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Off Topic / Re: Trump in Putin's pocket
« on: Yesterday at 20:23 »
In case Americans don't know, he advised our PM to "sue the EU" over the Brexit that the majority of the UK (not Scotland or NI) voted for, but didn't give any grounds (as there aren't any) for her to do so. Eejit.


We know. #traitor

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Off Topic / Re: Trump in Putin's pocket
« on: Yesterday at 14:35 »
He committed treason today and needs to go NOW!

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So, two months after the original post, how many people pulled their ports?


None, because $1.50 is better than nothing.  ;D

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Off Topic / Re: Trump in Putin's pocket
« on: Yesterday at 13:57 »
this is on all the news channels


Whatever they say it will be fake news, according to him. What a tool.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: huge sales drop for new images
« on: Yesterday at 02:41 »
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 ??? ??
She posted, changed her mind, but you cant delete a post.

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It sounds like they are a company you dont want to deal with anyway. It isnt your responsibility to process credit card payments, its theirs. If they are accepting fraudulent payments, thats on them, not you. Closing your store for that reason is just stupid. I second the idea of trying to get the money you are owed, then just be glad you are out of there.

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We are talking about overall good business ethics, not sales.

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Yes, that is what I hate about people constantly complaining about a site. Their famous line is I am not going to be giving them any more of my images. So the stock sites business ethics are so disgusting that they will complain and complain and complain, but they will still let the site continue to stick it to them. They dont want to give up those pennies, because after all, a penny is better than nothing right? Even if they suck, right?
Which of the micros do you feel has overall good business ethics? (remembering that this is a microstock site, so don't name macros)
IMO, none of them.
And we all have shown that we each have different levels of what we are prepared to tolerate. Or different 'issues' make us more angry than others feel about that issue.


I think Adobe is doing a pretty decent job. Mat Hayward is always around to help, my royalties are mostly 3x more than any others have been (as in $.99 per image vs. say $.33.) Since Adobe bought Fotolia, there hasnt been any drama there, as far as I know.

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I dont hate them. In fact, right now I am loving them. I got a request for an extended license yesterday. My royalty is $100+. It is showing in my earnings, my fingers are crossed that it makes it to payout. I havent seen an extended license for awhile. I am down to 2 sites...SS and Adobe. I am happy with both of them. Of course I would love it if I made a lot more $$, but thats partly on me. I could work harder.

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moved back, spam reported to Leaf


I did that as well.

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You can proofread before hitting send on that phone. 😀

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There was a new post by a newbie containing a whole bunch of non-related-to-microstock links. I was going to move it to the garbage bin and report it to leaf, but it moved the fair use thread instead, and I dont see the other post at all now. My apologies. I have sent a message to Leaf explaining. Site hacked again?

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I can't hate them as much as istock because they still pay me much more than istock ever did.  What I hate more is the people that constantly complained about istock, while doing nothing about it.  Some people were probably complaining here while they were uploading.  Many of us stopped uploading, deleted images and eventually closed our accounts.  That was the only way to hurt istock and at least make the other sites give us a bit more respect.


Yes, that is what I hate about people constantly complaining about a site. Their famous line is I am not going to be giving them any more of my images. So the stock sites business ethics are so disgusting that they will complain and complain and complain, but they will still let the site continue to stick it to them. They dont want to give up those pennies, because after all, a penny is better than nothing right? Even if they suck, right?


The funny thing is, two of the things most complained about is the massive numbers of contributors now, and the lack of decent sales. So if you dump a site altogether, you arent actually losing all that much money, are you?

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This is an interesting conversation. Over the last few years I've seen a lot of people selling stock photos from their own websites and they seem to be doing quite well. The ones that I've seen, mainly focus on images for creative business owners and women entrepreneurs and they rely heavily on social media marketing to make sales. The owner of TwigyPosts has said that she makes over $100,000 per year.

Here are links to a few of the websites I'm talking about:
https://www.scstockshop.com/
https://twigyposts.com/
https://hautestock.co/


Not impossible to do. How many people work for her? How many total images does she have? Where is she located (in terms of overhead)? Social media can be a part of any marketing plan, but I would bet that she didnt build up that business solely by posting on twitter or any other social media site. Lots of people say they make this huge amount of $$ (a bunch here do the same thing), but if her overhead from that $100,000 is $99,000, then she doesnt really make all that much money, does she. Social media is a small part of a big marketing picture. You cant just post pictures on instagram and expect the cash to roll in. If someone has actually done it that way, I would love to hear, and see proof. Just my opinion, tho, based on 30+ years of self-employment, and 14+ years of microstock.

I agree with you cathyslife. Jana at TwigyPosts doesn't have anyone working for her and says the over $100,000 is what she keeps. Her sales come in large part from Instagram but I'm sure she has a marketing strategy and works hard at it. I struggle with social media marketing but it seems that's where a lot of the younger folks are finding success.


Is all of that financial information on her website? If not, how are you privy to it? I remain suspect.


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This is an interesting conversation. Over the last few years I've seen a lot of people selling stock photos from their own websites and they seem to be doing quite well. The ones that I've seen, mainly focus on images for creative business owners and women entrepreneurs and they rely heavily on social media marketing to make sales. The owner of TwigyPosts has said that she makes over $100,000 per year.

Here are links to a few of the websites I'm talking about:
https://www.scstockshop.com/
https://twigyposts.com/
https://hautestock.co/


Not impossible to do. How many people work for her? How many total images does she have? Where is she located (in terms of overhead)? Social media can be a part of any marketing plan, but I would bet that she didnt build up that business solely by posting on twitter or any other social media site. Lots of people say they make this huge amount of $$ (a bunch here do the same thing), but if her overhead from that $100,000 is $99,000, then she doesnt really make all that much money, does she. Social media is a small part of a big marketing picture. You cant just post pictures on instagram and expect the cash to roll in. If someone has actually done it that way, I would love to hear, and see proof. Just my opinion, tho, based on 30+ years of self-employment, and 14+ years of microstock.

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That is why we have digital marketing for business. in this digital age, we dont need to wait people to approach us, internet is a good means to approach people what we sell..You will not make a good business if you just wait being approach..


You are forgetting one thing...along with this wonderful digital age comes people who think anything they find on the internet is free for the taking. If your 22k instagram followers love your work, they will simply steal that photo to use in their timeline, or wherever. Out of 22k followers, I would think at least 1, if at all interested in actually buying an image they like, would have contacted you. They wont because most dont believe in paying. There have been others posting here in the past few years or so who have asked the same question. The people who get good response from any social media are those contributors who built up a following from selling their photos. They use social media to keep images in front of their already-buyers, not to recruit buyers in the first place. But if you can convert ANY % of those 22k instagram followers into actual buyers, then good for you. If you watermark everything you post to social media, then use it to direct buyers to your site, you might be able to convert a few. Marketing your own site is a full-time job and then some. If you are willing to invest the time, then social media will just be another part of the process. Social media is just that...a social place to gather.

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As long as there are books, newsletters, magazines, etc. being printed, there will be a market for microstock. As long as people are building websites, theres a market for microstock. Someone is going to make money, just not the contributor. Thats what entrepreneurship is nowadays...find a big bunch of people to do your work for you and pay them peanuts and treat them like shite while you make millions. Gone are the days of everyone making a fair wage at a company and being considered family.
We are suppliers though and I think throughout history they have never been treated better than the laws of supply and demand dictate ;-).


Pretty sure you know what I mean.  ;)  My main point is that there is a market for microstock.

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As long as there are books, newsletters, magazines, etc. being printed, there will be a market for microstock. As long as people are building websites, theres a market for microstock. Someone is going to make money, just not the contributor. Thats what entrepreneurship is nowadays...find a big bunch of people to do your work for you and pay them peanuts and treat them like shite while you make millions. Gone are the days of everyone making a fair wage at a company and being considered family.

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Wow, so much hate. Or jealousy. Let it go dude. He shared his opinion, something everyone here has a right to do. Why you gotta call him out on every single thing he says? It is just a discussion. If you dont understand what he means, or you just dont like what he says, why dont you put him on ignore. Geez.  ::)

"A fact is a statement that can be proven true or false. An opinion is an expression of a person's feelings that cannot be proven"

Everyone is free to express their emotions and opinions, indeed.

However, his statement is false or misleading (in the best case scenario).

I called it out and used facts in my argument, not opinions.

What is this, kindergarten, where we have to protect some kid's sensitivity and play along, even when proven wrong?

Jeez!

PS. The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.  :P


LOL. Not pissed off at all, but cute that you think you know me. You are right, the rest of us are stupid idiots. LOL. Buh bye.

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Wow, so much hate. Or jealousy. Let it go dude. He shared his opinion, something everyone here has a right to do. Why you gotta call him out on every single thing he says? It is just a discussion. If you dont understand what he means, or you just dont like what he says, why dont you put him on ignore. Geez.  ::)

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Brush up on your reading skills. He didnt say the wireless carriers were stealing photos, he said they are the ones making all the money.


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Image Sleuth / Re: Check for yours... portfolio of copies
« on: July 05, 2018, 09:19 »
This guy is confirmed to have straight up copied at least one person's photos.  It IS a copyright violation when the illustration is obviously traced from the photo.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/pyram_is


Yes, if you are going to trace a photo, you must also own copyright to the photo.

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