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Title: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cidepix on March 19, 2010, 06:32
I have!

It's my BME with Bigstock but what makes it impressive is not that.

It is the fact that;
- I didn't upload a single image for more than 5 months
- There is still 12 days to go until the end of the month

Shutterstock effect? I think so!
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: corepics on March 19, 2010, 06:37
For me, it's been quite the opposite, this month. Looks like it'll turn out to a WME since early 2009, despite regular uploads.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cidepix on March 19, 2010, 06:38
For me, it's been quite the opposite, this month. Looks like it'll turn out to a WME since early 2009, despite regular uploads.

Strange!

I was sure shutterstock advertising push was the reason!
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: corepics on March 19, 2010, 07:08
Shutterstock is performing very well for me. Bigstock has never been a big earner, so a BME is as easy to achieve as a WME; I'm not too worried about it.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cidepix on March 19, 2010, 07:26
Shutterstock is performing very well for me. Bigstock has never been a big earner, so a BME is as easy to achieve as a WME; I'm not too worried about it.

Yeap Bigstock doesn't make a big difference either way. I am a bit disappointed to find out It's just me. I was kind of hoping everybody was having a good month which would indicate a growth for the site and more consistent future sales for everyone.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on March 19, 2010, 07:26
I have!

And what is your portfolio size there, mr. anonymous? I'm with them 5 years and made it to privileged uploader (all sites have those, although they will deny, of course). My earnings fell to 1/3 the past 2 years. By some coincidence, I happen to know much more of their inner workings. SS bought a cat in a bag or a Pig_in_a_poke]pig in a poke (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/).
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cathyslife on March 19, 2010, 07:42
I have!

I have 911 images. BigStock has never been a huge earner for me, but since SS announced their purchase of BigStock, my downloads dropped to virtually nothing for those few months. But I also stopped uploading too, pondering exclusivity at IS.

Since the day they pushed the new site through, I have been getting steadies. Mind you, it still will not be a big earner for me (fingers crossed that I am wrong and that turns around too) but I have noticed a big jump in downloads.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Beach Bum on March 19, 2010, 08:03
Shutterstock is performing very well for me. Bigstock has never been a big earner, so a BME is as easy to achieve as a WME; I'm not too worried about it.

Yeap Bigstock doesn't make a big difference either way. I am a bit disappointed to find out It's just me. I was kind of hoping everybody was having a good month which would indicate a growth for the site and more consistent future sales for everyone.

It's not just you.  I'm also having a great month.  Will probably turn out to be my BME. 
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Stu99 on March 19, 2010, 08:48
Last month was a BME and this month will also be good, maybe better. Definitely on the rise for me.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on March 19, 2010, 08:59
Last month was a BME and this month will also be good, maybe better. Definitely on the rise for me.
Amazing. I'll never grab the search engines of all these sites, I guess. Great portfolio!
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cidepix on March 19, 2010, 09:34
Last month was a BME and this month will also be good, maybe better. Definitely on the rise for me.
Amazing. I'll never grab the search engines of all these sites, I guess. Great portfolio!

Bigstock's previous search engine was killing my portfolio. They were below canstockphoto. Yes, canstockphoto and some months even below crestock with more images than crestock.

That was plain "wrong" considering the general opinion on this forum. I think since the new website design, the search engine is better because BigStock is where it is supposed to be for me now. Between 123rf and Canstockphoto!
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Stu99 on March 19, 2010, 09:46
Last month was a BME and this month will also be good, maybe better. Definitely on the rise for me.
Amazing. I'll never grab the search engines of all these sites, I guess. Great portfolio!

Thanks Hugo! :-)
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on March 19, 2010, 10:26
Thanks Hugo! :-)
I'm not that stupid as I sound here, and you know now where that buyer of your red haired family came from. I was a bargain at DT! Let me guess, IS rejected it for "feathering"? Lol...  ;D
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Stu99 on March 19, 2010, 13:10
Thanks Hugo! :-)
I'm not that stupid as I sound here, and you know now where that buyer of your red haired family came from. I was a bargain at DT! Let me guess, IS rejected it for "feathering"? Lol...  ;D

LOL - I didn't even bother sending it IS......
A new MR for every shoot is too cumbersome, or is it every 3rd minute of a shoot?  ;)
Thanks for the purchase Hugo, maybe someday I can return the favor! ;D
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: lisafx on March 19, 2010, 13:20
Add me to the YES column.  February was my worst month in 3 years at BigStock, but March is on track to be one of the best - maybe even BME. 

We still aren't talking huge numbers here, but downloads have about quadrupled there for me since the site redesign.  I am so glad, because I was pretty close to writing them off.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on March 19, 2010, 13:37
Add me to the YES column.  February was my worst month in 3 years at BigStock, but March is on track to be one of the best - maybe even BME.
We all bow to your numbers and your talent.  ;) For the mere mortals here, BigStock seems to go down.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: lisafx on March 19, 2010, 13:59
Add me to the YES column.  February was my worst month in 3 years at BigStock, but March is on track to be one of the best - maybe even BME.
We all bow to your numbers and your talent.  ;) For the mere mortals here, BigStock seems to go down.

FD, you old flatterer!!  LOL!

Looks like I am in good company here on Mt. Olympus with Cidepix and Cathy also sharing in the wealth.    ;D
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: melastmohican on March 19, 2010, 14:18
For me it was alive until March. Now is completely dead.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: dbvirago on March 19, 2010, 15:03
It dropped around 40% when SS took over and has stayed there.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Lcjtripod on March 19, 2010, 17:15
Add me to the YES column.  February was my worst month in 3 years at BigStock, but March is on track to be one of the best - maybe even BME. 

We still aren't talking huge numbers here, but downloads have about quadrupled there for me since the site redesign.  I am so glad, because I was pretty close to writing them off.

December, January and February all sunk to a 3-4 year low.

March is in like a lion! It started with the new look. Keep it up BigStock and SS teams.

-Larry
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Suljo on March 19, 2010, 18:54
After redesign BigStock and 123 earn double so I thing it will be BME in booth sites.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Lizard on March 19, 2010, 19:33
Something changed for me for sure , and BS is on its best way to take lately at least unimpressive DT from 4 place , if someone told me it will happen few months ago id called him crazy
cause the difference between those 2 was around 10x in DT favor.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on March 19, 2010, 20:26
FD, you old flatterer!!  LOL!
It is morning here and no coffee yet... I read old fart at first  ;D
Well, it's all in the search engine, as we know. Lizard and Suljo dwell on the lofty heights of the Olympus too, but they are illustrators. Apparently BigStock is fiddling a lot with the search engine at the moment.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: stokfoto on March 19, 2010, 20:46
BS never been a great earner for me but I used to have steady numbers  there but now it all  reached to bottom level. I personally blame the search as it seems to be favouring most downloaded file among my portfolio which is why -I believe- my new files don't get any sales at all .Shame, after closure of StockXpert I'd like them to be a better performer  but see have no hope unless something changes there.
but  this is just my experience and it is still good to hear some having success with them
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: madelaide on March 20, 2010, 15:31
Better than other months, perhaps, but nothing impressive on my side.

I still miss the higher-value sales, I've been only getting 0.50-1.00 for months.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: NancyCWalker on March 22, 2010, 09:14
I seem to be having a love/hate with BigStock. Feb my dls doubled. March I have yet to have a sale. Very random.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: mwp1969 on March 22, 2010, 12:17
Steady sales but no bump since SS acquisition or since site redesign on a portfolio of 636 images. However, I am having a BME at 123rf since its site redsign ...

-Mark
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cathyslife on March 22, 2010, 13:01
Quote
Looks like I am in good company here on Mt. Olympus with Cidepix and Cathy also sharing in the wealth.

I am no where's near Mt. Olympus...more like Ant Hill.  :-\
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: donding on March 23, 2010, 11:12
BigStock used to be #4 on my list. I always had steady sales there. Since they redesigned the site...my sales need life support!
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: madelaide on March 24, 2010, 19:11
I have to change my vote, at least this last week has been a good one, with 60% of my earnings month happening in just these few days - even those US$2-earnings downloads are back.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Dreamframer on March 24, 2010, 21:59
for me, BS is still dead...
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: [email protected] on March 24, 2010, 22:11
for me, BS is still dead...

That makes two of us!
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: WarrenPrice on March 24, 2010, 22:19
for me, BS is still dead...

That makes two of us!

3
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: ap on March 24, 2010, 23:01
it was never alive...
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: RT on March 25, 2010, 04:26
it was never alive...

agree
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: gbcimages on March 25, 2010, 08:11
dead for me
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: lisafx on March 25, 2010, 08:57
Well, for me it was nice while it lasted.  The last few days my sales have returned to their former uninspiring levels. 

I am hoping that means those that were down are getting more sales? 
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: MicrostockExp on March 25, 2010, 09:04
We should rename this thread the fall of Bigstock  ;D
dead for me too....
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: nicemonkey on March 25, 2010, 09:30
dead for me too and getting deader!  ;D
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on March 25, 2010, 10:46
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Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cidepix on March 25, 2010, 11:03
Well, for me it was nice while it lasted.  The last few days my sales have returned to their former uninspiring levels. 

I am hoping that means those that were down are getting more sales? 

Same here!

But it's still a BME... I am hoping SS acquisition will eventually make a difference.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: cathyslife on March 25, 2010, 11:41
I am still seeing steady downloads. Not that it's anything to write home about, but better than the previous few months.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Phil on March 25, 2010, 20:34
growth but sloooowww, fights with canstock and 123rf every month for who makes the most of the three
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: mwp1969 on March 25, 2010, 21:39
BigStock is losing out in sales to 123rf post redesign ...

-Mark
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: BaldricksTrousers on April 17, 2010, 07:08
Both BS and 123 seem to be clawing their way back to where they were 18 months ago. It's hardly impressive but at least it is going in the right direction.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Fran on April 17, 2010, 07:30
for me, BS is still dead...

That makes two of us!

3

4. But im back uploading.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: PowerDroid on April 17, 2010, 07:41
For me, it's been the Rise of Canstock.

So far this month...

123 ~ $3/day
BigStock ~ $4/day
CAN ~ $5/day

Of course, Canstock's good showing is due mainly to those "Fotosearch Regular" downloads of $20 or $30 each, which happen now about once or twice a week.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: madelaide on April 17, 2010, 21:39
BigStock is above average for me this month.  123 just one sale, subs.  And that's not just this month.  They have been two separate categories for me for a long time.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: mwp1969 on April 18, 2010, 19:54
Dead-in-the-water at BigStock for me in April ... still hopeful ;)

-Mark
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: ap on April 18, 2010, 22:07
dead in the water, but just surfaced for a little air today - tiny bubble.  :)
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Tim Markley on April 19, 2010, 18:03
They have slowed down for me lately. Hope they pick back up soon.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: borg on April 20, 2010, 03:00
2$ only this month with almost 700 pics online... Not promising!!! :(
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: ibogdan on April 20, 2010, 04:19
Two sales this month, 1$, over 1300 images online. Bad..
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: donding on April 21, 2010, 16:26
I have not sold one photo since March 25th...it's like they suddenly died!! I always have made steady sales from Bigstock. Some months are slower than others but there are always sales. It's almost been a month and not one. What is going on??
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: WarrenPrice on April 21, 2010, 16:39
^^^ Agreed.  It is slow.  I've had 3 sales this month at $1 each.  Nearly two years at BS and still waiting for my first payout.   >:(

Port is barely over 350.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: mwp1969 on April 21, 2010, 17:33
It's almost been a month and not one. What is going on??

Perhaps someone tripped over the "turn images for sale off" switch  :o

-Mark
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Lcjtripod on April 21, 2010, 18:30
It's almost been a month and not one. What is going on??

Perhaps someone tripped over the "turn images for sale off" switch  :o

-Mark

I must be doing something wrong ...... 32 sales so far this month.

-Larry
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: WarrenPrice on April 21, 2010, 19:11




I must be doing something wrong ...... 32 sales so far this month.

-Larry

I must be the one doing something wrong, Larry.  I don't get 32 sales in YEAR.   :P ;D
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: donding on April 22, 2010, 19:52
It's almost been a month and not one. What is going on??

Perhaps someone tripped over the "turn images for sale off" switch  :o

-Mark

I must be doing something wrong ...... 32 sales so far this month.

-Larry

Larry sounds like your doing something right... ;) I just have never went for a whole month without a single sale there. The sales have always been steady. I'm thinking hard to remember rather I said something wrong to the wrong person so they hit the "turn off sales button"
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: Lcjtripod on April 22, 2010, 20:39
It's almost been a month and not one. What is going on??

Perhaps someone tripped over the "turn images for sale off" switch  :o

-Mark



I must be doing something wrong ...... 32 sales so far this month.

-Larry

Larry sounds like your doing something right... ;) I just have never went for a whole month without a single sale there. The sales have always been steady. I'm thinking hard to remember rather I said something wrong to the wrong person so they hit the "turn off sales button"


I have about 2,000 more images on BigStock than you do. That alone is a big factor. Your port is nice, just make it grow. Sales will follow.

Regards,
-Larry
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: FD on April 23, 2010, 01:30
I have about 2,000 more images on BigStock than you do. That alone is a big factor. Your port is nice, just make it grow. Sales will follow.
I just had a quick look at your port (2300) and compared to mine (1300), it all fits more or less. I had 18 sales up to today at BigStock in April. But my experience there is since 2005 and there was a clear break in the monthly RPI around April 2008, that never recovered afterwards. They fell back (considering port growth) to 1/2 or 1/3. My good sellers at BigStock are totally different from other sites, and that by itself is a good reason to keep feeding it.
Title: Re: Rise of Bigstock?
Post by: ThomasAmby on April 23, 2010, 07:25
For me, it's been the Rise of Canstock.

So far this month...

123 ~ $3/day
BigStock ~ $4/day
CAN ~ $5/day

Of course, Canstock's good showing is due mainly to those "Fotosearch Regular" downloads of $20 or $30 each, which happen now about once or twice a week.

Plus one !

For me it's mainly the $5 and $2.5 vector sales. I'm getting a lot of those and things are looking very good this month (performing almost as good as StockXpert did)