So I tapped him lightly on the back. You’d have thought I stabbed him with a switchblade the way he reacted. Hee hee.

Back on subject: I only have 8 zooms showing for the rolling month and my CTR has fallen below 20. It’s horrible.

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1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

😱 I’d have said, “Guess what?  You don’t know where I am, either,” Then taken a powder.

Edited to add: I just now pictured you unable to concentrate on tutoring and nervously and constantly looking around. If only I were there to touch the back of your neck with a feather. Bwa-ha-ha!
The fence guy yesterday was nailing the last board on my fence. The compressor was making racket and he had earbuds in.  I needed to ask him something but didn’t want to shout. So I tapped him lightly on the back. You’d have thought I stabbed him with a switchblade the way he reacted. Hee hee.

Back on subject: I only have 8 zooms showing for the rolling month and my CTR has fallen below 20. It’s horrible.

 

Fortunately, tutoring pays better than stock photography, so I stuck it out and lived to tell the tale. As I remember, the tarantula never returned. I guess the kid's very large pet iguana (seriously) got it.

 

Yes, it's a slow month. I only have four sales so far -- two PU, one presentation, and thankfully a low $$$ one. CTR doing fine at 0.68, though.

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8 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

I only have 8 zooms showing for the rolling month and my CTR has fallen below 20. It’s horrible.

 

Actually if your CTR is 20 that is excellent. Don't you mean 0.20?

 

I only have 7 zooms for the rolling month and my CTR is 0.77, so there.🤪

 

Allan

 

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23 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

 

 

what's interesting is that the number of images listed here has now increased twice since Thursday, but no new image appear in the portfolio

 

 

and now the number is down by 5, which is not connected to any daily uploads....  i wondered if i deleted  images  6 months ago, but doesn't look like it....  

 

still no change to portfolio number though now the difference (2397-2386=11) doesn't match images that passed QC and are not visible.  Totally confused

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5 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Actually if your CTR is 20 that is excellent. Don't you mean 0.20?

 

I only have 7 zooms for the rolling month and my CTR is 0.77, so there.🤪

 

Allan

 

Yes, you are right, Allan. 😤

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5 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Actually if your CTR is 20 that is excellent. Don't you mean 0.20?

 

I only have 7 zooms for the rolling month and my CTR is 0.77, so there.🤪

 

Allan

 

 

 

well 0.20 is below 20  😉.

 

 

i still remember a useless University teacher who wouldn't test his answers and had multiple choice like (adjusted for magnitude )

 

a) 0 to 1

b) 1 to 2

c) 2 to 3

d) 3 to 4

e) above 4

 

 

and the answer would be 7234, and he would just justify it by saying, if you understood you would have been fine....  

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It is only the sum that comes after multiply by zero that matters.

 

Allan

 

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Very high ctr but no sales. Almost 2 years ago I covered the filming of War Of The Worlds and put the images up here exclusive.BIG mistake as I never sold anything and the programme (yes, I know it turned out to be more BBC woke tripe) has been aired and gone. I had some very good images in that collection but alas, they went into a big black hole here.wasted. 

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29 minutes ago, Marb said:

Very high ctr but no sales. Almost 2 years ago I covered the filming of War Of The Worlds and put the images up here exclusive.BIG mistake as I never sold anything and the programme (yes, I know it turned out to be more BBC woke tripe) has been aired and gone. I had some very good images in that collection but alas, they went into a big black hole here.wasted. 

 

"more BBC woke tripe" funny thats exactly what I thought of it too 🤣

 

Pretty much like their terrible version of Dracula

 

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It is quite discouraging not to get any kind of response for your work. Even a zoom every now and then would do. CTR may affect how your images are shown, but it's also what they call gamification these days; it is very addictive. You feel good when it goes up and frustrated when it goes down - and you check your rating everyday. Most days it's just disappointing.

 

At least 'Images sold in...' -topic gives some pleasure when 'Your Images' does not. Happy to see that it is actually possible to license images and even with reasonable fees every now and then. 

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1 hour ago, JaniMarkus Hasa said:

At least 'Images sold in...' -topic gives some pleasure when 'Your Images' does not. Happy to see that it is actually possible to license images and even with reasonable fees every now and then. 

I'll have to take your word for it.

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Would the Covid 19 virus play a role in the downturn of activity, the Chinese economy is in lockdown and people are being told to stay home, anyway this should affect the Personal Use sales.

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I doubt I have that many sales to China.  Other agents haven't fallen as flat as Alamy.

I have 9 sales so far this month and all are under $20 ($8 net).

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On 16/02/2020 at 02:18, Betty LaRue said:

😱 I’d have said, “Guess what?  You don’t know where I am, either,” Then taken a powder.

Edited to add: I just now pictured you unable to concentrate on tutoring and nervously and constantly looking around. If only I were there to touch the back of your neck with a feather. Bwa-ha-ha!
The fence guy yesterday was nailing the last board on my fence. The compressor was making racket and he had earbuds in.  I needed to ask him something but didn’t want to shout. So I tapped him lightly on the back. You’d have thought I stabbed him with a switchblade the way he reacted. Hee hee.

Back on subject: I only have 8 zooms showing for the rolling month and my CTR has fallen below 20. It’s horrible.

When I was a kid I had my mother collecting flys for me for my "pet" spider. When she came to see it and found it was a black widow with hundreds of babies she wouldn't collect any more flys. Then the tiny little babies seem to disappear through the vent holes I had in the jar lid. I gave up on that spider.

 

As for the images I'm at 5 this month which is a bit down but not as down as that $.

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Wouldn't say (yet) that I've fallen off a cliff, but I'm definitely languishing on the river flats so far this month. 😶

 

Zooms have picked up considerably, though, which I trust is a good sign.

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Some glimmers of hope:

 

I just got 2 of the 3 zooms by someone looking for photographs of my suburban hometown today, so fingers crossed.

 

The first image licensed this year here was taken in the small beach community where my family has a summer cottage, so I'm feeling more confident in my decision to leave many of my small town American photographs here, mostly as RM. My editorial pseudo seems to be seeing more action. 

 

Just licensed nine images directly earlier today to an overseas client, so my renewed efforts in that direction are paying off. Uploading to Alamy is so much easier, so hoping that things turn around and return to the nice regular modest to excellent sales I was seeing in the first half of 2019. Looking back my February 2019 started with a $10 license, followed a week later by one for $75 so maybe history will repeat itself. 

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Still only 4 sales this month. Zooms and CTR still weak. My monthly sales chart certainly looks like a cliff edge compared to previous months.

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I went through a bad spell of few zooms and sales towards the end of last year. I then started uploading images from my backlog (I tend to upload during the colder months when not travelling or gardening so much) and things picked up nicely. I think it was David Kirkpatrick (?) who recommended uploading 'little and often' to keep your CTR etc at a reasonable level. It seems to work for me.

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I continue to lose money on every photo I take but I plan to make it back with more volume.

Let's see how that works out. 😀

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On 19/02/2020 at 01:18, andremichel said:

Still only 4 sales this month. Zooms and CTR still weak. My monthly sales chart certainly looks like a cliff edge compared to previous months.

 

I wonder if things have slowed down in the invoicing department due to the sale to PA Media. There might be some kind of transition going on.

 

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Update:

 

Alamy has saved me just before I landed on the rocks - 4 sales have come in 🙂.  Zooms have stopped dropping but still still sitting at a low 20.

 

John

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5 hours ago, John Walker said:

Update:

 

Alamy has saved me just before I landed on the rocks - 4 sales have come in 🙂.  Zooms have stopped dropping but still still sitting at a low 20.

 

John

 

Ok you may have spilled some of your drink on the way down....but looks like you have landed on your feet with four sales to cushion the fall....Cheers 😀 

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Utterly utterly dead. Diabolical. Depressing.

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