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« on: June 15, 2012, 15:15 »
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One sale of an ED today finally pushed me over the $10K lifetime earnings total on Shutterstock and I get to reap the rewards of 38c per download!!

Its amazing when I look back - in January 2010 I earned $60.91 on Shutterstock, in May 2012, $636. All it takes is endless hard work and the support and ideas of this forum!

Thanks guys...

Steve


WarrenPrice

« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 15:22 »
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Congratulations.  GREAT job -- and fast.

« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 15:27 »
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congratulations! nice job and well deserved, not far but you got there 1st :D

« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 15:43 »
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Big Congrate! :D Grattis!

« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 17:46 »
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cool

« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2012, 18:20 »
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Congrats!

« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2012, 18:42 »
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WTG Steve!!!  ;D

CD123

« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2012, 01:06 »
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Well done! Perseverance and hard work still pays in the end.  ;)

Wim

« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2012, 01:56 »
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Congrats Steve!

It's guys like you that keep me going.

Take care mate

ShadySue

« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2012, 04:19 »
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Congratulations  ;D
How long have you been selling on SS?

« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2012, 08:45 »
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How long have you been selling on SS?

I started in January 2008 trying to sell old images off my hard drive - some of which sold reasonably well. I was a bit slow in 2008 and 2009, and have really started focusing on this as a way of making money in 2010. My annual earnings at Shutterstock have been:

2008: $522
2009: $845
2010: $1680
2011: $4094
2012: $2548 year through end May

I've tried to maintain a regimen of uploading enough images each month to add about 100 online shots - I'm currently at 2662 on SS. A real mix of travel, landscape, still life, portraits and, yes, cats. That latter group are actually my best selling subjects!

Along the way, I wrote my eBook about the nitty gritty mechanics of getting into the business and managed to update to a second edition - so it has been hard work to get to this point -  processing, keywording and uploading images each week. Nice to get to their highest tier though and now I look forward to basking in the well deserved income from all these ventures!  ;D

Steve

« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2012, 11:36 »
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Congratulations Steve!  Very impressive rise you've had.  Proof that with really hard work and smart planning it's still possible to make money at this :)

Wim

« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2012, 11:41 »
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so it has been hard work to get to this point -  processing, keywording and uploading images each week. Nice to get to their highest tier though and now I look forward to basking in the well deserved income from all these ventures!  ;D

Each week, hah! try each day bro ;) I hope you don't get the issues I've been getting with reviewers, very exhausting, as if I don't have enough work already. SS rejecting best selling work, DT being picky about similars and IS rejecting composites. Soon I'll have to built a seperate port for each agency ::)

Like I've said, it's because of guys like you and Louis (to name a few) that I find the courage to keep on going in this business, I thank you for that.

Have a good weekend fellow contributors.

« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2012, 12:18 »
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so it has been hard work to get to this point -  processing, keywording and uploading images each week. Nice to get to their highest tier though and now I look forward to basking in the well deserved income from all these ventures!  ;D

Each week, hah! try each day bro ;) I hope you don't get the issues I've been getting with reviewers, very exhausting, as if I don't have enough work already. SS rejecting best selling work, DT being picky about similars and IS rejecting composites. Soon I'll have to built a seperate port for each agency ::)

Like I've said, it's because of guys like you and Louis (to name a few) that I find the courage to keep on going in this business, I thank you for that.

Have a good weekend fellow contributors.

dont say that or other contributors will get us in this topic :D

that said I believe I have stopped posting in my blog because of competition, after reading some big/top contributors in this forum it got to me, we don't need to train new corners, I have learned "everything" alone so if they want they can pursue it too :)

the more we get our "space" we certainly dont want to get back so we need to cover our back! (sorry for the redundancy)

Wim

« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2012, 13:04 »
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so it has been hard work to get to this point -  processing, keywording and uploading images each week. Nice to get to their highest tier though and now I look forward to basking in the well deserved income from all these ventures!  ;D

Each week, hah! try each day bro ;) I hope you don't get the issues I've been getting with reviewers, very exhausting, as if I don't have enough work already. SS rejecting best selling work, DT being picky about similars and IS rejecting composites. Soon I'll have to built a seperate port for each agency ::)

Like I've said, it's because of guys like you and Louis (to name a few) that I find the courage to keep on going in this business, I thank you for that.

Have a good weekend fellow contributors.

dont say that or other contributors will get us in this topic :D

that said I believe I have stopped posting in my blog because of competition, after reading some big/top contributors in this forum it got to me, we don't need to train new corners, I have learned "everything" alone so if they want they can pursue it too :)

the more we get our "space" we certainly dont want to get back so we need to cover our back! (sorry for the redundancy)

Getting paranoid are we Louis-san? I know what you mean though, I'm also selft thaught and will never share the tools of the trade and even wonder why some put complete tutorials in forums/blogs. This is a business, not stock/photography/photoshop class.

ps. I think I'm in love with Lisa's hypnotic avatar (I wonder if that's her in the pic)
« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 13:42 by Wim »

« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2012, 14:23 »
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ps. I think I'm in love with Lisa's hypnotic avatar (I wonder if that's her in the pic)

:D

It's my daughter.  I took it years ago, when she would still willingly model for me.  Now I have to pay other people's teenagers to model!

« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2012, 14:58 »
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Each week, hah! try each day bro  I hope you don't get the issues I've been getting with reviewers, very exhausting, as if I don't have enough work already. SS rejecting best selling work, DT being picky about similars and IS rejecting composites. Soon I'll have to built a seperate port for each agency

Like I've said, it's because of guys like you and Louis (to name a few) that I find the courage to keep on going in this business, I thank you for that.


Thanks for this!

On the rejection and strange decisions of the reviewers - I've got to the point where I generally ignore it. I always get a lot of rejections from Fotolia, but as it doesn't impact anything of importance on the site, I just see the rejection emails, smile, and delete them. Rejections from SS annoy me a little more, but I take a deep breath and move on to other things. I very rarely try to correct them, although my last set of rejections were for "Long Nails" and I have emailed support for a review of that one!! I talked about it on my latest examples of stock images taken last week. http://www.backyardsilver.com/2012/06/stock-images-for-june-13-2012/

On the broader topic of helping others - as you all probably know, I don't mind doing that. I learned from others when I started, it is unlikely that someone will find my stock photo examples so incredible that they will copy them, and so I have continued blogging, promoting my book and generally trying to be helpful. I've no idea if it hurts me personally, in the wallet, but it probably makes me feel good!

Steve


ShadySue

« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2012, 15:04 »
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Rejections from SS annoy me a little more, but I take a deep breath and move on to other things. I very rarely try to correct them, although my last set of rejections were for "Long Nails" and I have emailed support for a review of that one!!
That has to win the prize for the most bizarre rejection.
I'd love to hear the feedback!

« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2012, 15:06 »
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although my last set of rejections were for "Long Nails" and I have emailed support for a review of that one


Here it is:



Steve

TheBlackRhino

« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2012, 15:12 »
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One sale of an ED today finally pushed me over the $10K lifetime earnings total on Shutterstock and I get to reap the rewards of 38c per download!!

Its amazing when I look back - in January 2010 I earned $60.91 on Shutterstock, in May 2012, $636. All it takes is endless hard work and the support and ideas of this forum!

Thanks guys...

Steve

That's great! Keep up the good work. It's inspiring.  8)

ShadySue

« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2012, 15:15 »
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although my last set of rejections were for "Long Nails" and I have emailed support for a review of that one


Here it is:



Steve

Even if you had photographed Struwwelpeter himself, how could that be a rejection reason?
« Last Edit: June 16, 2012, 18:10 by ShadySue »

« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2012, 15:34 »
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On the broader topic of helping others - as you all probably know, I don't mind doing that. I learned from others when I started, it is unlikely that someone will find my stock photo examples so incredible that they will copy them, and so I have continued blogging, promoting my book and generally trying to be helpful. I've no idea if it hurts me personally, in the wallet, but it probably makes me feel good!

Steve

I understand once I had the exact same feeling while I was blogging my earnings, milestones, tutorials, tips or other.. BUT the fact is that they will open accounts and some will do "well" and most certainly it will hurt your income, yes not much but you never know..

like I have said I don't think they will do very well, from my blog I would say I got around 100$ from around 2 and half year blogging (126 posts) on referrals

p.s: you need to cut your nails ;D

« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2012, 18:44 »
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Congrats on that milestone. For a while we were running pretty even on DT and SS, but your superior work ethic has easily surpassed me. I did get to 10K first, but only with a good head start.

That long nails rejection is really weird - especially as those nails don't appear to be particularly long to me.

It would be nice to help less for the zero sum game sites like IS and soon to be 123, but otherwise I am guessing unless people directly copy your images that it won't actually lower your income in a noticeable way.

« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2012, 00:10 »
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Quote from: Wim


Getting paranoid are we Louis-san? I know what you mean though, I'm also selft thaught and will never share the tools of the trade and even wonder why some put complete tutorials in forums/blogs. This is a business, not stock/photography/photoshop class.

ps. I think I'm in love with Lisa's hypnotic avatar (I wonder if that's her in the pic)
Some do give tips and all helpful articles in their blog but still those guys are doing so well in stock. Example is Steve himself. I do read his blog and find it quite interesting.
I also find Lisa's avatar hypnotic. lol would like to hear from Lisa that how does this pic do in stock ?
Btw wim, your new (i guess) avatar is also quite interesting. He looks like my old school HOD. Lolz

and yes congratulation on the milestone Steve. I believe SS people will have to set new milestone for you guys. :) probably for next 50k Dls....

« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2012, 20:13 »
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That's awesome Steve, well done!


 

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