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« on: April 16, 2007, 15:55 »
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It might be early days for an observation like this (for me anyway); I started uploading to IS early in February and make what I thought was good progress.  I didn't bother with any other agencies except a few uploads to DT.  Sales at IS improved very micely and by the middle of March I was pleased with overall progress.  Then I decided to join SS.  Sales at SS took off sharply and I was mesmerised by the immediate positive result.

However my sales at IS peaked in exactly the same week that I joined SS.  Over the past four weeks the trend at IS has been down, but still very positive sales at SS.

Of course Easter is in the middle, perhaps wiping two weeks of proper statistics, but I jave a sneaking suspicion that somehow my sales at SS have damaged my progress at IS.

Perhaps I'm wrong and its all just coincidence.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this from their own experiences?


« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007, 15:56 »
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I haven't found this to be a problem. I use the same nickname at all the sites so buyers can easily find me if they are looking for my images. This also lets them see that I have other images that they haven't seen at one or more of the other sites.

I somehow don't see many buyers taking the time to shop around. The difference in price is usually too minimal and time is money.

« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2007, 17:38 »
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Just a coincidence, especially when looking at SS.  SS is subscription so the one off buyers wont go there and a SS person who has a subscription probably wont buy else where.

You might loss a bit between the one off sites, but my guess is that very few price shop (look for the same image at a cheaper price) so what you are actually doing in increasing your odds since your photo will rank differently at different sites.

« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2007, 21:47 »
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It has been discussed before, many veteran says it does not, it merely gives you greater exposure, even Laurin Rinder says it does not.

-> The advise is always dont go Exclusive with any stock sites and dont put all your eggs in one basket.
-> Its ebb and flow. istock is not doing too well for me this month. I did better in Jan and Feb 07. Wish it will pick up. istock generally is good but the downloads goes up and down. They keep changing the alogrithm every few weeks or so. I hope they dont keep this one. All the flames are in the first few pages.


 

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