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Andrzej Bajer
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Hi Andrzej,

You're thinking about this wrong. Alamy clients will probably never be looking at your Portfolio. They will be doing searches based on one or more search words. If your images show up in those searches, that counts as a view. And views aren't really of interest, what you want is zooms. This is when an Alamy client clicks on one of your images (means they're more likely to actually purchase it). It's not for all clients by the way, just large repeat customers are counted I believe. So there is no website for you. Your images will always appear next to many other contributor's images. 

 

What you should be looking at is your CTR rank. Your pictures will appear at a certain level (e.g. first page, 10th page... etc.) in searches by clients, depending on various factors. CTR and Sales are the only factors we know about for sure in the secret formula Alamy uses to set our search ranking. Your CTR rank (on your Dashboard) is a function of the number of times a client zooms (clicks on) one of your images versus the number of times your images appear in a client search, but are not zoomed.

CTR=Zooms/Views * 100

 

If you have a low CTR rank, that means your images are appearing in client searches a lot, but not being zoomed. You can see what the Alamy average CTR rank is on your Dashboard. Ways of increasing zooms (and sales) are:

  • Increase your portfolio size. Your portfolio is tiny - unless you specialise in some niche that is in demand, you're not likely to see much action at all. Old adage on Alamy was an average of 1 sale per month per 1000 images. But Alamy was much smaller back in the day. You're now competing against 300 million + images so I would expect it to be more like 1 per 1500 images.
  • Produce images that appear of interest as thumbnails on the Alamy search page.
  • Take images of subjects that sell (a whole other discussion).
  • Good captioning.

Steve

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Yes to what Steve says. You will need a lot more photos to get a lot of views. Steve has 4456. You can click on that number in his information to see them. Check out these links....

https://www.alamy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Captions-and-Tags-checklist.pdf

https://www.alamy.com/blog/tips-for-your-captions-from-the-sales-team

https://www.alamy.com/blog/captions-and-tags

 

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On 18/12/2022 at 04:44, Steve F said:

Hi Andrzej,

You're thinking about this wrong. Alamy clients will probably never be looking at your Portfolio. They will be doing searches based on one or more search words. If your images show up in those searches, that counts as a view. And views aren't really of interest, what you want is zooms. This is when an Alamy client clicks on one of your images (means they're more likely to actually purchase it). It's not for all clients by the way, just large repeat customers are counted I believe. So there is no website for you. Your images will always appear next to many other contributor's images. 

 

What you should be looking at is your CTR rank. Your pictures will appear at a certain level (e.g. first page, 10th page... etc.) in searches by clients, depending on various factors. CTR and Sales are the only factors we know about for sure in the secret formula Alamy uses to set our search ranking. Your CTR rank (on your Dashboard) is a function of the number of times a client zooms (clicks on) one of your images versus the number of times your images appear in a client search, but are not zoomed.

CTR=Zooms/Views * 100

 

If you have a low CTR rank, that means your images are appearing in client searches a lot, but not being zoomed. You can see what the Alamy average CTR rank is on your Dashboard. Ways of increasing zooms (and sales) are:

  • Increase your portfolio size. Your portfolio is tiny - unless you specialise in some niche that is in demand, you're not likely to see much action at all. Old adage on Alamy was an average of 1 sale per month per 1000 images. But Alamy was much smaller back in the day. You're now competing against 300 million + images so I would expect it to be more like 1 per 1500 images.
  • Produce images that appear of interest as thumbnails on the Alamy search page.
  • Take images of subjects that sell (a whole other discussion).
  • Good captioning.

Steve

Hi Steve,
thank you for taking the time for me. Your information is very helpful. As you know, I am in Alamy not all year and still gaining experience. I invite you to rate my photos. Happy Holidays.
                                                                           Andrew

 

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On 18/12/2022 at 06:32, NYCat said:

Yes to what Steve says. You will need a lot more photos to get a lot of views. Steve has 4456. You can click on that number in his information to see them. Check out these links....

https://www.alamy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Captions-and-Tags-checklist.pdf

https://www.alamy.com/blog/tips-for-your-captions-from-the-sales-team

https://www.alamy.com/blog/captions-and-tags

 

Paulette

Thank you for your support and information. All the best.

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To increase viewers to your Alamy portfolio and hopefully convert some to buyers will require you to promote your portfolio outside of Alamy by sending them links pointing to your portfolio.

 

Within Alamy itself there's not much if anything that can be done to promote your portfolio.

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On 17/12/2022 at 18:19, Andrzej Bajer said:

How to increase the number of viewers on my website? I read that some people have 50 to 100 visitors a day. I don't know how to increase the number of viewers. Is there any way to promote my photos?

Hi Andrzej,

As Steve F. said above, you need more images up... and the old adage of 1000 images per sale is true for me... I've got just over 1000 images and have had 12 sales this year... onwards and upwards!! 

Btw, I love your food stills... very dramatic... the bread looks yummy.😊

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5 hours ago, Andrzej Bajer said:

Hi Steve,
thank you for taking the time for me. Your information is very helpful. As you know, I am in Alamy not all year and still gaining experience. I invite you to rate my photos. Happy Holidays.
                                                                           Andrew

 

 

Hi Andrzej, you're welcome. We all started on Alamy at one time...! I like your photos a lot. Some of the food stills look more like fine art shots - not sure if stock is the best method to sell these. If you want a review from people, you can ask here:

https://discussion.alamy.com/forum/18-portfolio-critique/

 

Stephen

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On 18/12/2022 at 09:44, Steve F said:

Your pictures will appear at a certain level (e.g. first page, 10th page... etc.) in searches by clients, depending on various factors. CTR and Sales are the only factors we know about for sure in the secret formula Alamy uses to set our search ranking.

Not forgetting the degree of match between the customers search terms and the image's caption, super-tags and tags. A match with words in the caption and super-tags carries a higher weighting than a matches with just a Tag. Matches with phrases also carry a high weighting.

 

Bottom line is, accurate and smart captioning and tagging is also a key factor in determining image placement. OP can make some improvements in this area. e.g. 2JBE938. Where's the vinegar, cake tin, pepper shaker?

 

Mark

 

 

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5 hours ago, Phil said:

To increase viewers to your Alamy portfolio and hopefully convert some to buyers will require you to promote your portfolio outside of Alamy by sending them links pointing to your portfolio.

 

Within Alamy itself there's not much if anything that can be done to promote your portfolio.

Thank you for your advice. Regards. Andrzej

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33 minutes ago, M.Chapman said:

Not forgetting the degree of match between the customers search terms and the image's caption, super-tags and tags. A match with words in the caption and super-tags carries a higher weighting than a matches with just a Tag. Matches with phrases also carry a high weighting.

 

Bottom line is, accurate and smart captioning and tagging is also a key factor in determining image placement.

 

Mark, I think you may have inspired me to change my generic text! 😆👍

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2 hours ago, Steve F said:

 

Hi Andrew, you're welcome. We all started on Alamy at one time...! I like your photos a lot. Some of the food stills look more like fine art shots - not sure if stock is the best method to sell these. If you want a review from people, you can ask here:

https://discussion.alamy.com/forum/18-portfolio-critique/

 

Stephen

Thanks Steve for the kind word about my photos. Sometimes I take these photos using portable studio lights. Best regards.

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3 minutes ago, Andrzej Bajer said:

Thanks Steve for the kind word about my photos. Sometimes I take these photos using portable studio lights. Best regards.

 

You're welcome. Yes, I can be quite direct when critiquing! I can tell that you've spent a lot of time producing them. I'm just not sure what the market for selling images like this through stock is, it's certainly out of my experience, but I don't tend to see images like this. Perhaps someone else with relevant experience can comment.

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5 hours ago, Sharon said:

Hi Andrzej,

As Steve F. said above, you need more images up... and the old adage of 1000 images per sale is true for me... I've got just over 1000 images and have had 12 sales this year... onwards and upwards!! 

Btw, I love your food stills... very dramatic... the bread looks yummy.😊

Thank you Sharon for your feedback and good word. Best regards.

 

😀👍

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The simple way to look at it is to drastically increase the size of your portfolio. Then over time you increase the number of possible buyers looking at it which will increase the chances of a sale.

 

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