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« on: January 13, 2018, 16:37 »
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Hey Everyone,

As of Jan. 2017 I sold my video production company to focus solely on stock video production . I'm curious if your results with the various stock footage companies are similar to mine. So here is a list of every stock footage site I use ...(or that is on my radar)

I will list them in order of my best revenue for 2017 :

(How many clips I have with that agency in parenthesis)

Top Stock Video Agencies

1) Pond5 - (6,500 clips +/- ) A few hundred clips are part of the membership program. - Great back end - Awesome review times
2) Fotolia/Adobe - (5,000 clips +/- ) Steadily on the rise...might be my #1 for 2018  - So so back end - Good review times
3) ShutterStock - (3,000 clips+/- ) Definitely improved over the years.  Good back end - Good review times
4) Envato/VideoHive - (1,100 clips +/- ) (I know) Consistently becoming more and more difficult to get files approved, still earns though. Terrible back end - Terrible review times
5) StoryBlocks - (5,000 clips +/- ) I had a lot of hope for them, but they seem to be in decline. Okay early in 2017...but crickets for last half.  Great back end - Good review times
6) Dissolve - (2,000 clips +/- ) Not a great earner, only about one or two sales a month.  So so back end - Good review times
7) Dreamstime - (4,000 clips +/-) Less than one sale a month.  So so back end - Good review times
8} MotionElements - (5,000 clips +/-) About two sales a month. I'm rooting for them Great back end - Awesome review times
9) Depositphotos - (4,400 clips +/-) Only about one sale a month. Terrible back end - Terrible review times
10) Pixta - (3,000 clips +/-) Less than one sale a month. Terrible back end - Terrible review times
11) 123RF - (2,300 clips +/-) Only about one sale a month. So so back end - So so review times

Honorable Mention

12) ArtBeatsExpress - (2,100 clips +/-) About two sales a month. I had a lot of hope for these guys - but they will be closing in a couple months Good back end - Good review times

The Rest (Meaning NO SALES)

13) Nimia - (2,500 clips +/-) Pitiful...no sales ever. Terrible back end - Okay review times
14) Wazee Digital (1,000 +/-) No idea. No back end or communication.
15) Ingimage - (3,000 clips +/-) No sales. No back end with actual information.
16) StockFuel - (500 clips +/-) No sales. No back end with actual information.
17) MeaShots - (500 clips +/-) No sales. So so back end - So so review times
18) Clip Dealer - (500 clips +/-) These guys don't respond. No sales. Bad back end - Terrible review times
19) CanStock - (500 clips +/-) These guys don't respond. No sales. Bad back end - Terrible review times
20) Alamy - (1000 clips +/-) These guys don't respond. No sales. Bad back end - Terrible review times
21) iStock - (0 clips) I had an on again off again working relationship with them, really terrible experience.
22) AGE Fotostock - (0 clips) I did the paperwork, but never uploaded files.
23) b-rollstock - (0 clips) I did the paperwork, but never uploaded files.

Who am I missing? Looking to 2018 sales, any other companies/agencies that are worth knowing about?

Thanks!
LP


« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2018, 23:36 »
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Thanks for sharing!

I'm new to this... I was skeptical of whether or not it was possible to make money from selling video clips/photography online,
given all the competition...

But about a year ago, decided just to upload a test batch of videos to see if I got any sales.

I was a bit pleasantly surprised, I got a couple... so the last few months have been doing a lot of work - but... still waiting to see sales on those.

So - that's where I am at. In the meantime though, learning what I can.

« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 00:02 »
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Whow! Thank you so much!

I usually just upload to pond5 and SS, sometimes to Adobe and storyblocks, but dropped nearly everyone else,

I do like the interface of motionelements and want to give them more files. Only one sale so far.


« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2018, 02:59 »
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In the past we too tried uploading stock files to many agencies... but we started to delete everywhere where we rarely get sales. It's waste of time uploading if it's not profitable.

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2018, 06:21 »
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interesting post - reminds me of why I used to come here more often

StockbyNumbers

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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2018, 18:49 »
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Super helpful LP. Congrats on going full-time to stock as well. Hope it keeps going well for you.

I went all in on P5, SS, and VB when I started a little over a year ago, based on posts like yours. P5 and SS have outperformed VB by about 5:1. SS is 1/3 better for me than P5, which makes me think my P5 prices might be too high. This is based around both overall earnings and earnings per clip. As my libraries on each are about the same size.

I've had the same experience as you at VB, crickets the last few months.

I'd be curious to see this same list based around earnings / clip. I'm adding my portfolio to Adobe, Envato, and Dissolve now, so can hopefully contribute more to this conversation soon.

Also - thanks for confirming what I have been reading about iStock. Seems like they aren't worth the time.

Thanks for posting this.

SpaceStockFootage

  • Space, Sci-Fi and Astronomy Related Stock Footage

« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2018, 21:27 »
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In the past we too tried uploading stock files to many agencies... but we started to delete everywhere where we rarely get sales. It's waste of time uploading if it's not profitable.

Is it just me, or is it slightly ironic that you attempted to avoid wasting time doing things that aren't profitable, by actually wasting time doing something that isn't profitable in the slightest (deleting files)? Keeping them where they are might bring in a tiny bit of revenue, no matter how small... deleting them is guaranteed to not bring you in any revenue.

« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018, 17:41 »
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number 1 SS
2 pond5(1/3-1/4 of SS)
3 fotolia (1/6 of SS)
4 storyblocks(1/7 of SS it used to be 1/3 but last few months very bad)
5 123RF 1/8 of SS


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Tyson Anderson

  • www.openrangestudios.com
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2018, 19:23 »
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In the past we too tried uploading stock files to many agencies... but we started to delete everywhere where we rarely get sales. It's waste of time uploading if it's not profitable.

Is it just me, or is it slightly ironic that you attempted to avoid wasting time doing things that aren't profitable, by actually wasting time doing something that isn't profitable in the slightest (deleting files)? Keeping them where they are might bring in a tiny bit of revenue, no matter how small... deleting them is guaranteed to not bring you in any revenue.

Yeah, I still don't understand why anyone would take the time to delete files or an account.  This business requires not stop shooting and processing clips.  Why halt that to delete assets that are already online making money, no matter how little.  Time is money and that would literally be loosing money to loose more money.

« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2018, 19:25 »
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1)  SS    

2)  Pond5
   (1/2 of ss)

3)  Fotolia  (1/5 of ss)

4)  VideoBlocks (1/6 of ss)

5)  123RF  (1//9 of ss)

6)  Depositphotos  (1/90 of ss)

I do not upload to other agencies. My current portfolio on all above marketplaces is roughly 3500 clips. I had great expectations for Videoblocks and it was doing pretty good in 2016 but now lost its position. 123rf also used to be better with sales in the past. The lose was compensated by Adobe/Fotolia which I believe can become good and solid earner for me in near future.
Thanks for sharing the info LP! 

« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 03:35 »
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% of revenue in 2017:

1) 33% - P5
2) 28% - SS
3) 18% - Fotolia
4) 11% - iStock
5) 7% - Videoblocks
6) 2% - Dissolve

« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 12:31 »
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Here is my revenue breakdown

1) Pond5 = 30%
2) Fotolia/Adobe = 20%
3) ShutterStock = 15%
4) Envato/VideoHive = 15%
5) StoryBlocks = 15%
6) Dissolve = 1%
7) Dreamstime = <1%
8} MotionElements = <1%
9) Depositphotos = <1%
10) Pixta = <1%
11) 123RF = <1%
12) ArtbeatsExpress = <1%


 

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