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Leo Blanchette

« on: November 08, 2011, 16:06 »
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I'm thinking of submitting to photodune. I'd love to hear people's opinions so I know if its worth my time. I see its part of a big network of template/content sites. Cool!


« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2011, 16:15 »
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I would.  In fact, I did.  Their royalty percentage is on the low side, but they bring in sales.  In just a few months I've reached a point where I can expect a payout every month.  No other new site has done nearly as well.  I'd also mention that I find their staff to be both friendly and responsive, which is something else I can't say about most other firms.  So if you aren't fixated on the percentage you get but care more about absolute dollars, give them a try.

« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2011, 16:18 »
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I'm thinking of submitting to photodune. I'd love to hear people's opinions so I know if its worth my time. I see its part of a big network of template/content sites. Cool!

If you are going to upload illustrations - PhotoDune doesn't accept them. They will let you know that you need to upload them to Graphic River. I tried - but uploading to GR is so complicated that it would take a year for me to upload there all my vectors.

Leo Blanchette

« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2011, 16:28 »
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Thanks. As an illustrator I might hold off then

« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2011, 18:26 »
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But, story about possible changes in commission levels for independents is still active, or not?


« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011, 21:22 »
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I was very enthusiastic about joining this site, however, I have found the whole uploading process to be a pain in the ****!

After trying a number of times, I eventually uploaded my 10 samples the way they wanted them to be uploaded, and I got accepted as a contributor.

I then went ahead and uploaded 1000 images using the FTP method, however, after two days, all of these images have disappeared from the site. 

I find this to be totally frustrating and a plain waste of time!

I sent an e-mail to the site notifying them that I had uploaded 1000 images, expressing my concern that the images may go 'missing' ....like my 10 sample images had on three occasions, however, two days later I have not had a reply, and in the meantime, the 1000 images have gone 'missing'.

I upload to 15 other sites, and I've never had this problem before. 

Either I'm a complete idiot, and I'm not uploading the images correctly, or the site is not like the other 15 sites that I upload to, and it needs to be!!!

All I want to do is get my 2000 images on to the site, and start achieving sales!

Leo Blanchette

« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2011, 21:47 »
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Well I may be completely and utterly biased, but I think PhotoDune is awesome  ;D

But on a serious note, our GraphicRiver upload process is still our old uploading system. When we built PhotoDune this year we built in several platform upgrades which we are now rolling out across the other sites. Specifically it has a different review queue, search engine and upload system. So little by little we are transitioning the other sites over now.

In that sense PhotoDune has been immensely good for us as it's been teaching the company about scale of content. In many of our other areas - e.g. themes - it's impressive to have say 1300 WordPress themes. That makes us the biggest collection of WP themes online as far as I know. But of course 1300 photos is not so impressive :)

Anyhow I will definitely post back here when the GR uploading system is transitioned over!

Thanks! I'll definitely jump right on uploading when its ready. On that note, the more you can simplify the process (like Crestock or 123rf) the easier it is for guys like me to get everything up and ready to sell! My biggest weakness in this business has been how fatiguing redundant tasks can be on my brain!

reckless

« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2011, 23:30 »
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.  Either I'm a complete idiot, and I'm not uploading the images correctly,



There may be more than one of us here. I have to keep re-uploading model releases.

« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2011, 03:19 »
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I also gave up trying to get it to upload correctly.  I may have another go some time but got so frustrated with it that I decided to leave it for a while.


« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2011, 07:25 »
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I'm uploading for the second time (and last) my first 10 pictures, if you could take a look today it's ok, i can send some pictures before my departure. If not, i give up too, it's really a slave pain to upload there and be accepted, the 25% low commission on very low prices and ridiculous EL prices don't help to be really enthusiast.  ???

Wim

« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2011, 07:49 »
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Are you uploading via FTP?

I have had no issues with application and uploading via FTP this morning, all went very fast and smooth.

« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2011, 08:45 »
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photodune please ask your colleague from...maybe the secretary or someone who is not a software developer and do a trial uploading in front of the interface designer, then you will realize what is wrong, i am sure he or she will ask then what is next, what should i do later..where it has gone..blah blah.. everything is there, but is not user friendly...

i like canstock, you don't need to click many pages and go around different pages... everything in one page..you see every keywords, title..and just one click u submit everything.

« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2011, 08:56 »
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photodune please ask your colleague from...maybe the secretary or someone who is not a software developer and do a trial uploading in front of the interface designer, then you will realize what is wrong, i am sure he or she will ask then what is next, what should i do later..where it has gone..blah blah.. everything is there, but is not user friendly...

i like canstock, you don't need to click many pages and go around different pages... everything in one page..you see every keywords, title..and just one click u submit everything.

first, there is a 'name' column need to be filled for every files, IPTC title is not picked up by this 'name', and there is no thumbnail preview but just filename.

second, it is quite meaningless 'create item submission' and it brings me to next screen and the images is not there..it seems to take time to get processed from ftp..why not make it a one button click to process everything? do i need to repeat something that is repeated?

« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2011, 18:08 »
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When using ftp you have to make sure you drop it in the "photo" folder or they won't be processed as a batch when importing on the PhotoDune site. Made that mistake myself and found it easier to delete and start over. Luckily I discovered that wrinkle in the process with a small batch. :-/


« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2011, 21:41 »
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My feedback is 25% is too low.

« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2011, 01:25 »
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My feedback is 25% is too low.

+1 especially EL licenses, I am holding my uploads because of that

« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2011, 03:40 »
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2011, 11:34 »
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G'day everyone  :D

Thanks for all of your thoughts and feedback, I'm browsing the forums and making a note of all of them. I've just checked with the devs and we believe we're at the tail end of the bulk FTP submission issues, we're still processing some backlogged files, so I really do appreciate your patience and appreciate those of you interested in giving us a chance. We really do care about your feedback and as I've said I'm making a note of all of it :)

Thanks so much, hope you're all enjoying your day  ;)

Please, some folks from the development, search your camera backup and find 2-3 nice photos. Doesn't matter what. Please subscribe to several well-known agencies and submit your photos. You may upload model releases also.
Please focus on the upload system, how easy, simple and clear it is everything. Don't mind if your photos get rejected, this isn't part of the test.
I must say, even the IS's archaic upload system is far better than at PD.

You may also introduce some levels for photographers, let's say, if someone reaches x downloads, he will receive more than 25%.

« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2011, 12:50 »
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I have to agree that the upload process is clunky at best. Why do we have to manually enter the name again? Why do we have to wait and come back later to submit?
I also suggest you visit your top tier competition and learn how to do it in a more professional and efficient manner.

« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2011, 16:12 »
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When is GraphicRiver changing over to the new upload system?

« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2011, 18:21 »
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I'm afraid this is just another not-ready-for-prime-time site. If and when the uploading is fixed/streamlined and if and when sales are ever generated there I may take another look.

« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2011, 18:34 »
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I'm afraid this is just another not-ready-for-prime-time site. If and when the uploading is fixed/streamlined and if and when sales are ever generated there I may take another look.

I'd hate to try to convince you when your mind is made up.  But I find their upload system to be pretty fast and easy, at least when I combine it with FTP.  And as for sales ever being generated, PhotoDune is running third for me this month, well behind Shutterstock and half of 123RF, but ahead of all the other usual suspects.  Not bad for a site that generates no sales.


 

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