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farbled

« Reply #100 on: September 26, 2018, 15:33 »
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My month is normal, flat and average. Been that way for about five years now.

Same, had a good start, better than normal even, but because of that my last week is waay down, so that I end up with the same amount as always. So utterly predictable.


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« Reply #101 on: September 26, 2018, 15:34 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.

farbled

« Reply #102 on: September 26, 2018, 15:39 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.
I don't know about that and I don't want to use any words that will "trigger" some, but I make the same every month regardless of fluctuations within the month itself. If I don't upload for months, same. If I upload a few hundred, same.

« Reply #103 on: September 26, 2018, 21:09 »
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Uploading....uploading...uploading....uploading....less sales.....less sales....less sales....less sales....

C R A P

You're working too hard!  I've achieved the same result but without the uploading.  The new normal is about 60% down - Canva is ahead of SS so far this month, and they are way down from what they used to be.

« Reply #104 on: September 27, 2018, 03:39 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.
I don't know about that and I don't want to use any words that will "trigger" some, but I make the same every month regardless of fluctuations within the month itself. If I don't upload for months, same. If I upload a few hundred, same.

My numbers for July and August (both 31 days) are suspiciously similar with less than $1 difference (about $800 month).

« Reply #105 on: September 27, 2018, 08:24 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.
I don't know about that and I don't want to use any words that will "trigger" some, but I make the same every month regardless of fluctuations within the month itself. If I don't upload for months, same. If I upload a few hundred, same.

My numbers for July and August (both 31 days) are suspiciously similar with less than $1 difference (about $800 month).

I get that all the time but off course as some would say there is no cap!

« Reply #106 on: September 27, 2018, 17:40 »
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Today I had my first "good" day on SS since July 31 - this is a completely arbitrary definition of a "good" day that I am sure would be a horrible day for some of you. In contrast in Sept 2013 I had 13 days that met this criteria. I don't know what normal is at SS anymore, except it seems to involve a lot less downloads and a lot less $ than I used to get and the occasional 0 download day which didn't happen for a number of years - I am not going to go look at all the data but probably about 2007 - 2014 or later.

PZF

« Reply #107 on: September 28, 2018, 11:08 »
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OK, I'm not an exceptional photog BUT
not many years ago (2? maybe 3?) 30 downloads a day was good and anything under 20 terrible.
Then it became 20 was good and below...well...low was terrible.
Now, I barely scrape double figures, even on weekdays, and those mainly subs.
:(
Looking for a niche....failing to find at this stage.....

« Reply #108 on: September 28, 2018, 23:02 »
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I cant complain. September is the best month this year. Downloads keep increasing...

msg2018

« Reply #109 on: September 29, 2018, 09:29 »
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The new normal for me - since mid 2017 - is 40% less than before, and pretty stable.

Besides the increased competition, a rarely mentioned thing is Shutterstock did a lot of "improvements", including larger previews, small previews with no watermark, and the Shutterstock Editor.

Why do you think they did? I believe they are helping subscription buyers to try before they download. Less subs downloaded means more profit for Shutterstock and less for us.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2018, 09:35 by msg2018 »

msg2018

« Reply #110 on: September 29, 2018, 09:46 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.
I don't know about that and I don't want to use any words that will "trigger" some, but I make the same every month regardless of fluctuations within the month itself. If I don't upload for months, same. If I upload a few hundred, same.

My numbers for July and August (both 31 days) are suspiciously similar with less than $1 difference (about $800 month).

I get that all the time but off course as some would say there is no cap!

I never believed in the cap, but I must admit that Shutterstock are doing everything they can to try to make me change my mind: at the end of bad months, a string of high priced sales always magically occur to bring things back in line. So - if the cap exists - it works both ways, as a lower and upper limit.

farbled

« Reply #111 on: September 29, 2018, 09:51 »
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I never believed in the cap, but I must admit that Shutterstock are doing everything they can to try to make me change my mind: at the end of bad months, a string of high priced sales always magically occur to bring things back in line. So - if the cap exists - it works both ways, as a lower and upper limit.

Maybe that's what has the opposing view so exercised with the word cap, it may imply that we make a range up until that point, when what is actually happening for some of us is a "static" income, neither up nor down. Oh well.


« Reply #112 on: September 29, 2018, 12:09 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.
Now that you say that, I noticed the divider (thicker) line under the 15th  just this month on our earnings summary page. Was that always there?

PZF

« Reply #113 on: October 01, 2018, 02:08 »
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"I never believed in the cap, but I must admit that Shutterstock are doing everything they can to try to make me change my mind: at the end of bad months, a string of high priced sales always magically occur to bring things back in line. So - if the cap exists - it works both ways, as a lower and upper limit."
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I wish.....!!!  :(

msg2018

« Reply #114 on: October 01, 2018, 02:44 »
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I wish.....!!!  :(

I wish I could upload more to earn more, like it used to be. Not a minimum wage.

« Reply #115 on: October 01, 2018, 07:08 »
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Because our exposure is controlled, changing on the 15th of every month without fail.
I don't know about that and I don't want to use any words that will "trigger" some, but I make the same every month regardless of fluctuations within the month itself. If I don't upload for months, same. If I upload a few hundred, same.

My numbers for July and August (both 31 days) are suspiciously similar with less than $1 difference (about $800 month).

I get that all the time but off course as some would say there is no cap!

I never believed in the cap, but I must admit that Shutterstock are doing everything they can to try to make me change my mind: at the end of bad months, a string of high priced sales always magically occur to bring things back in line. So - if the cap exists - it works both ways, as a lower and upper limit.



same here...29 septembe  2 el 3 single and 2 od made a month that was 45% down 2017 to one that is only 10% down even with 30% more download. by the way today monday one sales only at 14...dont' know if they have problem...but again back to the norm...as a good point i know exactly what i will earn any month...i cano t expect any growth but at least some certain revenue

PZF

« Reply #116 on: October 01, 2018, 08:02 »
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Definitely not a cap for me. Just wondering if there is a floor..... :(


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« Reply #117 on: October 01, 2018, 08:10 »
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Definitely not a cap for me. Just wondering if there is a floor..... :(

My question is how do they set the earnings range for each of us and why are they so different from person to person? (yes as Farbled says cap suggests only a limit) And this is just a question because my earnings are flat, but not within a dollar a month as some say, or the same every day.

For me, it's pretty much the top ten sell over and over, nearly daily, but for certain numbers of times a month, then the rest, seem to sell on a as needed basis by subject or buyer needs. How would an earnings range control the specific downloads?

« Reply #118 on: October 02, 2018, 13:54 »
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Must clarify. I said best sept in a very Long time. then I went in and Looked closer. the sales were the same...Horrible. what made a difference.... a huge difference was selling footage. I haven't sold footage Like forever and haven't submitted any in a very Long time. so I never really looked. Half was footage. I'll take it but strange... all of a sudden, Out of the blue.Wonder why.

farbled

« Reply #119 on: October 02, 2018, 15:39 »
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Definitely not a cap for me. Just wondering if there is a floor..... :(

My question is how do they set the earnings range for each of us and why are they so different from person to person? (yes as Farbled says cap suggests only a limit) And this is just a question because my earnings are flat, but not within a dollar a month as some say, or the same every day.

For me, it's pretty much the top ten sell over and over, nearly daily, but for certain numbers of times a month, then the rest, seem to sell on a as needed basis by subject or buyer needs. How would an earnings range control the specific downloads?

Good questions for someone who works there. As it is, I only have my end result and no way to find out. I wouldn't even try speculating how its possible or what statistical anomaly is affecting me and a few others.

« Reply #120 on: October 02, 2018, 16:38 »
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Much of what many contributors have stated with this topic applies to me as well. September was the lowest September in the 6 years I've been contributing to my #1 agency and the past 4 months have been dismal. My number of sales continue to increase but my payout falls well short of other years. For me, personally, its all due to clip sales. I've been a regular contributor - all HD - and I get the feeling buyers are moving on to 4K technology. Hence the dwindling sales and revenue.

« Reply #121 on: October 02, 2018, 16:52 »
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Definitely not a cap for me. Just wondering if there is a floor..... :(

There might be a basement :(

Phadrea

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« Reply #122 on: October 03, 2018, 05:22 »
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I'm in a sinkhole. Absolute garbage. R.I.P SS.

« Reply #123 on: October 03, 2018, 07:57 »
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strangely superb start of month in ss........in part balanced by superslow start of is/as

Phadrea

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« Reply #124 on: October 03, 2018, 14:05 »
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Well its controlled, manipulated despite how good or how many images uploaded. No day allowed to earn more than $1.44. It's an absolute sham.


 

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