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Adobe Stock / Reached Emerald: should I increase prices?
« on: March 21, 2018, 23:47 »
Reached Emerald status a few weeks ago and wondering whether I should increases prices from the basic 1 credit to 2 credits.  I'm undecided - on the one hand I'd like to try for higher income, but on the other hand I don't want to destroy sales.

Do any other Emeralds have experience they'd like to share?

2 / Shutterstock keywords not changing order
« on: February 21, 2018, 03:48 »
Over the years I've noticed that when sales are made the keyword order of images gradually changes from alphabetical to 'most popular'.  That also has something to do with search placement for those most popular keywords.

However over the past two or three months I've noticed that the keyword order for new uploads isn't changing and remains alphabetical even for images that have sold a few times.  I've also found that instead of new images with sales gradually becoming more popular, they sell a few times then disappear.  I wonder if this is also something to do with the keyword order not changing.

Has anyone noticed something similar?

3 / Istock uploads - no views or sales
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:50 »
I started uploading a few batches of work to istock again a couple months ago.  I haven't really uploaded much since going non-exclusive two years ago.

I recall that the priority keyword system got broken a few years back and making views or sales from new uploads became very much a hit or miss affair (mostly miss).  Thing is - I'm still seeing very few views on newly uploaded files.  And I mean very VERY few views.  Some entire batches have zero views.

I remember they tried to remedy the problem by introducing the ability to put keywords into priority order in DeepMeta, but that didn't seem to work very well - the files still got jumbled keywords when they hit the site.  That function is no longer available.

Is anyone having success with new uploads to istock, or is the thing still broken from years back?

Adobe Stock / Adobe/Fotolia sales volatility
« on: November 30, 2017, 00:47 »
I've noticed a declining trend in sales and views over the past few months.  Others have commented about an apparent change in geographical exposure.  What I'm experiencing is a dramatic change in sales volume from one day to the next.  Fotolia used to be very reliable but nowadays I get very good days followed by very bad days, then another good day etc.  A good day might be in the 25-35 sales, a bad day will drop to perhaps just a dozen.  Today I got only a handful of sales, whereas yesterday was in the 'normal' range.

This change in sales pattern seems to be accelerating, with the variance between good and bad becoming more pronounced.

I did some searches to see if that might give some answers.  I was surprised to see a big emphasis on illustrations in my search results.  Then, a couple days later, I did the same searches and the results were dominated by photos.

I'll guess that Adobe/Fotolia has got some 'clever' tech people who have come up with all these ideas about how to provide variation for customers, how to give better search results based on geographical location etc etc.  I remember that istock tried all these things years ago - none of them 'worked' and all that happened was that contributors got lower sales and became more and frustrated and confused.  In the end the entire istock search got broken (and the keyword priority system still appears to be broken today all these years later.

I'm certainly frustrated and confused.  Adobe/Fotolia has been a very good agency for me from when I went non-exclusive a couple years ago, but now all these 'clever techy' things are going on it just reminds me of all those frustrating years at istock.  Shame.

As part of the integration with Getty's sales reporting, they are taking away real time reporting of credit sales.  Credit sales will now be reported monthly in arrears the same as subs.  Looks like we will lose an entire month's earnings when they switch to this in January - January's credit sales will be reported on February 20th, and if they follow Getty's payment system, the February statement will be paid in March.  Hope I'm wrong, but that's how I read it.

6 / Links black bar disappeared
« on: May 27, 2016, 18:58 »
A couple of days ago the quick links black bar disappeared and now I can't find any way to get to the 'my uploads' page.  Anyone else having this problem?

Adobe Stock / Adobe posts impressive 1st Q results
« on: March 23, 2016, 21:22 »
Adobe has posted an impressive set of financial results.  Amongst the numbers is an item called Digital Media, which has a sub section of Creative which I assume is mainly Fotolia.  Creative shows gross revenue of $733 million, up 44% from the same period last year.  Impressive!  I imagine Fotolia is showing strong growth.

SAN JOSE, Calif. Mar. 17, 2016 Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2016 ended Mar. 4, 2016.
First Quarter Financial Highlights
Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.38 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 25 percent.
Diluted earnings per share were $0.50 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
Digital Media segment revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year to a record $932 million, with Creative revenue growing 44 percent year-over-year to a record $733 million.
Strong Creative Cloud adoption drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (ARR) to $3.13 billion exiting the quarter, an increase of $246 million.
Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved strong bookings growth, and record revenue of $377 million that represents year-over-year growth of 21 percent.
Year-over-year operating income grew 78 percent and net income grew 200 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income and net income both grew 48 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
Cash flow from operations was $498 million, and deferred revenue grew to $1.61 billion.
The company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares during the quarter, returning $133 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobes website.

9 / Canstockphoto - is it worth it?
« on: November 21, 2015, 20:36 »
I see from the Poll on the right that CanStock is showing results similar to BigStock.  Does this reflect reality for most people?  Is CanStock worth uploading to, or are the numbers misleading like Deposit?  Has there been any improvement and/or progress at CanStock since they were integrated into Fotosearch?

Has iStock implemented a 'stacked images' policy similar to the one used by Getty, where only one image from a series is actually shown in search results?  Has there been any announcement about this?

Today I looked at my portfolio sorted by 'newest' and was rather surprised to find that more than half of files uploaded in recent months are not visible.  More specifically all the similars are missing.  If I'd uploaded a small series of four or five, only one of those is actually shown in my portfolio.  When I click on that image I can see all the others in that series shown in the similars carousel.  But they don't appear in my portfolio and I cannot find them if I search.

This appears to be similar to Getty's 'stacked images' system where only one image from a series is shown in the search results, and the others are only visible as similars.

Has anyone else noticed this?  If implemented across the board, this could eliminate millions of images from the search results and have significant implications for sales.

Adobe Stock / Adobe new extended licences $79
« on: October 10, 2015, 22:18 »
According to this article by Lee, Adobe is launching extended licences priced at $79.99.  The terms will be the same as for Fotolia extended licences:

There was recently some discussion about the 'correct' price for extended licences at Fotolia, with many people arguing for $100 and Mat suggesting $60 based on his long term experience there.  Clearly Adobe's research suggests $79.99 to be the optimum price.

I imagine that in due course there will be pricing changes at Fotolia, perhaps introducing the EL at a standard price, but for the time being I'm going to price all my files at the same $79.99 for ELs.

General - Stock Video / Equipment for 4K
« on: September 19, 2015, 15:43 »
I plan to start to make stock videos from the beginning of next year, and feel that I should go straight to 4K.

My 5Dii only does HD I believe, so for 4K I'll have to invest in new equipment.

What equipment do people here use to produce high quality 4K?  What's the best to buy in terms of the best balance of budget and results?

13 / Shutterstock - new uploads not selling
« on: September 14, 2015, 16:55 »
I've noticed that over the past month or two my new uploads to Shutterstock aren't selling particularly well.  The sales action seems to be in older files at the moment.  Has there been a search shift towards older files?  Is this something that happens from time to time?

14 / iStock non-exclusive subs growth?
« on: August 27, 2015, 01:17 »
Are non-exclusives seeing any solid growth in subs sales at istock?

15 / Slow today - is it a holiday?
« on: May 14, 2015, 16:37 »
Sales surprisingly slow at Shutterstock today, and low everywhere else too.  Is it some sort of Holiday in America and Europe?

Canva / Canva - new licences, services etc
« on: April 29, 2015, 21:07 »
I thought I'd start a new thread on this, as I think it's a subject that's important.

For those involved with Canva, presumably you've all seen the announcement email giving details of new RF licencing, subscription services, on-demand sales etc.

Personally I'm very pleased with the progress at Canva, and I suspect they'll continue to grow.  According to Lee's email they are adding about 300,000 new potential paying customers every month, which is quite some growth rate.

I hope that over the next few months we'll start to see on-demand sales.  At $3.50 a sale, those will be worth having and could make a huge difference to the money earning potential.

I have a doubt about the new RF subscription, which might cannibalize the current multiple sales, but Canva seems to have done everything right so far so presumably they've got this one thought through.

It's not clear whether RF sales can be 'taken away' for use in other projects, or whether all sales remain just for use in the Canva platform.  Perhaps Lee can clarify this point.

Adobe Stock / Fotolia views climbing rapidly
« on: April 22, 2015, 21:44 »
I've noticed the number of views at Fotolia climbing rapidly over the last couple of weeks.  Initially I thought this was due to new uploads, but then I noticed others commenting on it in the FT forum.

Anyone else seeing a rapid rise in views at Fotolia?  Anyone know why? (go to your statistics page to see the views history)

Edit:  we're talking here about views suddenly climbing by 50% to 100% ie. a significant and very strong change.

PhotoDune / Envato Photodune: what's the skinny?
« on: March 20, 2015, 18:23 »
What's the story on Photodune?  I don't upload there, but as a fairly new independent I'm obviously interested in researching all agencies.  I'm aware that Envato has great success with the audio side of the business, but it appears that Photodune hasn't really taken off in the same way.

I've seen the threads about pricing structure, author fees etc, and I understand the concerns.  However it does seem that the net payment to suppliers is around 35% which doesn't seem too unreasonable.

But what I find confusing is that Photodune only appears to have 7 million or so images.  The various factories and large suppliers appear to have given this one a miss.  Prices seem low - is that one of the reasons?  From the poll it appears that Photodune is ranked similarly to BigStock, yet Bigstock seems to be attracting millions of images each month and Photodune very little.

Is there something I've missed here?  Is Photodune really that bad that nobody wants to upload there?

DepositPhotos / Deposit Photos - worth it?
« on: March 06, 2015, 14:47 »
Is uploading to Deposit worth the time and trouble?  I've noticed them creeping up the Poll for earnings - a year or so ago they were down at 8.0 and now they're at 12 and rising.  Getting close to 123RF.

And yet nearly everything I read about them here seems to be critical, negative, including references to 'being dishonest, crooks etc'.

Does anyone here actually have something positive to say about Deposit, and experience of rising earnings in line with the Poll numbers?

123RF / 123RF - dead or takes time?
« on: March 04, 2015, 16:03 »
I've been uploading to a number of agencies since becoming non-exclusive on Feb 1st, 123RF amongst them.  I've uploaded a couple hundred files, some of which have been good sellers in the past.  So far not a single sale.  Not one.  Not even a 25c sub sale.  I realise that 200 files isn't much, but with proven sales in the past I'm somewhat surprised at how dead 123RF feels.  I know that others here have a solid experience at 123RF.  Is it one of those agencies where it just takes time for things to fall into place?

21 / Shutterstock - good days, bad days
« on: March 04, 2015, 14:33 »
I'm finding that I get a sequence of good days at Shutterstock (for sales) followed by a sudden unexplained drop for a day (or two), then the good days return.  Today is an example of a sudden bad day - as if my portfolio has become invisible to buyers.  Surprising, as yesterday was a record for sales.

Has anyone else experienced these sudden 'bad days'?  Is it just a standard thing with Shutterstock?

22 / Getty profits decline on poor istock performance
« on: February 26, 2015, 00:25 »

Doesn't look good for Getty.  Bonds have declined to junk status.  Istock declining.  Cash running out.

23 / Alamy - is it worth the time and trouble?
« on: February 23, 2015, 19:48 »
I started uploading to Alamy a couple of weeks ago.  I spent a lot of time trying to understand their upload and keywording process, particularly the use of phrases.  Had about 30 pics accepted, and I'm encouraged by the number of views on such a small selection.  Clearly I've done something right in the keywording process.

However, this is a cumbersome and time consuming thing to do.  We're talking hours upon hours of work to get the phrases absolutely correct.

Is it worth it?  I've heard that (in the past) people have made good livings concentrating solely on Alamy.  Of course those times might have changed.  Has anyone here experienced success with Alamy - enough to justify the investment of time and effort?  And by 'enough' I'm talking at least the $500 - $1,000 per month range.

No joke.  RCs abolished for Vectors, except for exclusive levels above 30%.  Lowest commission for non-exclusive vectors increased to 20%.  Minimum commission 30% for exclusives.

See the announcement in the istock forum.

25 / Lisafx hits 100,000 downloads
« on: July 12, 2008, 18:36 »
I only noticed today that lisafx has exceeded 100,000 downloads at iStock.

That's some achievement.

Congrats to lisa.

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