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Hi, all. I was just trying to analyse my discoverability ratings. I entered "Vertical Forest Milan" in the search box, which should match seven of my images. I got fifteen pages of results, but as far as I can see not a single one of my own images is in the results. What's going on, and how can I optimise so that my pictures show up? Thanks in advance for any help.

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There's 16 pages of results.

 

Optimise? How does your CTR compare to the Alamy average? And how do your monthly sales figures for your portfolio size compare to other contributors? 

https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/17021-how-is-your-august/

 

Once you know how you're doing compared to everyone else and if you think you need to do better, then lots of advice here:

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

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Update: If I add "Apartment Improvement" to the search, I get ONLY my own seven pictures. If I only add "Apartment", I get three pages without my own shots. Somehow the search is only returning a sub-set of the pictures that match the terms given, but according to what rules? I'm confused!

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16 minutes ago, Steve F said:

There's 16 pages of results.

 

Optimise? How does your CTR compare to the Alamy average? And how do your monthly sales figures for your size compare to other contributors? 

https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/17021-how-is-your-august/

 

Once you know how you're doing compared to everyone else and if you think you need to do better, then lots of advice here:

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

 

I've seen the term "CTR". but I'm not sure where to find it. Any tips? My monthly sales are mostly extremely poor - zero in most months with 17,000+ pics. I may have too many series, but before I invest a lot more work in curation I would like to know where I am going wrong.

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15 minutes ago, Steve F said:

There's 16 pages of results.

 

Optimise? How does your CTR compare to the Alamy average? And how do your monthly sales figures for your size compare to other contributors? 

https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/17021-how-is-your-august/

 

Once you know how you're doing compared to everyone else and if you think you need to do better, then lots of advice here:

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

 

Okay, found it. It's 0.32. Last month CTR on Alamy: 0.56

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16 minutes ago, Elliott Bignell said:

Update: If I add "Apartment Improvement" to the search, I get ONLY my own seven pictures. If I only add "Apartment", I get three pages without my own shots. Somehow the search is only returning a sub-set of the pictures that match the terms given, but according to what rules? I'm confused!

 

Are you searching from Alamy's home page with no filters applied?

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4 minutes ago, Steve F said:

Hi Elliott,

Have of this post. Point 3 is particularly relevant to you, but it's all useful.

https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/16969-ill-jump-in-no-matter-what-it-does-to-my-confidence/?do=findComment&comment=344671

 

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Steve

 

Thanks. I'd actually already seen that point. The thing is, I didn't think my keywording was excessive. One of those tower pics has 18 keywords, for instance, and I regarded them all as fairly relevant. "Urban" could be a bit generic, for instance, but "Urban Improvement" would be a conceivable search. I'm certainly not putting "blue sky" on every picture!

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14 minutes ago, Steve F said:

Hi Elliott,

Have of this post. Point 3 is particularly relevant to you, but it's all useful.

https://discussion.alamy.com/topic/16969-ill-jump-in-no-matter-what-it-does-to-my-confidence/?do=findComment&comment=344671

 

Let me know if you have any more questions.

Steve

 

Actually, point 2 may be the key. Some of my captions are pretty uninformative, looking in retrospect. I could add more about the location and context.

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Okay, I can work on my captioning. Lots of work, but it's easier when one can see the purpose. What I don't get is why my pictures are not showing up AT ALL when I enter some subsets of their keywords. Going to take a break now. Would appreciate any insights.

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Might help to get some advice from other contributors here, but I have started to do more and more keyword stemming. E.g. 'milan sculpture' rather than 'milan' and 'sculpture' as separate keywords. To try and reduce the number of times my images appear in false search results.

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5 minutes ago, Elliott Bignell said:

Okay, I can work on my captioning. Lots of work, but it's easier when one can see the purpose. What I don't get is why my pictures are not showing up AT ALL when I enter some subsets of their keywords. Going to take a break now. Would appreciate any insights.

Are you logged in to Alamy when you search?

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2 minutes ago, Elliott Bignell said:

Okay, I can work on my captioning. Lots of work, but it's easier when one can see the purpose. What I don't get is why my pictures are not showing up AT ALL when I enter some subsets of their keywords. Going to take a break now. Would appreciate any insights.

 

Just had a quick look at your portfolio. 

Building in Milan - Image ID: 2RHWKJK

Caption is too short as you have just discovered. Also, Alamy's clients are usually searching for specific things. E.g. a particular bird species in a particular location. Or a particular building in Milan. The above referenced image is probably going to be right at the bottom of any client search. You need to Google / research your images if you want to improve saleability.

 

If you want advice on the technical quality of your photos, captions and keywords, then you can ask for a general portfolio review.

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3 minutes ago, Elliott Bignell said:

Yes.

Thanks, yes I checked for myself, makes no difference. I get 1545 for "vertical forest Milan" and although I haven't waded through 15 pages if I filter  that search result for contributor "Elliott Bignell" then your seven come up so I'm thinking that they must be amongst those 15 pages.

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8 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

Thanks, yes I checked for myself, makes no difference. I get 1545 for "vertical forest Milan" and although I haven't waded through 15 pages if I filter  that search result for contributor "Elliott Bignell" then your seven come up so I'm thinking that they must be amongst those 15 pages.

 

You're right. Some photographer, I. Sorry.

 

I need to learn to use the platform more effectively, apparently.

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