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« on: November 05, 2015, 19:04 »
I started uploading this year and my gallery is SSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWLY growing. I have sales, but I'm not sure how to interpret them.

What's the difference between sales in credits and sales with subscription?
What happens when you convert credits?
What is the payout level (sorry if I'm being lazy)?
And why has one specific image been almost the only one that is selling for almost a month now? What effect does your weekly position have?
Do photos have a weekly position or is that only applied to your portfolio in general?

I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go along, but I am moderately pleased with the results I'm getting there and am trying to determine if I should direct more of my efforts here.

Main thing is with all this differentiation between commissions and credits, I don't even know if my total credits amount is my income balance.

« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 19:19 »
@riffmax, good questions!

Your first stop for a lot of answers should be here:

There are two ways to purchase images, credits or subscriptions. Credits are the currency used for individual purchases and Extended licenses. One credit = $1 if your account is in the US zone. Your commission based on credits sales is determined by your rank. Your rank is determined by the quantity of sales you have. The more you sell, the higher your rank. The higher your rank, the higher your commission: https://us.fotolia.com/Info/Contributors/Royalties

Subscriptions are used by customers to download multiple images. Most subscriptions are monthly. You are paid a flat rate of 33% of the price paid per image regardless of your rank. All Adobe Stock sales are paid as subscriptions.

When you reach $50 in your account you can submit a payment request using either PayPal or Moneybookers (Skrill). You will need to have a current, government issued ID card on file to process this request.

Why has one specific image been the one selling for you? That is a subjective question, sounds like you have an image that stands out and is meeting the needs of multiple buyers. Without being able to see your portfolio it's pure speculation.

Weekly ranking is based on your entire portfolio, not individual images.

I hope that helps, good luck!


« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 19:26 »
I think Fotolia is awesome and I'm really happy to see it growing! I have periods each year that I have a couple months to work on stock art. Each period I see a increase in sales that sticks though the periods of time I'm not doing stock. For this reason Fotolia is awesome. Steady sales that increase as my port increases!

« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2015, 14:00 »
Thanks for the reply - that's quite helpful.


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