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« on: May 29, 2008, 14:46 »
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I'm just a newbie at this stuff, I'm in fotolia and dreamsatime,but fotolia is giving a lot of problems lately(the last one, I can't enter into my account) SO I'm thinking seriously in moving all my pics only to dreamstime. I've tried also 123rf but no one sale, it's very quiet. And istockphoto it's impossible to get anything accepted!!

please opinions???


« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2008, 14:53 »
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patience, patience... upload to the big 6 then make a point in 6 months to see what agencies u keep. You have to test the waters first :)
Took me a year by the way not 6 months to make my list of top 6...

« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008, 14:54 »
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I find IS quite easy because they are predictable. I began not long ago with 33% acceptance rate, now it's 65% and constantly rising, because I learned what they accept what not. The same goes for shutterstock.
Fotolia is way too unpredictable for me, I have no idea what they want, so they don't get anything from me.
DT is fine as far as reviews are concerned, but the sales volume is much lower than IS or SS.

jsnover

« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2008, 15:21 »
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Just because one site is acting up - and they all do, just usually not all at the same time, thank heavens - why would you think of becoming exclusive somewhere?

I think if you don't want to deal with multiple sites, being exclusive at IS is the thing to do, but I'd suggest you upload to SS and IS, perhaps BigStock and StockXpert too. Be aware that there's a 6 month hold on images at DT and 3 months at BigStock - so if you start thinking about exclusive at IS, you have to stop uploading to the sites with a hold.

At the very least, hang in with FT until you make a payout at $50.

« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008, 15:47 »
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funny thing, I earn more $$ from 123rf than from istock. I dont know, perhaps my images are not what IS buyers want, but I dont know, I do well on other agencies. IS is worst earner for me. Dont like it at all. Slow upload process, low money....

FT vs DT?
 
FT has problems lately with low sales, and If they dont improve them selves, than I would vote for DT....

« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008, 15:50 »
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funny thing, I earn more $$ from 123rf than from istock. I dont know, perhaps my images are not what IS buyers want, but I dont know, I do well on other agencies. IS is worst earner for me. Dont like it at all. Slow upload process, low money....

FT vs DT?
 
FT has problems lately with low sales, and If they dont improve them selves, than I would vote for DT....

Chode, you are new at 123rf how is your experience? I remember you werent sure about uploading there

« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008, 16:10 »
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The title of this post: " I need expert's opinion!"

It's so refreshing to see so many expert responses helping the newbie.

Cranky MIZ

« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2008, 16:13 »
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« Last Edit: May 29, 2008, 16:16 by mantonino »

« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2008, 16:54 »
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funny thing, I earn more $$ from 123rf than from istock. I dont know, perhaps my images are not what IS buyers want, but I dont know, I do well on other agencies. IS is worst earner for me. Dont like it at all. Slow upload process, low money....

FT vs DT?
 
FT has problems lately with low sales, and If they dont improve them selves, than I would vote for DT....

I agree with everything you said :)

« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2008, 17:01 »
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I'm just a newbie at this stuff, I'm in fotolia and dreamsatime,but fotolia is giving a lot of problems lately(the last one, I can't enter into my account) SO I'm thinking seriously in moving all my pics only to dreamstime. I've tried also 123rf but no one sale, it's very quiet. And istockphoto it's impossible to get anything accepted!!

please opinions???

Well the fact is , that if you move all of your stuff only to DT you will never know how much you lost with that move , and if you don't do it you will surly know how much you could have lost if you did it.




lisafx

« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2008, 17:36 »
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I agree Fotolia's review process is the most unpredictable.  But sales there once you build a decent portfolio are excellent.  Sales at Dreamstime are great too.  I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to be on both.  Or all the top six for that matter, unless you wanted to go exclusive at IS. 

« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2008, 20:45 »
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For me, FT is increasing, while DT is decreasing.

« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2008, 00:39 »
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I find myself taking breaks from Fotolia because sales are so slow, exceptance rates are hit & miss so I get frustrated & walk away for a while. I consider myself in between newbie & almost there  ;D but sales at DT are much more promising to me.

« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2008, 01:47 »
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funny thing, I earn more $$ from 123rf than from istock. I dont know, perhaps my images are not what IS buyers want, but I dont know, I do well on other agencies. IS is worst earner for me. Dont like it at all. Slow upload process, low money....

FT vs DT?
 
FT has problems lately with low sales, and If they dont improve them selves, than I would vote for DT....

Chode, you are new at 123rf how is your experience? I remember you werent sure about uploading there

In first month I earned $85 on 123rf. But on Istock i am already 4 months, and I didnt reach  $80 yet.

« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2008, 13:15 »
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But on Istock your chances of making the mentioned 80 bucks from one single photo in one month is very reachable.  When photos catch on with Istock they catch fire.  (hence the flames).

« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2008, 13:37 »
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For a beginer DT seems to be a little less problematic. I still got much more sales from 123RF i StockXpert than FT and DT combined. For last 2 months I have tried all top 10 agencies and I would consider it as my "investment" phase  :D. Sales only happen on SS.


 

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