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Tuilay

« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2009, 17:34 »
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IS was my favorite but in the past two months, FT has generated more income for me than IS.

FT is again outperforming IS this month. I get a bit depressed when I read IS forums because IS seems to become more and more egocentric, while its sales are declining. Perhaps the exclusives get better treatment. On the other hand, how can I trust IS with exclusivity when my port's performance is declining?

I wish both IS and FT well, and hopefully FT will continue its success.

To go a step further to what Freedom said," I get a bit depressed when I read IS forums because IS seems to become more and more egocentric, while its sales are declining. Perhaps the exclusives get better treatment. On the other hand, how can I trust IS with exclusivity when my port's performance is declining? ".

To choose between the two evils, I would trust FT more than I trust IS . Having one of the IS exclusives judge my work as a reviewer ?   ::) To say something nice about FT . At least FT  is unfair to all , without prejudice  . In that sense, I am rooting to Fotolia.

To sum up,  Dreamstime is definitely fitting to topple SS. I am looking for that day to celebrate, with a round of the best ale in the house  8)
« Last Edit: January 14, 2009, 17:37 by Tuilay »


hali

« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2009, 17:41 »
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To sum up,  Dreamstime is definitely fitting to topple SS. I am looking for that day to celebrate, with a round of the best ale in the house  8)

Yo, I can go for that , Tuilay. Ale's the magic word in my dictionary... bottoms up !
Yay! go DT  go    ;D ;D ;D

« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2009, 19:57 »
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I'm another one who agrees with pixart, but I aint complaining about FT I'll take their sales and money as quick as anyones :) personally I expect FT take #2 spot over DT by March / April but they both still have a long long way to go to catch IS for me.

Phil

« Reply #28 on: January 15, 2009, 01:04 »
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As a very part time microstocker myself, i appreciate the sites that payout the most money to me on a monthly basis.  Since last May FT has consistently outperformed DT and IS (by a multiplier of greater than 4X most months) as far as my earnings go.  Only SS has been better or at the same level.  I have a similar portfolio on all but IS - which is a little smaller due to their upload restrictions/process.  I have been with FT almost three years, and they have definitely made some quick gains these last 6 months.  I hope they continue.

I understand the concerns about FT's contributor relations problems, but they have been sending lots of money my way (comparably anyway  :)) when some of the sites that pay higher percentages have been awfully slow and have earned me far less.

I appreciate all of your thoughts.  These threads are interesting.

« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2009, 05:07 »
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To sum up,  Dreamstime is definitely fitting to topple SS. I am looking for that day to celebrate, with a round of the best ale in the house  8)

Yo, I can go for that , Tuilay. Ale's the magic word in my dictionary... bottoms up !
Yay! go DT  go    ;D ;D ;D

I totally love DT as well, and my love is so unshakable that even the recent steep increase in rejections cant diminish it :D

« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2009, 08:26 »
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Frankly, I am happy with istock right where it is. 

If they drop from their position at the top then they will likely lose a lot of their exclusives, and that means a flood of really excellent imagery flowing onto the other sites and engulfing a lot of us in it's path.

But if istock were to lose the top spot, I would much prefer DT over Fotolia for the reasons so well laid out by Pixart.  :)

yeah I have to agree with Pixart and Lisa on those comments. Except to say that FT not only doesn't give advance notice, they also don't give any notice after a change (eg. DL's required to change rank and increase royalties). FT used to be my favourite site and the one I had highest expectations for, so I certainly hope for a change from them, but its not the sort of hope that comes with any real expectation.

Dreamstime on the other hand is growing pretty consistently for me, both in total revenue and $/download. On top of that I find the site offers a better community that fotolia, have far more consistent reviews and is much more easy to navigate.

hali

« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2009, 10:41 »
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Maybe it's just me, but in my case, it seems to be the reverse. I have no problem with Fotolia, including communication. Rejections are there but they are not weird ones like I get with Istock.  I do agree though, that Istock support is very responsive. Still, I'm not so sure about some of the "dooseys" ( rejection reasons), as someone on this forum calls them .
I do hope for a good change in Fotolia ! (odd one out here !)

Tuilay

« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2009, 10:47 »
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hali, you stick to FT if IS is not crazy about your work.
based on the polls here, FT is not doing too badly, in spite of the negative remarks from some commentors.
i get the feeling that there are more pros than cons in the FT group; as opposed to the IS group.
go with your gut feeling.
..and  the ale is on the house, when you do succeed at FT  ;)

« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2009, 13:28 »
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You know what Hali, I've been at FT since before V2.  Around that time I re-ordered my keywords, and for one of those two reasons I dissapeared.  I could never understand photographers stating how FT could be their number 1 or 2.  It didn't make any sense to me because they were such a lame duck.  But then, maybe in October they fixed something.  I started to get real sales, and it seems to be improving every month.  At this point they are sitting #1 by a hair for me in January.  It's not entirely a fair comparison because SS had really declined, but for most of last year FT was 4-6th position.   I'm very happy they fixed whatever was broken with that search engine.   

hali

« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2009, 16:54 »
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Pixart, Tuilay, cheers !
You know, Fotolia is not perfect (like um, Istock,  ;D.. just joking)
and somehow I like to think they are listening and want to make things better in 2009.
I just got 2 rejections , my first after a 100% acceptance , from Fotolia,
but hey, they still seem fair to me. No strange rejection reasons.
And with my first 2 rejections ,I just found out I am not perfect with Fotolia, too. phew ! ha!ha!...

« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2009, 17:19 »
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I favor Dreamstime.

What I dislike about Fotolia is their watermark and the categories. I also don't like how you have to fill in your social security number before you reach $600. At least they finally encrypted it on the site. I guess all of the complaints to the BBB finally forced some compliance.


 

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