I've thought long and hard about how to include other photographers on Photoconnect
. The crux of the issue is whether Photoconnect
is going to get in visitors to click on ads (and sell a few photos) or whether it's going to sell lots of photos AND have visitors clicking on ads.
It's the latter I'd prefer and I've reached the conclusion that
this means that, yes, I've got to be a little choosy about which photographers feature on photoconnect
but more choosy about which of their photos feature.Photoconnect
is built on using keywords that correspond to those that people searching for images are using. Those people get their first impression directly from the images that they see that feature those keywords. If they are potential buyers then I and other photographers need them to hang around or even better return again. Nothing will happen on the site if it is padded out with lots of images concentrated in a few vague areas eg
landscapes. It needs to have a great breadth of specific subject matter, travel images covering individual cities, countries, states, sports images covering specific sports, lifestyle images covering
So when a photographer declares an interest in Photoconnect
then I'd look at their portfolios on Alamy
and see whether their images are concentrated in subject matter areas that are going to work on photoconnect
. Are the image titles good? Then I'd ask them to load up the images and take it from there.
While this is happening, I will have to do a purge of existing images to bring them up to scratch. Mine, other photographers. What I do not have great confidence in is the ability of all photographers on the site to deal directly with buyers. At least if there are links to Alamy
the buyer will be able to purchase from there and the site will not gain a poor reputation because of an inability to deliver.