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« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2017, 02:45 »
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To maintain any kind of sanity you need to look at the total return from IS and decide if its worth taking the hit of these insultingly small sales. I have a thick skin ;-).


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« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2017, 05:45 »
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I have about 400 items (mostly video, some After Effects... no stills) and make around $3250 a month. Give or take $500 or so.


Yup I heard videos and motion graphic do make better.


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Yeah, on the whole... After Effects does better than motion graphics, motion graphics does better than stock footage and stock footage does better than stills. At least in my experience. And that's on average... an amazing photo or video is going to do better than a terrible After Effects template or motion graphics video!

AE templates a motion graphics stuff does take a bit longer than your average stock video (I appreciate some shoots can take a lot of time, cost and planning... but just on average), but it means I don't have to leave the house and interact with humans.... which is nice.

« Reply #27 on: July 06, 2017, 09:46 »
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Probably not helpful since I only do photos and am IS exclusive.
I have just over 7000 files. I now average about $250 per month, down from an average of $1450 per month a few years back.
Anyone remember the iStock sales projections feature of our home page? When I watched that in my early years, the predictions for future sales would have me at about $50000 per month by now. It was a nice dream.

« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2017, 09:59 »
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Somewhere I have printouts of those.

« Reply #29 on: July 06, 2017, 11:39 »
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Several people have mentioned the issue of customer demand for the type of content you want to create, but you should read SS's 2016 annual report to understand just where the business is for SS - the bulk of it is in Europe and North America with 27% in the "rest of the world". I assume that's where the demand, whatever it may be, exists for Arabic calligraphy.

http://media.corporate-ir.net/media_files/IROL/25/251362/FINAL%20-%202016%20Annual%20Report.pdf

You should create whatever you feel moved to create, but if you're looking to make money, you should focus on what buyers want to buy. Unless you think there's some vast untapped market for your style of calligraphy that will become obvious once the supply increases/diversifies, you can't earn more money by making more items that no one wants to license.

The only other obvious move for you is to expand to other agencies, perhaps trying to find some that specialize? There was one, Fotoarabia, but there were reports earlier this year that people who had contributed were not getting paid and they weren't responding to calls/emails, so don't pick them :) Whatever demand is there, might be easier to tap at a specialist agency.

You just need to accept the realities of the market you're trying to sell into and decide what you want to do. Asking pointless questions about other people's portfolios won't help you with that.

Good luck

« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2017, 00:43 »
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My target was to earn more than x,xxx$ a month when I went full time in 2010. But I just could not hit even $500 a month. This was after iStock made changes in their royalty, everything in the microstock industry was also affected. I have currently over 1,400 images - photos and vectors spread across 4 agencies.

I had to make other streams of revenue online.

« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2017, 00:48 »
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I have about 3000 files mixing with graphic vectors and jpg, photos, and videos.

I got about 2000-2600 per month starting in 2012.

But I don't upload still images for about 5 months now. Just using them as passive income.

« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2017, 01:36 »
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At one stage and in the good days IS alone could provide $ 3000 a month with a commercial portfolio of around 3K files. SS until last year could easily do the same. However all things taken into consideration I recon these sort of earnings have well and truly gone down the plughole.

I also find there are far more people looking for a way out of micro or looking for other avenues rather then people trying to get in to micro.

« Reply #33 on: July 08, 2017, 08:30 »
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I make 50$ a month with 5.000 images. 10 years ago I was earning much more....

« Reply #34 on: July 08, 2017, 16:02 »
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I also find there are far more people looking for a way out of micro or looking for other avenues rather then people trying to get in to micro.
I think in sheer numbers there are still a lot of people trying to get in.....but on the whole they do seem rather naive although I'm sure there are still a few talented ones making $$$  but if I were aspiring to make a serious living out of photography I think I would look on stock as a way of supplementing more lucrative work at best .....which is how it started.

« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2017, 06:00 »
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I have about 3000 files mixing with graphic vectors and jpg, photos, and videos.

I got about 2000-2600 per month starting in 2012.

But I don't upload still images for about 5 months now. Just using them as passive income.

You still make that much though you don't upload more? Which agencies ??


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« Reply #36 on: July 11, 2017, 14:42 »
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I have about 3000 files mixing with graphic vectors and jpg, photos, and videos.

I got about 2000-2600 per month starting in 2012.

I have less than 1k assets (mainly photos) and I'm making ~2.5 the minimum wage in my state.
Feel free to do some math  ;)


 

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