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« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2015, 14:18 »
+5
DT are doing fine for me. Slow increase in sales over the months/ years. If there's a general trend I would say that it's less sales on the smaller sites and more on the big ones. Of these DT is the only one offering a decent rpd. The main problem is the decline in IS income/ appalling compensation for contributors.
Would you mind telling how many images you have in your portfolio on DT and how many sales you've had over the years? Just to see a clearer picture of what's going on there. I have, as of this moment, 13,324 files on DT (all shot and processed by me) and 97,455 total sales. And my earnings were cut to 30% of my previous earnings there - I guess, as a "reward" for all my hard work...


« Reply #26 on: October 07, 2015, 15:58 »
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They seems to be back at top tier, but for how long....?
Not for a long time if they cannot fix their payment security. Refunds become more often than at FT

« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2015, 16:34 »
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"Aren't votes "any individual's experience" as well?"
Except they are averaged as a total so as to smooth out the extremes.

« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2015, 20:39 »
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Another old timer perspective. I've been with DT for 10 years, the high points for me were the years 2007 to 2009, after that a gentle slope downwards, where today income is about 30% to 50% of the peak period with steady portfolio increase.

« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2015, 03:46 »
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DT are doing fine for me. Slow increase in sales over the months/ years. If there's a general trend I would say that it's less sales on the smaller sites and more on the big ones. Of these DT is the only one offering a decent rpd. The main problem is the decline in IS income/ appalling compensation for contributors.
Would you mind telling how many images you have in your portfolio on DT and how many sales you've had over the years? Just to see a clearer picture of what's going on there. I have, as of this moment, 13,324 files on DT (all shot and processed by me) and 97,455 total sales. And my earnings were cut to 30% of my previous earnings there - I guess, as a "reward" for all my hard work...

No problem, I am at about 7000 files. Total sales around 40,000. My income on DT now is just into 4 figures on the good months, just below on the bad.

« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2015, 06:22 »
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DT still top 4, it settles when the months get older, people havent all submitted their earnings yet

« Reply #31 on: October 08, 2015, 07:01 »
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Everyone's mileage will vary.

My DT numbers tell a different story.  They're solidly my #3 and have been for several years.  Trend line is healthy.

Statistics put in perspective:

They are solidly my #3 Microstock agency as well. However, I only contribute to 4 in total and #1 and #2 bring in about 95% of the bacon each month.

In all honesty, my income there has been stagnant for the past 3 years or so - on a rather low level.

« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2015, 07:56 »
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Would you mind telling how many images you have in your portfolio on DT and how many sales you've had over the years? Just to see a clearer picture of what's going on there. I have, as of this moment, 13,324 files on DT (all shot and processed by me) and 97,455 total sales. And my earnings were cut to 30% of my previous earnings there - I guess, as a "reward" for all my hard work...
I meant to ask, have you been able to maintain your database exposure? I have just about so far. Maybe if that is in line with your drop it could just be that the database is growing faster than your portfolio.

« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2015, 14:08 »
+1
My quarterly revenue from DT. Growing or falling?
Last year or so definitely downhill. Maybe, just another cycle ...
Uploaded files 7000+, total sales 24000+
« Last Edit: October 08, 2015, 14:14 by PixelsAway »

« Reply #34 on: October 08, 2015, 14:36 »
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Would you mind telling how many images you have in your portfolio on DT and how many sales you've had over the years? Just to see a clearer picture of what's going on there. I have, as of this moment, 13,324 files on DT (all shot and processed by me) and 97,455 total sales. And my earnings were cut to 30% of my previous earnings there - I guess, as a "reward" for all my hard work...
I meant to ask, have you been able to maintain your database exposure? I have just about so far. Maybe if that is in line with your drop it could just be that the database is growing faster than your portfolio.

I was not following that number (database exposure) since I am not sure what that means. My current number is 0.04%. Someone who's currently a featured photographer on DT with about 2,800 files has a database exposure of 0.09% - so this can't be just number of files relative to the whole database. Do you know how this number is calculated? or is it just arbitrary set?

« Reply #35 on: October 08, 2015, 16:22 »
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I was not following that number (database exposure) since I am not sure what that means. My current number is 0.04%. Someone who's currently a featured photographer on DT with about 2,800 files has a database exposure of 0.09% - so this can't be just number of files relative to the whole database. Do you know how this number is calculated? or is it just arbitrary set?

Elena, your number is 0.4%, not 0.04%
:-)
database exposure = portfolio size / total number of files on DT  ?

« Reply #36 on: October 08, 2015, 16:44 »
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I was not following that number (database exposure) since I am not sure what that means. My current number is 0.04%. Someone who's currently a featured photographer on DT with about 2,800 files has a database exposure of 0.09% - so this can't be just number of files relative to the whole database. Do you know how this number is calculated? or is it just arbitrary set?

Elena, your number is 0.4%, not 0.04%
:-)
database exposure = portfolio size / total number of files on DT  ?

Ah, right:)

« Reply #37 on: October 09, 2015, 00:39 »
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I am not sure if the stat in the table works because it is different to the graph above on the DT stats page. Could you isolate the line for database exposure on the graph (untick all the other lines) and see if it has been going down with your earnings? I would be interested to know if it is to do with not being able to grow your portfolio as quickly as the library in percentage terms as it gets bigger.

« Reply #38 on: October 09, 2015, 11:23 »
+1
I am not sure if the stat in the table works because it is different to the graph above on the DT stats page. Could you isolate the line for database exposure on the graph (untick all the other lines) and see if it has been going down with your earnings? I would be interested to know if it is to do with not being able to grow your portfolio as quickly as the library in percentage terms as it gets bigger.

Thanks for explaining - I've done that, and looked closer at the data. Although it's true, by database exposure number have been gradually declining since 2012 (no surprises here since all photo libraries started to grow more rapidly around that time), it does not correlate at all with the sudden and very significant drop in earnings in the second half of 2015. My DB exposure number right now is pretty constant and fluctuating around 2-1.8% since beginning of 2015. So there's definitely been a change in serving search results and, sadly, I somehow ended up on the bottom:(
« Last Edit: October 09, 2015, 11:27 by Elenathewise »

« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2015, 11:49 »
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I am not sure if the stat in the table works because it is different to the graph above on the DT stats page. Could you isolate the line for database exposure on the graph (untick all the other lines) and see if it has been going down with your earnings? I would be interested to know if it is to do with not being able to grow your portfolio as quickly as the library in percentage terms as it gets bigger.

Thanks for explaining - I've done that, and looked closer at the data. Although it's true, by database exposure number have been gradually declining since 2012 (no surprises here since all photo libraries started to grow more rapidly around that time), it does not correlate at all with the sudden and very significant drop in earnings in the second half of 2015. My DB exposure number right now is pretty constant and fluctuating around 2-1.8% since beginning of 2015. So there's definitely been a change in serving search results and, sadly, I somehow ended up on the bottom:(

I have experienced the same drop as you Elena.  I have 6k+ images there and tho sales showed a slow decline the past few years,  they nearly stopped since this summer.  I use to get 40 or more sales a day and now I get around 6-8.  Sometimes less!  And this does not match my database exposure at all either.

« Reply #40 on: October 09, 2015, 18:00 »
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For me, Dreamstime is best now a days. Previously I was very happy with FT but DT took over in last few days.



 

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