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lagereek

« on: September 14, 2011, 02:31 »
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Yep!  FT, seems to be almost back to normal for me, plenty of sales, large and small. Anybody else with same observation?  I do like their new interface,  nice and clean.


« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2011, 02:58 »
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No, it isn't.

« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2011, 03:27 »
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Not noticed much of a change.  It could just be the buyers returning from their summer break.  I really don't want to see FT doing well after the commission cuts, I've stopped uploading and hope buyers look for my portfolio elsewhere.

« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2011, 03:31 »
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Absolutely not!!!!!   You just got lucky.
Still at one third of last year.

Slovenian

« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2011, 03:38 »
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Not noticed much of a change.  It could just be the buyers returning from their summer break.  I really don't want to see FT doing well after the commission cuts, I've stopped uploading and hope buyers look for my portfolio elsewhere.

+1, just waiting for the next payout so I can delete my port

« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2011, 03:42 »
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Not for me unfortunately. :(

Xalanx

« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2011, 04:29 »
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I'm getting sudden bursts of tens of subscription sales, in abnormal quantities. It's half of the month but it's already BME in terms of number of sales. Of course RPD is catastrophic, since the normal credit sales are vastly outnumbered by subs.

Carl

  • Carl Stewart, CS Productions
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2011, 05:50 »
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I have noticed a change lately.  I went from averaging two sales per month to six.  Yippee!  I'm rich!  Mom can finally afford that operation!!!   :P

RT


« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2011, 05:55 »
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Looking forward to seeing next months post - FT is dropping down!!  Ebb and flow  :P

lagereek

« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2011, 07:46 »
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Bloody hell!  well maybe I just got lucky then, but somehow I doubt it, FT, has always been a fair sellar for me.

XPTO

« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2011, 08:56 »
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If nothing changes I expect to earn this month half of the average of the fist five months of the year. Simply frightening.

lisafx

« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2011, 09:10 »
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No, it isn't.
+1.  Fotolia sales still dire here. 

Wim

« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2011, 09:58 »
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Lagereek, I've said it before m8, your port is golden, subject and quality is top notch!
I doubt you will ever see a decrease anywhere.

Bah, depressing  :-\

CD123

« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2011, 11:23 »
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Sales on my much smaller and less impressive port has picked up as well, BUT it is still all the few cents stuff.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2011, 11:36 »
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Earnings are a bit down due to their (repeated) paycuts but sales have always been the same for me, and quite good actually for older pictures -  Problem is new files have little sales.
« Last Edit: September 14, 2011, 12:49 by microstockphoto.co.uk »

« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2011, 11:43 »
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If I didn't have photos that are over 3 years old my sales would be a big fat zero.

« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2011, 12:04 »
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Not for me either. Over the last 18 months FT have steadily slumped from a peak of 26% of my revenue down to about 16% nowadays. My data suggests that both they and Istock have been losing customers to SS.

The fact that FT recently simplified and reduced their prices for subscriptions indicates that they may be struggling to maintain momentum. When growth in microstock was stratospheric almost all agencies were continually bumping prices up.

nruboc

« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2011, 13:11 »
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Not for me either. Over the last 18 months FT have steadily slumped from a peak of 26% of my revenue down to about 16% nowadays. My data suggests that both they and Istock have been losing customers to SS.

The fact that FT recently simplified and reduced their prices for subscriptions indicates that they may be struggling to maintain momentum. When growth in microstock was stratospheric almost all agencies were continually bumping prices up.

Contrary to your opinion/data, I think the evidence is pretty obvious that Fotolia made a significant best match change that affected the top earners pretty dramatically due to the fact that the drop happened almost overnight for most that have responded in this forum, NOT that they're hemorrhaging customers.  The fact that they simplified and reduced prices could easily be interpreted as just wanting to maintain momentum. 

lisafx

« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2011, 13:28 »
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Contrary to your opinion/data, I think the evidence is pretty obvious that Fotolia made a significant best match change that affected the top earners pretty dramatically due to the fact that the drop happened almost overnight for most that have responded in this forum, NOT that they're hemorrhaging customers.  The fact that they simplified and reduced prices could easily be interpreted as just wanting to maintain momentum. 

No doubt you are absolutely right about the search engine change.  Can't be a coincidence that nearly all top earners are reporting big drops at the same time. 

But there does seem to be some evidence of overall slowing of traffic to IS and FT.  Trending sites Compete, Alexa, and Google Trends all show the same decline, while showing growth for SS. 

« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2011, 13:39 »
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Contrary to your opinion/data, I think the evidence is pretty obvious that Fotolia made a significant best match change that affected the top earners pretty dramatically due to the fact that the drop happened almost overnight for most that have responded in this forum, NOT that they're hemorrhaging customers.  The fact that they simplified and reduced prices could easily be interpreted as just wanting to maintain momentum. 

Fair comment. Not being a 'top earner' myself I don't think I ever enjoyed the best match boost you describe. I could never quite understand why some folk seemed to do so much better on FT relative to how they sold elsewhere.

Of course the flaw in your argument is that when there is a significant best match change it should produce both losers and winners amongst the contributors. With the exception of the OP I don't recall any others rejoicing at their FT sales. Quite the reverse.

nruboc

« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2011, 13:54 »
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Contrary to your opinion/data, I think the evidence is pretty obvious that Fotolia made a significant best match change that affected the top earners pretty dramatically due to the fact that the drop happened almost overnight for most that have responded in this forum, NOT that they're hemorrhaging customers.  The fact that they simplified and reduced prices could easily be interpreted as just wanting to maintain momentum. 

Fair comment. Not being a 'top earner' myself I don't think I ever enjoyed the best match boost you describe. I could never quite understand why some folk seemed to do so much better on FT relative to how they sold elsewhere.

Of course the flaw in your argument is that when there is a significant best match change it should produce both losers and winners amongst the contributors. With the exception of the OP I don't recall any others rejoicing at their FT sales. Quite the reverse.



Not sure who you are, but from your chart, you look to be a top earner, as least to what I was referring to. People aren't  as quick to post their successes, especially in a thread of many top earners complaining about their results. I also suspect it is benefitting many newbies since Fotolia makes more on their subscription sales, and who don't have as large a representation here in this forum.

lisafx

« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2011, 15:19 »
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Of course the flaw in your argument is that when there is a significant best match change it should produce both losers and winners amongst the contributors. With the exception of the OP I don't recall any others rejoicing at their FT sales. Quite the reverse.

I thought you were a pretty big seller.   :)

I seem to remember reading a fair number of posts from FT newbies and smaller sellers who have reported increases in sales over the same period that the golds & emeralds are reporting declines.  The best match seems to have shifted so that the folks who get the lowest % get more of the sales.  

Just a theory.  I haven't done any exhaustive research beyond what I've read in the forums or chatted about with acquaintances.  
« Last Edit: September 14, 2011, 15:22 by lisafx »

« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2011, 15:41 »
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for my small income there I can say they are constantly up and down, I am having around 100 sales per month but the $ changes a lot.. a few days ago I have placed the EL at 50$ (used to have at 30$) and a few days later had 2 ELs luck for sure but they are quite stagnated comparing per example with 123RF which seem to have more sales month after month, quite depressing actually looking at FT sales

lagereek

« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2011, 15:43 »
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Yes,  the best match change really brought earnings down. The FT, best match change was totally uncalled for and without any reason what so ever. As I said earlier, earnings are not back to what they were before the change but they have gone up.

CD123

« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2011, 16:37 »
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Just a (big) shot in the dark here, but what will you do if you have a large subscription base and have a cash flow problem? I will try do spread my sales over a larger contributor base with lower sales percentage, increasing the time span before payment will be due to my suppliers (contributors)......


 

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