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« on: May 01, 2011, 02:01 »
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Another month another stat thread.
Our stats:

IS exclusives at 25%
Over 2,000 photos
370 sales + 2 EL's
BME - 1,120$
Up 15% from march 2011
Up 1,078% from march 2010

Things slowed down towards the end of the month, maybe because of easter ??
I wish they post the RC targets already...  Expecting a bump to 30% in 7-8 days if they stay the same as last year.


« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2011, 02:27 »
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Not a good month for me, especially not at Istock, where I was down 80 per cent compared to last April, 23 downloads the whole month. Doesn't encourage me to spend any time to increase my portfolio there. Istock comes in at the 4th spot for me, FT is still my best earner (though this month not by much), SS and DT were stable. On the other hand, I had a BME at 123rf.com (though at a very small scale). Not long and 123rf will perform better than IS for me.

lagereek

« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2011, 02:27 »
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IS.   indeependant.  approx. 600 sales.  3 ELs.  bad!!  down 40% at least in dollars.

SS. FT and DT,   are all way up with at least 30%

Getty and Alamy.  RM and RF  sales, also way up!


Too much of a coincidence with IS, way down and the others way up, third month in a row now.

« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2011, 04:50 »
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Hi, april was a good month except on Fotolia (again  :-\). It was a very good month especially on SS where I had many enhanced downloads  :D
So

Shutterstock: + 31%
(540 files)
Fotolia: - 39%
(280 files)
Dreamstime: + 2%
(150 files)

« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2011, 04:56 »
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Another BME for me in overall $$$ (IS exclusive) despite only adding a handful of images this month.

ShadySue

« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2011, 05:20 »
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Istock exclusive.
BMY for $$, because of 2 ELs. Better than April 2010 for $$$ - no ELs April 2010.
Dls down on March 2011, $$ up.
It would have been so much better had they not clawed back the EL exclusive bonus and I got my canister change bump.

DLS:
April 2011: 106
April 2010: 143
April 2009: 179
April 2008: 253 (sic!)

Anyone know why they've as good as stopped print advertising in relevant magazines? I was getting plenty of downloads back in the days when I saw iStock adverts everywhere. Seems odd to imagine they weren't cost effective. Couldn't they even have half-page adverts, if not the double page spreads they used to have?
« Last Edit: May 01, 2011, 05:37 by ShadySue »

lagereek

« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2011, 05:52 »
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Istock exclusive.
BMY for $$, because of 2 ELs. Better than April 2010 for $$$ - no ELs April 2010.
Dls down on March 2011, $$ up.
It would have been so much better had they not clawed back the EL exclusive bonus and I got my canister change bump.

DLS:
April 2011: 106
April 2010: 143
April 2009: 179
April 2008: 253 (sic!)

Anyone know why they've as good as stopped print advertising in relevant magazines? I was getting plenty of downloads back in the days when I saw iStock adverts everywhere. Seems odd to imagine they weren't cost effective. Couldn't they even have half-page adverts, if not the double page spreads they used to have?


The entire advertising budget goes to Thinkstock.

« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2011, 06:24 »
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IS: 1/3 (33%) of a "normal" month  :P - now where's that barfing smiley?

What made April bearable where good sales at DT and Panthermedia, also 123RF has exploded for me lately (in a good way)...

« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2011, 07:24 »
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March 2011 was first full month non-exclusive from DT

This month (April) 1/3 of last  month; I have sunk like a rock, I have fallen and can't get up, I am circling the drain.

On a bright note, a couple sites got out of the "zero sale" toilets:
Mostphotos, the 3D Studio and Yay had their first sales this month

Still maintaining their "zero sale" toilet status:
123RF, Cutcaster, Featurepics, Panther, Pixmac

Added one new agency, Warmpicture, to early to put them on the charts

On SS, down by 2/3; number of images sold is only down 1/3 but lost on the EL sales this month
On DT, down by 1/2 over last month

IS: two sales totaling 0.35 cents.  I did manage to get my total port. on IS over 100 this month so that is helpful, I will keep building my port so that there is even more images on IS that they are not buying.

Overall; based on recommendations of MSG and other sites, I have started reworking my raw files to give my images a bit more punch.  I am reloading these files on SS first.

« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2011, 08:10 »
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Istock despite 4 ELs way down, to me they're just thievery disguised in a pathetic disgrace of a site.
Shutterstock and DT both decent BME despite barely uploading, i dont believe this is a coincidence either with iStock performing so bad.
I dont submit to FT; BigStock and Veer are only good for a couple of percents in my total; especially Veer has slowed down for me.

« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2011, 08:20 »
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Istock despite 4 ELs way down, to me they're just thievery disguised in a pathetic disgrace of a site.
Shutterstock and Dreamstime both decent BME despite barely uploading, i dont believe this is a coincidence either with iStock performing so bad.
I dont submit to Fotolia; BigStock and Veer are only good for a couple of percents in my total; especially Veer has slowed down for me.

I don't understand why, if a lot of people say that "IS...disguised in a pathetic disgrace", when I look on the right column I see that it's up and not so far from  Shutterstock. (How you can understand I'm not english  :D)
And, why, if a lot of people say that it was a good month on SS and not on IS, IS is up and SS is stationary  ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
« Last Edit: May 01, 2011, 08:22 by Ellerslie »

« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2011, 08:23 »
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Not a good month for me, especially not at Istock, where I was down 80 per cent compared to last April...

Look at the Istock April statistics thread: http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=328242&page=3

For the first time in years so many contributors reports on -30% drop  :o

Is somebody in HQ going to take responsibility for all these best match tweaks?

« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2011, 08:55 »
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April was a bad month for me, down 22% from March.  iStock was a big chunk of that, down more than 50%, but Dreamstime and BigStock were down 25% each and Shutterstock and 123RF were each down 15%.  Only Fotolia was up significantly, and that was after a poor showing in March.  Things were going well for the first half of the month but fell apart as we got close to Easter.  They still haven't recovered.

 
Year
Over Year
Shutterstock
35.3%
-15.7%
28.1%
-.7%
iStockphoto
13.8%
-53.1%
16.6%
-18.2%
123RF
12.4%
-14.8%
9.9%
+27.0%
Dreamstime
10.6%
-26.3%
8.2%
-24.2%
Fotolia
9.9%
+23.6%
11.4%
-5.1%
CanStock
4.7%
366.9%
3.2%
+112.8%
BigStockPhoto
4.5%
-25.4%
4.6%
-26.0%
Veer
4.4%
-6.3%
9.6%
+334.3%
StockXpert
2.8%
+8.3%
1.6%
-79.1%
Deposit
.6%
-27.0
1.2%
+3.6%
Zoonar
.4%
-91.5
4.8%

lagereek

« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2011, 09:06 »
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April was a bad month for me, down 22% from March.  iStock was a big chunk of that, down more than 50%, but Dreamstime and BigStock were down 25% each and Shutterstock and 123RF were each down 15%.  Only Fotolia was up significantly, and that was after a poor showing in March.  Things were going well for the first half of the month but fell apart as we got close to Easter.  They still haven't recovered.

 
Year
Over Year
Shutterstock
35.3%
-15.7%
28.1%
-.7%
iStockphoto
13.8%
-53.1%
16.6%
-18.2%
123RF
12.4%
-14.8%
9.9%
+27.0%
Dreamstime
10.6%
-26.3%
8.2%
-24.2%
Fotolia
9.9%
+23.6%
11.4%
-5.1%
CanStock
4.7%
366.9%
3.2%
+112.8%
BigStockPhoto
4.5%
-25.4%
4.6%
-26.0%
Veer
4.4%
-6.3%
9.6%
+334.3%
StockXpert
2.8%
+8.3%
1.6%
-79.1%
Deposit
.6%
-27.0
1.2%
+3.6%
Zoonar
.4%
-91.5
4.8%


Ouch!!   that IS drop is BIG!!   bet it hurts.

« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2011, 11:11 »
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I ended up with a good month, especially at SS and Veer. DT started out strong but fizzled at the end (mostly level 0 and 1 sales plus subs for the second half?).

A few of the smaller players had some bigger sales (EL or partner?) at the very end to help out (123RF, BS) for BME there even if they are small.

... and then there is IS. They were pretty sad. (54% of April last year). In fact I made more in my 3rd full month there back in 2007 before my first best match shift.
From looking here it seems like IS is trying to keep the exclusives happy at the expense of the rest of us.

« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2011, 13:02 »
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Hi All,

 Everything stayed right on track with the exception of Istock. They plummeted for me to the lowest month I have had there since last July. Even adding new content every week and this is the only agency to show a drop. A drop from March $1398 to this April at $943 and I have more images on their site than I did last month. Shutterstock, Fotolia, Dreamstime all stayed strong as well as the smaller guys on the list. Hopefully it was just a bad month on the search order for me.

Best,
Jonathan

ShadySue

« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2011, 13:34 »
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From looking here it seems like IS is trying to keep the exclusives happy at the expense of the rest of us.

If you check out the iStock April thread you'll find many exclusives are very unhappy.
http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=328242&page=1


microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2011, 14:36 »
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as expected (taking Easter holidays into account) slightly less than march - which was a very good month - but nothing to worry about

only IS is going down and down

« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2011, 15:01 »
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A reasonable month. If IS hadn't nosedived it would have been close to a record.

« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2011, 15:02 »
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From looking here it seems like IS is trying to keep the exclusives happy at the expense of the rest of us.

If you check out the iStock April thread you'll find many exclusives are very unhappy.
http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=328242&page=1


I skimmed through that forum a bit and I could have missed some but I only saw one non exclusive that was up - someone w/ under 250 DL total. There were plenty of exclusives reporting good months and BME. (and a lot that weren't happy, but I imagine any month there will be some people that are unhappy). It seems to me like they are shifting much of a shrinking pie to the exclusives, but the pie is still too small. I'd love to see an overview of their real stats.

« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2011, 15:43 »
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iStockPhoto:
Worst Royalties since Dec 2007.
57% down from Last April.
30% to 50% down from any month this past year.
I'm certainly not liking the iStock returns for Diamond Exclusives in the 250-300 rank.
Is somebody going to right this ship? Or is it done?

lisafx

« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2011, 17:11 »
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Really bad month for me.  Down 19% from March, and down 15% from last April.  Of the four major sites, both Istock and Fotolia tanked for me.  Shutterstock and Dreamstime both saw gains, but not nearly enough to compensate for the drops on IS and Fotolia.  In (parentheses) is the % up or down from last year, for the top 4.  The others are statistically insignificant, except for Alamy, which is not a micro, but I more than doubled my monthly income there since last year.  

IStockphoto     30% (-34%)
Shutterstock   21% (+20%)
Dreamstime   16% (+2%)
Fotolia            16% (-37%)
BigStock             4%
123                      3%
CanStockPhoto       2%
Alamy              7% (+113%)
« Last Edit: May 01, 2011, 17:13 by lisafx »

Noodles

« Reply #22 on: May 01, 2011, 17:12 »
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iStock Exclusive

Up 12% from last month
Up 64% from April last year

Slovenian

« Reply #23 on: May 01, 2011, 17:23 »
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Another month another stat thread.
Our stats:

IS exclusives at 25%
Over 2,000 photos
370 sales + 2 EL's
BME - 1,120$
Up 15% from march 2011
Up 1,078% from march 2010

Things slowed down towards the end of the month, maybe because of easter ??
I wish they post the RC targets already...  Expecting a bump to 30% in 7-8 days if they stay the same as last year.

Wow, u're getting almost exactly 4x more than I do/DL. I'm getting just 0,76$ out of 110 DLs+1EL (over 300 files). And yes I'm not exclusive, still at 15% because they still haven't posted new RC targets. Looks like you're getting a lot of large size DLs, I'm mostly getting XS and S lately (although most of my files are XXL+). Worse than March, but BME on SS, so I'm quite happy since I'm earning more over there anyway.

ShadySue

« Reply #24 on: May 01, 2011, 17:34 »
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I wish they post the RC targets already...  Expecting a bump to 30% in 7-8 days if they stay the same as last year.
Unless I'm wrong, if you hit a target for this year, your percentage will go up as soon as you hit the target.
The sometime-to-be-announced targets will affect our percentage for NEXT year.

PhotoDuneMicrostock Insider

 

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