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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2015, 10:44 »
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Even though DT - for me - was down almost 25% in 2014, it was still about 57% better than FT.  Would have to slide a long way to fall to 3rd place.


« Reply #26 on: January 09, 2015, 17:43 »
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Interesting to hear the complaints regarding review times. Although DT are my worst for sales, they're my quickest for review! As I work through my backlog, I'm routinely submitting 10-20 images daily and I typically find that they've been reviewed just a few hours later. A lot of my stuff is editorial, so maybe it goes to a different queue...

PZF

« Reply #27 on: January 15, 2015, 02:43 »
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For me, this Jan, DT is well down on same time last year. DLs and money.
If not dead then certainly not well.

« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2015, 09:01 »
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Here it is the 15th of yet another month and I am at $35. Half of what I usually get. This is month three since my big tank in commissions. Some will come in here and say three months isn't enough time to make a conclusion, you need a year. BS. All I get is subs. Number of downloads is up, commissions are down 50%. They are pushing subs heavily. That model is good for the agency but bad for contributors  AND the miscrostock industry as it adds the the cheapening of our work and, like Pavlov's dogs, gets people used to the penny content to the point where there is no way to reverse the trend but to pull all content. That won't happen. Far too many contributors who would be unwilling to pull their work. DT has proven to be a massive disappointment.  I have never been able to grow my revenue there and have over 3000 images now. I believe that this sub move is one of panic. Maybe rightfully so as they are probably responding to the other agencies who are really pushing cheap ash* content like FT, IS, DP who are all killing the micro stock market for producers of content.

« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2015, 09:54 »
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for me dt has been comatose since they started LIKE with fb and similars rejection en masse

« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2015, 11:11 »
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did Dreamstime tweaked the site interface? I checked my profile, it seems the page has a new layout....

cuppacoffee

« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2015, 11:30 »
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« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2015, 12:36 »
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I've been selling some very old files.  Viewing sales is like a walk down memory lane.

« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2015, 15:10 »
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Sales up to now are 88% lower than January 2014 and that was already a bad month. But still 2 weeks (and a bit) to go.

« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2015, 00:21 »
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PhotoDune has sold more for me in the first half of January that DT has (and that's not because PhotoDune is having a banner month)

Shutterstock today sold over three times - in just one day - what DT has Jan 1-15 (there was an SOD in there, to be fair)

Creative Market - where I have only 11 items - has made only $6 less than DT in January so far

Even comparing Jan 14 with Jan 15 at DT, it's only at about 40% of last year's first 15 days

Rinderart

« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2015, 01:06 »
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While not in the same league as Shutterstock, DT still does fairly well for me and I take several payouts each year.  This is probably due to a relatively large number of individual sales in the $5 to $10 range each month, along with the usual $0.35 subscription sales and an occasional EL.  So are they dying ... not so far as I am concerned.

really?

 500+ a month was normal for me for 5 years. Now a 100 is a big deal. SAD. the whole business is sad unless you think a few payouts a year is good. And One of the Problems now. to many make to little and are happy with it. They love you guys. Keep uploading.......We did. And here we are.

« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2015, 04:39 »
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did Dreamstime tweaked the site interface? I checked my profile, it seems the page has a new layout....

What happened to the list of sales by most recent downloads when I click on my earnings balance? 

« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2015, 04:42 »
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They change it. But, now, I cannot see what was the last sale.  >:(

« Reply #38 on: January 16, 2015, 04:54 »
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They change it. But, now, I cannot see what was the last sale.  >:(

Right.  Me neither.

« Reply #39 on: January 16, 2015, 06:05 »
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They change it. But, now, I cannot see what was the last sale.  >:(

Right.  Me neither.

I think that they have solved the problem.

« Reply #40 on: January 16, 2015, 07:58 »
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Yep.  Liked the old version better.

cuppacoffee

« Reply #41 on: January 16, 2015, 09:18 »
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Me too. I wish they would devote less time to making things look "pretty" and more time on the guts of the site. The FAQs haven't been updated since the start and there are so many pages of disparate info that could be consolidated. Bring in some keymasters to review and delete, they accept every word, and purge the forums of useless drivel. Better yet, spend the money they would save on the web designers for some more reviewers. Perhaps up the pay to attract better reviewers. When asked about dropping sales all they seem to do these days is promote social media as the answer to everything.

« Reply #42 on: January 16, 2015, 09:34 »
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Me too. I wish they would devote less time to making things look "pretty" and more time on the guts of the site. The FAQs haven't been updated since the start and there are so many pages of disparate info that could be consolidated. Bring in some keymasters to review and delete, they accept every word, and purge the forums of useless drivel. Better yet, spend the money they would save on the web designers for some more reviewers. Perhaps up the pay to attract better reviewers. When asked about dropping sales all they seem to do these days is promote social media as the answer to everything.

This is also my opinion. I think they must invest in marketing more than the design itself. They must bring more buyers.

« Reply #43 on: January 16, 2015, 10:18 »
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Whoa - I just clicked on a portfolio page too - totally different look there too!  It has a portfolio search bar which is nice.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2015, 10:20 by Pixart »

« Reply #44 on: January 16, 2015, 12:01 »
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Yep.  Liked the old version better.

I can't think of one single thing in the re-worked sold images list that works better than it did. You can't easily run your eyes down the list to see the patterns, amounts or even dates of sales. Whoever did the design clearly wasn't a contributor and didn't talk to anyone who was.

The public facing portfolio page redesign is a bit better - I guess the way SS presents contributor galleries was an influence

cuppacoffee

« Reply #45 on: January 16, 2015, 12:05 »
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If you hover over each sold images, those annoying social media icons are visible. They are everywhere there, arrrrgh!

« Reply #46 on: January 16, 2015, 14:11 »
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I liked the old layout better too but am seeing a bunch of $2.00 subs this month which should add up a lot faster than $0.35 - About neck and neck with SS for me this month but both are down from a strong December. After sitting in the queue for weeks, they just rejected a bunch of illustrations as "over processed" which makes no sense. Better than "too simple" I guess which is their other favorite. They are selling on SS so I figure it's DT's loss. And I have a bunch selling on DT that SS rejected.

Starting to trend up again. I don't think they're dying but I'm not rushing to add new images either.
« Last Edit: January 16, 2015, 14:15 by wordplanet »

« Reply #47 on: January 17, 2015, 12:25 »
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Not dying, just not anywhere near competing on % annual growth with the rest of the top 4.

As for the site revamp, I neither like it or dislike it, which is probably even worse.

« Reply #48 on: January 18, 2015, 06:15 »
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I don't like the new earnings page too!
But what I need the most are daily earnigs statistics! I don't know other agency who don't have them!

« Reply #49 on: January 18, 2015, 10:50 »
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The new earnings page is visually nicer but it was much easier to get information by looking down columns of a table.  Since I use it for information I like the old version better.


 

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