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« on: November 22, 2008, 20:53 »
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How many images did you have online when you started to make $100 per month at 123RF (excluding EL sales)?




« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008, 21:24 »
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Do people actually make that much at 123RF?

« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2008, 02:56 »
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Do people actually make that much at 123RF?

This month I have zero dl.s!
I have about 200 images online...
Does that mean I need endless number of photos in my portfolio to reach 100 $/month!? :D ::)

« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008, 03:13 »
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This month i have 20 Downloads, $7
559 images

« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2008, 03:46 »
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no. I make 100$ every 2 months. :D

« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2008, 03:52 »
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How many images did you have online when you started to make $100 per month at 123RF (excluding EL sales)?




I think I would need about 5,000.

« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2008, 07:14 »
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I have almost 3000 images there now and make well over $100 a month.   If IS keeps going like is has over the last 4 months...they might be down around the same in another 4 months  :(

« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2008, 08:02 »
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I  started uploading there about 9 months ago and have about 600 of my best images there.   This month for the first time I should make 100$ on normal sales (currently at nearly 75$) althought Thanksgiving might ruin it if the customers are
American.  Last month I made more but had 2 ELS at about 20$ each.

« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2008, 09:51 »
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About 500 images online. Estimated earnings this month will be about $60. It's increasing slowly every month.

« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2008, 09:58 »
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Once upon the time I was very close to $ 100 with 2 EL ....
Now I am back in the $ 20 range but this month it is more the $ 10 don't know what's happening there....

« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2008, 12:04 »
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Hi Freedom

After around a year with 123rf and about 850 images I have passed the $100.
IMO They are going stronger. I fave my images, but have no clue if that helps.

good luck

Noam

« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2008, 12:45 »
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I earn 10-20% of the amount earned at DT, SS, IS, StockXpert.

I earn 2-3 times more at BigStock, so I have no idea why 123rf is included in the big 6 and why BigStock is excluded.

As I see, the earnings of this month will be 10% of the others, it's going very-very slowly.

hali

« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2008, 12:56 »
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so, enlighten this newbie. it's important to have quality images, but the bottom line of selling regularly is still volume, isn't it?

i did post this question to several sites , "what's wrong with my images? i sell , but sell very little , and if any mostly subs. are my keywording, or quality of my images lousy?"
the answers all came back, "your images are good, or else they would have been rejected. but with so little images in your port, and with 6 million images for buyers to choose, it's easy for your images to get buried. keep uploading".

so it's the reality, isn't it? i better be a "shooting machine", as one of my networks put it.

« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2008, 15:51 »
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I earn 2-3 times more at BigStock, so I have no idea why 123rf is included in the big 6 and why BigStock is excluded.

My situation is similar, 123RF is a very weak performer for me.  It's hard to understand why it can be the best or so for others, but it can.

Regards,
Adelaide

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« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2008, 16:21 »
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It isn't just quality; it has to be the right images.  You also have to upload on a regular basis.  Assuning you have a 90% acceptance rate, or better, on any given site, you have a chance.  Without MR's you can forget about it.  I don't know of anyone making $100 a month without models, volume and a very high acceptance level.

I personally stopped uploading to 123RF due to an acceptance rate of 3%.   Sales on my small portfolio is around $1 to $4.50.  The low sales is attributed to the fact that I cannot upload anything that would be accepted on a regular basis.

After my next paayout, I'll close out.  I should get there in about four to six months.
From now on I'll just try to keep uploading to Alamy and phase out of MS altogether.

Good luck!

« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2008, 20:47 »
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Im somewhere around that mark with something less than 3000 images , added 1000 new ones in the last few weeks but my downloads number didn't change , maybe even it went down.

« Reply #16 on: November 23, 2008, 22:58 »
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I got 10% of this number with more than 3000 images. I guess I do not have what they are looking for cause with half less on SS I regularly get over $100

« Reply #17 on: November 23, 2008, 23:56 »
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I used to have $90-120 a month there. Then I stopped uploading and the number dropped to $80. I have 821 photo at 123rf at the moment.

« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2008, 04:28 »
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yes, I get more than 100$ with 1600+ photos
diego

lisafx

« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2008, 10:17 »
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I have 4,000 + images and make over $100/month there, but my royalties have been stagnant for over a year. 

Yeah, it's nice to get a payout every month, but with 4,000 model released images I am aiming for a bit more than the minimal payout and have been very disappointed I can't grow my income on 123.

I agree with icefront and madelaide - BigStock produces several times the sales for me that 123 does, and sales there continue to grow.  Not sure how 123 keeps its place on the Big 6. 

« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2008, 10:57 »
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average $130-160 month, has been all year no real improvement though

« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2008, 14:37 »
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ha..... took me a year to make my first $100 at 123....  'course I only have a little over a hundred images there..... 8)=tom

« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2008, 14:52 »
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Right around $100.00 a month since may, 300-550 images with no upward trend.

gbcimages

« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2008, 14:56 »
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I don't make near thast much I only have 272 images with them

CofkoCof

« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2008, 15:33 »
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It should be around 100$ this month, seeing increase in sales every month :D

« Reply #25 on: November 24, 2008, 19:18 »
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About 3500 images would get me there.  I make 25-40 on 123RF each month.  It's all part of the long tail...

« Reply #26 on: December 08, 2008, 15:45 »
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What's up with 123 RF these days ? It completely died on me , on a track to make $ 4 this month :(

lisafx

« Reply #27 on: December 08, 2008, 16:03 »
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It has slowed a bit for me too.  Not dead, but November was down from October. 

« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2008, 16:08 »
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I do...  Oh, you mean per month?  I do in a year!   ;D

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2008, 17:35 »
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What's up with 123 RF these days ? It completely died on me , on a track to make $ 4 this month :(

It has to do something with my luck.

It was  quite well there for me last month , so I thought why not upload about 1000 images , so I did.


Then it stopped completely. ;D


« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2008, 18:51 »
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Already have a BME this month on 123RF (which is not sayin' much) but doing good compared to StockXpert and FT which are dead in the water. They all seem to take turns doing well one month and bad the next (for me) and it would be wonderful if they were all consistent and did well every month ;D
« Last Edit: January 15, 2009, 07:52 by epantha »

« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2008, 19:33 »
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My november was disaster. And december is not different.

« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2008, 10:30 »
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They all seem to take turns doing well one month and bad the next (for me) and it would be wonderful if they were all consistent and did well every month ;D

Isn't that the truth.  :D I've been doing this for 2 1/2 years now, and I'm still waiting for that one magic month were ALL sites are hot. I've come close a few times, but it's usually exactly like you say. It's an interesting business, and it appears that there is some sort of migration of buyers from one site to the next each month.

« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2009, 07:36 »
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January looks much better :) Downloads started to pick up! No matter I had poor november and december, 123RF is still still twice better that FT, StockXpert, and 4 times better than BS for me. They have great support for contributors, I appreciate that very much. Easy upload system is big plus too.

« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2009, 07:59 »
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For what it's worth, the last normal month was November: 32$ with 450 online then. December was 11$ and October 13$, but those were not normal months. Taking an average of 20$ per 500 shots, I would extrapolate you can have 100$/month with 2,500-3,000 pics. Of course it depends to the content of your portfolio. My top sellers are nature/landmarks, not models, just like on SS.

123RF is a nice little low maintenance site with stable and slowly growing earnings. I love their Model Release Attach module, no categories and no fuzz no drama FTP upload and submitting.

« Last Edit: January 15, 2009, 08:06 by FlemishDreams »

« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2009, 17:35 »
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123RF is really picking up for me. I have downloads every day last several days :)

« Reply #36 on: January 15, 2009, 18:06 »
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I have a totally opposite experience. For me FT and StockXpert are the only sites, other than SS and IS that have regular sales. I had 3 sales on 123rf in the last 4-5 months.

« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2009, 04:17 »
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Deleted. ;D

« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2016, 07:29 »
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Has anyone tried out this site? 123stock.co.uk, I know they're running a special at the moment

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #39 on: March 01, 2016, 07:41 »
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Has anyone tried out this site? 123stock.co.uk, I know they're running a special at the moment

Well, unless I'm mistaken... it's your website. So I'd be pretty worried if you didn't know they had a special on at the moment.

« Reply #40 on: March 01, 2016, 08:12 »
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Starting a site with a similar name to 123RF and posting in this forum where they probably look seems like a dumb idea to me.

« Reply #41 on: March 01, 2016, 08:54 »
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Starting a site with a similar name to 123RF and posting in this forum where they probably look seems like a dumb idea to me.

Along with bringing up an old thread FROM 2009!  Seems pretty desperate.

« Reply #42 on: March 01, 2016, 08:58 »
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2 months = $50-$60.   ???

« Reply #43 on: March 01, 2016, 09:04 »
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Starting a site with a similar name to 123RF and posting in this forum where they probably look seems like a dumb idea to me.

In case you didn't notice

One, Two, Three,
Royalty Free

has a rhyme.

It makes little sense to plagiarize that name, the way you did it.

Here are better ideas:
123iStock
123Shutterstock
or
1,2,3, Pond, 5  ;D
« Last Edit: March 01, 2016, 09:26 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #44 on: March 01, 2016, 09:48 »
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What strikes me when I see these old threads is the fact that ALMOST NO ONE on them is around here anymore.  They've given up on microstock, realizing it is unsustainable.

One of the guys is the NiltoMil guy who ran a blog that would detail his rise to earning a million dollars in microstock.  Long gone.

« Reply #45 on: March 01, 2016, 10:06 »
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What strikes me when I see these old threads is the fact that ALMOST NO ONE on them is around here anymore.  They've given up on microstock, realizing it is unsustainable.

One of the guys is the NiltoMil guy who ran a blog that would detail his rise to earning a million dollars in microstock.  Long gone.

No offence to him but he was one of those people who floats about the internet looking for get rich quick schemes. Good luck to him but I suspect he made more from blogging about Micro rather than actually doing it.

50%

« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2016, 11:33 »
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What strikes me when I see these old threads is the fact that ALMOST NO ONE on them is around here anymore.  They've given up on microstock, realizing it is unsustainable.

One of the guys is the NiltoMil guy who ran a blog that would detail his rise to earning a million dollars in microstock.  Long gone.
Yes and no, some are posting under a new name some don't post anymore here but still do microstock but some probably gave up completely

« Reply #47 on: March 01, 2016, 15:17 »
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Why do these boneheads keep ressurecting these ancient threads?

I guess i answered my own question...

« Reply #48 on: March 01, 2016, 17:50 »
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What strikes me when I see these old threads is the fact that ALMOST NO ONE on them is around here anymore.  They've given up on microstock, realizing it is unsustainable.

One of the guys is the NiltoMil guy who ran a blog that would detail his rise to earning a million dollars in microstock.  Long gone.

I assumed he was one of the people who said he earned $1m in the Poll. Calling yourself 123Shutterstock would not be a good move you would find yourself in court PDQ

« Reply #49 on: March 01, 2016, 23:27 »
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Starting a site with a similar name to 123RF and posting in this forum where they probably look seems like a dumb idea to me.

In case you didn't notice

One, Two, Three,
Royalty Free

has a rhyme.

It makes little sense to plagiarize that name, the way you did it.

Here are better ideas:
123iStock
123Shutterstock
or
1,2,3, Pond, 5  ;D

1,2,3, Pond, 5 is the best  ;D

« Reply #50 on: March 02, 2016, 00:00 »
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It's impossible to make over $25 a month at 123RF

« Reply #51 on: March 02, 2016, 00:04 »
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It's impossible to make over $25 a month at 123RF

Sorry to hear that. Probably you need to upload more/better work.

« Reply #52 on: March 02, 2016, 02:21 »
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ME for sure not

« Reply #53 on: March 02, 2016, 02:55 »
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I make $123 a year

« Reply #54 on: March 02, 2016, 03:22 »
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It's impossible to make over $25 a month at 123RF

Sorry to hear that. Probably you need to upload more/better work.

No, I mean for anyone and everyone

« Reply #55 on: March 02, 2016, 03:31 »
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It's impossible to make over $25 a month at 123RF

No its not I'm a pretty average/below average earner and I quite often get over $25 there ...don't confuse your own results with others I daresay you do much better than me on some sites

« Reply #56 on: March 02, 2016, 04:06 »
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123 makes me something over $1000/month $1500 on the good months. 8000+ files on there

« Reply #57 on: March 02, 2016, 05:00 »
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123 makes me something over $1000/month $1500 on the good months. 8000+ files on there
WOW! which type of content?

« Reply #58 on: March 02, 2016, 09:42 »
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A good mixture

« Reply #59 on: March 03, 2016, 05:53 »
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123 makes me something over $1000/month $1500 on the good months. 8000+ files on there
So if you make $1000 on 123 you should make at least $10 000 on Shutterstock!
Congratulation!
« Last Edit: March 03, 2016, 05:55 by Chichikov »

« Reply #60 on: March 03, 2016, 06:50 »
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Thanks, actually just over $4000 on SS good months or $3000 up on bad. Never broken $5000 on SS.

« Reply #61 on: March 03, 2016, 07:56 »
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Thanks, actually just over $4000 on SS good months or $3000 up on bad. Never broken $5000 on SS.

Sorry for asking but do you sell only photos, or you do illustrations and footage too?

« Reply #62 on: March 03, 2016, 08:21 »
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I have a mixture in my portfolio of all three.

« Reply #63 on: March 03, 2016, 08:34 »
+1

« Reply #64 on: March 03, 2016, 08:54 »
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A good mixture

A very good answer ;)

And a perfect formula of Quality + Diversification X Quantity = Many happy returns ;D

« Reply #65 on: March 03, 2016, 09:58 »
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Normally I do not disclose personal data,
but I think that in some way can help.

Illustration > photo > footage = 2000
Average upload 20 to 30 images per month.

« Reply #66 on: March 03, 2016, 14:09 »
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Ah ah ah....yes of course every 7 months

« Reply #67 on: March 04, 2016, 08:00 »
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Normally I do not disclose personal data,
but I think that in some way can help.

Illustration > photo > footage = 2000
Average upload 20 to 30 images per month.

That is amazingly close to my numbers.

« Reply #68 on: March 04, 2016, 13:55 »
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Normally I do not disclose personal data,
but I think that in some way can help.

Illustration > photo > footage = 2000
Average upload 20 to 30 images per month.

That is amazingly close to my numbers.
Mine too.

« Reply #69 on: March 05, 2016, 06:31 »
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Hello,

I'm a vector illustrator, I have a portfolio of now around +1700 files, upload an average of 20/30 files a month, and I have an average on 123rf of more or less 300$/month.
Sometimes 500$, like in april 2015 (via some extra EL)
For the moment 123RF is pretty stable

Tryingmybest

  • Stand up for what is right
« Reply #70 on: March 05, 2016, 14:36 »
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How many images did you have online when you started to make $100 per month at 123RF (excluding EL sales)?

I make about $68/month with 6,000 illustrations. I'm not one of the best out there. So that is kind of low.

« Reply #71 on: March 05, 2016, 22:29 »
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Hello,

I'm a vector illustrator, I have a portfolio of now around +1700 files, upload an average of 20/30 files a month, and I have an average on 123rf of more or less 300$/month.
Sometimes 500$, like in april 2015 (via some extra EL)
For the moment 123RF is pretty stable

Your doing very well then.  I make around the same with 6k images.

« Reply #72 on: March 21, 2016, 08:13 »
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Now i am back in updating my stock portfolio.
On 123rf i never earned more than 10$ per month... But i have to say that i have very old photos in my portfolio, and not really stock oriented. Do you think is worth to update my portfolio on this site? you can earn something from the sales from here?

« Reply #73 on: March 24, 2016, 20:52 »
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I have 90% illustrations and about 10% or maybe less photos at 123RF, with over 200 uploads and keeps uploading, but I only make 9$ in over 2 years. I only get 1 or 2 sales a month.

But in CanStockPhoto, I make money faster than 123RF and I have about half of total uploads I have at 123RF.
« Last Edit: March 25, 2016, 00:37 by Jeffrey »

Photerloo

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« Reply #74 on: March 24, 2016, 21:39 »
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I have around 450 photos on 123rf and make about $40 a month over there
« Last Edit: March 24, 2016, 21:43 by Photerloo »

« Reply #75 on: April 04, 2016, 02:52 »
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I still waiting more than 70 photos to be viewed and maybe I will make more money after, who knows...
 :-\

baz777

  • Im not sociable so I dont use social media
« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2016, 08:42 »
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I still waiting more than 70 photos to be viewed and maybe I will make more money after, who knows...
 :-\


I had 68 images awaiting approval going back over a month, emailed them this morning and reviewed this morning, (except a few editorial images).

Rinderart

« Reply #77 on: May 01, 2016, 12:37 »
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One of my Best and most consistent sites been there since Day 1. Smart site, things work, Easy upload. They keep there head down and just do the work. LIKE!!!!!!!
« Last Edit: May 01, 2016, 12:39 by Rinderart »

« Reply #78 on: May 01, 2016, 13:02 »
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I would if they doubled sales like they promised when they cut our percentage.

« Reply #79 on: May 01, 2016, 14:59 »
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I would if they doubled sales like they promised when they cut our percentage.
I agree, they cut my percentage and sales slowed down.  Now I haven't uploaded there for ages.  The only thing I like is the automated payouts, wish all the sites did that.


 

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