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I guess it must be my turn to start this ever-popular thread.

 

The new year began sluggishly for me, with only four sales for $387 gross. It wasn't a stellar month for zooms either, but 2015 is still in diapers.

 

On a more positive note, one of my editorial sales was for $250. I would love to see more of those in the coming months.

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After the slowest start ever, even for a January, the month picked up and finished with 14 sales. I also had a $250 sale and more of those would be very welcome.

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1 zoom ,1 sale showing, 5 sales not showing yet are these January sales or sales when show up in account ?

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The month started badly with three sales and two refunds, but picked up nicely to provide a net yield of 12 sales grossing $694, my best for a while and helped considerably by one $296 sale ( It seems they still exist!).

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$136 gross for me from 3 sales. Well, 2 of them were of the same image to the same newspaper. It's they liked it so much they paid twice ;)

 

A week or so ago, I went through a pseudo where I have my best stuff on Alamy. I'm hoping the updating I did on the keywords will help in the coming months.

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1 zoom ,1 sale showing, 5 sales not showing yet are these January sales or sales when show up in account ?

 

Not sure what others do but I would say that sales showing in the "Summary of items sold" for January is what you should be quoting here.

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Regarding the number of images sold, January was the joint best month ever on Alamy.

However, the other time I made this many sales I got more than twice the money with only about a third of the images on file.

So a mixed message there.

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Slow here, too (first two weeks were dead).  By month-end, zooms were OK-ish but views were way down (new 90-image page view default? Helps with CTR, I s'pose)

 

Two sales, both lower than I would like, but at least sales seem to be coming consistently every month now, and rapid QC has encouraged me to upload more frequently.  A March payout will help, too, as I remain frustratingly $3 short with a fistful waiting to clear.

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Zooms were very good, but sales below average. 

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Shocking month. 3 sales, all distributor, $20.83 net in total. Two of them were to the same buyer at $1.74 net each - not enough to cover my train fare to go and make the images. I find these prices unacceptable. I came out of the UK newspaper scheme to be rid of small value sales, but these are worse.

STILL not inspiring me to upload any more.

Zooms are still higher than Alamy's average (just by a bit in Jan), but so what?

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Jan was a good month by 20XX standards.  5 licenses  for over $500.

Sounds odd to say but I'm seeing things improving with stock....

It would take a lot to be back at the "good old days" but I believe

Alamy is doing everything they can to get there.

 

I've gotten so frustrated with where stock licenses have gone down

to that I started shooting assignments again and I'm now making more

on a single portrait or headshot of an executive then I make in a month

from stock.

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8 for $237 that's 8 more than last January.

Zooms for the month has hit 56 which is 50 more than last January.

 

Regards

Craig

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11 for 490

Not my worst month in recent years, but close.

Pay out for Feb 1 higher than Jan sales. Go figure.

 

wim

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Like the UK weather cold, wet and miserable. 2 sales, one of which was my first ever refund/re-sub, so was really a December sale. But looking forward to a fourth re-use of one shot in the Telegraph which should net me the price of a half a beer sometime in June.

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Summary for statement period 01 January 2015 to 01 February 2015 (2 item(s) totalling $65.12
At least 3 more used in that period, so looking ok, except for low value.

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Like Wim, my payout will be more than my gross sales in January. Had 9 sales for $551, not a great month. But I like John Mitchell's optimism, "2015 is still in diapers".

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Disappointed in two small sales. (Gross $47) It seems that what I submit doesn't command the larger fees.  :(

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Like Wim, my payout will be more than my gross sales in January. Had 9 sales for $551, not a great month. But I like John Mitchell's optimism, "2015 is still in diapers".

 

I'll remain optimistic as long as I don't have to change them (the diapers, that is). B)

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OK month. A bit peeved that what I thought were 3 live news sales turned out to be published just after they were no longer live news.

Does live news command a premium?

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Disappointed in two small sales. (Gross $47) It seems that what I submit doesn't command the larger fees.  :(

Larger fees are becoming increasingly difficult to come across, and looking back at my rather limited range of 3 figure sales, I can detect no particular pattern. Generally these images appear competent but are by no means exceptional, my favourite shots rarely sell, and when they do, don't earn big bucks.

 

It's easier to predict what will sell at the lower end, and, I guess, multiple sales at newspaper prices eventually add up to a reasonable return.

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4 sales for $112 gross after a very slow start to the month.

 

The good news is that 2 of those sales were of the same image that has sold 19 times in the last 18 months!

 

Just need a few more of those now........

 

John.

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