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Further to the above about finding new and profitable ideas, I've recently published a blog post on using Google Trends and Wikipedia Analytics to analyse what may be trending or perhaps "un-trending". Using the available data I analysed the following terms to :

  • Alt-Right
  • Antifa
  • Brazil corruption (Lava Jato)
  • Brexit
  • Hipster
  • Iran war
  • Metoo
  • Opioid Addiction 
  • Overtourism / Over-tourism / Mass-tourism
  • Plastic in the Ocean
  • Refugee Crisis
  • Trade Tariffs
  • Transgender

Hope you'll find it useful and can draw some profitable concepts. I'm curious to know, other than AoA, if contributors use such analytics to come up with potentially profitable concepts. 

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moving along just wonderfully!

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On 12/09/2018 at 11:15, funkyworm said:

And often those with similars have found the goose that lays the golden egg, for example a certain pier in Wales, in which case why wouldn;t you repeat the success formula. On top of that Keith has huge amount of variety often aimed at key issues which will be reported on in the UK.

 

Yes..it's a matter of getting, in my case, a balance of LiveNews (mostly weather based) photos, plus more traditional stock/library imagery aimed at UK editorial markets. In both instances the key thing is to keep costs of production down to an absolute minimum. If i can't walk or cycle to make it, then i don't bother (unless i'm piggy-backing the photos on another paid-for assignment)

 

If you look at my collection here, I can pretty much guarantee that on every page there will be at least one image that as been licenced as stock and/or LiveNews

 

km

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Just got a Saturday sale, which put me over my 2017 revenue total.  Number of sales is at 81% of 2017 total.

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All my news/live news images here have gone into the big black chasm forever. The sales drought continues. Truly awful returns here for the work uploaded. Kind of makes one want to give up really. 

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22 hours ago, Marb said:

All my news/live news images here have gone into the big black chasm forever. The sales drought continues. Truly awful returns here for the work uploaded. Kind of makes one want to give up really. 

 

Nah, giving up is for the weak.

 

I'm joining the $100k club one day and buying myself a Ferrari engraved "Alamy" on the side.

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26 minutes ago, Brasilnut said:

 

Nah, giving up is for the weak.

 

I'm joining the $100k club one day and buying myself a Ferrari engraved "Alamy" on the side.

That's optimistic. Given the challenging environment, most contributors are forced to settle for Porsche. 

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23 hours ago, Marb said:

All my news/live news images here have gone into the big black chasm forever. The sales drought continues. Truly awful returns here for the work uploaded. Kind of makes one want to give up really. 

But that's the joy of stock. :P You can give up and leave your files online and if you feel like it again,  you can restart; if not, don't.

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2 hours ago, Brasilnut said:

 

Nah, giving up is for the weak.

 

I'm joining the $100k club one day and buying myself a Ferrari engraved "Alamy" on the side.

 

Maybe I should upload that image of a fake Ferrari I shot in Helsinki. ;-)

Here it is on Reddit (not my picture).

OMG there are some beautiful Ferrari kitcars and lookalikes out there. The Pagano! The 335 Spyder!  And the lookalikes that bolt on a Mazda (it may well be Japanese) Mx5 Miata.

And if you don't like red, but prefer the classic understated British Racing Green: there's the Exomotive. Oh blast! Too late for that - production halted in February.

 

Me, while being a member of that club, I drive this. Production halted in 2005. ;-)

But made in Holland!

 

wim

 

 

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Absolutely diabolical here. As bad as micro stock is for a decline in sales, I would be in trouble if I just relied on Alamy for photographic income. Looks set for a blank September (a supposed busy period) Just goes to show that hard work (including editing) sometimes doesn't pay off.

 

 

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27 minutes ago, Marb said:

Absolutely diabolical here. As bad as micro stock is for a decline in sales, I would be in trouble if I just relied on Alamy for photographic income. Looks set for a blank September (a supposed busy period) Just goes to show that hard work (including editing) sometimes doesn't pay off.

 

 

Marb, you're showing as having 1999 images on sale. I've been working very hard to add numbers to my port and have added around that number in the past four or five months. Luckily for me they are mostly images from old drives which just need editing and keywording, but it's still hard work and seen much burning of the midnight oil. Even so, I'm not expecting to see any reward in the short term. That's how it works and I accept that, as you need to.

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1 minute ago, Avpics said:

Marb, you're showing as having 1999 images on sale. I've been working very hard to add numbers to my port and have added around that number in the past four or five months. Luckily for me they are mostly images from old drives which just need editing and keywording, but it's still hard work and seen much burning of the midnight oil. Even so, I'm not expecting to see any reward in the short term. That's how it works and I accept that, as you need to.

 

But I get sales every day on microstock, sometimes much more in revenue than here so that theory doesn't really hold water.

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3 minutes ago, Marb said:

 

But I get sales every day on microstock, sometimes much more in revenue than here so that theory doesn't really hold water.

Well, yes it does as I'm referring to Alamy, which is a different market model to microstock (even if I complain at some of the prices being similar!)

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2 hours ago, Marb said:

 

But I get sales every day on microstock, sometimes much more in revenue than here so that theory doesn't really hold water.

The buyers are different.

You need to decide whether you want to focus on micro, then.

I also do a lot better on micro, but for the moment, I'm choosing to upload to Alamy alone, and have uploaded almost 900 pics here this calendar year. But clearly these are either not what Alamy customers want or others do them better, or in certain cases I'm so far down the search that they'll never be seen.

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3 hours ago, Marb said:

But I get sales every day on microstock,

 

If you have content better suited to another type of market, then concentrate your time , effort and emotional energy there.

Forget about Alamy

End of story

 

km

 

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19 hours ago, RedSnapper said:

 

If you have content better suited to another type of market, then concentrate your time , effort and emotional energy there.

Forget about Alamy

End of story

 

km

 

 

So Alamy sales are once in a blue moon, prices have dropped to the same or less money than a microstock sale. Am I missing something or is this site just not worth the time and effort anymore ?

 

Still no sales.

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16 minutes ago, Marb said:

 

So Alamy sales are once in a blue moon, prices have dropped to the same or less money than a microstock sale. Am I missing something or is this site just not worth the time and effort anymore ?

 

Still no sales.

Like me, you are either uploading files which Alamy buyers don't want, or others are uploading files more nearly matching their needs.

If you read the end of month sales, apart from a few stars, you'll see that files sold relative to port size is very small - they're still talking about 1 per thousand per month average. And the file prices are going down - though some are still reporting high value sales.

As you are supplying RF, it can't be harmful to also upload files here. You're complaining elsewhere about sales on at least one micro site, so maybe time to move on?

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On 9/19/2018 at 11:07, Avpics said:

Marb, you're showing as having 1999 images on sale. I've been working very hard to add numbers to my port and have added around that number in the past four or five months. Luckily for me they are mostly images from old drives which just need editing and keywording, but it's still hard work and seen much burning of the midnight oil. Even so, I'm not expecting to see any reward in the short term. That's how it works and I accept that, as you need to.

 

I agree.

 

2,000 images,  unless they are of a very very specific niche, just won't cut it anymore. Even though quality is of course super important, I think quantity is even more important...as well as variety. If Marb had 20,000 images and was whining of no sales I'd take him seriously but 2,000 come on...work harder and smarter!!  

 

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But I get sales every day on microstock, sometimes much more in revenue than here so that theory doesn't really hold water.

 

I see you also complaining daily at the Shutterstock forum's pathetic "doom and gloom" thread. So I think the issue is more to do with your own approach to this business than factors related global diminishing returns.

 

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Loads of money to be made boys and girls but as always "the cream rises to the top"

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2 hours ago, Brasilnut said:

 

2,000 images,  unless they are of a very very specific niche, just won't cut it anymore. Even though quality is of course super important, I think quantity is even more important...as well as variety. If Marb had 20,000 images and was whining of no sales I'd take him seriously but 2,000 come on...work harder and smarter!!  

 

 

That's utter rubbish.  I've just over 2,000 images and I'm averaging 5 sales a month and have been for some time.  July was a blank month but August made up for it with 12 sales.  Don't spread false information.

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1 hour ago, Colblimp said:

 

That's utter rubbish.  I've just over 2,000 images and I'm averaging 5 sales a month and have been for some time.  July was a blank month but August made up for it with 12 sales.  Don't spread false information.

 

53 minutes ago, LawrensonPhoto said:

Live news though?

 

That's true - you certainly do make a lot of Live News sales, (and good on you - that's where the steady, decent money seems to be these days), however....

 

...despite my recent 70-day dry spell (which admittedly had me worried - and moaning - for a while), and only having 2723 images online and submitting very sparsely, I am still averaging 4 sales/month here this year.  I think that there are quite a number of factors which come into play.  In my case, I believe that a wide variety of editorial shots and constant drip-feeding the system helps.

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2 minutes ago, vpics said:

Really, really bad September so far. :-(

Don't say that, now you got me worried!

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1 hour ago, Colblimp said:

 

That's utter rubbish.  I've just over 2,000 images and I'm averaging 5 sales a month and have been for some time.  July was a blank month but August made up for it with 12 sales.  Don't spread false information.

Thanks. I knew I wasn't wrong. He is talking nonsense. It's clear others here are feeling the same poor sales. 

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Number of sales already 20% more than all 2017 and value 43% up BUT I have been working hard at getting more shots up and have increased my total images by 84% this year already.

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