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Just wondering if Alamy has rules against excessive image spamming? I did a search for "anzac white crosses" and came across a number of images that appear identical. I'm not sure what the point is in doing this kind of thing. 

 

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Everybody has their own theories about what can raise their rankings and sales. Clearly, some people believe that lots of similars can make your collection appear stronger to the search engine. Many more people believe the opposite and post just one or two from each shoot. 

 

Are there rules about this? I think so. 

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Similars are one thing but it looks like this person has uploaded exactly the same image multiple times. I wish I could post a link but when I try, it produces a large amount of gibberish text that does not act as a link. 

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4 hours ago, Patrick Cooper said:

Similars are one thing but it looks like this person has uploaded exactly the same image multiple times. I wish I could post a link but when I try, it produces a large amount of gibberish text that does not act as a link. 

 

Does https://goo.gl/ help? (Google URL Shortener)

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Thanks for the link. I tried that site but it was unable to shorten the link.

 

A search on Alamy for "anzac white crosses" only brings up one page of results. The spammed images are littered throughout that one page. 

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15 minutes ago, Patrick Cooper said:

Thanks for the link. I tried that site but it was unable to shorten the link.

 

A search on Alamy for "anzac white crosses" only brings up one page of results. The spammed images are littered throughout that one page. 

 

Best place to start would be to email contributor support contributors@alamy.com

 

Let Alamy look at them and see if they breach any rules. 

 

Though looking at the images in question they are possibly from a press agency I've seen plenty of duplications from press archives and agencies.

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There are three identical live news ones from an agency. It's obviously a mistake.

There are also 20 or so from another contributor uploaded as live news. The usual rules don't apply as they bypass QC.

There are rather a lot of them, and I would have cut them down quite a bit, but IMO they wouldn't fall foul of the similars rule. Maybe one or two would. I don't think you need to bother MS with it.

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