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angelawaye

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« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2017, 21:51 »
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I like DT. They never "surprise" you with crazy changes. I did very well in the glory days but they still do okay now BUT nothing new is ever downloaded so I don't upload new stuff...


« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2017, 00:58 »
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I have very small portfolios on the stock sites that I contribute to but in the beginning, things looked quite promising on Dreamstime (when the sales started.) At the time, I had a tiny, tiny port on Dreamstime and sales started tricking in. Meanwhile, iStockphoto was not doing well at all - I had just one sale there and it seemed pointless continuing to upload there. Then later things changed - iStock really took off - generating more and more sales. And Dreamstime's sales pretty much dried up. So now it's pretty much the opposite situation with both agencies.

derek

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« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2017, 08:42 »
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Lack of buyers and very little trafic. Even their exclusives threaten to leave exclusivity. Something isnt right?

« Reply #28 on: April 12, 2017, 08:58 »
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How much you earn for each sale in DT?
Just to know.

« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2017, 10:23 »
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How much you earn for each sale in DT?
Just to know.
It's going to vary. My average RPD for 2016 was $1.98.

« Reply #30 on: April 12, 2017, 10:37 »
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My RPD so far this month is 0.45   I think the highest quarter it was 2.14 the last year avg is 1.06 and overall is 1.27


This site has become almost exclusively a subs site. The $2 subs make a difference when they happen and the increasingly rare credit sales are nice, especially when they aren't level 0 images.

They aren't totally dead for me, but they don't give me much hope for improvement, especially since new image sales are very rare although I suppose that helps keep my older images selling.

« Reply #31 on: April 12, 2017, 10:55 »
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Today my first sale of the year :)
Maybe i gona upload some new photo's

« Reply #32 on: April 12, 2017, 17:41 »
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This site has become almost exclusively a subs site. The $2 subs make a difference when they happen and the increasingly rare credit sales are nice, especially when they aren't level 0 images.

Ive had one credit sale which happened to be one of my first sales on Dreamstime - in 2016. At that stage, I only had about 20 images uploaded. No credit sales since - just subs.

« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2017, 03:19 »
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I still get surges of credit sales, without them things would be a bit dire.

« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2017, 06:17 »
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first half of march 35 dollar
first half of april 2,35 dollar...

they change search engine algorithm according to their forum. i can see the benefit.

derek

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« Reply #35 on: April 13, 2017, 06:36 »
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Yes they changed it from "most relevant" and it really shows. Disaster everywhere even all their exclusives are complaing bitterly.

derek

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« Reply #36 on: April 13, 2017, 06:40 »
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I still get surges of credit sales, without them things would be a bit dire.

Paul!  how do you do it? haha!  you always seem to get sales and now credit sales when everyone else is starving alive. DT is right now pushing subs like nobody's business and a changed algorithm that seems to benefit nobody.
Good luck to you! you seam to score where everyone else fail.

« Reply #37 on: April 13, 2017, 09:30 »
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I still get surges of credit sales, without them things would be a bit dire.

Paul!  how do you do it? haha!  you always seem to get sales and now credit sales when everyone else is starving alive. DT is right now pushing subs like nobody's business and a changed algorithm that seems to benefit nobody.
Good luck to you! you seam to score where everyone else fail.
How do I do it? By having a portfolio that spans 13 years so it doesn't matter much what age files are selling, by having 5,000 images on DT and a record of sales that may (possibly) give me a personal boost in the search, by having some niche stuff - Qatar - that isn't availalble to most people, and maybe by being easily kept happy since I won't starve even if I never sell another photo, and by trying to regard the glass as being half full rather than half empty.
I was surprised to see that nothing I've uploaded in the last two years has sold - I haven't uploaded much, only a couple of hundred pics in all,  but there are a couple of stunning Qatar cityscapes that are doing well over on SS and ought to be selling on DT too.
As I said earlier, my income on DT is down to a third of what it was ten years ago, so it's not all rosy. But this month I've had half-a-dozen so far that are either $2 subscription sales or credit sales for up to $10.


« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2017, 12:05 »
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I got about 140$ until the end of March in 2017 from 2400 files

derek

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« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2017, 12:42 »
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I still get surges of credit sales, without them things would be a bit dire.

Paul!  how do you do it? haha!  you always seem to get sales and now credit sales when everyone else is starving alive. DT is right now pushing subs like nobody's business and a changed algorithm that seems to benefit nobody.
Good luck to you! you seam to score where everyone else fail.
How do I do it? By having a portfolio that spans 13 years so it doesn't matter much what age files are selling, by having 5,000 images on DT and a record of sales that may (possibly) give me a personal boost in the search, by having some niche stuff - Qatar - that isn't availalble to most people, and maybe by being easily kept happy since I won't starve even if I never sell another photo, and by trying to regard the glass as being half full rather than half empty.
I was surprised to see that nothing I've uploaded in the last two years has sold - I haven't uploaded much, only a couple of hundred pics in all,  but there are a couple of stunning Qatar cityscapes that are doing well over on SS and ought to be selling on DT too.
As I said earlier, my income on DT is down to a third of what it was ten years ago, so it's not all rosy. But this month I've had half-a-dozen so far that are either $2 subscription sales or credit sales for up to $10.

Good one! but Im not far behind you with some 10 years in micro and 19 years in the RM sector and thats where I score. Yore right though your pics never ages and thats possibly one of the reasons could also.
Before their searc change I had about the same many credit sales per day and some around the $9 mark but this time around the search slammed a door on that.

« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2017, 15:04 »
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« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2017, 21:32 »
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I first heard about microstock (in particular iStockphoto) several years ago. I was considering joining up back then but didn't take the plunge. I just let things slide. And I really regret that now. I keep hearing how things were so much better back then from a selling point of view.

« Reply #42 on: April 14, 2017, 10:48 »
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It was a good month with a bunch of 4k sales, but they all got refunded (fraud or something). What a joke...

« Reply #43 on: April 14, 2017, 20:21 »
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I should whine more often, Wed, Thurs, and Fri DT has outperformed SS for me.

I had one credit sale each day on DT, sadly SS has been like weekend days for the last 3 days, so it isn't so much that DT is doing well but that SS is really really underperforming. I think if they hadn't taken out the weekly stats it would be a new low, beating even Christmas to new years lows.

derek

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« Reply #44 on: April 15, 2017, 02:37 »
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I first heard about microstock (in particular iStockphoto) several years ago. I was considering joining up back then but didn't take the plunge. I just let things slide. And I really regret that now. I keep hearing how things were so much better back then from a selling point of view.

Istock many years back was the Rolls Royce of microstock and there is little doubt had Bruce not sold it to Getty and still been in charge the micro-stock climate would be very different today. Oringer at SS would never have gotten the chance to his fame and fortune. Sure SS would have been big but basically it was the screw-up and mistreatment of IS done by Getty that paved the way for Shutterstock.

Its a shame really because the dominance of SS dont really benefit anybody but SS themselves in the long run that is.

« Reply #45 on: April 15, 2017, 02:56 »
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Lack of competition is bad even for SS in the long run....they will get complacent and when a rival really  gets its act together they wont be able to react. There may be some evidence this is happening the next set of quarterly figures will be interesting.

« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2017, 10:49 »
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My 2017 statistics with about 1200 files: Jan: 19 sales 44$ - Feb: 14 sales, 28$ - Mar: 11 sales, 5$.

Gig

« Reply #47 on: April 15, 2017, 17:53 »
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Unfortunately I have to agree with you

derek

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« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2017, 01:52 »
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DT!  was once one of the premiere agencies with great credit sales good editing and so on. Sadly the competition is beginning to kill them off. I don't know whats happened there really they keep swapping search as often as SS nowadays and it dont seem to lead anywhere except annoying lots of their exclusives to the point where they quit exclusivity.

« Reply #49 on: April 16, 2017, 02:31 »
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DT!  was once one of the premiere agencies with great credit sales good editing and so on. Sadly the competition is beginning to kill them off. I don't know whats happened there really they keep swapping search as often as SS nowadays and it dont seem to lead anywhere except annoying lots of their exclusives to the point where they quit exclusivity.
I thought DT were always the kings of image search switching certainly they were always the most inconsistent site for me. I always found their reviews pretty fair and liked the "style" sadly though the sales are not there which is what really matters.


 

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