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alno

« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2016, 06:34 »
+1
September 2016 was simply our best sales month ever.


Will you accept video FTP upload soon? Sending HDD seems to be like 1990's.

« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2016, 06:44 »
0
I have read on the Alamy forum that video is no longer accepted.
Is that true?
Too bad if it is

« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2016, 06:57 »
+21
4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2016, 07:00 »
+11
4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

Almost same here..
Over 3300 files, 5 sales but very very low revenue...  :-\ (less than 20$ net for all five)

lemonyellow

« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 07:11 »
+7
Dear Alamy, a long time ago we heard about a new improved submission method coming soon*.
As a mid earner Alamy may be worth, if only submission was a bit simpler.
Any news, please?

*soon adverb (sooner, soonest) 1 in a short time from now or from a stated time. 2 quickly; with little delay. 3 readily or willingly.
[The Chambers Dictionary]

« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2016, 08:30 »
+2
4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

Pretty much the same for me.  Any sales I get seem to be the cheap $6 ones. Last two months no sales at all.  Alamy may be doing well but I think they are like any other agency in terms of over supply and the contributor feels the pinch. Still support them, though. Fair trade pretty much.

Rose Tinted Glasses

« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2016, 08:59 »
+6
4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

That would make total sense with the overall subject matter you shoot.With no disrespect, your work is really predictable and set up. I don't think Alamy is the agency that is really known for that type of work. Or put another way, it would make very little sense for me to submit to Stocksy as my work is not along that overall subject matter. I think it makes sense to know your agencies strengths and weaknesses and submit work that is appropriate to the corresponding agency. Good work sells but it won't sell on the wrong agency. I don't mean any disrespect to Alamy either. But what they excel at and what you excel at is like chalk and cheese.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 09:01 by Rose Tinted Glasses »

ShadySue

« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2016, 09:15 »
0
My September was my best month for a while, with some larger than recently-normal sales, same so far in October.
Sadly, overall rpd and revenue lower than other years, and still proportionately less revenue overall than I make at iStock (taking into account size of ports - different files on each, all RM on Alamy); but a positive move in September compared to earlier months this year, and last year as a whole.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 10:04 by ShadySue »

« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2016, 09:28 »
0
September was a good month for me on Alamy. Thanks!

gyllens

« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2016, 10:26 »
+2
Some 90% of sales are editorial. Creative content stand little chans at Alamy. Pity.

« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2016, 10:30 »
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Ooh, what a surprise!  :o
So... it is not March nor May, as some members of this forum believe, based on those tampered poll results!

On the other hand, even if my Alamy BME was not September, but July '16, I'm happy to see healthy growth in 2016, overall.

« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2016, 10:32 »
0
I am reasonably happy with Alamy.  I have only 54 images on line and started with them in January on an experimental basis.  Only one sale-but it was for a nice return and I plan to increase my uploads to them.  The one I sold was editorial relating to the US presidential election.

ShadySue

« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2016, 10:38 »
+2
Some 90% of sales are editorial. Creative content stand little chans at Alamy. Pity.
Is that 90% of your sales, or have you some sort of official inside information?
Although most of my content is editorial (either needs releases or doesn't need releases but is still aimed at editorial markets), I get a surprising proportion of non-editorial uses (even with indicated unreleased images. I hope the buyer assumes any risk with these.)

Personally, I think it's good when agencies are different, otherwise there would be little to distinguish them but search and price, and there isn't a general agency which has really cracked search. However, Alamy seems to be improving search results recently (compared to their previous results) with some way to go; iS was by far the best search results for a while, but definitely not now that they don't seem to be inspecting keywords, and SS has lost the edge they acquired when iS 'fell', apparently for the same reason.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 11:12 by ShadySue »

« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2016, 12:35 »
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4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.
Give them time and I'm sure you will do well.  My microstock portfolio does OK, it took time for sales to become more regular and I think its important to get the keywords right.

« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2016, 12:37 »
0
Some 90% of sales are editorial. Creative content stand little chans at Alamy. Pity.
Not my experience, I sell lots of non-editorial.

« Reply #16 on: October 14, 2016, 13:02 »
+1
4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

That would make total sense with the overall subject matter you shoot.With no disrespect, your work is really predictable and set up. I don't think Alamy is the agency that is really known for that type of work. Or put another way, it would make very little sense for me to submit to Stocksy as my work is not along that overall subject matter. I think it makes sense to know your agencies strengths and weaknesses and submit work that is appropriate to the corresponding agency. Good work sells but it won't sell on the wrong agency. I don't mean any disrespect to Alamy either. But what they excel at and what you excel at is like chalk and cheese.

No, I didn't expect much, as from what I read, most sales are editorial, walk around, event type photos from mainly the UK.  I did hope there was an underserved market for simple advertising stock, but I guess Alamy isn't the UK go to for that.

Rose Tinted Glasses

« Reply #17 on: October 14, 2016, 13:31 »
0
4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

That would make total sense with the overall subject matter you shoot.With no disrespect, your work is really predictable and set up. I don't think Alamy is the agency that is really known for that type of work. Or put another way, it would make very little sense for me to submit to Stocksy as my work is not along that overall subject matter. I think it makes sense to know your agencies strengths and weaknesses and submit work that is appropriate to the corresponding agency. Good work sells but it won't sell on the wrong agency. I don't mean any disrespect to Alamy either. But what they excel at and what you excel at is like chalk and cheese.

No, I didn't expect much, as from what I read, most sales are editorial, walk around, event type photos from mainly the UK.  I did hope there was an underserved market for simple advertising stock, but I guess Alamy isn't the UK go to for that.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You can't win them all.

« Reply #18 on: October 14, 2016, 13:51 »
+2
Congratulations to Alamy on a good September.

I saw 2 September sales, which sounds awful but as the net to me was (will be once the balance clears) $97.50, it's worthwhile to me.

I don't do editorial (I will put my small collection of editorial stuff there once they do RF editorial), but I also don't do classic stock setups either, so I think Alamy can be a useful outlet for some of us.

Tror

« Reply #19 on: October 14, 2016, 13:53 »
+1
Congratulations!

However, for me as a photographer it was another very bad month on Alamy. Do you plan on any measurements to make life easier for photographers? For me it got almost pointless to upload since the lack of sales (in the past I had plenty).

« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2016, 14:39 »
0
September was the first month this year that I didn't have a sale there. With 900 images regular monthly sales are usually a given. Sales every month but September this year, ranging from $7 to $250, with the average price at $60 (50% to me so average return per sale is $30). They've licensed concept images for me in the past, and UK images, but so far this year (Jan-Oct 2016) all my sales have been US travel images.
« Last Edit: October 23, 2016, 16:32 by wordplanet »

« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2016, 15:06 »
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« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 15:31 by hellou »

ShadySue

« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2016, 15:58 »
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4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

That would make total sense with the overall subject matter you shoot.With no disrespect, your work is really predictable and set up. I don't think Alamy is the agency that is really known for that type of work. Or put another way, it would make very little sense for me to submit to Stocksy as my work is not along that overall subject matter. I think it makes sense to know your agencies strengths and weaknesses and submit work that is appropriate to the corresponding agency. Good work sells but it won't sell on the wrong agency. I don't mean any disrespect to Alamy either. But what they excel at and what you excel at is like chalk and cheese.

No, I didn't expect much, as from what I read, most sales are editorial, walk around, event type photos from mainly the UK.  I did hope there was an underserved market for simple advertising stock, but I guess Alamy isn't the UK go to for that.
Your content and style, in general, are much more geared to the US market.
« Last Edit: October 14, 2016, 16:44 by ShadySue »

« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2016, 18:01 »
+1
Alamy are perennial bottom feeders of the editorial world. They take the same approach of many agencies, which is quantity over quality.

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2016, 20:34 »
+4
I like Alamy and am glad they're doing well. I just don't think my work is right for the buyers they have. With 600 images I'm pocketing about $10 per month. Thats an RPIPM of .01 cent. Not a profitable use of time unfortunately.

Phadrea

    This user is banned.
« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2016, 10:09 »
+1
I like Alamy and am glad they're doing well. I just don't think my work is right for the buyers they have. With 600 images I'm pocketing about $10 per month. Thats an RPIPM of .01 cent. Not a profitable use of time unfortunately.

Same here. I get a sale every blue moon despite constantly uploading more images. Trying to work out their style and hopefully will get there but 3 sales this year is disappointing.

alno

« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2016, 12:11 »
+2
Where is that part of the success then? :) Almost everybody on this thread isn't very happy with sales.

« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2016, 13:44 »
+1
My best selling site, second year in a row. Keep up the good work Alamy !

« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2016, 15:21 »
+1
Where is that part of the success then? :) Almost everybody on this thread isn't very happy with sales.
Almost everybody on ANY thread seems not to be happy with sales......I think the Alamy "style" is different to typical Mstock..now if only I could work out what it is........

« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2016, 15:36 »
+1
Where is that part of the success then? :) Almost everybody on this thread isn't very happy with sales.
Almost everybody on ANY thread seems not to be happy with sales......I think the Alamy "style" is different to typical Mstock..now if only I could work out what it is........

maby its the general low sales maybe its the 125$ sales that never been paid.

25% increase? Not in my account. Not last month and not the whole year.

« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2016, 15:55 »
+2
Where is that part of the success then? :) Almost everybody on this thread isn't very happy with sales.
Wade through the Alamy forum threads about sales and you can see who is doing well.  Like a lot of sites, most people doing well don't come here to brag about it.  Just 2 RF sales so far this month for me but my cut is almost $70 and that is better than most of the microstock sites.

« Reply #31 on: October 15, 2016, 23:58 »
+2
Congratulations Alamy.  I had a good Sept there.  Glad to know the whole site is doing well.  Hope sales continue to increase.

« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2016, 00:18 »
0
Sales on Alamy can be reported months later. So September might have been good but we will see the result of that in the coming months.
I had a picture licensed for one use in a single editorial article on 07 November 2015 and the sale appeared in my Alamy account on 13 June 2016.
Let's wait and see...

Phadrea

    This user is banned.
« Reply #33 on: October 22, 2016, 07:06 »
0
Good sales on SS and still no sales on Alamy.

« Reply #34 on: October 22, 2016, 08:48 »
0
Where is that part of the success then? :) Almost everybody on this thread isn't very happy with sales.
Wade through the Alamy forum threads about sales and you can see who is doing well.  Like a lot of sites, most people doing well don't come here to brag about it.  Just 2 RF sales so far this month for me but my cut is almost $70 and that is better than most of the microstock sites.

I got about the same amount from 4 sales, this month, but this is worse than most of my other microstock sites 😉.  The poll on the right is close to my reality, except that even 123RF is better than Alamy. Actually it is about 3 times better. 😉
« Last Edit: October 22, 2016, 19:36 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #35 on: October 22, 2016, 14:40 »
0
I don't know about their 25% y-o-y revenue increase, but still patiently waiting for my 1st sale on Alamy after almost two years.  :o

« Reply #36 on: October 22, 2016, 17:16 »
+5
Another example of a stock photo company that's doing well overall, but which has just too many contributors for it to be worthwhile for many of them.

« Reply #37 on: October 23, 2016, 05:17 »
0
September 2016 was simply our best sales month ever.


Will you accept video FTP upload soon? Sending HDD seems to be like 1990's.

Also, no 4K...   >:(

« Reply #38 on: October 23, 2016, 08:56 »
0
September 2016 was simply our best sales month ever.


Will you accept video FTP upload soon? Sending HDD seems to be like 1990's.

Also, no 4K...   >:(

I have 1000 videos there and not sold a single clip.  I think Alamy is to late to the party for video.

« Reply #39 on: October 23, 2016, 09:44 »
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ZeRO sales here too! 

« Reply #40 on: October 23, 2016, 17:22 »
+1
What's up with their royalty free editorial? Wasn't it supposed to come in September?

« Reply #41 on: October 24, 2016, 01:23 »
0
What's up with their royalty free editorial? Wasn't it supposed to come in September?
I dont think a date was given but does seem to be taking a long time....

« Reply #42 on: October 24, 2016, 03:09 »
+3
What's up with their royalty free editorial? Wasn't it supposed to come in September?
I dont think a date was given but does seem to be taking a long time....

They first mentioned that the new tools were "soon" to be released back in March. They then said that they are "in the final stages of testing" these tools" back in September. It seems the have the most stretched definition of "soon" I've ever come across :( I know it's important to iron out things before releasing them, but first, companies with such potential can mobilize and release new products/tools within relatively short period of time, and secondly, no one can make a perfect bug-less IT product, you have to go through the beta mode and iron it out with the help of users; why wait so long?

« Reply #43 on: October 24, 2016, 08:11 »
0
What's up with their royalty free editorial? Wasn't it supposed to come in September?
I dont think a date was given but does seem to be taking a long time....

They first mentioned that the new tools were "soon" to be released back in March. They then said that they are "in the final stages of testing" these tools" back in September. It seems the have the most stretched definition of "soon" I've ever come across :( I know it's important to iron out things before releasing them, but first, companies with such potential can mobilize and release new products/tools within relatively short period of time, and secondly, no one can make a perfect bug-less IT product, you have to go through the beta mode and iron it out with the help of users; why wait so long?

And why announcing the news if things are not ready at all? Liars

« Reply #44 on: October 24, 2016, 08:17 »
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4000 images online, and one sale back in July.  Not much success here so far.

On my side around 10k images (vectors) and 39 sales so far in 2016. Not a huge revenue but certainly worth it for me as an illustrator.

Phadrea

    This user is banned.
« Reply #45 on: October 28, 2016, 01:06 »
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Constantly uploading, consistently no sales. Abysmal !!!

« Reply #46 on: October 29, 2016, 07:35 »
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Constantly uploading, consistently no sales. Abysmal !!!
Perhaps Alamy buyers don't want your files their style is not typical Microstock

« Reply #47 on: October 30, 2016, 13:55 »
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Just over a hundred sales so far this year with Alamy but the $ value per license has been lower than previous years. It can be good but it is a different market compared to the likes of FT and SS. Although SS do sell editorial and may eat into Alamy's share of the market.

« Reply #48 on: October 30, 2016, 14:11 »
+4
What's up with their royalty free editorial? Wasn't it supposed to come in September?
I dont think a date was given but does seem to be taking a long time....

They first mentioned that the new tools were "soon" to be released back in March. They then said that they are "in the final stages of testing" these tools" back in September. It seems the have the most stretched definition of "soon" I've ever come across :( I know it's important to iron out things before releasing them, but first, companies with such potential can mobilize and release new products/tools within relatively short period of time, and secondly, no one can make a perfect bug-less IT product, you have to go through the beta mode and iron it out with the help of users; why wait so long?

And why announcing the news if things are not ready at all? Liars
They are more truthful than most of the sites I use that either keep us in the dark or tell us something good is going to happen only to find it's actually bad news.

Having seen how long it took them to start selling video after they started hinting about it, I no longer think anything is going to happen quickly.  It would be good if they could work faster after hinting about it but I really don't mind.

« Reply #49 on: October 30, 2016, 14:47 »
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Yes I think they are basically honest and good guys but sometimes its better to keep quiet until you have something concrete to release

« Reply #50 on: November 09, 2016, 23:10 »
0
I still have not been paid for sales made in MAY and JULY.   It''s great that you seem to be racking up sales from my images, but I haven't had one payout since Sept 1, and am now owed more than $600 for 12 unpaid sales.

LightPhoto

ShadySue

« Reply #51 on: November 10, 2016, 06:42 »
0
I still have not been paid for sales made in MAY and JULY.   It''s great that you seem to be racking up sales from my images, but I haven't had one payout since Sept 1, and am now owed more than $600 for 12 unpaid sales.

LightPhoto


You probably know all this already, but for the sake of those who don't:
1. Is the $600 in your cleared balance? Meaning, >$600 was showing as your 'current cleared balance' on your homepage on 31st Oct.

In my example, as I was paid this month, I have $25 in my cleared balance. (My actual outstanding balance is c$195)
You get paid if your cleared balance is >$75 on the last day of the previous month.

2. If it is showing as cleared, have you contacted contributors@alamy.com? They are usually very helpful (even if you don't always get the answer you wanted or expected).

3. If you have sales from May which haven't cleared, again contact them to make them 'nudge' the buyer. When I've done this, I usually get a possibly-canned answer about how the buyer has 'so many' months leeway to pay on account, but normally the payment comes though fairly soon after.

And, BTW, congrats on netting >$50 average on Alamy sales. My average net is much lower.
« Last Edit: November 10, 2016, 07:28 by ShadySue »

« Reply #52 on: November 10, 2016, 07:41 »
+1
i support alamy with my images, but only because of their 50%

very rare sales there


 

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