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Author Topic: My VideoBlocks sales are about 1/5 of Shutterstock or Pond5 sales right now.  (Read 12309 times)

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« on: September 26, 2015, 10:56 »
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How about yours? 

It's in terms of the royalty income I get, not the number of sales.

It has been growing slowly for the last few months.  I hope VB sales will grow to 1/2 the Shutterstock or Pond5 sales in a year or so.  It already surpassed the best month of Dissolve sales.
« Last Edit: September 26, 2015, 10:58 by helloitsme »


« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015, 11:39 »
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For the first time videoblocks has surpassed Shutterstock and P5  in september :) and the differences are huge. But maybe I had better luck, who knows !?

« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2015, 11:48 »
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I hope videoblocks will be number one agency. They know how to pay the contributors and hope shutterstock will learn from them alittlebit


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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2015, 11:56 »
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For the first time videoblocks has surpassed Shutterstock and P5  in september :) and the differences are huge. But maybe I had better luck, who knows !?

Wow!  That's so fast!

« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2015, 13:05 »
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not a single sale.

« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2015, 13:29 »
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No sales this month, no sales in august.

« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2015, 13:58 »
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Commissions are not THAT great especially if you get taxed 30% which seems to be the norm for me.If not,its very good, at p5,and maybe a bit better.But still WAY more than everyone else in either case..
Number of sales is very good, might even surpass p5 for this month but certainly not ss or even ds (propably).

Having said that has anyone here who gets taxed for usa sales noticed anything out of the ordinary?

« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2015, 05:59 »
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I got a sale! Now I am curious and will upload more.

« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2015, 14:05 »
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About the taxation i just found out that indeed there is an issue in the front end (dashboard doesn't always display the deducted tax in a sale) hence the payout differences.
They said they are working to fix this.

« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2015, 14:56 »
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It's my first month, but it looks promising. Earnings are comparable to about 3-4 days at Shutterstock so far (videos only).

« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2015, 20:07 »
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It's my first month, but it looks promising. Earnings are comparable to about 3-4 days at Shutterstock so far (videos only).

VideoBlocks is a legit stock agency.  So far, everybody likes them!

« Reply #11 on: September 30, 2015, 04:25 »
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It's my first month, but it looks promising. Earnings are comparable to about 3-4 days at Shutterstock so far (videos only).


VideoBlocks is a legit stock agency.  So far, everybody likes them!


AND VideoBlocks CEO sounds legit too.... I am reading only nice thing about this young capable man.

http://www.fastcompany.com/3050539/how-i-get-it-done/how-taking-off-in-an-rv-saved-this-ceos-sanity-and-his-business

« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2015, 04:59 »
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I've started to upload clips to Videoblocks, but the problem the have now is review times, it's really long and they apologize due to the saturation of reviews they have right now (I've received a kindly email from them).

Hope the get out of this situation soon.


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« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2015, 06:21 »
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It's my first month, but it looks promising. Earnings are comparable to about 3-4 days at Shutterstock so far (videos only).


VideoBlocks is a legit stock agency.  So far, everybody likes them!


But not so much their sister photo operation: http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/graphicstock-are-you-insane/msg432554/?topicseen#new

« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2015, 06:44 »
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It's my first month, but it looks promising. Earnings are comparable to about 3-4 days at Shutterstock so far (videos only).


VideoBlocks is a legit stock agency.  So far, everybody likes them!


But not so much their sister photo operation: http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/graphicstock-are-you-insane/msg432554/?topicseen#new


Eh...Nothing last forever. Enjoy while it last!  8)

« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2015, 09:22 »
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It's amazing how similar we are to gazing animals. No sooner is a new source of "green" discovered by the herd, than the majority of them take off in that direction to get their share. Never stopping to think about what they're tramping on along the way.

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« Reply #16 on: September 30, 2015, 09:34 »
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It's amazing how similar we are to gazing animals. No sooner is a new source of "green" discovered by the herd, than the majority of them take off in that direction to get their share. Never stopping to think about what they're tramping on along the way.
"The triumph of hope over experience" Samuel Johnson

« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2015, 10:02 »
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Could we at least agree on the simple fact that there are those who despite their choise to join an agency are -and will remain- sceptical all the way and want to discuss about it?
Yeah right, i just noticed a tumbling bush blown by the wind rolling across a street in El Paso.
I mean, on one hand i see complete repudiation without any willingness to negotiate or discuss this, and on the other hand people who blindly cheer on overlooking facts and other issues,to the point that they shamelessly advertise agencies like they are the s*** without even realising it.

My sales there have been very good so far.Do i at least have the right to NOT feel enthusiastic about it and start spreading thumbs up to everyone cheering them on?
If anything im honestly not going to get any satisfaction off of people disowning them,say after a year if (god forbid) something "weird" happens (like to usually does) ,but i would like to know that certain issues have been discussed in public before hand.Isn't this the only thing we can and should be doing anyways?

Guess not huh?Who said the internet is for discussion anyway?


KB

« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2015, 12:53 »
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My sales there have been very good so far.Do i at least have the right to NOT feel enthusiastic about it and start spreading thumbs up to everyone cheering them on?
You absolutely do; the internet is a free country.  :D

Just as any of us can complain a year from now how we haven't had a sale on VideoBlocks in, like, forever, because suddenly there's 2,000,000 other clips competing with ours. I have no idea how that could happen, though ....  ::)

« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2015, 13:00 »
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My sales there have been very good so far.Do i at least have the right to NOT feel enthusiastic about it and start spreading thumbs up to everyone cheering them on?
You absolutely do; the internet is a free country.  :D

Just as any of us can complain a year from now how we haven't had a sale on VideoBlocks in, like, forever, because suddenly there's 2,000,000 other clips competing with ours. I have no idea how that could happen, though ....  ::)
But hey, there will be that new guy on the block, ClipSchlock, who is selling for $29 and offering 60% that is making good sales.

« Reply #20 on: September 30, 2015, 13:15 »
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Looks like that the only counter argument is to only upload at p5 and ss.
SS prices are what they are and i suppose that everyone who is being sarcastic and all about this is uploading at p5 with the same prices regardless?
Because i can only accept this from those who do,and my experience says that there aren't any.
Let alone that this implies that these 2 agencies are holier than holy and everything else is a kind of scam,which is far from the truth.I can personally accept them as a lesser evil at most,which explains why everyone is uploading everywhere else as well,because everything is -apparently- very subjective.
Both of these agencies in their own way have devaluated stock  even more than everyone else,but hey let's not let argumentative discussion get in the way of a good punch line.

« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2015, 09:00 »
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I admit I am very opinionated on these matters.

« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2017, 22:03 »
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About 1/3 to 1/2 of SS these days roughly.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2017, 22:08 by helloitsme »

« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2017, 22:14 »
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Vb is on, off, on, off, on, off

« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2017, 22:21 »
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Yes, not consistent like others yet.

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« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2017, 23:01 »
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Last year I made 100% more than SS at VB, this year I've made 70% more. And yes, we know it's an old thread.

Edit: Five seconds after i posted this, I got a 'you've got a sale' email from them. I should post in this thread more often!

« Reply #26 on: July 04, 2017, 02:01 »
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For me VB never worked at all: less than 5% of my video sales.
 
The sales pattern has always looked fake to me:
- I have always had 2 sales per month, every single month for 2 years, same number of sales when I had 100 files as now with over 2000
- The first month with about 30 files I got 4 sales, a welcome aboard package
- I have never had a file selling more than once, while in other agencies sales tend to concentrate in best selling clips
- The videos that sell there are always the worst ones, the ones that never sold anywhere else, or the ones uploaded by mistake

« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2017, 08:58 »
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For me VB never worked at all: less than 5% of my video sales.
 
The sales pattern has always looked fake to me:
- I have always had 2 sales per month, every single month for 2 years, same number of sales when I had 100 files as now with over 2000
- The first month with about 30 files I got 4 sales, a welcome aboard package
- I have never had a file selling more than once, while in other agencies sales tend to concentrate in best selling clips
- The videos that sell there are always the worst ones, the ones that never sold anywhere else, or the ones uploaded by mistake

I have made a similar claim before.  Some months I get 10-12 sales, then very little (1-2) for three months, then 10-12. It does look fake to me too, but VB has come in here assuring us that it is real.  Real or not, their pattern is more or less predictive. With 500 videos vs. 1500 videos, the pattern is the same. No growth, consistently low, then one spike, then consistently low then one spike, and so on.  I am going to keep uploading, though, until I have a strong reason not to.
« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 13:01 by Mantis »

« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2017, 11:45 »
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If they said it's real, I'm sure it's real.

« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2017, 13:02 »
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If they said it's real, I'm sure it's real.

And money doesn't make you happy according to a statement from an Istock representative, should we believe him? Seriously, would you expect them to say anything different?

« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2017, 18:47 »
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If iStock representative says "Get a real job", you should.

« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2017, 18:54 »
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If iStock representative says "Get a real job", you should.

But they didn't say that. So.......let's get factual....IStock cut royalties......then IStock said "money isn't everything". You understand that, right?
« Last Edit: July 05, 2017, 18:58 by Mantis »

« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2017, 19:02 »
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iStock provides us higher spirituality money can't buy.  Suffering makes us a better person.

« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2017, 22:06 »
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iStock provides us higher spirituality money can't buy.  Suffering makes us a better person.

Excellent insights. I bow to thee for your wisdom giveth so freely here.

« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2017, 11:19 »
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Sales in the last 2 months were very disappointing... I'm starting to get very worried :-\


 

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