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Author Topic: How many contributors are there at present in iStockphoto and Shutterstock?  (Read 4466 times)

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« on: July 27, 2013, 04:44 »
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Just curious.
Thanks.


Beppe Grillo

« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 05:04 »
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I am one of these

Make a poll

« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 05:09 »
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SS with over 35k (April 2013 - http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226078)
IS with over 78k (June 2012 - http://www.microstocktime.com/)

« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 05:22 »
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IS may have more, but I bet the % of active contributors at SS is higher

shudderstok

« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013, 05:37 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013, 05:41 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

pittance in my dictionary is having 12.2$ at iStock this month (not even half day at SS)

« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2013, 05:44 »
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So if you got about 30 a day at SS, depending on your portfolio size, can look as very low. Certainly, I got much more at Istock.

« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2013, 05:50 »
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So if you got about 30 a day at SS, depending on your portfolio size, can look as very low. Certainly, I got much more at Istock.

we aren't comparing incomes here which is in fact impossible due to many variables, that is my case, you have other scenario and some perhaps a better deal like Yuri

forgot to say, congratulations to you ;D

« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2013, 05:53 »
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No, I don't have a better deal. I wish I had it.

« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2013, 05:54 »
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No, I don't have a better deal. I wish I had it.

guess you aren't as professional as Yuri ;)

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2013, 06:02 »
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^
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I did not understood that the tittle of the thread was  "Mine is bigger than your"
 ;D

shudderstok

« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2013, 06:23 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

pittance in my dictionary is having 12.2$ at iStock this month (not even half day at SS)

i guess we have two different dictionaries, $12.20 is a couple of dollars more than my average royalty per download at IS by a few bucks ($3-$4). my last small S+ paid $11.00 so there is no way in hell i will sell that image 28 times at SS at XXXL size to make up the difference. even a small image on the main collection pays around $1.50, that would still mean i would have to sell it on SS 3-4 times. no thanks.

« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2013, 06:33 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

pittance in my dictionary is having 12.2$ at iStock this month (not even half day at SS)

i guess we have two different dictionaries, $12.20 is a couple of dollars more than my average royalty per download at IS by a few bucks ($3-$4). my last small S+ paid $11.00 so there is no way in hell i will sell that image 28 times at SS at XXXL size to make up the difference. even a small image on the main collection pays around $1.50, that would still mean i would have to sell it on SS 3-4 times. no thanks.

no need to explain me, we are talking about iStock, I wouldn't expect less

« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2013, 08:36 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

pittance in my dictionary is having 12.2$ at iStock this month (not even half day at SS)

i guess we have two different dictionaries, $12.20 is a couple of dollars more than my average royalty per download at IS by a few bucks ($3-$4). my last small S+ paid $11.00 so there is no way in hell i will sell that image 28 times at SS at XXXL size to make up the difference. even a small image on the main collection pays around $1.50, that would still mean i would have to sell it on SS 3-4 times. no thanks.


Ah, this old argument again.   While it must be nice to have an established port at IS as an exclusive, that is no longer an option for most of us.   I do know that my new files had stopped selling at IS back before I pulled my port.   And as an indie I was selling at TS which is a worse rate than SS and I hadn't gotten an EL in years.      However, at SS with the same port, my new stuff sells, I get ELs and $2.84 sales regularly and I make 4X more money.

It is true you would probably have a hard time recreating that performance at SS.   But remember that for many of us without that established best match position at IS, IS is a very low performer.   If you are starting microstock today as a newbie, IS is painfully difficult to sell images at.   And with the deck stacked against new images to gain best match position since new files don't sell (except at TS), newbies will have a very hard time even making it to the "become an exclusive" bar let alone crawling up the RC ladder. 

So, it is pretty irrelevant what YOU make at IS, since I believe it is no longer possible for someone starting out to recreate that same success there.   Just consider yourself lucky.

« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2013, 08:44 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

pittance in my dictionary is having 12.2$ at iStock this month (not even half day at SS)

i guess we have two different dictionaries, $12.20 is a couple of dollars more than my average royalty per download at IS by a few bucks ($3-$4). my last small S+ paid $11.00 so there is no way in hell i will sell that image 28 times at SS at XXXL size to make up the difference. even a small image on the main collection pays around $1.50, that would still mean i would have to sell it on SS 3-4 times. no thanks.

IStock pays the lowest of low comissions, 7-9 cents. Also he obviously meant having a fraction of his SS income on IS with same / similar port.

« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2013, 13:26 »
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SS with over 35k (April 2013 - http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/226078)
IS with over 78k (June 2012 - http://www.microstocktime.com/)


Thanks for the answer. :)

shudderstok

« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2013, 17:03 »
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i would never contribute to SS. i value my work far too much to sell it for such a pittance.

pittance in my dictionary is having 12.2$ at iStock this month (not even half day at SS)

i guess we have two different dictionaries, $12.20 is a couple of dollars more than my average royalty per download at IS by a few bucks ($3-$4). my last small S+ paid $11.00 so there is no way in hell i will sell that image 28 times at SS at XXXL size to make up the difference. even a small image on the main collection pays around $1.50, that would still mean i would have to sell it on SS 3-4 times. no thanks.


Ah, this old argument again.   While it must be nice to have an established port at IS as an exclusive, that is no longer an option for most of us.   I do know that my new files had stopped selling at IS back before I pulled my port.   And as an indie I was selling at TS which is a worse rate than SS and I hadn't gotten an EL in years.      However, at SS with the same port, my new stuff sells, I get ELs and $2.84 sales regularly and I make 4X more money.

It is true you would probably have a hard time recreating that performance at SS.   But remember that for many of us without that established best match position at IS, IS is a very low performer.   If you are starting microstock today as a newbie, IS is painfully difficult to sell images at.   And with the deck stacked against new images to gain best match position since new files don't sell (except at TS), newbies will have a very hard time even making it to the "become an exclusive" bar let alone crawling up the RC ladder. 

So, it is pretty irrelevant what YOU make at IS, since I believe it is no longer possible for someone starting out to recreate that same success there.   Just consider yourself lucky.

sarah, here is a clue, you have only 4 shots on IS so you will never get established. also on DT and SS you have only 250 + or -, and have been active since 2007. if you want to make a living shooting stock, you have  work it a bit more than that.


 

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