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Title: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: fotografer on March 07, 2010, 04:01
Is anybody else seeing a huge rise in sales at Fotolia this month?  Fotolia has been my best earner since I was able to double my  prices but this month is amazing.  I have already this month earnt 50% of what I earnt last month at SS or IS.  I was wondering if sales are especially good there at the moment or if they have had a change of their search engine and I struck lucky..
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Talanis on March 07, 2010, 07:29
Not more than usual for me.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Danicek on March 07, 2010, 12:47
Constant rise in number of downloads, most are subscriptions, premium subscriptions and XS's. Small sample here, yet the tendency at least for me is very clear. May be my type of images...

My last 30 sales:
Premium subscription - 11
Subscription - 8
XS - 7
S - 2
L - 1
XL - 1
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: madelaide on March 07, 2010, 13:54
It's slower than Feb for me so far. 
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: lisafx on March 07, 2010, 16:16
I'm not seeing a big increase there this month, but over the past year they are the site that has shown the most growth for me.

Congrats on your success there this month, whatever the reason :)
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: OM on March 07, 2010, 20:47
Made fatal mistake of taking my small portfolio out of subs for the first 2 weeks of Feb. Best selling image went from page 1 or 2 of its category to page 9 now and the effects are now showing in reduced regular downloads which were frequently 'L' or 'XL' for that image. The trouble with being a bit of a one trick pony, I suppose. Peeving nevertheless. :'(
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: mwp1969 on March 07, 2010, 22:22
I'm not seeing a big increase there this month, but over the past year they are the site that has shown the most growth for me.

Congrats on your success there this month, whatever the reason :)

+1

-Mark
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Freezingpictures on March 07, 2010, 23:02
Fotografer look at your weekly rank, has it risen, then you are one of the lucky to experience growth. Did it stay the same? Then overall earnings for most contributors increased.
I always earn less in January and February then in November and December. iStockphoto in this case has been more stable than FT. But overall FT had a tremendous growth rate compared to the other agencies.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: fotografer on March 08, 2010, 03:14
Thanks all for . Sounds like I just had a lucky week rather than a new trend.   Although the lucky run is still going as I made as much there yesterday as I do on some week days. :)  Can't find any of my images on front page which would have explained the extra attention.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: MatHayward on March 08, 2010, 04:04
Doubling your prices will clearly impact your revenue for the month.  I've been running with my prices at max for the past 3 months ($5-$40).  The results have been pretty interesting. 
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: lagereek on March 08, 2010, 04:11
Yes!  good increase in sales and just about everything else. In fact its been good for quite some time now.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Ivelin Radkov on March 08, 2010, 04:12
February was my WME there ! :(
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: fotografer on March 08, 2010, 04:17
I doubled my prices about a year ago which virtually doubled my earnings but this is a more recent thing. This last week has been amazing with my earnings 50% higher than normal and if this carries on it will be my Bme anywhere by a huge amount on my previous BME.

Doubling your prices will clearly impact your revenue for the month.  I've been running with my prices at max for the past 3 months ($5-$40).  The results have been pretty interesting.  
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: PowerDroid on March 08, 2010, 07:07
Just comparing the first 7 days of March to the first 7 of Feb, I saw about a 30% increase.  My overall ranking has been steadily rising, which suggests there's no rising tide lifting all boats.  I have not been able to increase prices yet, though haven't tried recently.  When are you able to do that?  Do you have to hit a certain level?
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: gostwyck on March 08, 2010, 08:28
When are you able to do that?  Do you have to hit a certain level?

Yes, you have to be Emerald level although you can increase the prices of exclusive images at any ranking.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: lisafx on March 08, 2010, 12:25
Can FT exclusives double there prices without reaching emerald? 
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: PowerDroid on March 08, 2010, 12:44
Yes, you have to be Emerald level although you can increase the prices of exclusive images at any ranking.

The Emerald goal post is so ridiculously high, most people starting out today (and staying non-exclusive) may never reach it.

It has taken me well over a year to get to about 3,500 "paid" downloads.  To get to Emerald status, I need about 22,000 more paid downloads. 

If I had 3,500 paid downloads a year, it would take me another 6 years or so to reach Emerald.  But since my portfolio has grown each month, I should estimate based on the current level.  If I have about 550 paid downloads per month now, and assuming some conservative but steady growth over the next few years, I might still not see the Emerald level for about 4 years. 

I know Fotolia's motive is to make us see exclusivity as a good deal... and if I can raise my prices and my revenue that's a pretty good argument... but I have never believed in exclusivity as a principle or a good revenue decision.  Even iStock exclusivity doesn't seem to be a smart decision when I do the math, and Fotolia would be less so.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: gostwyck on March 08, 2010, 12:54
Can FT exclusives double there prices without reaching emerald? 

Yes __ individual images can be made exclusive and increased by up to 4 credits for XS size.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: lisafx on March 08, 2010, 12:57
Can FT exclusives double there prices without reaching emerald? 

Yes __ individual images can be made exclusive and increased by up to 4 credits for XS size.

Thanks for explaining.  I had forgotten about the image exclusivity option there. 
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: nialat on March 08, 2010, 14:09
No more download than usual, but with 3 extended RF license sales so far in March, it's going to be my BME there :) .... unless everything stops now...
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: ajalbert on March 08, 2010, 17:14
I'm having a similar month at Fotolia...it's out earning SS & IS by 2:1.

Andy
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: GeoPappas on March 08, 2010, 17:21
It has taken me well over a year to get to about 3,500 "paid" downloads.  To get to Emerald status, I need about 22,000 more paid downloads. 

If I had 3,500 paid downloads a year, it would take me another 6 years or so to reach Emerald.  But since my portfolio has grown each month, I should estimate based on the current level.  If I have about 550 paid downloads per month now, and assuming some conservative but steady growth over the next few years, I might still not see the Emerald level for about 4 years. 

You are assuming that they don't move the bar again  ;)
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Ploink on March 09, 2010, 04:07
Is anybody else seeing a huge rise in sales at Fotolia this month?  Fotolia has been my best earner since I was able to double my  prices but this month is amazing.  I have already this month earnt 50% of what I earnt last month at SS or IS.  I was wondering if sales are especially good there at the moment or if they have had a change of their search engine and I struck lucky..

I had a spectacular - at least for me - February, and March looks to be equally good. Since my rank has not improved significantly despite a BME, everybody else should be doing fine, too...

Maybe StockXpert's PPD customers migrated from one "european" agency to another?  ??? Also subscriptions downloads are not as dominant for me as they were before - lots of Ls and XLs for me  ;D Good thing that FT picks up, too - with StockXpert gone, BS and CS in constant hibernation and DT in a drastic decline  :P
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: PowerDroid on March 09, 2010, 11:11
Good thing that FT picks up, too - with StockXpert gone, BS and CS in constant hibernation and DT in a drastic decline  :P

I'm seeing different results on the others you mention.  BS, yes, is flat... CS is doing very well for me, with "Fotosearch Regular" sales bringing in $20 or $30 commissions on a regular basis (once or twice a week lately)... and DT has been very strong.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Ploink on March 09, 2010, 14:39
Good thing that FT picks up, too - with StockXpert gone, BS and CS in constant hibernation and DT in a drastic decline  :P

I'm seeing different results on the others you mention.  BS, yes, is flat... CS is doing very well for me, with "Fotosearch Regular" sales bringing in $20 or $30 commissions on a regular basis... and DT has been very strong lately.

I have yet to have one of those famous "Fotosearch Regular" sales, I personally don't believe they exist  ;)

And DT is a complete mystery to me - I uploaded like crazy there and photos that sell well on SS for example don't have views, let alone downloads - my best selling agencies in 2009 were SS, Alamy and IS - in that order, believe it or not  :D
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: bad to the bone on March 10, 2010, 16:56
I've done one of this Fotosearch buy's for a customer. They exist!
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: leaf on March 11, 2010, 02:18
It has taken me well over a year to get to about 3,500 "paid" downloads.  To get to Emerald status, I need about 22,000 more paid downloads. 

If I had 3,500 paid downloads a year, it would take me another 6 years or so to reach Emerald.  But since my portfolio has grown each month, I should estimate based on the current level.  If I have about 550 paid downloads per month now, and assuming some conservative but steady growth over the next few years, I might still not see the Emerald level for about 4 years. 

You are assuming that they don't move the bar again  ;)

that's what i was going to say
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: dbvirago on March 11, 2010, 10:07
Not huge, but on track for the first BME there since last April.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: Orchidpoet on March 11, 2010, 11:45
So far, it has been even better than IS thanks to an EL.

Hope IS will catch up eventually.

Oops, IS has caught up today. :)
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: RT on March 11, 2010, 13:10
@fotografer

I've seen a significant increase but not the huge one you're experiencing, enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: fotografer on March 11, 2010, 13:23
Thanks to you and everyone else that answered.  Sales are still good but a bit more like normal the last few days. :)

@fotografer

I've seen a significant increase but not the huge one you're experiencing, enjoy the fruits of your hard work.
Title: Re: Sales this month at Fotolia
Post by: fotografer on March 11, 2010, 13:26
DT is also about to break all records and SS is getting back to 'the good old days' so I must just have what people are looking for at the moment.  Hope it lasts :)