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New Sites - General / Re: FiveDollarPhotos.com
« on: March 11, 2018, 10:49 »
I'd fix your HTTPS before anything else, come May your chances of appearing organically will be minimal: https://moz.com/blog/half-page-one-google-results-https

On the plus side - checked your backlinks and you've now two from this site - so you've doubled the amount you have in total..

General Stock Discussion / GDPR Question
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:15 »
Hi there - just after a bit on insight over this. GDPR legislation comes into effect in May 2018 - https://www.eugdpr.org/ basically tightening up data protection regulations massively. I've tried doing some research into this regarding the following, but can't seem to find a definitive answer:

I do a lot of work designing websites for small businesses. For the sites a lot of the time these businesses want galleries of their own work (lovely shots of fencing and clean drains!). Ok, that's easy, send them to me and I'll set up the page for you.

My question is to comply with GDPR would I need to append either Alt Text to the image identifying the subject / who supplied it or/and would I need to ensure the relevant information is added to the image in the meta data as well - (file info fields in Photoshop / IPTC captions)?

I'm guessing a picture of a landscaped garden with differ from one with an identifiable house '/' person in the background:


What constitutes personal data?

Any information related to a natural person or Data Subject, that can be used to directly or indirectly identify the person. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer IP address.

If anyone does have knowledge on this, it would great if you could let me know what you think. I know there are lots of huge companies out there who design websites, containing both stock and customer supplied pictures - interested what this will mean to them.

Thanks - Oldhand

There's quite a number of Shutterstock images on this commercial sites slideshow, complete with the SS watermark: http://gfl.uk.com/

Thought i'd post it up here in case they are anyone's

Snap - I asked them to send me an example???

Think they need to clear this up.....

Off Topic / Re: Google favoring mobile-friendly websites!
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:13 »
The way I read the e-mail I got regarding my original site built in 2009 was that ONLY mobile searches would be affected by the downgrade. But I am not confident in this enough to bank on it.

The key here is that the same search term should produce different results on different devices. Mobile users may want to navigate to a mobile version of a website - or they may be after accessing information in an accessible way.  Lets say I search for "xxx new film" - on a mobile chances are I will want to see where is is on - which local cinema - this is because I am "on the go". If I search on a computer - then an article on Rotten Tomatoes about it (film review site) might be returned as a search along with the official film site and the Wikipedia entry etc.

For some - not all - searches mobile is designed to return very specific results...

123RF / Re: 123RF Pay Issues
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:32 »
Not impressed. Got a response for what I thought was an underpayment of >$50 compared to their stats for the month. Turns out the over and underpayments have been going on for many years and this is a balancing issue over all that time. Basically they have discovered over / under payments going back to 2010.

I'll just let it go for the sake of the amount, however it leaves a nasty taste. It would be like me claiming for uses in 2010. No, not impressed.

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy- Tips on getting Sales
« on: August 10, 2014, 03:07 »
Thanks! - I never knew there was one till I apparently crossed it!

Alamy.com / Re: Alamy- Tips on getting Sales
« on: August 09, 2014, 17:03 »
I've been with these for a long time. Not specialist stuff - just regular hard work over a long time - in fact my port is less than 5k. Slow, gradual growth, culminating in getting an email off them a few months ago for breaking into the top 500 contributors earning wise.

No magic tip from me - but reward for hard work will do...

Thanks for the reply- - I'm not doubting you at all - rather I thinks it's a great idea.

I can't remember off the top of my head if the FTP log in details for all the agencies are the same as the user name and passwords. If so, then security is high on the list, if not, then it doesn't seem to matter much to me?

Alas I'm aging and not a coder....I was hoping one of the younger guns could explain if I'm missing something...

Good luck with it anyway

Sounds a great idea. One upload to dropbox and then we use their bandwidth to send to all the agencies.

Only thing that concerns me is the security aspect. Forgive me, but it sounds too good to be true. Given the fact that uploading is a major headache for one and all, am I missing something?

I think the ideas great and you offering here is fantastic - so this has me confused. Would not the forum give this a universal thumbs up, and if not why not?


Off Topic / Re: Why are we losing so many members?
« on: June 12, 2014, 15:46 »
I don't post much because of a lack of time. I dip in when I can, offer an opinion when I feel the need, then get back to work.

Lot's of great people on here and a lot of experience. The personal arguments however are tedious and childish. Many a time I've thought of posting something of interest on here, only to decide against it.

Yes, currently it's an open forum and one which is moderated to the best of an individuals ability. Unless extreme personal criticisms and hugely off topic and inappropriate remarks are really carefully policed, this group is in danger of losing credibility going forward.

That would be a shame; if the forum conducted itself more professionally it could be a more active and unified force for change in Microstock.

Well done - yes, that is good for most people. The key element though, is did you have high production costs for your 1800 pics? Keep refining and cutting these down where possible to maximize your profit.

Shutterstock continuing to grow their SOD/OD/EL business is clearly what matters (to me) for earnings growth.

Snap. They are becoming the key factor in how the month was.

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS website language
« on: May 21, 2014, 02:32 »
You could try: http://www.hidemyass.com

This uses a free proxy server to search with an anonymous IP. It might work for you with the free option - or not!


Shutterstock.com / Re: SS website language
« on: May 20, 2014, 16:00 »
Depends which browser you are using. All browsers have a default country setting which you can change.

You could use a different browser to your usual one for Shutterstock and change the default country setting on this one to the country you want which should work fine. You may also be able to set the language change for a specific site.

I use Firefox - just go to tools > option > content > languages. You can then set your preferred language for a web site.

Off Topic / Re: 947 Domain Endings
« on: May 10, 2014, 12:49 »
Exactly. This has changed over the last few years; increasingly so. I work in SEO - I can make a case for a business operating internationally and based in Norway having a .com., but not the vast majority of businesses who are looking for "local" custom..

The whole thing is a minefield....

Off Topic / Re: 947 Domain Endings
« on: May 10, 2014, 10:37 »
ah - in theory - and according to certain guidelines - 20 minutes is local. That's how far most people go to purchase something. Again though it depends on your IP location. Local to the West End of London is not Old Kent Road. However local from Rutherglen would be Hamilton??

Admittedly Goggle gets it wrong on many occasion - but it is a work in progress, being refined on a daily basis.

Off Topic / Re: 947 Domain Endings
« on: May 10, 2014, 09:02 »
There is no alleged about it - it is fact. The search locale is primary, but only for searches with a dominant local interpretation.

User location - York
User query - cinema - should display local cinema listings - no one is going to travel to London!

user location - York
user query - prom dresses - This is not a local query as most people would buy from any shop in the UK online. UK domains should be dominant.

user location - York
user query - latest Nikon camera - not a local query - people would expect to pay shipping costs and buy from another country if it was cheaper.

Exactly as you have done Sue - if you want to buy local then prom dress shop in York or Nikon camera UK would do the trick...

Off Topic / Re: 947 Domain Endings
« on: May 10, 2014, 08:26 »
The domain extension is now a key part of the algorithm for determining search positions. Some of the new domain names are non-location specific, so will be harder to get ranked.

A .com would be fine for a photo agency operating globally or an American taxi service, but not for a German garage, English pub or Scottish shop.

If a search query has local intent, then that countries domain name extension is ranked higher on most occasions.

Veer / Re: April payment
« on: April 18, 2014, 04:18 »
Not just me then...  thanks...

Veer / April payment
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:26 »
Hi all - I was due a Veer payment dated April 15th, but it's not arrived in PayPal yet.

Anyone else the same or should I give support a shout?



Image Sleuth / Re: Fiverr
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:41 »
I did the same - not the review alas...

Image Sleuth / Re: Fiverr
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:24 »
Ah - yours must be the recent review. I contact a couple of recent buyers as well.

Image Sleuth / Re: Fiverr
« on: March 26, 2014, 09:13 »
Very tempting to contact all those leaving positive reviews for these sellers. Very easy to do as well if you're a member...

Image Sleuth / Re: Fiverr
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:57 »
Bet if I started an Amazon or Ebay shop and started selling drugs online it would soon cause me a problem! These companies should not be able to act with impunity. I'm pretty sure there are legal obligations to running a business...

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