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« on: July 09, 2009, 18:36 »
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This is my homecity stock site. Yes, I joined it last of all simply because I found out they are based in Halifax, NS.
I only started to get a tiny cash  1.35 or something like that lately, with Canada Day, and a recent sale with an image that sold twice already with Fotolia. Having started with Can stock the same time as Fotolia, Fotolia has earned me 16x more in the same time, with an equal portfolio size. Fotolia has also caught up with BigStock and overtook it in earning for me even though BigStock was the first site I joined way over 1 and 1/2 years ago. It is also closing in on DT and StockXpert which were my best performers, but suddenly went off into some kind of stupor.
I am very optimistic with Fotolia, maybe the Euro buyers like my style. I like to think I can feel the same optimism with CanStock. They don't push me any more than anyone else even though I am from here like them. But I do like their style... except for the lack of sales.


Enough said, what do you all think of Canstock . I am sure many here are long time contributors with them already. Should I keep up with my uploads to them? 


« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 18:55 »
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They aren't a big seller, but they are really nice people.

If you are short on time it's probably not worth uploading there, but once in awhile there is a big $20+ sale from their affiliation with Fotosearch, so it isn't a total waste of time :)

« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 20:07 »
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I stopped uploading long ago.  Fotosearch deal was a good surprise once in a while, but not enough to change the situation.  I had just one sale at CanStockPhoto last month, a 25c subs. 

Yes, nice people, but with a business that doesn't take off.  For me, at least.

« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 20:22 »
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for me the fotosearch changed everything. it swings a bit because of the less common larger payments but  Canstock now competes with 123rf and BigStock for me

gbcimages

« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2009, 21:58 »
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been with them since 4/4/09  272 images 3 sales,that's it.

« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 01:50 »
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I just logged in to check my sales and found one of those big Fotosearch sales. A nice surprise. The happen just often enough to keep me interested. I like Canstock. I have a portfolio of 936 images with them.
They are a fair site, always approachable and willing to talk to the contributor. They have nice little touches, for example, being able to export a list of images in your portfolio as an xls file.
Their approvals are consistent, and sales are regular but not as frequent as I would like. In my priority list for uploading they are number eight behind 123rf.

« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2009, 02:51 »
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Its quite logical that Canstock sells less than Fotolia.  100 sales at Ft equals 4 sales at Can.   I dont expect a boom there. They are a much smaller site in total.  Its easy to upload there so I dont mind. 

« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2009, 02:55 »
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I had a nice fotosearch sale there in December and February with just a small part of my portfolio.  I uploaded lots more and haven't had another since, just $0.30 subs and a few small PPD sales.  I wonder if old images do better there?  They are way behind bigstock and 123rf for me.

grp_photo

« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2009, 03:24 »
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Totally overrated these days! And yes I got one of these Fotosearch-Sales too. Even Featurepics (and they are not really big) are five times better than them. The next complete overrated agency is Veer Marketplace by the way (I already can foresee these threads in autumn about disappointing sales ;-) )

Ah and I'm with CanStockPhoto since 2004 with enough files too judge it.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2009, 03:26 by grp_photo »

« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2009, 06:05 »
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I have not signed up with them for two reasons: I have been told they are insistant on property releases even when all identifying information is cloned out. That kills my Real Estate sales.

Model releases required even if the person is a little black spot in the distance and his Mother could not identify him. Kills my Golf shots.

Without the above being corrected, I'm just not interested.

Am I wrong???? ???

« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2009, 06:30 »
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I had 2 Fotosearch sales in one week, and nothing after it....I think it's already 3 months now as I didn't sell a thing, but I am uploading regularly.

« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2009, 07:08 »
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I had 2 Fotosearch sales in one week, and nothing after it....I think it's already 3 months now as I didn't sell a thing, but I am uploading regularly.

Same...

I had 1 sale on 50 views, now is about 1/110... But nor any sale from1/50 couple months ago...

I am getting more and more views but without sales...

m@m

« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2009, 10:41 »
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I had 2 Fotosearch sales in one week, and nothing after it....I think it's already 3 months now as I didn't sell a thing, but I am uploading regularly.

Same...

I had 1 sale on 50 views, now is about 1/110... But nor any sale from1/50 couple months ago...

I am getting more and more views but without sales...

Tons of views...but views do not make me any money, so I will stop uploading there very soon if things don't change drastically.

Squat

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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2009, 11:18 »
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They aren't a big seller, but they are really nice people.

If you are short on time it's probably not worth uploading there, but once in awhile there is a big $20+ sale from their affiliation with Fotosearch, so it isn't a total waste of time :)

I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2009, 11:54 »
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I had a few subscription sales there and couple of regular CanStockPhoto downloads that are a couple of of dollars each. No Fotosearch regular downloads for me yet.

« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2009, 12:02 »
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They aren't a big seller, but they are really nice people.

If you are short on time it's probably not worth uploading there, but once in awhile there is a big $20+ sale from their affiliation with Fotosearch, so it isn't a total waste of time :)

I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

Yes, you have to opt in to enhanced licenses to be on Fotosearch.  Go to My Account, click on Preferences, at the bottom, and in the Licensing box, see if Allow Enhanced License is checked.  If not, check it.  If it's already checked then maybe you just haven't had any Fotosearch sales yet. 

« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2009, 14:07 »
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Keep uploading and got sub sale once in a while.

Squat

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2009, 13:02 »
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I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

Yes, you have to opt in to enhanced licenses to be on Fotosearch.  Go to My Account, click on Preferences, at the bottom, and in the Licensing box, see if Allow Enhanced License is checked.  If not, check it.  If it's already checked then maybe you just haven't had any Fotosearch sales yet. 

Thanks , I just went over and the Allow Enh Lic is ckecked. So it must be I haven't any Fotosearch sales yet !  Dammmnnnnn !  :D

« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2009, 14:36 »
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I stopped uploading long ago.  Fotosearch deal was a good surprise once in a while, but not enough to change the situation.  I had just one sale at CanStockPhoto last month, a 25c subs. 

Yes, nice people, but with a business that doesn't take off.  For me, at least.

For me it's going very well but I'm uploading all my new stuff. If you do not upload, there are less possibilities to have sales, simple. A lot of fotosearch regular sales bring monthly payouts, before fotosearch I had payouts twice a year.

lisafx

« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2009, 16:27 »
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For me it's going very well but I'm uploading all my new stuff. If you do not upload, there are less possibilities to have sales, simple. A lot of fotosearch regular sales bring monthly payouts, before fotosearch I had payouts twice a year.

Yep, that's about it for me too.  Couple of payouts a year.  Now at least I get one every couple of months.  There aren't a lot of big fotosearch sales, but it only takes 3 or so to reach the $50 payout level.

Squat

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« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2009, 10:37 »
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Yep, that's about it for me too.  Couple of payouts a year.  Now at least I get one every couple of months.  There aren't a lot of big fotosearch sales, but it only takes 3 or so to reach the $50 payout level.

Hey Lisa, good to see you back !



I'm confused here. My first two downloads got me $1 and 30 cents respectively.
How does $20+ for one download happen? Such a disparity between $1 and $20+
Do I have to opt in to Fotosearch for that? Or is this from the Ext Lic option?

Yes, you have to opt in to enhanced licenses to be on Fotosearch.  Go to My Account, click on Preferences, at the bottom, and in the Licensing box, see if Allow Enhanced License is checked.  If not, check it.  If it's already checked then maybe you just haven't had any Fotosearch sales yet. 

PixelBytes, yes I just verified and I am marked for Ext Lic.
I also got one dl via Fotosearch, it was for 30 cts.
Right company, wrong amount  ;D

« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2009, 15:06 »
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For me it's going very well but I'm uploading all my new stuff. If you do not upload, there are less possibilities to have sales, simple. A lot of fotosearch regular sales bring monthly payouts, before fotosearch I had payouts twice a year.

Before I stopped uploading to CanStockPhoto, most of the few sales I had were subs.  Fotosearch had a happy start, one 19.80 sale per month, but the last one was in March, and since then I'm back to the poor small sales.  It's not the same in other sites, even though my uploads in the past year were just a few. CanStockPhoto never worked for me.

« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2009, 14:46 »
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PixelBytes, yes I just verified and I am marked for Ext Lic.
I also got one dl via Fotosearch, it was for 30 cts.
Right company, wrong amount  ;D

Hang in there Tan, they will come :)

« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2009, 16:40 »
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Ah, a 19.80 sale again!  Now I can get my payout!

« Reply #24 on: July 17, 2009, 18:27 »
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Ah, a 19.80 sale again!  Now I can get my payout!

Congrats!  Those are sweet when they happen :)


 

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