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How does your Istock stats goes (Lately)

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29 (15.8%)
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« Reply #150 on: December 02, 2008, 21:33 »
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It has been really shocking to see how poorly exclusive vector artists have been treated with this latest best match.  I can't imagine why istock would risk losing some of the most popular exclusive artists by not addressing this issue. 

When did IS start accepting vectors?

If it is true that the new best match is heavily weighted towards the length of site membership, then it might be possible that this is affecting vector artists more than anything.

I believe they have always had vectors. They used to be the cheapest image product on the site (once they started actually charging, that is).

I've heard the length of membership theory, but there are bronze level contributors posting "BME" in the stats thread. There are also vector contributors who have had BME (there is a separate stats thread in the vector forum). There is something definitely wrong here though, but I don't think anyone has been able to pinpoint one factor that is causing it. I think that several factors are working together to create certain negative scenarios in certain portfolios. I also think that is why it has taken so long for them to correct it. They have made numerous small adjustments to the best match since this started, but none have completely corrected the wild swings in some accounts.


« Reply #151 on: December 05, 2008, 13:19 »
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After being wrong in thinking sales couldn't get any worse, I did some research on a couple of my images there.

My most popular image on IS, has sold 89 times in 13 months (6.8 per month). It last sold on Sept 4. Searching for it using a variety of most releveant keywords, it didn't show up in the first 20 pages of results.

My 2nd most popular, sold 75 times in 23 months (3.3 per). Last sale in August. It also doesn't show in the first 20 pages of results.

Admittedly, this is only 2 images, but to go from 6.8 and 3.3 per month to 0 in 3-4 months, something major changed.

IS went from 18% of my revenue in Feb to 3% last month and 1% MTD.

I will leave my existing port, but don't see any value in continuing to upload there.

« Reply #152 on: December 07, 2008, 09:56 »
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Recession?

Istock buyers are almost 80% North American people. One person I know is about to lost his job in the plastic industry. I would say that microstock is too cheap to be affected by. But Recession is a state of mind. The medias start yelling about how it will affect everybody lifes. Then people stop buying electronics and everything, in the case the medias are true.

These people are also designers and then they stop buying every images they could need one day. Then they start buying only what they need for their actual projects.

Why it has not touched other big 6 stocks?
Look, sales on Microstock Poll Resultsas. Only IS down and many months !



lagereek

« Reply #153 on: December 07, 2008, 10:40 »
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Very true! all my other 4 sites are way up, 2 of them up by at least 60%, thats a lot!
Only IS down and well, that was to be expected anyway.
The Getty Hallmark throughout history has always been to leave their acquisitions alone for a year or something ( inducing a sense of safety), then it starts.
Has been the same since early 90s.
Funny?? but we never seem to learn this.

« Reply #154 on: December 08, 2008, 10:30 »
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The Getty Hallmark throughout history has always been to leave their acquisitions alone for a year or something ( inducing a sense of safety), then it starts.
Has been the same since early 90s.
Funny?? but we never seem to learn this.

Exactly. It's unfortunate to think what Stockxpert might be like by this time next year.  :-[

But yes, I am another non-exclusive istock contributor who's sales have been chopped by 50% since October. Sales are way up on other sites though.

shank_ali

« Reply #155 on: December 08, 2008, 13:30 »
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I actually had 4 sales this saturday and sunday which is nice and quite a big jump in my account balance when i logged onto istock this evening.A nice XL and L has boosted todays total.Long may it continue.

« Reply #156 on: December 30, 2008, 21:31 »
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After being wrong in thinking sales couldn't get any worse, I did some research on a couple of my images there.

My most popular image on IS, has sold 89 times in 13 months (6.8 per month). It last sold on Sept 4. Searching for it using a variety of most releveant keywords, it didn't show up in the first 20 pages of results.

My 2nd most popular, sold 75 times in 23 months (3.3 per). Last sale in August. It also doesn't show in the first 20 pages of results.

Admittedly, this is only 2 images, but to go from 6.8 and 3.3 per month to 0 in 3-4 months, something major changed.

IS went from 18% of my revenue in Feb to 3% last month and 1% MTD.

I will leave my existing port, but don't see any value in continuing to upload there.


Strange. Based on another thread, I did these same two searches again. My most popular image now shows as #1. My 2nd most popular image, still doesn't show up in first 20 pages.


 

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