Alamy Posted February 11, 2016 Share Posted February 11, 2016 Hi Everyone, Nothing to show off just yet (because it's still a work in progress) but work is continuing to race ahead with the revamp of the contributor tools. Internally we're calling this the "Contributor Experience Project" because this covers upload, QC, track submissions and keywording / image management. We'll share more with you about it all when we can but meanwhile... As part of the project, we're considering adopting a similar feature of other stock sites, where you would have a single unique "username" for Alamy and your credit line would default to this. We would change the term "Pseudonym" to something like "Collections" so you could still split your images into different sections in order to view AlamyMeasures stats for different sets of images, but you would have a global, single credit line that would be applied to all the images. If you needed different credit lines for different images, you would have to have a separate account. Why would we do this? Overall this will should be a benefit to you. Having a single username attached to your account would allow us to create unique URLs for your collection which is fantastic for Search Engine Optimization (SEO). These URLs would link through to your collection and help generate more traffic to your content. At the moment we can't do this, as there is nothing to ensure names and pseudonyms are unique. Not only do we have pseudonyms that are common names, but some users use generic terms like "Animals" and "Travel" etc which is confusing for everyone when the credit line reflects that. So, your unique address could be (as an example) alamy.com/USERNAME (for all images) or, potentially alamy.com/USERNAME/CollectionName (for images split into collections) In either case, the credit line across ALL images would be the same. This would be a change we introduce quickly when you log in – you choose one Username and then we’d apply the changes. There wouldn’t be any retrospective extra work for you to do. We’re not envisaging that this would change how AlamyRank works. Summary of reasons why it might be a good idea: · Conformity. Other stock sites do this so it keeps things simple · Increased SEO. More traffic going to your images · Keeps things easy to understand. Pseudonyms are confusing all round - even saying the word and spelling it can often cause difficulty! · You can still keep a level of anonymity or use a business name if needed with usernames I want to stress at this point that we have not decided on this, it's an idea. We would like to hear your thoughts though if and why you think this is a bad idea. Is there something we're overlooking? A downside we can't see? Please let us know. Cheers James A Alamy Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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