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« on: August 13, 2017, 03:16 »
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Yep! Istock is beginning to show good signs selling well actually and for an independent as well. Spoke to a few mates who like me has been with them for over 10 years and the sales are doing fine.
Might be worth uploading there again instead of backing these old boilers like SS and Adobe etc. All we seem to get there nowadays is pennies from heaven and weird stuff. :)


drd

« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2017, 04:28 »
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Funny post  :o

....Pennies is what you get at istock as well

Noedelhap

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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2017, 05:06 »
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LOL

« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2017, 05:22 »
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iStock shill  ;D

ShadySue

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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2017, 07:37 »
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Yep! Istock is beginning to show good signs selling well actually and for an independent as well. Spoke to a few mates who like me has been with them for over 10 years and the sales are doing fine.
Might be worth uploading there again instead of backing these old boilers like SS and Adobe etc. All we seem to get there nowadays is pennies from heaven and weird stuff. :)

Presumably you're looking at downloads YTD?
It could just be a best match reshuffle.
I was going up slightly (from a nightmare low) in May and June, and July YTD download figures (if they are accurate!) are better still, but I discovered that certain suprise files which were selling relatively well (i.e. my personal best sellers in May and June) were very highly placed in best match, whereas previous best-sellers-for-me were off the best match radar and no longer being sold. Still, with an average rpd of $1.79 in 2017, it was far from encouraging me to start uploading again.

August downloads in dytd have been poor, not necessarily my normal July > August pattern. I haven't actually gone in to check, but it could be as simple as another best match change, which we can do nothing about. (As with any distributor.)
« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 09:50 by ShadySue »

« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2017, 09:25 »
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Funny post  :o

....Pennies is what you get at istock as well

When I started uploading to iStock, downloads were $1 each, and contributors got 10c.

Bad Company

« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2017, 09:32 »
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Yep! Istock is beginning to show good signs selling well actually and for an independent as well. Spoke to a few mates who like me has been with them for over 10 years and the sales are doing fine.
Might be worth uploading there again instead of backing these old boilers like SS and Adobe etc. All we seem to get there nowadays is pennies from heaven and weird stuff. :)

Nothing better than a little humor for our day  ;D

PS I gave the OP a plus 1 for making me laugh this early in the morning.

« Last Edit: August 13, 2017, 09:57 by Bad Company »

« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2017, 09:56 »
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Yep! Istock is beginning to show good signs selling well actually and for an independent as well. Spoke to a few mates who like me has been with them for over 10 years and the sales are doing fine.
Might be worth uploading there again instead of backing these old boilers like SS and Adobe etc. All we seem to get there nowadays is pennies from heaven and weird stuff. :)

Yes, you are right, iStock sells very well.
But the commissions for the contributors are peanuts

« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2017, 14:19 »
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Yes, number of sales on iShitty might rise, but their income is iShit, we rather sell on Pond5 which gives the most from each sale.

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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2017, 17:59 »
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Well, VideoBlocks gives you more per sale*... but as you have some kind of strange aversion to them, I guess it's ok to leave out the facts in this instance!

*From a commission rate perspective, and from a total $ amount perspective if your HD clips are priced at $94 or below... which most of yours seem to be.

« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2017, 22:32 »
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BTW they review photos for a few hours now, no more waiting for weeks... ;D

« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2017, 23:34 »
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Well, VideoBlocks gives you more per sale*... but as you have some kind of strange aversion to them, I guess it's ok to leave out the facts in this instance!

*From a commission rate perspective, and from a total $ amount perspective if your HD clips are priced at $94 or below... which most of yours seem to be.

VB gave us less per sales. They only give $33 (sometimes maybe 48). We get $39 on Pond5 with each sale. So?

« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2017, 00:34 »
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Come on guys lighten up a bit!  lots of negativity here. We are dealing with some good micro sites. Yep!

« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2017, 00:37 »
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Come on guys lighten up a bit!  lots of negativity here. We are dealing with some good micro sites. Yep!
Not sure if you being ironic or serious

« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2017, 00:55 »
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He had 2 good months at iStock and suddenly "something is cooking there" and iStock is the best again, lol.

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2017, 01:13 »
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Well, VideoBlocks gives you more per sale*... but as you have some kind of strange aversion to them, I guess it's ok to leave out the facts in this instance!

*From a commission rate perspective, and from a total $ amount perspective if your HD clips are priced at $94 or below... which most of yours seem to be.

VB gave us less per sales. They only give $33 (sometimes maybe 48). We get $39 on Pond5 with each sale. So?

A few things there...

1. You may get $33 on VB, but some of your sales on P5 are $34.5 and probably less than $33 when they've been dishing out discounts. So yeah, on the whole you might get more at P5, but on more than a few occasions you probably get the same. Yet P5 are amazing and VB are terrible.

2. You're referring to what you get after withholding taxes, which isn't really fair. Yes, it does affect what you get in the bank, but that reflects more on taxes than it does on what commission rate agencies pay.

3. I'm assuming you're from a country that has a tax treaty with the US, which means that you can offset your expenses at the end of the tax year. So you may get $33 now, but when it comes the grand scheme of things, you're essentially still getting $47.16. In the grand scheme of things at P5, you're just getting $34.50

4. None of these companies are applying withholding tax for fun, so it's not outside the realms of possibility that P5 will have to start charging withholding tax in the not too distant future. At that point, you'll be getting $24.   

« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2017, 01:00 »
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My iStock income and downloads still continues to drop every month, despite uploading new files to iStock on a regular basis. I also know 3 other contributors personally who are experiencing the same at iStock. iStock is still by far my lowest earner. Not sure why I even still bother to upload there at all. It is a white elephant.

« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2017, 01:04 »
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My iStock income and downloads still continues to drop every month, despite uploading new files to iStock on a regular basis. I also know 3 other contributors personally who are experiencing the same at iStock. iStock is still by far my lowest earner. Not sure why I even still bother to upload there at all. It is a white elephant.

My AnySite income and downloads still continue to drop every month, despite uploading new files to AnySite on a regular basis.
I think that it is an actual trend and that I am not the only one

« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2017, 02:48 »
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Am I the only one who has no idea what AnySite is? :-[

« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2017, 03:25 »
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Am I the only one who has no idea what AnySite is? :-[
It's so obvious, I can't explain it :)

« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2017, 05:19 »
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Am I the only one who has no idea what AnySite is? :-[

AnySite.com :  a site where you upload ton of images and where you get no sale.  ;D

« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2017, 06:19 »
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Am I the only one who has no idea what AnySite is? :-[

AnySite.com :  a site where you upload ton of images and where you get no sale.  ;D

Should stay away from those.  8)

« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2017, 08:24 »
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My AnySite income and downloads still continue to drop every month, despite uploading new files to AnySite on a regular basis.
I think that it is an actual trend and that I am not the only one

My sales are also better on AnySite other than iStock. iStock has become a complete waste of time for myself and most other people. The ones who are claiming they are seeing increasing sales on iStock is unusual. AnyOtherSite is definitely better.

« Reply #23 on: August 17, 2017, 09:08 »
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Am I the only one who has no idea what AnySite is? :-[

AnySite.com :  a site where you upload ton of images and where you get no sale.  ;D


LOL!  :D :D

« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2017, 09:44 »
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My AnySite income and downloads still continue to drop every month, despite uploading new files to AnySite on a regular basis.
I think that it is an actual trend and that I am not the only one

My sales are also better on AnySite other than iStock. iStock has become a complete waste of time for myself and most other people. The ones who are claiming they are seeing increasing sales on iStock is unusual. AnyOtherSite is definitely better.
So many of us have left istock now, I wouldn't be surprised if some people get more sales, as there's less competition.  Hopefully just buyers using up their last credits before moving to other sites :)

« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2017, 13:00 »
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Funny thread!  :)

Bad Company

« Reply #26 on: August 18, 2017, 17:45 »
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Funny thread!  :)

funny but sad as well...

« Reply #27 on: September 05, 2017, 16:39 »
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I am exclusive contributor in last 12 months.
In last 12 months the number of images is doubled in my portfolio.
My income at iStock&Getty in just 70% higher than I was non-exclusive contributor.  >:(

If I knew it would be so, I would never quit other sites and take exclusivity.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2017, 17:09 »
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I am exclusive contributor in last 12 months.
In last 12 months the number of images is doubled in my portfolio.
My income at iStock&Getty in just 70% higher than I was non-exclusive contributor.  >:(

If I knew it would be so, I would never quit other sites and take exclusivity.

I think if you'd posted about your intentions beforehand, you'd have been advised to think extremely carefully before jumping into exclusivity (disclosure: I'm exclusive, but I've never been any other micro, don't fancy them, and don't even upload there any more.)
Not only are things going downhill there, but once you're exclusive your files are 3x more expensive than those of independents, so you have to consider whether your files are 3x that good; the promised boost in search placement doesn't always happen; and buyers can choose to buy a subs package which excludes signature files altogether.

« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2017, 02:21 »
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I'll wait for another year, so I'll decide what to do next.
Problem is that uploaded photos from 2017. dont sell. They said that is bug , and it is fixed, we will see.

« Reply #30 on: September 06, 2017, 09:47 »
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I'll wait for another year, so I'll decide what to do next.


That's a lot of patience.  iStock does not pull enough weight on the market to consider it even casually as an exclusive distributor, and it's not going to improve. Plus buyers shop around, so raised prices work against you.

They know they are in decline and they are very nervous. In fact that's the only agency in my experience that could write an angry answer to a very simple and friendly technical question. I sympathize poor front line workers who are not sure about their future but why prop them? They can be used for the time being but they are going to bite the dust sooner or later. Exclusivity? Heck no.

« Reply #31 on: September 06, 2017, 12:44 »
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In this job I must have patience.
I must to be sure before I drop exclusivity, I do not want to miss again.

« Reply #32 on: September 06, 2017, 13:05 »
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So many of us have left istock now, I wouldn't be surprised if some people get more sales, as there's less competition....
Perhaps this phenomenon can be coined "the Istock Effect."

« Reply #33 on: September 07, 2017, 12:08 »
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Some contributors quit, but there is many new arrivals.
Number of contributors is every year higher.



 

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