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« on: January 16, 2011, 19:23 »
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Does anyone know what's the earnings rating of Alamy.What's your experience with them.Does it worth to upload images there. Are they in  top middle or low  tier.
I have been approved a year ago but so far didn't have much time to deal with them.
 


« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 22:56 »
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worth it. Few sales but high value. You may make little and then get $1700 for a quarter with a hand full of sales (good for me with the 250 files I have there).

« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 04:39 »
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I mainly use them to sell editorial type photos that don't make much on the micros.  As they only look at the technical quality of a photo, there aren't the rejection problems I now get with the micros.  I'm not making much but have a nice sale every now and then.  Hopefully if I grow my portfolio there, it will be worth the effort.

RacePhoto

« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 07:01 »
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Does anyone know what's the earnings rating of Alamy.What's your experience with them.Does it worth to upload images there. Are they in  top middle or low  tier.
I have been approved a year ago but so far didn't have much time to deal with them.
 


Can I say, it depends? You aren't going to sell micro style images there. You may get images passed that will fail micro review, but you'll need to have a good camera and large size.The minimum level is 24MB uncompressed file size, before you convert it to a JPG. A fairly large Unsuitable Camera List, you might check before going further. http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/unsuitable-cameras.asp  Also reports that images from 6MP and smaller cameras have a higher rejection rate than they used to. Maybe true, maybe not?

Sales dollars are higher for less downloads, sales prices are generally higher than most micro sales, but you won't make the money on the volume of sales that micro does. Win some lose some.

It's not the same market! So someone with 2000 good micro shots might spend all the time to upload and manually keyword and identify (did I mention that part? It's time consuming) and never make a sale.

To this point after two years (or is it three?) I've managed to average $80 commission per download on Alamy. Haven't had a sale in six months. It's a completely different situation. :D

« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 07:46 »
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For me they fall neatly in the gap between top tier and middle tier. The upload process is a PITA


« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 16:22 »
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Isn't it inevitable that Alamy will eventually settle at similar market prices to micro? They've already made huge strides in that direction anyway. Yes, I know there are huge differences with the license, but I doubt many customers have a need that requires those additional benefits or rights.

It seems to me that micro prices have largely stopped rising too. It happened to subscriptions about 3 years ago and agencies like FT have reported resistance by customers to higher-priced images. They've since restricted images to a maximum of 3 credits for XS size.

With the massive over-supply of images set to continue for a good few years to come (probably forever) then license sales in the hundreds of $'s must become an increasing rare phenomena. Only images that are exceptionally good or exceptionally niche will retain those price levels but any sales will be increasingly few and far between.

RT


« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 16:34 »
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These couple hundred pics have been up for a week or so with just 7 views total so I'm not holding my breath. 

Don't worry about views and zooms, the info is only taken from account holders and only certain ones at that. Some people drive themselves nuts over their views and zooms, it's irrelevant really, the only figure worth looking is the amount that gets transferred into your account on the 1st of the month, everything else is just 'watching paint dry' IMO.

« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 17:18 »
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Isn't it inevitable that Alamy will eventually settle at similar market prices to micro?
They certainly have a low end license and prices are going down but they are still a long way off from micro prices.


With the massive over-supply of images set to continue for a good few years to come (probably forever) then license sales in the hundreds of $'s must become an increasing rare phenomena. Only images that are exceptionally good or exceptionally niche will retain those price levels but any sales will be increasingly few and far between.
I'd have to agree.



 

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