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Author Topic: To be fair, sales picked up since Sept - what's the opposite of "doom & gloom?"  (Read 4617 times)

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« Reply #50 on: September 10, 2017, 07:07 »
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I do think there is secret sauce involved and I don't think it's optimism. I am more inclined to thinking the sauce is called competence, which does bring out confidence, but not necessarily the other way around.


Brasilnut

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« Reply #51 on: September 11, 2017, 08:43 »
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@uber:

Congrats on the feature in Alamy:

http://www.alamy.com/latestimagery/default.asp

« Reply #52 on: September 11, 2017, 09:39 »
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@uber:

Congrats on the feature in Alamy:

http://www.alamy.com/latestimagery/default.asp


Thanks! Even though theres a mistake in the feature. They only show 1/10 of our portfolio :o :o ;D ;D

« Reply #53 on: September 15, 2017, 05:00 »
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I've came across your images some time ago and I can only say: great job!
And also a great respect for sticking to your positive attitude because I see a loooot of negativity around here. As well as on shutterstock forums. Doom and gloom everywhere, one would think it's the end of the world, until you see the portfolios of those who complain :)

Back to the topic: yes, it's been somewhat slower during the summer, but it seems like sales are improving starting from September... we'll see, I guess :)

« Reply #54 on: September 15, 2017, 05:25 »
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Picked up $40 worth of SOD downloads on SS yesterday at $2.05 each - almost felt like 2014 for 24 hours

« Reply #55 on: September 15, 2017, 05:32 »
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Back to the topic: yes, it's been somewhat slower during the summer, but it seems like sales are improving starting from September... we'll see, I guess :)

Sorry, folks, but the people who have been producing microstock content for a while (5 to 10 years) know the truth: it's simply impossible to keep growing your revenue forever.  Most of us will tell you that we're making 20 - 50% less than we made a year or two ago, with portfolios that are significantly larger.  The agencies are racing to be biggest and lowering their standards.  And Google is making it easier every day to simply steal our work.  I was in a meeting recently and was excited to see that the presenter placed one of my images in his PowerPoint.  But right in the middle of the image was a BigStock watermark.  That summed it all up for me... people just don't care about stealing our work.

But back to the topic.  To me, the positive vibes sound like a fresh young worker at a Sears or Kmart store saying "Things are really looking up here!  For some reason there were fewer customers in July and August but now it's September and business has really picked up.  I feel great about the future!"
 

Brasilnut

  • Author of the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock
« Reply #56 on: September 15, 2017, 05:47 »
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To me, the positive vibes sound like a fresh young worker at a Sears or Kmart store saying "Things are really looking up here!  For some reason there were fewer customers in July and August but now it's September and business has really picked up.  I feel great about the future!"

I had 3 downloads today at Alamy...happy days.  :)

Microstock is getting tougher and tougher, no question about that. That's why we must diversify our work and look for where they would gain the best ROI.

Whining, sobbing and thinking nostalgically is a waste of time and energy.

« Reply #57 on: September 15, 2017, 06:33 »
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Picked up $40 worth of SOD downloads on SS yesterday at $2.05 each - almost felt like 2014 for 24 hours
I had a few round that level.....any idea if its something new or we just got a little lucky?

ShadySue

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« Reply #58 on: September 15, 2017, 06:52 »
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Picked up $40 worth of SOD downloads on SS yesterday at $2.05 each - almost felt like 2014 for 24 hours
I had a few round that level.....any idea if its something new or we just got a little lucky?
Could it be the Daily Mail/ThisIsMoney/Metro?

« Reply #59 on: September 15, 2017, 07:04 »
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Picked up $40 worth of SOD downloads on SS yesterday at $2.05 each - almost felt like 2014 for 24 hours
I had a few round that level.....any idea if its something new or we just got a little lucky?
Could it be the Daily Mail/ThisIsMoney/Metro?
H'mm not editorial but kind of thing that might be in some kind of article.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #60 on: September 15, 2017, 07:14 »
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Picked up $40 worth of SOD downloads on SS yesterday at $2.05 each - almost felt like 2014 for 24 hours
I had a few round that level.....any idea if its something new or we just got a little lucky?
Could it be the Daily Mail/ThisIsMoney/Metro?
H'mm not editorial but kind of thing that might be in some kind of article.

I used to find them online easily via Google reverse images search.That's how I found the unpaid RM (Alamy) uses. Now they have gone micro/RF and are paying even less for wider uses.  :(

« Reply #61 on: September 15, 2017, 16:29 »
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I've came across your images some time ago and I can only say: great job!
And also a great respect for sticking to your positive attitude because I see a loooot of negativity around here. As well as on shutterstock forums. Doom and gloom everywhere, one would think it's the end of the world, until you see the portfolios of those who complain :)

Back to the topic: yes, it's been somewhat slower during the summer, but it seems like sales are improving starting from September... we'll see, I guess :)

Thanks Urbazon :)

« Reply #62 on: September 16, 2017, 01:30 »
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Sales are up for both SS and Adobe Stock. Not sure what happened to 123RF. Even though 123RF make up a small percentage of my overall earnings, the recent drop-off has been pretty disappointing. It's like they're losing customers to Adobe or something.

« Reply #63 on: September 16, 2017, 01:34 »
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Sales are up for both SS and Adobe Stock. Not sure what happened to 123RF. Even though 123RF make up a small percentage of my overall earnings, the recent drop-off has been pretty disappointing. It's like they're losing customers to Adobe or something.
They are returning from the dead for me...but still low on the other hand Adobe is falling like a stone ...the only comfort being I'm going down the rankings so just a poor run rather than wider site problem.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2017, 01:57 by Pauws99 »

« Reply #64 on: September 16, 2017, 02:15 »
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They are returning from the dead for me...but still low on the other hand Adobe is falling like a stone ...the only comfort being I'm going down the rankings so just a poor run rather than wider site problem.

I had record high earlier in the year at 123RF and sales have steadily declined over the summer and hasn't recovered. Maybe it's a bad run and I'll see a better October. As of right now, September is on pace to be 2nd worst month of the year over there, even worse than July.

Adobe Stock has been very consistent for me. I think other contributors are starting to notice it too and they're uploading more. Competition is starting to heat up.

« Reply #65 on: September 16, 2017, 02:34 »
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I'm finding with many sites sales seem a lot more inconsistent than in the past but it often balances out by the month end or say three or so months. May well have a nice run on Adobe before month end ;-).

Brasilnut

  • Author of the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock
« Reply #66 on: September 18, 2017, 09:28 »
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Going for some flares alla Uber


« Reply #67 on: September 18, 2017, 09:47 »
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Going for some flares alla Uber

Not exactly the same, but as predicted:

And like you many others, who, in 6 months from now, will be able to better compete with Uber and eat a slice of his tasty pie ;)

Keep on sharing your success numbers and recipes, Uber!  :P

We all like you for that!  :-*
« Last Edit: September 18, 2017, 09:50 by Zero Talent »

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #68 on: September 18, 2017, 10:09 »
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Going for some flares alla Uber

Stealth flares?

Brasilnut

  • Author of the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock
« Reply #69 on: September 18, 2017, 12:11 »
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Stealth flares?

« Last Edit: September 18, 2017, 12:22 by Brasilnut »

MxR

« Reply #70 on: September 19, 2017, 04:55 »
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Great work Uber... !! other think that copycats dont usually do: invest REAL money in shots...

« Reply #71 on: September 19, 2017, 05:48 »
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I had 3 downloads today at Alamy...happy days.  :)

Thanks for the reminder.  I hadn't looked at Alamy in a while because I licensed maybe 2-3 images since I had send my port.  Nothing going on there.  Suddenly, there are a bunch of reported sales, for more than a few hundred dollars total.  Wow.  Bizarre.

« Reply #72 on: September 19, 2017, 08:56 »
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Going for some flares alla Uber

Not exactly the same, but as predicted:

And like you many others, who, in 6 months from now, will be able to better compete with Uber and eat a slice of his tasty pie ;)

Keep on sharing your success numbers and recipes, Uber!  :P

We all like you for that!  :-*


Flares aint gonna cut it alone Zero  ;) If you look at our first 30 files, only 3 have them  ;)

« Reply #73 on: September 19, 2017, 09:27 »
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Great work Uber... !! other think that copycats dont usually do: invest REAL money in shots...

Thanks :)  AND SPOT ON ;D

Brasilnut

  • Author of the Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock
« Reply #74 on: September 20, 2017, 02:30 »
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I had 3 downloads today at Alamy...happy days.  :)

Thanks for the reminder.  I hadn't looked at Alamy in a while because I licensed maybe 2-3 images since I had send my port.  Nothing going on there.  Suddenly, there are a bunch of reported sales, for more than a few hundred dollars total.  Wow.  Bizarre.  .

I hope to get to a stage in my business soon that I can also forget about an agency and still earn  a few hundred dollars 😀 Right now I'm on mass submission mode 💪🏻


 

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