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« on: April 01, 2011, 02:19 »
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How was your March?  March is usually one of my best months (and was again this year), and the last before the summer slow down.  I'll post my graphs as soon as I have them made.  


Here's my graph


iStock is gobbling up a bigger and bigger %, despite the very low percentage of the sale I get from them.
January - 13%
February - 14%
March - 19%
Veer which had some crazy numbers the previous months, is back to 'normal'

Here is the link to the monthly polls
http://www.microstockgroup.com/pollsvote/
« Last Edit: April 01, 2011, 02:41 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 02:43 »
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Hi, march was a great month for me but I've upload a lot everywhere. I'm on mickostock since november 2010 so my stats are related to the precedent month.

Shutterstock: + 72%
Fotolia: + 2200% (but the past month I sold only 1 picture...)
Dreamstime: =

« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 03:04 »
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Fotolia's gone down the toilet (60% down on a year ago, now below CanStockPhoto and Alamy). The rest of the big four produced good to very good results (if I include the predicted PP income into iStock's total), Canstock continues to make progress, 123 and BS are their normal fairly dismal selves. Overall, the best month since Feb 2010 so hopefully the slide of the last few months is over and things will pick up.
« Last Edit: April 01, 2011, 03:09 by BaldricksTrousers »

« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 03:07 »
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Hi, I am fairly new to the forum so this is my first post in the earnings breakdown.

I am happy to still see growth in my port in istock.

Compared to february that was my BME: DLs +15% $$ +8%

Compared to march 2010 DLs + 87% $$ +116% Portfolio growth + 66%

No ELs this month. First time in the last 6 months that this happens and 3rd over the last year.

My royalty per DL has gone up 15% since last year, but I turned silver last August and that meant a 20% increase since then, so here I have a clear loss. Too many discounts I guess.

« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011, 03:08 »
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Very good month! BME on Shutterstock, Istock, Canstock, average month on Dreamstime, 123rf, Fotolia and Bigstock and two sales (and only) on Stockfresh.

« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2011, 03:26 »
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unfortunately I can't agree with leaf on Istock - they have dropped down to my #4 earner. On the other hand, I have not uploaded anything to them for over a year and the substraction of money from my account due to fraud this month hasn't upped my motivation to restart uploading to them, though my share was tiny compared to others.

Fotolia brought in almost 6 times the earnings I got at Istock this month (after adjusting for currency exchange rates it would even be more than that). I had a really good month at Dreamstime too and a decent month at Shutterstock and my best month ever at 123rf (but still stayed beyond the 5$ earning per month mark.... ;))

Overall this was a decent month - usually March and April are my best months before the summer. So we'll see what April brings.

« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2011, 03:39 »
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BME here too! SS, DT,IS,FT,123RF,deposit and Veer!  ;D

« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2011, 04:31 »
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This is my first post here :-)



Above you see my complete istockphoto history. It includes royalties and downloads (in red)

In 2011 I have been slowly increasing my sales. Take note that in 2011 my royalty rate was reduced by 12,5% on istock, which explains why 2011 is weaker than 2010. Nevertheless, I have started being very productive and in the past 4 months have uploaded many new files.

Im curious to see how things evolve!
Luis

« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2011, 04:38 »
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March was BME for me in my 4 years stock career ;). Even though I have not uploaded too much, it all went great, probably due to the fact that I a very spring/summer oriented portfolio.
Soon I am reaching gold on Fotolia, too ;)

Cheers

« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2011, 07:26 »
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And for some REAL numbers:
BME as exclusive 25% canister at IS.
970$ which is 8% more then last month with over 300 downloads.

About 40 days away from our upgrade to 30% rate.

rubyroo

« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2011, 07:33 »
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Oops.  Looks like I put this in the wrong thread.  Copying to here:

I was really delighted with Dreamstime and Shutterstock's performance this month.  123RF performed relatively well too.   It was quite shocking to see the growing gap between commissions from iStock and all the other agencies - with those piddling little 'teen' commissions coming up quite often. 

My top five:

Top earner:      Shutterstock @ 30%
Second place:   Dreamstime @ 20%
Third:               iStock @ 14%
Fourth:            123RF @ 10%
Fifth:                Fotolia @ 9%

ETA:  Overall, my second BME!

« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2011, 07:40 »
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Great month.
BME - total, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, 123rf, Fotolia and even PantherMedia
Average Veer, GLO and Deposit
Canstock and BigStock were disappointing in March.

« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2011, 08:20 »
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JEEZ! last night had 10 sales at ALAMY!! just insane best month ever with more than 10k oh god!

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2011, 08:37 »
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10 sales on Alamy - fantastic! Well done! Alamy was a dead duck for me, as usual, but the other sites were fantastic in the month - best month ever and more than $140 above the previous best month in January. Definitely helped by 4 video sales on Pond5 and a couple of extended licenses on iStock, but the rest was just solid sales day by day through the month. As usual, I have posted more detail on my blog, but here is the headline chart:


Steve

« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2011, 09:05 »
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JEEZ! last night had 10 sales at ALAMY!! just insane best month ever with more than 10k oh god!

come on man...  can't be true ! ;)

« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2011, 09:09 »
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JEEZ! last night had 10 sales at ALAMY!! just insane best month ever with more than 10k oh god!
OMG, does Alamy accept vectors?

« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2011, 09:13 »
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JEEZ! last night had 10 sales at ALAMY!! just insane best month ever with more than 10k oh god!

come on man...  can't be true ! ;)

it isnt :( but had a BME!


« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2011, 09:20 »
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JEEZ! last night had 10 sales at ALAMY!! just insane best month ever with more than 10k oh god!

come on man...  can't be true ! ;)

it isnt :( but had a BME!

April fools?

« Reply #18 on: April 01, 2011, 09:24 »
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JEEZ! last night had 10 sales at ALAMY!! just insane best month ever with more than 10k oh god!

come on man...  can't be true ! ;)

it isnt :( but had a BME!

April fools?

the BME isnt :P

« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2011, 10:27 »
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Thank god for DT and SS.  DT did very very well this month and it pulled to my #1 for I think the first time.

lisafx

« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2011, 11:15 »
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Good news for me is I was up 16% from Feb 2011.  Bad news is down 8% from March 2010.  So continuing the "worse than last year" trend I have been seeing since April last year.
Below is the total of earnings for march, plus the % up or down from a year ago.

   Istock   35% (-19%)
   Shutterstock 19% (+14%)
   Dreamstime  14% (=)
   Fotolia     19% (-22%)
   BigStock     4%  
   123RF        3%  
   Crestock     0%
   CanStock      3%
   Alamy     4%  

For me the only site that showed significant growth was SS.  Actually had a BME there, and I haven't had a BME anywhere for a loooooong time. 
« Last Edit: April 01, 2011, 11:22 by lisafx »

« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2011, 11:36 »
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Hi All,

 BME for me at Istock even with the loss of 2%. Gotta like that.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2011, 11:45 »
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Down 3% from February.  iStock and Dreamstime were up a lot, Shutterstock, 123RF and BigStock were up, most everything else was down.  The past year was up 1.5% from the previous year, with gains at Veer, CanStock, 123RF and Shutterstock compensating for losses elsewhere.

   
Year
Over Year
Shutterstock
32.8%
+13.1%
28.0%
+5.6%
iStockphoto
23.0%
+70.2%
17.3%
-12.4%
123RF
11.4%
+12.5%
9.7%
+31.3%
Dreamstime
11.3%
+61.7%
8.1%
-31.4%
Fotolia
6.3%
-26.3%
11.6%
-4.2%
BigStockPhoto
4.7%
+7.6%
4.7%
-24.4%
Veer
3.7%
-80.2%
9.3%
+335.4%
Zoonar
2.7%
4.6%
StockXpert
2.0%
-71.0%
1.4%
-83.0%
CanStock
0.8%
-76.8%
2.8%
+102.2%

« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2011, 11:54 »
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March was my BME by a long shot, up over my previous BME (this past Feb) by 20%.

I must be * the trend at Fotolia somehow, since it has become my #1 earner, followed by SS, IS, DT and the rest.

« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2011, 12:49 »
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Hi All,

 BME for me at Istock even with the loss of 2%. Gotta like that.

Best,
Jonathan

You didn't lose 2% __ you actually lost 10%. Gotta like that. Not.

« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2011, 13:07 »
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Good month - SS rolled in at $700+. Double that and that's not far off the income for the month.

Fell for your 10 Alamy sales on the last day of the month Mr. Antonio! I went to check mine and found another $350 in there from the 31st March - nice tip.

Fotolia in decline pricewise per pic. 123 over $100 which is good for me. Don't like IS...

Roll on March 2012

Oldhand

« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2011, 15:46 »
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Well, March was an interesting month.  Used to be a BME every year, but not this time.
What made it interesting :
1. For the very first time, Dreamstime beat Istockphoto, which made DST number 3 and Istock number 4 (but only just)
2. 123rf did very well, and gave me the only BME of March.
3. Fotolia and Shutterstock had a 10% increase in downloads compared to March 2010, but ended just below BME because of fewer EL's
4. All sites came close to their BME (March 2010), except Rodeo and Istock, who both went down about 40%

I expected a decline this year, but did not expect that this decline would be caused by Istock only.


« Reply #27 on: April 01, 2011, 16:32 »
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BME for $$ both at iStock and overall (which is the same thing for me now!) The month came home very strongly & April is also off to a good start.

« Reply #28 on: April 01, 2011, 17:03 »
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« Reply #29 on: April 01, 2011, 17:59 »
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BME with a 36% increase compared to March 2010.

SS - 35% (BME)
IS - 27%
DT - 15%  (BME)
Veer - 7%
FT - 7%  (BME)
BS - 4%  (BME)
123RF - 3%
CanStockPhoto - 1%

« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2011, 18:38 »
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Hi G,

 Yes, you are so right. The math is 10% thanks for pointing that out. That actually makes me happier that my number are still growing. I should add 10% to last months sales and see what I would have made if not for the change.

Best,
Jonathan

RacePhoto

« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2011, 18:39 »
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Fed the beast, SS went up. Sent the same files to IS, all but two rejected, IS went down. Roughly reversed from 40/60 to 65/35. No ELs, and SS is down about 30% from last year. Feb. IS was flying, SS was dying. March they have reversed.

I don't count BigStock and when I get to the end of the year, it's pull the plug on that one. StockXpert via ThinkStock? maybe $3 a month now, they have until the end of the year, and then I'm not wasting time watching that failure.

Still working my way towards SS exclusive! :D

Alamy for editorial and RM.

« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2011, 19:05 »
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 :) Dreamstime - BME +75% from last month;  $ +>150% from March 2010 (95% larger portfolio than last March, +3% since Feb).
56% of total royalties. Second time Dreamstime beat Shutterstock.  

Shutterstock -12% with exactly one less DL than Feb.  $ +>150% from March 2010 (113% larger portfolio, <1% larger than Feb).
36% of total royalties.

Fotolia is up since I had no sales last month after a strong December and January, but was a very weak performer. $ +400% from last March and with a 430% larger portfolio. My port there is <half the size of the other two.
3% of total royalties

Alamy's been only NU's after a strong January (when it accounted for 43% of revenue). Overall first quarter of the year is down 70% from Q1 2010 (which was my best quarter ever), despite many more sales due to lower prices. My portfolio is 150% larger than last year. Full-priced Alamy sales for March probably won't show up until May.
3% of total royalties
 
I've only added 3 new photos since Feb 1, so old ones still working for me
« Last Edit: April 02, 2011, 22:59 by wordplanet »

lagereek

« Reply #33 on: April 02, 2011, 02:19 »
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Yes but with all respect, this doesnt give a clear picture. When I started with IS, SS, FT, DT, etc, some 5 years back, I used to have BME, every single month, it was almost impossible not to have a BME in the beginning, first year, etc.

Some people here have quite small ports, few DLs and they shout BME!! great!  but not so hard in that case. However when you start getting up a bit, large ports, high cannister levels, etc and getting used to some good revenues rolling in, then its not so easy to achieve BMEs, all the time.

« Reply #34 on: April 02, 2011, 03:30 »
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4 years in microstock. BME, +20% to February.

« Reply #35 on: April 02, 2011, 05:51 »
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Yes but with all respect, this doesnt give a clear picture. When I started with IS, Shutterstock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, etc, some 5 years back, I used to have BME, every single month, it was almost impossible not to have a BME in the beginning, first year, etc.

Some people here have quite small ports, few DLs and they shout BME!! great!  but not so hard in that case. However when you start getting up a bit, large ports, high cannister levels, etc and getting used to some good revenues rolling in, then its not so easy to achieve BMEs, all the time.

You are absoultly right. That's why I keep saying that nice percentages, BME's, graphs and colorfull lines etc' are all very nice but quite MEANINGLESS !

« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2011, 06:20 »
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You are absoultly right. That's why I keep saying that nice percentages, BME's, graphs and colorfull lines etc' are all very nice but quite MEANINGLESS !

But were you expecting photographers/illustrators showing real numbers? Why and what for? When earnings become quite good I think you show step aside and keep it to your own (not thinking about competition) but more regarding your own privacy, do you know "numbers" from friends of your friends or all family? Also numbers may not show a lot (once portfolios/quality etc change a lot your income), I think showing % is good to see what others are doing (if you want to know more you can open their profile and look what works better in each agency, you can also track numbers at DT, IS, DP but I guess you would be wasting a lot of time and nothing you would earn there)

Overall who wants to show thats their own business (I do show) others that dont I would say stop asking every single month regarding that matter


« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2011, 12:10 »
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Yes but with all respect, this doesnt give a clear picture. When I started with IS, Shutterstock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, etc, some 5 years back, I used to have BME, every single month, it was almost impossible not to have a BME in the beginning, first year, etc.

Some people here have quite small ports, few DLs and they shout BME!! great!  but not so hard in that case. However when you start getting up a bit, large ports, high cannister levels, etc and getting used to some good revenues rolling in, then its not so easy to achieve BMEs, all the time.

Viola

Patrick H.

lisafx

« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2011, 12:14 »
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You are absoultly right. That's why I keep saying that nice percentages, BME's, graphs and colorfull lines etc' are all very nice but quite MEANINGLESS !

Well, they aren't meaningless to me.  I pretty much know who's who on this site and so when someone like Leaf, Joanne, or Lagereek, etc. gives their percentages, it is helpful to me.  At the same time, if someone is newer or their dial shows low activity, I know that information is less relevant to my portfolio. 

I don't need to know exact $ amounts for the information to be useful. 

« Reply #39 on: April 02, 2011, 12:29 »
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^^^ OK then so for some of the the people here you say the info does have meaning ? Can you explain to me exactly what usufull information can you deduct from this ?
The is especially true when nobody states how many photos/files they have on each site, this makes the data truely worthless (even missleading).

So I state portfolio size, canister level, downloads and total monthly earnings. This information IS helpfull, at least for exclusives like myself.

Yes, I am sharing some private information here, and no, I do not expect everyone to do the same, but if SOME do, it would be helpfull to me and yes, to you as well.  (epecially if they make a decent ammount of $$$).

lagereek

« Reply #40 on: April 02, 2011, 15:38 »
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personally I think there is something like "hitting the wall"  you know, you can only get so far or earn so much and no matter how much you work or upload, etc, you find only a very small increase,  its a weird state really. Maybe its got something to do with that new uploads hardly ever see daylight, are never given the chance to sell, dont know.
All Micros keep encouraging us to upload, more uploads but in reality the only ones that seams to benefit from a manic uploading tempo are either the beginners or the smaller ports.
My new uploads?  well they simply seam to get drowned in my very own portfolio.

This phenomena was once explained by some old Greek mathematician,  cant remember his name but his philosophy was something like: the harder you try the less success.

lisafx

« Reply #41 on: April 02, 2011, 17:56 »
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^^^ OK then so for some of the the people here you say the info does have meaning ? Can you explain to me exactly what usufull information can you deduct from this ?
The is especially true when nobody states how many photos/files they have on each site, this makes the data truely worthless (even missleading).


Well, I thought I already did explain.  I'll try again.  I am interested in the stats of people who I KNOW to sell at similar levels to myself and have comparable portfolio size.  I don't need to know their exact $ figures, and frankly couldn't care less.  

There's really no point in browbeating anyone into sharing exact $ figures just because you want to know them.  You know what Mick Jagger said about getting what you want ;)
« Last Edit: April 02, 2011, 17:58 by lisafx »

« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2011, 21:24 »
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This is my stock photography sales statistic for March 2011. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.



These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for March 2011:

    Shutterstock
    Zoonar
    iStockPhoto
    123RF

March was a good month with a small decrease of 8% compared to February. It was the best month ever for Zoonar.


« Reply #43 on: April 03, 2011, 00:28 »
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^^^ OK then so for some of the the people here you say the info does have meaning ? Can you explain to me exactly what usufull information can you deduct from this ?
The is especially true when nobody states how many photos/files they have on each site, this makes the data truely worthless (even missleading).


Well, I thought I already did explain.  I'll try again.  I am interested in the stats of people who I KNOW to sell at similar levels to myself and have comparable portfolio size.  I don't need to know their exact $ figures, and frankly couldn't care less. 

There's really no point in browbeating anyone into sharing exact $ figures just because you want to know them.  You know what Mick Jagger said about getting what you want ;)

Well I guess if you KNOW the people it helps, but if you don't know how much they are making (at least a ball park) I would at least assume you know their portfolio size breakdown in each si5e, because without this piece of information any data isn't really worth much.

Regarding $$$ amounts, well its not a question of WANT (have no idea what MJ said about it though), first of all for us that are exclusives, and their are quite a bit of us here, the breakdowns mean diddly squat, the only useful information for us is RPI, $$$ made, canister level and sales % up/down.
This definably helps, not because I like snooping around in other peoples pockets but because it helps make business decisions for those of us that see this venue as a business rather then a hobby (and I KNOW you are one of them).
« Last Edit: April 03, 2011, 03:26 by aeonf »

lagereek

« Reply #44 on: April 03, 2011, 01:01 »
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oboy, here above is a perfect example really of what we are talking about, nice graphs, stats, breakdowns, etc, all very nice but with all respect, he/she, shows a port of about 300 files so weather its BME, WME, or whatever, it doesnt give the slightest indication to the overall market.

Same with me. If Lisa, Joanne, Leaf and similar guys here give an indication towards, lousy or great, well I dont even need to look at my own stats, I know for sure its pretty much the same, up or down.

« Reply #45 on: April 03, 2011, 08:28 »
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Well I guess if you KNOW the people it helps, but if you don't know how much they are making (at least a ball park) I would at least assume you know their portfolio size breakdown in each si5e, because without this piece of information any data isn't really worth much.

If you don't want the information, then stop looking at it and commenting about it.

« Reply #46 on: April 03, 2011, 12:27 »
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Well I guess if you KNOW the people it helps, but if you don't know how much they are making (at least a ball park) I would at least assume you know their portfolio size breakdown in each si5e, because without this piece of information any data isn't really worth much.

If you don't want the information, then stop looking at it and commenting about it.

I would LOVE information, just having trouble sorting out from the NOISE.


« Reply #47 on: April 03, 2011, 13:02 »
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Well I guess if you KNOW the people it helps, but if you don't know how much they are making (at least a ball park) I would at least assume you know their portfolio size breakdown in each si5e, because without this piece of information any data isn't really worth much.

If you don't want the information, then stop looking at it and commenting about it.

I would LOVE information, just having trouble sorting out from the NOISE.

But even the data you are sharing without knowing how  many pictures you have, how consistently you are uploading or even what type of content you are producing doesnt give too much information to the rest.
My earning figures could be similar to yours but my port could be 10X bigger or smaller and the implications in both cases would be totally different so your data doesnt give me much info either :-)
I think the info well stablished ports are sharing give a good idea of how things are, when can you expect to reach plateau and what quality and effort you need to reach where they are. Data like mine can help you see, as you can see my port, that even without being a great photographer or a great uploader, you can still see steady growth during the first years. I reckon that improving in my case is getting harder so I might hit the wall this year.
Hope it helps someone :-)

« Reply #48 on: April 03, 2011, 13:32 »
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You are right. my bad. my port is ~2,000 images (pictures only).
25% canister
300 dl's (2 EL's)
970$
up 8% from feb 11
up 930% from march 10

hoping to see some more $$$ from GI sells.

How many d/ls did you get?

And great port BTW !

« Reply #49 on: April 03, 2011, 13:39 »
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this topic is going good eheh FIGHT!

non-exclusive (15% comission, left 16% because of 48 RCs)
portfolio 717 (end of March)
60dls
56.9$

this huge amount after 2 years, so I would say 2 more to be on the 100$, quite excited, now more uploading

« Reply #50 on: April 03, 2011, 14:39 »
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366 DLs  ;)

« Reply #51 on: April 03, 2011, 15:19 »
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I was down 6% on March 2010 which, considering that was my BME by some margin, I was quite relieved by. A lot has happened though over the last year with some agencies doing far better/worse than others. Percentages as follows (with 2010);

SS - 34.2% (24.1%) Huge BME
IS - 28.4 (36.5)
DT - 12.1 (10.9) 2nd BME
FT - 19.6 (24.4)
BigStock - 4.1 (2.4) 2nd BME

Earnings at each agency, compared to March 2010

SS  +33%
IS  -27%
FT  -25%
DT  +4%
BigStock  +59%

« Reply #52 on: April 03, 2011, 17:46 »
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I was most impressed with Shutterstock in March.  I did not upload a single image, and I had a BME.  Winners from 3-4 years ago continue to sell month after month.

« Reply #53 on: April 04, 2011, 02:32 »
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I just took a look at poll results. I don't know what to think about Regimages, ArcticStock, Paxxion, Vivozoom, PhotoCase, Photospin... that suddenly appear among best selling sites. I wonder if it is real or fake.

« Reply #54 on: April 04, 2011, 03:10 »
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I just took a look at poll results. I don't know what to think about Regimages, ArcticStock, Paxxion, Vivozoom, PhotoCase, Photospin... that suddenly appear among best selling sites. I wonder if it is real or fake.


It is most certainly someone just spamming the results.  The results on the right side of the forum are more accurate, where a site needs 50 votes before they are put in the upper area.  On the polls page though, you can see how many votes each site has underneath... if there are only a few votes you can guarantee they will be inaccurate.

« Reply #55 on: April 05, 2011, 01:06 »
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Shutterstock clearly outperformed all agencies this month, finishing not too far from a BME.
Poor performance of FT and DT.
123rf and Veer did quite well
You will find more details on my blog: http://microstockexperiment.blogspot.com
Regards
L

« Reply #56 on: April 06, 2011, 09:48 »
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March 2011 was my best month in four years in microstock, hasn't been an easy ride but it's been fun :)

Shutterstock 48%                                                                                                                                    
Dreamstime 6%
iStock 11%                                                                                                                                                
Fotolia 22%                                                                                                                                                
123 RF 8%                                                                                                                                                
Stock Expert 3%                                                                                                                                                
Veer   0%                                                                                                                                             
BigStock 1%
                                                                                                                                             


« Reply #57 on: April 06, 2011, 13:53 »
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I did not think to compare with last year or previous months.   I usually just look at my weekly sales but I keep all my stats.
OMG!  March was my best month in over 2 years AND it was 5 times last year March.  So is it the economy.... more images in my portfolios.... could I be getting better???  Here is my split for March:




Shutterstock is my be big earner.

« Reply #58 on: April 09, 2011, 20:37 »
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I think, monthly % increase (and BME) provides trends and great regret that they are true. They reflect SEARCH buyers. It is true that influenced the various microstock sites in their algorithms (sample bestmatch) and from the dynamics of submission / acceptance (SS  weekly, from 2010y - over 120000images -> 2011y - 70000images ).
A size and quality of the portfolio does not matter where the trends - they concern only the specific contributor.

Below are weekly DL cycles of two, one (red line) with 750, second (blue line) with 8500 photos - deviation is repeated 1:1 - in Shutterstock :) This for period from Jan.2011 - Fev.2011

Black lines is trends. 

I teach (of course analyzing trends) workshop for microstock photography

My Mart 2011:
SS, +13% BME (+12% 2010)
VEER +626% BME
IS +76%
Depositphotos  BME

/Sorry for bad english, thanks Google translate/


 

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