Sending sitemails to gallery owners?

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kickers
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:23AM
Hi there!

I´d like to know if it´s common to send users sitemails suggesting my own images for their galleries. Í did so a couple of times so far, but I´m not sure if the gallery owners like to be asked 10 times a day because someone uploaded a new image. Maybe they´d like to pick the images themselves, but add on suggestion just not to be unfriendly to other users? On the other hand, it might be useful for them, as they only had to copy and paste the images numbers from the sitemail to enlarge their gallery?

Who knows?
Do you write sitemails suggesting your images to gallery owners regularly? Or only do so if the gallery description asks for you to do so? (Sitemail me if you have...)


(Edited on 2005-01-25 07:53:31 by kickers)
sjlocke
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:24AM
I do, if I have several that would fit in. I don't do it just for one image. If they add them, great, if not, great. No big deal.
rocknrollfun
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:26AM
i really like it when people send suggestions to me. i browse through images in my free time, but i have so little right now that i know i miss some great ones. i don't accept everything, though, but appreicate suggestions! so, i'd say, sitemail them and just ask. no harm in that!
kickers
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:49AM
Ok, that´s what I´ll do. Asking politely, if they won´t add them, no big deal.

Thanks!
kemie
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 7:51AM
I do suggest, but try to avoid sending to those that seem more of a personal taste gallery. For example, i'll suggest my picture of a widget to the "Widgets and Gadzooks" Gallery, but wouldn't to "My favorite widget shots"
Lobsterclaws
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:14AM
I don't mind receiving site mails as long as the person links to their image and makes it easy for me to add it. I'm lazy
elku
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 8:45AM
I don't mind receiving site mails as long as the person links to their image and makes it easy for me to add it. :-) I'm lazy


100% agree. If the sitemail contains a working link to the photo, chances are higher that I will add it to my gallery.

Also, make sure to read the gallery description carefully. I run the "added to more than 10 galleries, but no flames yet" gallery, and although the description clearly says that photos have to be added to more than 10 galleries I often receive sitemails offering a photo that is 'only' listed in 10 galleries. No problem for me, but others might get angry if you waste their time.
dscott
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:18AM
When I've asked nicely and included a working link to my image, gallery owners have been very responsive. I also page through the gallery to make sure my picture fits in.
Clicker
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:27AM
I have three galleries I hope people will help me keep up-to-date by sending me links. I can't always keep up with the inspectors (excellent!) and I'm sure I miss some. It's also good to know what other people want to see in the galleries I keep.

What I don't like are when people send me a bunch of stuff that's already in the gallery or links that don't work. It's also annoying to be asked to 'check out my portfolio' because they 'have a lot of stuff that might work'. If someone sends me a link to a good picture I usually end up browsing their shots anyway, but to be asked to do so somehow rubs me the wrong way.

On the other hand, I've sent mail to people about my pictures and am ignored half the time. It's disheartening to put the work into the links then get nothing for it. I do it a lot less now.

My thoughts and experiences,
Hope they help...
Lanica
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 9:33AM

... It's also annoying to be asked to 'check out my portfolio' because they 'have a lot of stuff that might work'. If someone sends me a link to a good picture I usually end up browsing their shots anyway, but to be asked to do so somehow rubs me the wrong way.


Oh crap. I've only ever sent one sitemail saying, "Check out my portfolio - I have several images that might fit in your XYZ gallery", and it was to you, Lanica. Really sorry about that. You were very gracious, however, and added two or three of my portfolio items to your very cool
Role Playing Games gallery.

Generally, I send a site mail to one gallery owner at a time, linking one image at a time, and I've always had very positive responses. I manage one gallery as well, and I've (almost) always added any requested image.
AzureLaRouxCLOSED
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:11AM
When my portfolio was only a page or 2 I didn't mind sending gallery owners a "please look at my portfolio" if I believed that more than one image would fit the gallery. Now that I have more pages I link on image and reference that if they are interested there are other similar images in the gallery.

I do this because some owners don't like duplicates. They want just the "best of" a series rather than the entire series.

As a gallery owner I appreciate it when someone sends me an e-mail. I don't accept all the images that are recommended but my galleries are quite specific so I simply explain why it won't work.
theprint
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:15AM
Here's what I say: If you have any pictures that might fit into a specific gallery, you should definately contact the owner.

As for myself, I'm sure I miss a ton of pics that are perfect for my galleries, and I very much appreciate it, when I get good suggestions. I do, however, turn images down now and then, so if you're the kind of person who can't take that, you should probably not suggest images ...
KellyT
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:30AM
I agree with what everyone else has said. There are certain galleries where I'll contact the owner to request an addition (like definitive-type galleries), but that's about it.

Oh, if a gallery owner advertises on the home page blog or their own blog, I will also contact them if I think I have an image that is right for their gallery.
Flutter_97321
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 10:43AM
I was around to help start the galleries so I have 30 galleries which translates to a lot of work. There is no way I can keep up with everything so I appreciate suggestions that include an easy link.

However, just know that I don't take all suggestions particularly for the Female Beauty and some of the the galleries that are getting so big simply because of their size.

However if I am missing a treasure, please do contact me as I don't want to miss them.
InCommunicado
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Posted Tue Jan 25, 2005 12:41PM
When I have the downtime, I will send emails to gallery owners with links to my new photos that I think they might want to consider for inclusion. Before doing that, I peruse the gallery to make sure I am not suggesting something to them that is a waste of time. I have always had replies and results in getting my babies more exposure.
Clicker
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:06AM
I'd say about half of Emerson's portfolio fit into my RPG gallery, so that was the exception. Also, theprint said that he had some new pics that might fit into my Interesting People gallery then went on to tell me to go to his portfolio, view by age, then limit to people. That's better than 'check out all my stuff becuase some of it might fit.' Which, IMHO, seems like a thinly veiled attempt to drum up downloads.

So I hope you two don't take offense. Actually I hope no one takes offense, but what ya gonna do?
lucato
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2005 3:56PM
I got 13 galleries and it drives me crazy. Besides that, I have no much time to manage them. I can't imagine how Flutter is with 30... Don't say good morning. Just kidding.

Well, I agree with these good points:

Nita08 :" I don't mind receiving site mails as long as the person links to their image and makes it easy for me to add it. I'm lazy"
Elku:" 100% agree. If the sitemail contains a working link to the photo, chances are higher that I will add it to my gallery"
Clicker: "What I don't like are when people send me a bunch of stuff that's already in the gallery...It's also annoying to be asked to 'check out my portfolio'"
Theprint: "Here's what I say: If you have any pictures that might fit into a specific gallery, you should definately contact the owner"

I'd like also to leave some suggestions if you intend to send a sitemail to my galleries.

• Use the lightbox.
I got a gallery called Vectors for 3 credits. So, if you got a lot of 3 credits vector files, you can create a lightbox and add them all and send me the link to your '3 credits vectors' lightbox. After I've added them you can delete your lightbox.

• Use the 'Search Within':
Other gallery I manage is called Message with images that has white space/room on it to write on them. So, go to your portfolio images and do a 'search within' with for example: 'Message' and if the results fit with it send me the results link.

Well, if you follow all these 'rules' above and you've written "I Agree" on the bottom of the "Term of Sitemailing to galleries' owners", you can send me a sitemail. I'm just kidding... about the term... hehehe.

Here goes all my galleries link. feel free to contact me.

Cheers,
Lucato.
claporte
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Posted Wed Jan 26, 2005 7:10PM
People have site mail me after i posted my
"split second " gallery on the community board
and i also went on the hunt for pictures myself when i created the Gallery.
i also started a Two things Gallery, much harder to fill up...
Where do i let know about the creation of new gallery? Announcing it on the community board?
(I posted this question yesterday on newbie forum but nobody answered...)
also my
split second gallery never appeared in the New Galleries even thought it has 32 files and 500 viewers... ?




split second

(Edited on 2005-01-26 08:26:54 by catilaporte)
OlsenMatt
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Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:38AM
I really don't know if the next suggestions have already been suggested before, but they are running around in my head for a while. If not, shall I post this in the Suggestion Box?

Galleries-Lightbox:
Add your favorite galleries into your G-Lightboxes (you can manage them in different G-Lightboxes which you have created. For example: food, business, interesting,..) This makes it easy to manage and find back your favorite galleries, and the galleries where your work might fit into (or galleries already containing some of your work).

Add to Gallery Request:
Check your files you'd like to add to a gallery (checkboxes next to your files in the MyUploads page, and ability to do an addition request out of each file-page) + "Add to Gallery X Request" (you choose the gallery out of your G-lightboxes - same way as when you add a file to a gallery or lightbox). WindowPopup containing the galleries from the chosen G-Lightbox. Select the galleries (with checkboxes). Write something to the owner in a textbox (optional). Click the Request-button.

Requested Additions:
The gallery owners can view a page which contains all requests (per gallery he/she maintains, and per member's requests) Can easily select & add the files to the gallery they're requested to be added into.

Advantages:
- Easy to find back your favorite galleries.
- Easy to request addition of your work.
- No need to send sitemails to the owners.

- Gallery owners receive correct links.
- Easy to add the requested files into the gallery they are requested to be added into.

Example:
Member frequently uploads food shots. He/she has added 3 galleries to his/her personal "Food" G-Lightbox. When having uploaded some new foodshots the member makes an addition request to the galleries in the "Food" G-lightbox. Writes something to the owners and sends request. The gallery owners view the Requests pages and add the files in their galleries.

Can you imagine how easy that would be???

Thanks for reading this. Let me know if this sounds useful..

Greetz, Matt

(Edited on 2005-01-30 11:49:09 by OlsenMatt)
spxChrome
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Posted Sun Jan 30, 2005 1:03AM
My galleries aren't worth talking about but every now and then I get a sitemail asking me to accept someones photo. What might be a good idea is when asking to have a photo accepted into someone else's gallery is to include a list of galleries you maintain and ask that person if they have any files that fit into your galleries. Kind of like a trade and this works out for everyone including the iStock gallery collection.
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