Friday, 5 March 2010

Per image returns from Alamy slumping (or for me crashing!)

Following on from the last post, I've realised that the slow start to sales I've seen in 2010 (not talked about then because I thought it would turn around) is going to be set in place for a while yet. The reason? Not Alamy's decline this time but Alamy's system for ranking contributors' photos (Alamyrank) and I've noticed that just about every one of my images is now in the bottom rank, at the back end of searches. Shafted by an algorithm!

Perhaps other contributors have been feverishly slaving away improving the prioritisation of their keywords and have simply gone by me in the rankings while I've been sitting watching the money come in. With a re-ranking about every couple of months, on the showing so far my income may be one tenth of last year's unless I get back to where I was.

A month ago I made plans for increased effort on social networking and wrote about them here. The overhaul of my stock photo site is almost complete and I was preparing to substantially increase my efforts but now it seems that there's hard graft ahead sorting out Alamy. It may be 2 or 3 days work, which will probably take me 10 with all the other stuff going on, but there will be a substantial return, assuming I get it right.....

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