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bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2024, 12:55 »
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if your sales on Adobe are going down,and continue to go down for at least 2-3 months,then there are only 2 possible things you can do in my opinion:

1-give up.

2-radically change what you are doing,if you see that what you produce doesn't sell,change,not necessarily what was selling before,can continue to sell today or tomorrow.

I don't think that my content is the problem, I have best sellers that are the first result for very good keywords,
the sales I had a year ago with half the content I have now did not double, so I don't see a point wasting more time in making more different content...

What was selling will sale - that's true, I earn enough now, just don't see a way for effective growth with things the way they are...


« Reply #26 on: April 24, 2024, 15:49 »
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if your sales on Adobe are going down,and continue to go down for at least 2-3 months,then there are only 2 possible things you can do in my opinion:

1-give up.

2-radically change what you are doing,if you see that what you produce doesn't sell,change,not necessarily what was selling before,can continue to sell today or tomorrow.

I don't think that my content is the problem, I have best sellers that are the first result for very good keywords,
the sales I had a year ago with half the content I have now did not double, so I don't see a point wasting more time in making more different content...

What was selling will sale - that's true, I earn enough now, just don't see a way for effective growth with things the way they are...

I don't know if I understood correctly,but did you think that with double the content you would earn double?

but absolutely not!

If I have 10,000 contents today and I earn 1,000 USD,the following year even if I have 20,000 contents I will not earn 2,000 USD

microstock doesn't work like that,it takes time,it takes many years to earn substantial sums,I believe that to earn at least 1,000 usd every month on Adobe it takes more or less 10 years,some manage it with a few years less,but more or less this.

you must have been a contributor on Adobe for at least and I mean at least 7-8 years,because the sales system doesn't allow you to sell so much in such a short time,because it must allow everyone to sell,and over time it helps you increase the number of sales.

the important thing is that as the years go by,the total earned in a year increases.

I think you said you've been contributing to Adobe for 2 years?If so you still can't expect anything,unless your portfolio is truly spectacular! :D

I am currently 40% more than April 2023 in terms of sales and 30% more earnings,and there are still several days in this month,and that's all I need to know to continue! ;)


« Reply #27 on: April 24, 2024, 16:34 »
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I've uploaded quite a few videos over the past 12 months and some photos. My earnings increase April 2023 vs April 2024 on Adobe Stock is 120% and overall earnings increase April 2023 vs April 2024 for my four ports is 31%.

« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2024, 16:46 »
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I've uploaded quite a few videos over the past 12 months and some photos. My earnings increase April 2023 vs April 2024 on Adobe Stock is 120% and overall earnings increase April 2023 vs April 2024 for my four ports is 31%.

Well,this is good news! :D

the maximum I had in a month compared to the same month of a previous year was about 500% more,but normally,apart from a few "crazy" months I have about 50% more always comparing a month to the same month of the previous year.

« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2024, 19:12 »
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How many more images do you have to get 50% more than last year? Sadly, doubling your port won't double your income unless your quality is increasing a lot, but do you have to keep pace with the entire image library just to tread water? Sure, doubling your port isn't too hard for a few years, but it is going to become impossible eventually.

I don't really know how any of the search algorithms work, but the only one that seems to really work more for the contributor port as a whole rather than the individual image is DT to me. There are so many things that go into search placement now I wouldn't be surprised if the sites themselves don't really know how they work. The age since an image has been uploaded is probably a factor, but I doubt that the time since you joined a site is a very important factor - at least after a potential new contributor bump. I would be happy to be wrong about that since I have been a contributor to many sites for a long time.

zeljkok

  • Non Linear Existence
« Reply #30 on: April 24, 2024, 19:31 »
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I think main issue, not just for this or that site but across the industry, is saturation. You can upload perfect shot of Eiffel Tower or Rome Coliseum or Giza Pyramids  and not even get 10 Shutterstock cents for it nowdays

Trick is to produce original content of something that is in short supply.  Then sales are guaranteed regardless of search algorithm.   But that something might not even exist anymore.

« Reply #31 on: April 25, 2024, 08:41 »
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How many more images do you have to get 50% more than last year? Sadly, doubling your port won't double your income unless your quality is increasing a lot, but do you have to keep pace with the entire image library just to tread water? Sure, doubling your port isn't too hard for a few years, but it is going to become impossible eventually.

I don't really know how any of the search algorithms work, but the only one that seems to really work more for the contributor port as a whole rather than the individual image is DT to me. There are so many things that go into search placement now I wouldn't be surprised if the sites themselves don't really know how they work. The age since an image has been uploaded is probably a factor, but I doubt that the time since you joined a site is a very important factor - at least after a potential new contributor bump. I would be happy to be wrong about that since I have been a contributor to many sites for a long time.

Until last year,I uploaded around 1000 content in a year,but I spent October,November and mid-December generating AI content mostly and creating vectors with AI-generated content,content that I still labeled as AI even though it doesn't have even a pixel generated by AI,but I have always used an AI for the source content,therefore it should still be labeled as AI.

I think,that you didn't have the opportunity to realize that time is a fundamental factor today,simply because you started in the golden age of microstock (2006?),so you didn't have the opportunity to notice the difference,believe me,for those who started like me 6 years ago,there is a big difference,today it takes time and a lot of patience and constant work to be able to earn decent sums,and time is an important factor especially on Adobe.


bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #32 on: April 25, 2024, 23:24 »
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It keeps going down, $0.28 now...

« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2024, 06:56 »
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It keeps going down, $0.28 now...

Are you doing some kind of countdown to extinction? :D


bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #34 on: April 26, 2024, 07:33 »
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Are you doing some kind of countdown to extinction? :D

:) Just to show how fast royalties are dropping

« Reply #35 on: April 26, 2024, 07:53 »
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It keeps going down, $0.28 now...

That's not good; I am puzzled that I've seen lots more of the $0.32 custom royalties, but nothing lower. I did note that today's royalty rate on the higher end custom royalties was up to $1.06 (from $1.05 for the last few days). Not back to the $1.37 from January, but still nice to see something going up instead of down :)

Do you see any of the $1.06 custom royalties?

Mat Hayward had written that the royalty rates for the unlimited subscriptions were calculated daily based on total purchase volume - which I would have expected to be the same worldwide, but perhaps that's not the case. I'm in the US; are. you? (I know people had said this isn't a tax withholding issue).

« Reply #36 on: April 26, 2024, 08:18 »
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It keeps going down, $0.28 now...

That's not good; I am puzzled that I've seen lots more of the $0.32 custom royalties, but nothing lower. I did note that today's royalty rate on the higher end custom royalties was up to $1.06 (from $1.05 for the last few days). Not back to the $1.37 from January, but still nice to see something going up instead of down :)

Do you see any of the $1.06 custom royalties?

Mat Hayward had written that the royalty rates for the unlimited subscriptions were calculated daily based on total purchase volume - which I would have expected to be the same worldwide, but perhaps that's not the case. I'm in the US; are. you? (I know people had said this isn't a tax withholding issue).

I also have some 0.32 which was the minimum this month,full of 1.05 and even some 1.06 custom royalties,Italy as you know!




bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #37 on: April 26, 2024, 08:32 »
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That's not good; I am puzzled that I've seen lots more of the $0.32 custom royalties, but nothing lower. I did note that today's royalty rate on the higher end custom royalties was up to $1.06 (from $1.05 for the last few days). Not back to the $1.37 from January, but still nice to see something going up instead of down :)

Do you see any of the $1.06 custom royalties?

Mat Hayward had written that the royalty rates for the unlimited subscriptions were calculated daily based on total purchase volume - which I would have expected to be the same worldwide, but perhaps that's not the case. I'm in the US; are. you? (I know people had said this isn't a tax withholding issue).

Yes, I'm not in US, so it's still puzzling for me, because the last 2 days I'm getting custom $1.06 too...

« Reply #38 on: April 26, 2024, 11:09 »
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That's not good; I am puzzled that I've seen lots more of the $0.32 custom royalties, but nothing lower. I did note that today's royalty rate on the higher end custom royalties was up to $1.06 (from $1.05 for the last few days). Not back to the $1.37 from January, but still nice to see something going up instead of down :)

Do you see any of the $1.06 custom royalties?

Mat Hayward had written that the royalty rates for the unlimited subscriptions were calculated daily based on total purchase volume - which I would have expected to be the same worldwide, but perhaps that's not the case. I'm in the US; are. you? (I know people had said this isn't a tax withholding issue).

Yes, I'm not in US, so it's still puzzling for me, because the last 2 days I'm getting custom $1.06 too...

@bpawesome What is the image number? I'm not aware of any .28 royalties at this time.

-Mat Hayward

bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #39 on: April 26, 2024, 11:32 »
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@bpawesome What is the image number? I'm not aware of any .28 royalties at this time.

-Mat Hayward

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bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #40 on: April 26, 2024, 12:35 »
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It keeps going down, $0.28 now...

So it was a $0.32 sell - tax withholding = $0.28

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2024, 11:42 »
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It keeps going down, $0.28 now...

That's not good; I am puzzled that I've seen lots more of the $0.32 custom royalties, but nothing lower. I did note that today's royalty rate on the higher end custom royalties was up to $1.06 (from $1.05 for the last few days). Not back to the $1.37 from January, but still nice to see something going up instead of down :)

Do you see any of the $1.06 custom royalties?

Mat Hayward had written that the royalty rates for the unlimited subscriptions were calculated daily based on total purchase volume - which I would have expected to be the same worldwide, but perhaps that's not the case. I'm in the US; are. you? (I know people had said this isn't a tax withholding issue).

Interesting, thank you. And no, I'm still seeing $1.05 for the last two weeks, which is nice because it's higher than the $1.03s

Also why I don't get worried when I see a .32 or a .38 custom, the last two, because these numbers go up and down, not just down or the negative that some folks dwell on. Goes down 2 cents, everything is falling apart, but goes up 2 cents and there's no comment?

« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2024, 22:19 »
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I got a day full of 0.22$ ones today, quite weird...

« Reply #43 on: April 28, 2024, 12:11 »
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I got a day full of 0.22$ ones today, quite weird...

I recommend you check the status of your tax form. I would speculate you are paying maximum tax withholding rates. You can check to see what is being withheld in the insights page of the portal. Click the withholding line item in the drop down menu.

-Mat Hayward

zeljkok

  • Non Linear Existence
« Reply #44 on: April 28, 2024, 19:05 »
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For the first time ever I had 0.31 today.  Lowest so far was 0.32.  Lower custom licenses appear to come on weekends, at least for me.   

But like good Uncle said above,  this gets offset with 1.05 or 1.06 so not much to complain about.   My only real remark re Adobe compensation scheme is that it does not appear possible to get anything above  $30, never mind triple digits - which still happens on places like Alamy or even Shutterstock.  Rare, but possible.

« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2024, 06:40 »
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Today I see custom licenses at $0.31 and $1.03 - versus Fridays $0.32 and $1.06

As there is no minimum royalty, the more images are used in these packages, the less we receive

bpawesome

  • 3D artist & Full Stack Developer

« Reply #46 on: April 30, 2024, 02:48 »
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In the last few days, half of my sales are at $0.28, something bad is going on

And it's not summer or winter or holidays like I see users say all the time, there is a real issue that is starting all over, not just Adobe
« Last Edit: April 30, 2024, 02:51 by bpawesome »

« Reply #47 on: April 30, 2024, 05:48 »
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the few sales I have of 0.32 come from content that I rarely sell,I don't know,maybe it's just a coincidence,or maybe not.

Uncle Pete

  • Great Place by a Great Lake - My Home Port
« Reply #48 on: April 30, 2024, 10:26 »
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Today I see custom licenses at $0.31 and $1.03 - versus Fridays $0.32 and $1.06

As there is no minimum royalty, the more images are used in these packages, the less we receive

True, and that varies. the unlimited subscriptions are calculated daily, based on total purchase volume The more we sell, the less we make, per image. Of course that's actually, the more someone uses, the lower the per image commission, but the same kind of relationship.

Higher volume means lower commissions.

« Reply #49 on: April 30, 2024, 11:33 »
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I thought it'd be interesting to see how much the Adobe Stock collection has grown over the last couple of years and although I don't have exact matches, I do have stats I kept for the collection from 26 Apr 2022, 24 Apr 2023 and 30 Apr 2024.

In general, if your port doesn't grow as fast as the collection does (all other things being equal with your port, which in practice it never is) your income will fall. The day isn't over yet, but for me, April 2024 looks roughly 4-5% down on 2023.

I first looked at the overall (all asset types) growth, but then decided to exclude video because removing the Pond5 collection during that time shrank Adobe Stock's video (it's now about 19.5 million compared to 24.5 million in April 2022)

The everything-but-video collection grew 14.7% 2022-3 and 31.5% 2023-24

In light of that - and the fact that my portfolio grew only slightly in the last year - earnings being 4-5% lower this April doesn't seem as bad as it did :)

I still think the unlimited stock assets subscriptions are a blight on contributors,  but Adobe apparently likes them as there are more different "custom" royalty groups each month



 

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