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Author Topic: To be fair, sales picked up since Sept - what's the opposite of "doom & gloom?"  (Read 4539 times)

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Brasilnut

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« on: September 07, 2017, 12:30 »
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 ::)


« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2017, 16:09 »
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For me the misery continues after a somewhat less miserable last week of August.

« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 17:10 »
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Very poor start of a month, despite all hopes that a back-from-holidays-September will recoup somewhat an otherwise miserable year for me so far. Another proof that things are so random (or manipulated) on microstocks. For instance, august was very good at SS, but First week of September is just horrible. Where's logic?


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Brasilnut

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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2017, 02:29 »
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Let's try to discuss some positives here? There's too much negativity on here, in my opinion.

So far my Sept is looking up:

- 1st sale at RH
- 3 sales at Alamy
- So far 88 downloads at SS
- Sales picking up at AS

Anybody else have positive news to share?

« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2017, 02:58 »
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Ok, I'll play

78 DLs on Shutterstock
20 DLs on Canva
12 DLs on 123RF
2 DLs on Bigstock
2 DLs on CanStockPhoto
2 DLs on Vital Imagery

« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2017, 03:33 »
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SS: 21 (vs 33 same period in August)
AS: 7 (vs 11)
123RF: 0 (vs 4)
DP: 0 (vs 1)
DT: 0 (vs 0)
BS: 0 (vs 1)
Alamy: 0 (vs 2)

Ports of 1.5-2K assets.

In other words, -44% compared to the same period in August. Personally, I'm stunned, not least because September must be more positive by definition. And yet, I can't ignore thinking that having a relatively good August, despite being one of the quietest months in principle, I'm now having the toll due to switched off lever or rotation imposed by some agencies in favour of other group of contributors who had worse August than me (yes, I am convinced in manipulations in this business).


Brasilnut

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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2017, 03:50 »
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Ports of 1.5-2K assets.

What kind of stuff are you shooting?

« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2017, 04:03 »
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What kind of stuff are you shooting?

UWA landscapes and architecture primarily, with anything else in the remaining part.

« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2017, 04:10 »
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The opposite of doom and gloom would probably be unbridled optimism.  The term carries an appropriate whiff of self-delusion with it.

Brasilnut

  • Author of the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2017, 04:21 »
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The opposite of doom and gloom would probably be unbridled optimism.  The term carries an appropriate whiff of self-delusion with it.

How about "measured optimism"?

« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2017, 04:31 »
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Im just not into conspiracy theory, so I leave it up to others 8)
« Last Edit: September 08, 2017, 14:46 by Uber Images »

« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2017, 04:55 »
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SS - 6 subs
FT - 5
123 - 0
DT - 3
CS - 0
BS - 1
PM - 1
ALAMY - 0

All very positive!

Brasilnut

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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2017, 05:15 »
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BS - 1

Bullsh*t Stock?

« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2017, 07:51 »
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Its all good! Judgement day is not near ;)

Sep so far.

SS - 2189 DL

FT - 1000 DL more or less


Lots of extended licenses on both sites + some 4k vids.

Havent checked the other sites.

How long have you been with SS? Are you alone or a team?

« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2017, 09:34 »
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Im just not into conspiracy theory, so I leave it up to others 8)
« Last Edit: September 08, 2017, 14:47 by Uber Images »

« Reply #15 on: September 08, 2017, 09:44 »
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Just wondering, does that fake sun effect increase sales? Some indoor images without a window or anything even have a sunny glow. Looks weird, but I guess your sales prove me wrong.

« Reply #16 on: September 08, 2017, 10:09 »
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People don't want realism. They want enhanced reality.


« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2017, 10:37 »
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People don't want realism. They want enhanced reality.
Don't we all  ::)

« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2017, 11:02 »
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People don't want realism. They want enhanced reality.
Yes, still a sun inside a building is not enhanced reality. 

Nevertheless, very good portfolio, not knocking that in any way.

« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2017, 11:05 »
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Just wondering, does that fake sun effect increase sales? Some indoor images without a window or anything even have a sunny glow. Looks weird, but I guess your sales prove me wrong.

Its advertising! Your selling a dream and a feeling. Not a picture ;)

I guess you talk about the indoor fitness images. Thats not a fake sun, but backlighting ;) - One or two might went over board! Haha, anyway it works :)

« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2017, 11:08 »
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No I am talking about another few images. The back lighting I understand.

Like this one in a subway


Brasilnut

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« Reply #21 on: September 08, 2017, 11:09 »
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No I am talking about another few images. The back lighting I understand.

Like this one in a subway

That's a good question.

I suppose he can submit a similar without this effect and the buyer can choose accordingly.

« Reply #22 on: September 08, 2017, 11:10 »
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Tyler, how come I see previews in my phone but not on my PC. I dont see any images when I post the URL.

« Reply #23 on: September 08, 2017, 11:14 »
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Its all good! Judgement day is not near ;)

Sep so far.

SS - 2189 DL

FT - 1000 DL more or less


I thought you were only a short time at Shutterstock and in the microstock industry. I started 5 years ago, when Yuri Arcurs said it is no point to doing this, no money in microstock. It was 5 years ago. I started and my sales was incredible like yours now. I sold between 5-6 thousands photos only on Shutterstock per month with a portfolio of 4.000 images. It went on 2-3 years.  I have more than 11.000 images now, and I am happy if I can sell 1.000 images only a month. But as I look good I will sell 500 pictures this month.  So what I want to say is that you are not as good as you think you are. I also thought I was phenomenal, but I realized that this was just a business and nothing else. Your pictures are well done because, at low fee levels, the pictures are rated higher. Your revenue will soon decrease, no matter how good your pictures are, whatever you are going to do, you will only fall. I did not even think of Arcurs, who had done anything he could not grow. I said your pictures are not good, the time Arcurs is over. Sooner or later all micro stock photographers will experience what I've just written. It's just business and nothing else. There are thousands of people in your place who can take photos of them, and the company can sell it. The only difference is that with a 40% difference between newbies and veterans.  Many of my friends have gigantic portfolios, 30-40 thousand galleries, looking for amazing money in their first years. Then they stalled and then fell and fell. Whatever they did.


Lots of extended licenses on both sites + some 4k vids.

Havent checked the other sites.

How long have you been with SS? Are you alone or a team?

I own the company with my wife. We have a handfull of employees. We been with Shutterstock for two and a half year.

Uber Images is the name of our company.

« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2017, 11:22 »
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No I am talking about another few images. The back lighting I understand.

Like this one in a subway



Does it have to be a sun? Many subway systems have artistic lighting. I know this one is added, but I don't immediately think "sun".


 

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