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How many agencies do you contribute to? (at least 1/3 of your portfolio)

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« Reply #25 on: March 09, 2012, 01:38 »
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i contribute only on SS, DT,FT,1234RF,DP,CanStockPhoto.

SS,DT, FT and 123RF make over 95% of my income. why should I waste time on other agencies ( exept IS but that is a personal matter) for 5 max. 10%. that extra time i can use improving my port on the big 4.

PS i just started last week contributing on Alamy.

I'd say you never really know until you try. The agencies you mentioned are only a little over 50% of my income, so everyone's numbers are a little different.


lagereek

« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2012, 02:52 »
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To be honest, I dont see how anybody can have time to maintain quality when uploading to 20-25, agencies. Sure, same pics and all but just the uploading process, editing, etc, takes time.
So where is the time for photography?

Microbius

« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2012, 04:54 »
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I upload to twenty agencies, uploading takes approx an hour and a half and I upload a batch every couple of days.
All jobs have sucky parts, and 1.5 hours every second day is less suckyness then a lot of the jobs I've had.

Keywording and the like would have to be done regardless.

wut

« Reply #28 on: March 09, 2012, 05:02 »
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Would any of those who contribute to >25 agencies be willing to share if/why they feel it is worthwhile to do that?  Are you making any money on the additional 10+ agencies?

in 2011
200$ to 250$ - canstockphoto, depositphotos, zazzle
150$ to 200$ - bigstock, panthermedia, photodune, isignstock, veer, stockxpert
80$ - mostphotos
4$ to 44$ - irockstock, superhug, crestock, featurepics, allyoucanstock, yaymicro, 3dstudio, stockfresh, scanstock, pixmac, glstock

Exactly! So why? 6$/month per agency for the top 3, few cents for the bottom. Beats me as to why would anyone contribute to those agencies ??? :o

« Reply #29 on: March 09, 2012, 08:57 »
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Would any of those who contribute to >25 agencies be willing to share if/why they feel it is worthwhile to do that?  Are you making any money on the additional 10+ agencies?

in 2011
200$ to 250$ - canstockphoto, depositphotos, zazzle
150$ to 200$ - bigstock, panthermedia, photodune, isignstock, veer, stockxpert
80$ - mostphotos
4$ to 44$ - irockstock, superhug, crestock, featurepics, allyoucanstock, yaymicro, 3dstudio, stockfresh, scanstock, pixmac, glstock

Exactly! So why? 6$/month per agency for the top 3, few cents for the bottom. Beats me as to why would anyone contribute to those agencies ??? :o

you need to pick the right small players like I have said and also told you some numbers..

I will add that I have made around 10k $ in 2011, 1700$ were made in agencies beside the top5 (SS, IS, FT, 123RF, DT)

the time I have spent was worth? in my opinion hell yeah it was and why do I say this? because I wasnt going to shoot/edit/keywording other stuff so I was uploading/submitting as I was browsing websites, watching TV, facebook, listening to music and this forum, so why not?

if you have plans for shooting more I would say shoot more not uploading to more agencies, you need to check agencies yourself and how they work for you, the majority of them are very quick

its not 6$ per agency for top 3 but over 16$ and the number is growing (actually I said 200 to 250$ per agency) those are not totals
« Last Edit: March 09, 2012, 09:03 by luissantos84 »

wut

« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2012, 10:40 »
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Would any of those who contribute to >25 agencies be willing to share if/why they feel it is worthwhile to do that?  Are you making any money on the additional 10+ agencies?

in 2011
200$ to 250$ - canstockphoto, depositphotos, zazzle
150$ to 200$ - bigstock, panthermedia, photodune, isignstock, veer, stockxpert
80$ - mostphotos
4$ to 44$ - irockstock, superhug, crestock, featurepics, allyoucanstock, yaymicro, 3dstudio, stockfresh, scanstock, pixmac, glstock

Exactly! So why? 6$/month per agency for the top 3, few cents for the bottom. Beats me as to why would anyone contribute to those agencies ??? :o

you need to pick the right small players like I have said and also told you some numbers..

I will add that I have made around 10k $ in 2011, 1700$ were made in agencies beside the top5 (SS, IS, FT, 123RF, DT)

the time I have spent was worth? in my opinion hell yeah it was and why do I say this? because I wasnt going to shoot/edit/keywording other stuff so I was uploading/submitting as I was browsing websites, watching TV, facebook, listening to music and this forum, so why not?

if you have plans for shooting more I would say shoot more not uploading to more agencies, you need to check agencies yourself and how they work for you, the majority of them are very quick

its not 6$ per agency for top 3 but over 16$ and the number is growing (actually I said 200 to 250$ per agency) those are not totals

You better brush up on your math, no wonder you don't see it as a waste of time ;D . 6x3x12=216 ;)

« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2012, 11:24 »
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JEEZ!

thats PER AGENCY :D

over 200$ at canstock, over 200 at deposit, over 200 at zazzle

read ok?

« Reply #32 on: March 09, 2012, 12:33 »
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>25? How can you submit to more than 25 agencies? Is it worth the time?! :)

I'm stuck at 10 microstock + alamy

lisafx

« Reply #33 on: March 09, 2012, 15:14 »
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Thanks Luis for answering my question :)

If you are making the same at isignstock and panthermedia that you are making at BigStock and Photodune, that is very interesting information.  I might consider them if I am looking to upload to a new site, particularly if they offer some assistance getting my current 7k portfolio uploaded.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #34 on: March 09, 2012, 15:37 »
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Would any of those who contribute to >25 agencies be willing to share if/why they feel it is worthwhile to do that?  Are you making any money on the additional 10+ agencies?

These are my February earnings (previous months are very similar)

"Other" includes: CC, CD, CRE, GL, PIX, POND5, SF, SH, SPM, ZOONAR, plus 5 other sites with zero sales.
Note: StockXpert sales are 0% since still not reported (usually about 2%)

So yes, it's worthwhile in my opinion if uploading is easy.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2012, 15:46 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2012, 16:12 »
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Hi Claudio :D

What is PS, CD, SPM? (are they PhotoSpin, ClipDealer and StockPhotoMedia?)

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2012, 16:14 »
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Hi Claudio :D
What is PS, CD, SPM? (are they PhotoSpin, ClipDealer and StockPhotoMedia?)

Yes!

« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2012, 16:15 »
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Thanks Luis for answering my question :)

If you are making the same at isignstock and panthermedia that you are making at BigStock and Photodune, that is very interesting information.  I might consider them if I am looking to upload to a new site, particularly if they offer some assistance getting my current 7k portfolio uploaded.

iSign is upload and DONE not even a click, Panther takes a little more but quite fast too

cascoly

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« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2012, 16:39 »
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i just counted & relaized i was currently dealing w 21 agencies plus 7 for footage

however, the only ones i make sure to send to are SS, Big, 123,  & Dt , and Pond5 for video

photodune & most are borderline - fairly easy upls, but poor sales

the others get uploads when i can do it easily - so any agency such as fotolia or panther with poor sales and non-simple upl doesnt get updated often

i have large ports but no sales on superhug, cutcaster, isign, zoonar and seeral others, so those wont be seeing many new images

« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2012, 22:41 »
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Noted somebody uploading to Alamy, but really no knowledge about this site( only know it's a macrostock site ), why there are few people mention it? is it take much strict rule on image? and hard to earning money than microstock?

« Reply #40 on: March 09, 2012, 23:45 »
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To be honest, I dont see how anybody can have time to maintain quality when uploading to 20-25, agencies. Sure, same pics and all but just the uploading process, editing, etc, takes time.
So where is the time for photography?

You get your husband (wife, children, pets... ) to do it:)
« Last Edit: March 09, 2012, 23:50 by Elenathewise »

rubyroo

« Reply #41 on: March 10, 2012, 03:51 »
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You get your husband (wife, children, pets... ) to do it:)

Genius!  Why didn't I think of that?!


« Reply #42 on: March 10, 2012, 05:15 »
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I'm on 11 microstock sites, 1 video site and Alamy.  Of the 11 I only upload to 8 and Alamy, Pond 5 I haven't done much with coz it takes me forever to produce a video, and 3 others I don't upload to for personal reasons.

3 in the top tier, 3 in the middle tier and the rest in low earners.

DP is worth it as I keep seeing my sales go up every month.  I also agree about being disappointed in StockFresh.  I was never apart of StockXpert but thought I'd give them a shot.

Takes a bit to keep track of everything with image requirements and what certain agencies want and don't want from me.  It's tedious but somehow I get it all done.  I upload once a week.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #43 on: March 10, 2012, 06:44 »
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To be honest, I dont see how anybody can have time to maintain quality when uploading to 20-25, agencies. Sure, same pics and all but just the uploading process, editing, etc, takes time.
So where is the time for photography?

You get your husband (wife, children, pets... ) to do it:)

Genius!  Why didn't I think of that?!

Or if you happen not to have wife and children, a properly integrated use of ftp, lightburner, nightly uploads is the next best thing - I use on an old netbook (with Lunux) which is silent and low-energy, perfect for FTPing but otherwise useless;

it only takes 1 min to launch ftp before going to sleep, and 10 minutes next morning to login and process uploads (avoiding sites without ftp and with categories / too many clicks of course); I can't see how this could affect quality, really - and it's most cost-effective than shooting new photos.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2012, 07:01 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

« Reply #44 on: March 10, 2012, 06:48 »
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I'm on 14, but I've recently decided to restrict my future uploads to 3.

« Reply #45 on: March 10, 2012, 06:54 »
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Which low earner websites are worth submitting to?
I use picworkflow, so the upload process is not a big problem. But processing upload, if there are too many clicks involved for categories and stuff, is too much time consuming. So I'm looking for something like GL (just upload) or at least CanStockPhoto, 123RF and Veer (upload and a couple of clicks)

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #46 on: March 10, 2012, 07:04 »
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Which low earner websites are worth submitting to?
I use picworkflow, so the upload process is not a big problem. But processing upload, if there are too many clicks involved for categories and stuff, is too much time consuming. So I'm looking for something like GL (just upload) or at least CanStockPhoto, 123RF and Veer (upload and a couple of clicks)


The best ones - with sales! - are:

iSignStock (just ftp, no clicks at all)

Photodune (ftp, then submit all with few clicks)
« Last Edit: March 10, 2012, 07:08 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

wut

« Reply #47 on: March 10, 2012, 18:02 »
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I remember checking a few of those low sellers a few months ago and there was something wrong with every single on of them. There was either no FTP ULing or you had to apply for it and you had to upload the photos 1 by one or there was no info on commissions (or I couldn't find it) or the pricing was totally confusing, like on superhug, where images are priced randomly from 1 to 4.5$. I couldn't find pricing on any of the sites and all look really amateurish, possibly selling all types of stuff, web templates etc. That doesn't give you much confidence in their sales potential and for those without FTP UL or if FTP is on demand/or you can get it after you have more than 100 files online, there's just no way I'm going to waste my time and probably won't get even 0,1% of SS's earnings.

Not that I wanted to sell at those sites, I just checked a few of them out, since there were threads about new sites or someone mentioned he got a sale at one of those and was totally psyched about it


 

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