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« on: August 13, 2009, 14:25 »
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I have been banging on for the last few weeks about the lack of image availability for Bloggers, well today I found a link to a WordPress plug-in to deliver Fotolia images direct to the browser, insert or download, it is likely an affiliates service.

This is just the sort of service I was writing about, I was going to have a go at developing something next year, with a big difference as it would deliver from the photographers web space not an agency, a 'true merchant service with 10% - 15% for the service, 5% to the affiliate and 80% - 90% direct to the artist at the time of transaction' and I still might try it yet, but it will be interesting to see how this one goes.

http://bit.ly/2hF8k

This was my Blog post on an idea, one that cuts out the big percentages of the agencies.
http://bit.ly/4uLB2h

If photographers really want a bigger percentage then the way to do it is to stop complaining and think differently uploading is not free and are you prepared to cover some of the online costs and do some marketing, then you could look at a 80% - 90% return via a true merchant that just facilitates the transaction. 


David  ;D
« Last Edit: August 13, 2009, 14:38 by Adeptris »


« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009, 14:44 »
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Nice, I never checked Fotolia API. Maybe I can have images from my portfolio displayed and available for sale on my WodrPress blog easily.

« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 15:07 »
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Nice, I never checked Fotolia API. Maybe I can have images from my portfolio displayed and available for sale on my WodrPress blog easily.

Looking at the links it says partner=xxxx, so they must have some sort of % deal going with Fotolia, the only negative I can see is Photographers will not be sure about entering thier Fotolia account details and password into an eastern european third party product, look at the caution of photographers towards ProStockMaster and Isyndica, I think this would work better as a new service or as a stocksites developed plug-in.

David   

zymmetricaldotcom

« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 16:00 »
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Bonn isn't quite Eastern Europe ;)        As for security in general, we all watch the largest of corporations screw up, often. If you have a good sysadmin, relatively low traffic volumes, then I can't see any reason why an independent plug-in producer should be less trustworthy than resigning ourselves to the ber companies like Google or Microsoft. An indie app will not survive very long if wrongdoings are going on.  

With a reseller API there is probably not a whole lot of trouble you could create through immoral actions.. what's the worst that could happen, you sell some images through someones account? ;)         Please, just make sure you use a unique password for every site and this world will be a better place.

**additional edited sentiment  - what's the deal with peoples worries about Eastern Europe? Some of the best programming houses come from there now, you don't have to worry about KGB anymore you know! It's true there are some difficulties but in 2009 I wouldn't exclude a company just based on location ("Atlantis" or "Uranus"  would cause concern..)
« Last Edit: August 13, 2009, 16:17 by zymmetrical »

« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 17:00 »
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Sorry Keith,
What I was trying badly to communicate is that there is a general miss-trust of applications that ask for your username and password, it was not meant as an attack on the russian third party developers, but in reality it is just the way it is.

Both ProStockMaster and Isyndica had questions about usernames and passwords with photographers not willing to use the products.

These applications should be commisioned and developed by the stock sites and not third parties, the developer has a partner ID so they are known to Fotolia, but I can get and API developers key for many API's, but if this was a Fotolia or any other respected stocksites plug-in it would have more chance of being taken up more.

Regards

David  ;)   

« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2009, 02:02 »
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Hello Guys,

i'am the inventor and creator of this plugin. Its West Germany quality, so no need to be afraid about it. We have developed it in Kiev to save some money ;-).

Iam one of the german microstock bloggers and thats why i have created this plugin.
Its mainly for "non" Microstock Users, thats why my affiliate id is in it.

Iam not really affiliated with fotolia, iam just a normal user there, this is not a official fotolia plugin.

About the login and password thing, we need this to authorize you at the fotolia API and make it possible to search and buy photos. We are using the standard authorisation procedures of this API and everybody with PHP knowledge can see the source code of the plugin.

We are working on a expansion for istockphoto and dreamstime.

The Idea was born on a discussion about missing blog photos with Robert Kneschke. I wanted to add photos from shutterstock, but they dont have a API (yet).

So please try this plugin and give me a feedback, we will kindly develop it further.

Regards
Amos

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« Last Edit: August 14, 2009, 02:31 by Amosnet »

« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2009, 02:37 »
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Hi Amos,
So it is not really aimed at us for our own images but bloggers in general, as it will display images from all Fotolia contributors.

Have you discussed this with Fotolia as it will be pulling information and thumbnails from thier servers and using resources, some of the bigger websites have been changing thier API's to limit third party access.

Sorry, I did not read the information correctly as I first thought it was a plug-in to sell images from our blogs.

David  ;)
 
« Last Edit: August 14, 2009, 02:39 by Adeptris »

« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2009, 03:44 »
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@David:

Thank you for your reply.

I have discussed that with Fotolia and they have approved the API Key and the use of the API.
Its their will to push as much as pictures into the market, thats why they will be happy if they need
more servers to sell their pictures ;-).

So, tell me what plugin you will need to sell you photos on your blog, maybee we will create one.

« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2009, 04:33 »
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So, tell me what plugin you will need to sell you photos on your blog, maybee we will create one.

I will think about how this can work over the weekend and contact you  ;D

David

« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2009, 12:08 »
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In case of programming Russia and whole Easter Europe is best in the world. In last couple years winners of Google Top Coder are coming mostly from Warsaw University :-) When I was living in Poland the company I was working for was creating software for Swiss and German markets. Ukraine is probably cheaper than Poland but still quality should be way better than from India or China.

« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2009, 23:52 »
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I have been banging on for the last few weeks about the lack of image availability for Bloggers, well today I found a link to a WordPress plug-in to deliver Fotolia images direct to the browser, insert or download, it is likely an affiliates service.

This is just the sort of service I was writing about, I was going to have a go at developing something next year, with a big difference as it would deliver from the photographers web space not an agency, a 'true merchant service with 10% - 15% for the service, 5% to the affiliate and 80% - 90% direct to the artist at the time of transaction' and I still might try it yet, but it will be interesting to see how this one goes.

http://bit.ly/2hF8k

This was my Blog post on an idea, one that cuts out the big percentages of the agencies.
http://bit.ly/4uLB2h

If photographers really want a bigger percentage then the way to do it is to stop complaining and think differently uploading is not free and are you prepared to cover some of the online costs and do some marketing, then you could look at a 80% - 90% return via a true merchant that just facilitates the transaction. 


David  ;D


Fotoglif was launched in July to do this. However, they pick most of their images from large agencies.

« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2009, 12:25 »
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Fotoglif was launched in July to do this. However, they pick most of their images from large agencies.

Not quite the same model, Fotoglif have licenced images from many sources, and my search for 'Business', returned a first page of "Tinchy Stryder performs at 'Rock in the Park' in Preston, Lancashire, UK", credited to SplashNews where I can go myself and find an image to share via blog, facebook, twitter etc:, so that was not a good start for me, there is also PiccApps that is trying the same as this service.

They both raise revenue from assoiciated advertsiments, so you have a free linked image with an advertisment placed on your blog or article, there are many problems I can see with this model and sharing advertisers revenue, as a blogger any advertisments on my blog need to generate revenue for me not others.

The WordPress plug-in is one step in the right direction as it returns images that a blogger can purchase to use in thier blog, but the tool I would like to see is a service that is agency independant so it is different.

The reason for this post was to show that the market for websized images has matured and is begining to pick up speed, with Getty being market leaders and where Getty go many follow, they have just launched a web size image service, there is just no need to download a large hi-resolution file for a blog or website.

If a service is well thought out there are many ways images can be sized and delivered direct to a browser or application without having to visit a website, I write and publish my blog entries without having to log-on to my blog, so why do I have to visit a website, register, pay for credits etc: to search and download just to add an image into my Blog, that is the reason blogs are poorly serviced not the cost.

It looks like a few of us are thinking along the same lines for this market.

David  ;D

« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2009, 04:32 »
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The WordPress plug-in is one step in the right direction as it returns images that a blogger can purchase to use in thier blog, but the tool I would like to see is a service that is agency independant so it is different.

The reason for this post was to show that the market for websized images has matured and is begining to pick up speed, with Getty being market leaders and where Getty go many follow, they have just launched a web size image service, there is just no need to download a large hi-resolution file for a blog or website.

If a service is well thought out there are many ways images can be sized and delivered direct to a browser or application without having to visit a website, I write and publish my blog entries without having to log-on to my blog, so why do I have to visit a website, register, pay for credits etc: to search and download just to add an image into my Blog, that is the reason blogs are poorly serviced not the cost.

It looks like a few of us are thinking along the same lines for this market.

David  ;D


Hey David,

you are absolutely right with your ideas and suggestions but if you see how the big agencies work with their own API then you will realize that they will need some (more) time to supply such web app.

We are now working on the iStockphoto implimentation and on Dreamstime (but API of Dreamstime do not supply what we need at the moment) - so it will be a mutli microstock plugin in future (soon).

As i can see, only Fotolia has developed a good API for external programs and plugins - all big ones like Shutterstock, 123rf... dont have ANY API and that will soon will bring them problems to compete on the market.

We have now released the Plugin to Wordpress Plugin Directory - you can find it here:
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/microstock-photo-plugin/

If anybody has an idea how to spread the word for this plugin that would be really helpfull for us.

« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2009, 07:48 »
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Amos,
Maybe we should talk with Isydica to see if they can add an API, as it would add value to thier product, the assets and all the metadata are sitting on thier server, they have the skills to bring a service online quickly, and they likely have thumbnails already produced.

So a joint venture to create a merchant API which delivered the images from many artists direct to the buyers only in websizes would be a tool worth thinking about.

And any input required from photographers would be easy to get, free to contact me if you want to discuss any ideas.

David  ;)

   

« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2009, 10:46 »
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Hi Amos,
Use the social networking site for marketing, Twitter, Facebook etc:

You need to connect with the people that would use your plug-in

I have posted another Twitter Tweet to help out, my last one about your plug-in sent 60 people your way.

B.T.W. The plug-in is no use for me, like many other i use the free 'Windows Live Writer', so WLW and the latest Microsoft Word will need plug-in's as that is the way a lot of content is uploaded, not just to WordPress blogs but other blog services, web pages and articles as well  ;)

David  ;)
« Last Edit: August 18, 2009, 11:19 by Adeptris »

« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2009, 02:00 »
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Amos,
Maybe we should talk with Isydica to see if they can add an API, as it would add value to thier product, the assets and all the metadata are sitting on thier server, they have the skills to bring a service online quickly, and they likely have thumbnails already produced.

So a joint venture to create a merchant API which delivered the images from many artists direct to the buyers only in websizes would be a tool worth thinking about.

And any input required from photographers would be easy to get, free to contact me if you want to discuss any ideas.

David  ;)

   

Haha guess I better check my email inbox soon ^_^

« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2009, 02:26 »
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Haha guess I better check my email inbox soon ^_^
Maybe not  ::)

« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2009, 02:27 »
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you will find an e-mail from me!

« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2009, 02:29 »
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you will find an e-mail from me!

Ooops maybe I got it wrong I see that HaHa as a "don't waste your time", maybe it was a AhHa "that's a good idea" and something was lost in translation?
 
David  ;)
« Last Edit: August 20, 2009, 02:33 by Adeptris »

« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2009, 15:52 »
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Hello Guys,

i'am happy to announce some more news about the Microstock Photo Plugin.

1.) Lee Torrens (www.microstockdiaries.com) has joined the Plugin Development
2.) New Official Website is launched: www.microstockplugin.com
3.) Earn affiliate commision with every photo - just enable the affiliate function - we will do the rest!
4.) Add own caption for affiliate links
5.) Added Multi-language function - English, Spanish, Russian and German
6.) Added Spanish search - Search now in English, Spanish and German
.... more features will be added soon.

We would be happy if you provide us feedback and bring in your own ideas!

Download the Microstock Photo Plugin now!
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/microstock-photo-plugin/

Cheers
Amos


 

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