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« on: October 01, 2011, 00:30 »
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How was your september?  After a ton of uploading I had a BME which is always rewarding after doing lots of work, and not necessarily a given

Here is my graph



Nothing too surprising this month.  Dreamstime seem to be still shrinking for me while iStock Fotolia and Shutterstock are increasing in %

here's a link to the poll
http://www.microstockgroup.com/pollsvote/
« Last Edit: October 01, 2011, 02:17 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2011, 01:13 »
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My September was way down from August.  I don't have any graphs but a blog post http://www.mddu.com.

Here's to a better October!

lagereek

« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2011, 02:06 »
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My September was up at SS, DT and FT, slightly down at IS.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2011, 02:17 »
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all sites - both big and small - slightly up except two (guess which) continuing their way down

needless to say I'm happy this time: justice in the end ;D
« Last Edit: October 01, 2011, 02:26 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

rubyroo

« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2011, 02:51 »
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I'll post my results as soon as I can - but just wanted to say, right now, as I look at the chart on the right, 123RF have reached the top tier, and FT have dropped to the middle.

Not sure if it will stay that way, but I'm so happy to see 123RF up there.  They deserve it.

lagereek

« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2011, 03:01 »
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I'll post my results as soon as I can - but just wanted to say, right now, as I look at the chart on the right, 123RF have reached the top tier, and FT have dropped to the middle.

Not sure if it will stay that way, but I'm so happy to see 123RF up there.  They deserve it.

Yep!  FT, is on the way down and IS, as well with a whole point after SS. I think this speaks for itself ?  no good making wars with contributors and buyers.

« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011, 03:27 »
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For the first time in YEARS - Fotolia was not my best earner, but Shutterstock was it. RPD on Fotolia was also only slightly higher than on SS. DT was ok, so was 123rf.
Istock - well, I disabled my portfolio there, so I maybe made 5$ there.

going to see how my earnings develop the next months with only supplying to 4 agencies.

« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2011, 03:54 »
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For me, September wasn't as good as August, but definitely was a good, solid month. I'm very happy to see 123rf entering the top4 and Fotolia going down.

Slovenian

« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2011, 03:58 »
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BME at IS,DT,123RF and 2nd best month ever at SS (no ELs) and FT (no uploads since last cuts, just waiting for the next payout to delete the port there). Overall I'm very happy with my September earnings, just a bit worried because of the lack of ELs at SS lately.

« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2011, 03:58 »
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Interesting to see that in the poll results Fotolia is now officially middle tier - been overtaken by 123RF.

« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2011, 06:04 »
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My BME by a long shot.

Up about 25% over August, my previous BME.  (The recent mad rush of ELs at SS have certainly helped, though it still would have been a BME without them.)

Up about 120% over Sept 2010.

Now into my fourth year in ms, and no wall in sight (knocking the closest wood I can find).
« Last Edit: October 01, 2011, 06:07 by stockmarketer »

« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2011, 07:08 »
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Interesting to see that in the poll results Fotolia is now officially middle tier - been overtaken by 123RF.

Yeah, I'm really surprised at that.  for me 123RF is only 4% while Fotolia is 17%

rubyroo

« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2011, 07:11 »
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Make sure your doing the 'fave' thing (as someone else mentioned).

« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2011, 09:06 »
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September was a little better than average but way down from my BME in August. 123RF continued to impress, as did PhotoDune.  Fotolia continued its decline.

SS
32.7%
-46.1%
iStock
13.6%
-33.8%
123RF
11.0%
-5.0%
Can
8.4%
+23.6%
DT
8.0%
-26.8%
PD
6.7%
+20.9%
Big
5.7%
+12.4%
Dep
4.1%
+73.8%
Ftl
4.0%
-33.1%
Veer
3.3%
-78.6%
SX
.9%
-5.9%
Cres
.9%
+26.1%

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2011, 09:08 »
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My September was a best month ever as well, although only about $30 more than the previous high. Ended the month with $1050 off around 1800 files on 20 sites or so. Shutterstock was easily the best seller, with iStock coming in second. Partner sales on iStock have really taken off in August ($56) and I hope September will repeat that. Zoonar has also come from nowhere to have $68 sales in August and $46 in September. I've written about that on my blog recently. Full results and discussion, as usual, on my bloghttp://www.backyardsilver.com/2011/10/sales-of-stock-photos-in-september-2011/, but here are the highlight graphs:



Steve

rubyroo

« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2011, 09:28 »
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My top four:

1.  Shutterstock (Almost exactly double my sales from no. 2)
2.  iStock (A big increase there due to a very good week last week - but still half of SS)
3.  123RF   ;D
4.  Dreamstime


Fotolia came in at number 6.

« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2011, 10:33 »
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My order
1. SS ( first time for months that it has beaten DT)
2. DT
3. IS
4. fot
5. BS
6. 123rf


« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2011, 10:40 »
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IS exclusive at 30%
BME with 1,850$ earned (1 EL) and over 500 downloads.
50% more then last month (which sucked bad) and 270% more then sep/2010
Working very hard on reaching the 35% RC goal.

« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2011, 11:10 »
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BME for me. SS led the pack with a good month, then a BME at DT, Veer (ELs), IS (decent sales, but since I went from 939 to 49 images at the end of the month probably the last decent returns I'll see there), Canstock was a BME  and 123RF did well too.

Other than the developments at IS, it was a good month. My RPD at DT was nearly double last month, although it was very bimodal with 1-3 credit and sub sales mixed with double digit credit sales. They seemed to go in waves.

« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2011, 11:36 »
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Yep, my numbers are getting stranger and stranger, but that's a good thing. Aside from SS, it's more of a group effort now.

Shutterstock - 24%
Clipartof - 13%
Dreamstime - 13%
Drawshop - 12%
iStock - 11%
CanStock - 7%
123RF - 4%
mystockvectors - 4%
GraphicLeft - 2%
BigStock - 2%
Veer - 1%
Yay - 1%
Zazzle - 1%
StockFresh - 1%
Cutcaster - 0%

I guess I need to upload more and expand at some of these agencies to try and make up for leaving iStock.

« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2011, 12:22 »
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3rd BME in a row, first over 1k $ (will be around 1075$) after 29 months! (previous month was 999$)

started in March 2009, more "serious" after January 2010

this month top 5 %

SS 40% (3391 pics)
IS 16% (998)
123RF 9% (3966)
FT 8% (3199)
DT 7% (2139)

20% across other agencies, more relevant PhotoDune (3%), DepositPhotos (3%) and Zazzle (3%)

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2011, 13:20 »
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Hi Luis - we are keeping head to head on the earnings here. I think I will be around $1075 after the iStock Partners come in.

How was the partner program for you in August - was my sudden surge a fluke, or are other people seeing an increase in partner sales?

Steve

« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2011, 13:25 »
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Hi Luis - we are keeping head to head on the earnings here. I think I will be around $1075 after the iStock Partners come in.

How was the partner program for you in August - was my sudden surge a fluke, or are other people seeing an increase in partner sales?

Steve

it was just like yours around 60$, I had an increase too, used to be around 40$

« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2011, 13:48 »
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Hi All,

 My Shutterstock had a bumper crop the highest month this past year, my Istock is down 20% from last month my Fotolia stayed the same and my Dreamstime was down about 5%. Only place I am seeing continued drop is Istock.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2011, 14:19 »
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I don't know if this will last all month, but I noticed FT was bumped out of the Big 4 by 123RF.

Edit: Oops. I noticed that this was mentioned a few times already. That whole pesky reading thing gets me every time.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2011, 14:24 by cthoman »

« Reply #25 on: October 01, 2011, 15:19 »
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BME - second in a row - I wish it would continue. September was good especially thanks to more ODs and ELs in Shutterstock.

rubyroo

« Reply #26 on: October 01, 2011, 15:30 »
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Can you believe it?  I was so preoccupied with how each agency was doing for me, I forgot to total up my figures... what a doofus.

It was a BME for me too.

2nd BME on SS by just a few dollars, but the previous one had ELs and this one didn't, so I can't really complain about that  ;)


« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2011, 17:21 »
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« Last Edit: October 03, 2011, 22:15 by Sadstock »

« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2011, 02:02 »
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Very nice September, but not as spectacular as last August :

SS :  35% of sales - 46 % up since Sept.'10 and BME
FT :  24% of sales - 26 % up since Sept.'10
DST :  14% of sales - 47 % up since Sept.'10
IS :  12% of sales, -36,7 % down since Sept.'10
123rf :  6% of sales - 56 % up since Sept.'10
RODEO :  3% of sales, -58 % down since Sept.'10
BST :  2% of sales - -22 % down since Sept.'10
CAN :  2% of sales - 270 % up since Sept.'10 (1 EL)
GLO :  1% of sales - 325 % up since Sept.'10 (1 EL)
Total :  15% growth in dollars since Sept.'10 (5% in euros)

So Shutterstock covered the entire loss of Istock sales, and DST/FT took care of the growth.  This was the first time that I had a BME (for SS) in September!   My usual BME months are March and October/November, so I'm very curious what SS will do this month!

As usual, a large part of the profit got lost in the euro conversion - I should really do more shopping in dollars  ;)

Fotolia is still my n 2, and still growing.  Until now (in this thread), I can only see the same situation for Leaf.  How are the other European contributors doing at Fotolia ?

Slovenian

« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2011, 05:32 »
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Looks like both Deposit and Canstock could overtake FT next month. I hope they go bankrupt, greedy *insult removed* (after I get my 2nd payout and delete my port ;D )

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #30 on: October 02, 2011, 06:08 »
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Fotolia is still my n 2, and still growing.  Until now (in this thread), I can only see the same situation for Leaf.  How are the other European contributors doing at Fotolia ?

For me, Fotolia growing until Sept 2010, then slighly down each month. In Sept 2011 - for the first time in two years - they're not my n. 2 anymore. They are n. 3, after Veer, which is n. 2 for the first time!

Microbius

« Reply #31 on: October 02, 2011, 06:13 »
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FL earnings below 123RF for the first time ever for me too.

« Reply #32 on: October 02, 2011, 11:49 »
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Take my stats with a grain of salt... I have a small portfolio and don't have last year stats to compare same month growth.

This month was a good increase in sales over last month.
IS was 49% of my sales followed by SS at 30% - first time that IS surpassed SS which is usally ahead despite the lower RPD. 
123 has beat FT in sales for the last 3 months and has been right up there with DT as they swap off 3rd or 4th place from month to month.

With all the discussion surrounding low commissions I've been watching RPD closely.  The increasing number of subs at FT (giving me a whopping .18 per DL) has cut their RPD from .40 to .38 calculating all-time averages so I expect it will continue to drop if the subs continue at their current level. 
IS was a nice increase from .95 to 1.01 RPD - lets see how the migration to partner programs changes that in the next few months. 
123 comes in at a health .80 RPD - looking forward to continued growth at this site.

« Reply #33 on: October 02, 2011, 12:55 »
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Down 2% from August and 6% from Sept 2010. Mixed bag from the agencies, some up, some down. Percentages of total earnings as follows (with 2010);

SS   38% (29)
IS    30% (33)
FT   15% (24)
DT   12% (9)
BigStock  4.4% (2.5)

Gains and losses from individual agencies;

SS   +22%
IS    -13%
FT   -41%
DT   +16%
BigStock  +67%

« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2011, 02:00 »
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BME

1. SS
2. FT
3. DT
4. IS
5. PM
6. 123rf
7. Dep

« Reply #35 on: October 03, 2011, 02:11 »
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BME  too ;D

1. SS
2. DT
3. FT
4. 123rf
5. PM
6. CAN
7. YAY
8. Bigstock
9. DP
10. Photaki

« Reply #36 on: October 03, 2011, 11:16 »
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September was a good month. These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for September 2011:

1. Shutterstock
2. DepositPhotos
3. iStockPhoto
4. 123RF

Full statistic at http://microstockinfos.blogspot.com/2011/10/stock-photography-sales-statistic.html
List of all agencies I submit to http://stock.hlehnerer.com/SA.html








(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)


lisafx

« Reply #37 on: October 03, 2011, 11:42 »
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September was disappointing for me.  Normally Sept is either my second or third best month of the year, showing a big jump following the end of the summer slump.  This year Sept. is only 1% up from August, and down 5% on Sept 2010. 

Like most others, I am showing big losses at IS and FT - the 35% loss at FT is really shocking!  :o

Here are mine, followed by the % gain or loss from a year ago

Istock   36%  (-15%)
Shutter   24%  (+24%)
Dreams   14%  (+2%)
Fotolia   13%  (-35%)
Bigstock   5%   (+7%)
Others      8%

RacePhoto

« Reply #38 on: October 03, 2011, 12:02 »
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Just to be my boring self, it's not 50-50 anymore.

SS = 59%
IS = 41%
BS = 0
MP = 0



Money found laying on the ground $1.30 for Sept. Beat Mostphotos and BigStock.
Down from $10 in August. ;)

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #39 on: October 03, 2011, 19:38 »
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Money found laying on the ground $1.30 for Sept. Beat Mostphotos and BigStock.

 :D

« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2011, 22:33 »
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September 2010 and September 2011
SS moved to #1



« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2011, 15:14 »
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Well to bring things down a few notches: After my first month of microstock I have a grand total of $1.52 earnings over 5 downloads!! Probably have an average of 50 pics on each site.

I got rejected from SS for the second time. All due to limited commercial value. Everyone seems to have great sales from them. It might be a measure of my progress if I can start producing the sort of images that have commercial value on their site.

For what its worth there are a few graphs on my blog www.swellphotographyuk.blogspot.com

See what happens this month!

« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2011, 15:43 »
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On my side september blew August of by a 30% increase. I uploaded a lot in August with deceiving results, but things catched up for September. Best surprise is Canstock with 150% increase from August!


 

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