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« on: February 29, 2008, 15:03 »
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Sorry I couldn't wait to add up my numbers, now updated

SS 46.2% BME
DT    16.5% BME

FT 9.5%
StockXpert 7.0%
123 7.0%
IS    6.3% BME
BS   6.0%

FP   1.2%
CanStockPhoto 0.3%

Overall BME.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 04:06 by fintastique »


PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2008, 21:31 »
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Overall earnings were up 20% for another BME. IS continues with excellent growth. SS sank like a brick when I had to take a break from uploading due to my day job; not a real encouraging sign for long term earnings growth potential. FT continues to impress. DT, well not sure what to say; up and down. BigStock is up and down, StockXpert just doesn't like my stuff. 123RF really woke up this month.

I'm at the point where, unless something takes a drastic downturn with IS, I'm strongly considering going exclusive sometime mid-2008.

IS   67% (up 60%, BME)
SS   11% (down 60%, WME)
FT   8% (up 60%, BME)
DT   5% (up 70%)
StockXpert   1% (down 70%)
BigStock   4% (up 450%, BME)
123RF   4% (up 800%, BME)
SV   0% (0 about sums it up)
LO   <1% (down 50% from almost nothing)
AB   0% (dead, never had any sales, removing images)
FP   0% (dead, never any sales)

« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2008, 00:18 »
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SS 42 % down
IS  21% up BME
DT 13 % up BME
FT  12 % up BME

StockXpert 5% up
BigStock 4% down
123rf 3% down
SV     1% up

« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2008, 00:30 »
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wow, nazdravie 67% to IS!!

overall bme with 5% increase from last month.

ss 23% (best month in 5 months and best day ever yesterday)
is 43% (down from last month but still good)

dt 12% BME
123rf 6% BME
StockXpert 5% ($2 from BME)
FT 4.6% BME

BigStock 3% down
CRE 1%
FP 1% BME (2nd BME in a row since putting price up to $5 another month and I'll try $10)

Less than 1 %
Albumo,
Canstock
LO
Gecko BME :) first sales

Macro was equivalent to 22% of micro income.
 


« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2008, 01:44 »
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Here are my numbers. Up and down rates are compared to February 2007. Comparing to last month doesn't really make sense due to seasonal variations.

SS 33%    16% up from 2007
IS 20%  -  92% up  -  BME
StockXpert 14%  -  494% up  -  BME
FT 12%  -  256% up  -  BME
DT 11%  -  3% down
BS 3%  -  44% up
SV 2%  -  BME
RF123 2%  -  29% up
Scanstock 2%  -  300% up
FP 1%  -  40% up
Canstock 1%  -  11% down
SPM 0%  -  0% up
LO 0%  -  86% down
Crestock 0%  -  100% down

Total sales: 60% up and  BME

Interestingly, DT, where it's not possible to opt out of subs, went down 3%, while StockXpert, where I've opted out, has developed very nicely and went sky high compared to last year. Scanstock performs very nicely, considering that they cater for a very local market (BME last month), while the other Norwegian agency, Crestock, is in a class all by itself: zero downloads in February. I've stopped uploading.

« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2008, 03:40 »
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FT - 45% BME (5700 images online)
SS - 40% BME (1850 images online)
DT - 13% BME (1900 images online)
StockXpert, IS < 2% (my first month)  (1000, 30 images online)
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 03:44 by Chode »

« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008, 03:51 »
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IS - 34% (with footage help, I sell 10x more video at IS than at SS !)
SS - 21%
FT - 18%
123 - 9.5%
DT - 9% (don't like this site anymore, I upload only min resolution files
      I hate $0.25-0.30 earnings for max resolution level 2-3 images)
StockXpert - 4% (opt out subscriptions)
BigStock - 3%
SV - 1%

less then 0
FP, LO, Crestock, Albumo

« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2008, 04:23 »
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SS - 24 %
DT - 10%
FT - 3,5%
StockXpert - 2%
IS - 44,5%
123 - 2,5%
BS - 4,5%
MP - 8%
FP - 0,5%
Cre - 0,5%


« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008, 05:39 »
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SS 36
IS  31.5
FT  9.5
StockXpert 8
SV  4.5
DT  3
Scan 3
Cre 1
BS  2
123 1
FP  0.5
LO  0

For what it is worth. It is my first real month on micro. An average of 88 pics in the portfolios with a per image result of $1.26 for the month. Now if I had 5000 in my portfolios with the same result, I would be pretty happy!  :D

« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2008, 05:49 »
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I've been at this for about 3.5 years and it was BME for IS on pure download earnings and then add a couple of referral earnings on top of that and it put me way over the top compared to any month previously. I'm getting downloads all over my portfolio. Older images that have no downloads are suddenly getting downloads. They are making it harder and harder for me not to go exclusive.

SS was one of my WME. In fact, I just sent a bunch of files for inspection there and they reject about 75% of them, some of them selling on IS already. What is going on with them?

Dreamstime is doing OK about where they have been for the past six months.

« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2008, 06:18 »
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Very small portfolio - subject to great variations, anyway:

SS   40%
IS    23%
FT    15%
StockXpert  11%
DT   4%
Others  7%

« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2008, 06:48 »
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I have not been uploading any new images over the last couple of months, and the most noticeable thing is the huge decrease in income from Shutterstock, this month was only 25% of my BME.  Good month at Istock though.

Istock     39%
DT          18%
FT           16%
SS          11%
BS           8%
123rf       5%
StockXpert         3%

« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2008, 07:28 »
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Haven't got round to keeping exact stats and percentages but for me, FT was tops by a long way in February.

« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2008, 07:59 »
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A BME for me  :D

SS     32%  BME
IS      25%  BME
StockXpert   20%  BME 
DT     11%  BME
FT       5%
BigStock     2%
123     4%  BME
Other  1%

Looks like I'll be adding another Alien Bees 800 to my collection this month  ;D

« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2008, 08:46 »
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SS - 88%
IS - 10%
FT - <1%
DT -   2%

Mind you, I did put my whole portfolio on shutterstock these last two months, and I wasn't on iStock for the first 18 days of this month!

« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2008, 09:03 »
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SS - 25% (334 images)
StockXpert - 20% (255 images) BME
IS - 20% (42 images) BME
DT - 13% (247 images) BME
FT - 12% (310 images) BME
Other - 6% (includes Canstockphoto, Crestock, Featurepics, Snapvillage, and Zymmetrical)
BigStock - 5% (222 images)

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Earnings up 12.2% from January, making February my new BME overall.

Amazing how 42 images at Istock made me almost as much as 255 images on StockXpert and beat all others except Shutterstock. It was a horrible month at Shutterstock for me, I didn't upload anything new so the sales were down down down. All other sites did very good for not uploading anything new. Very pleased overall.

« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2008, 09:06 »
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Feb was a very good month for me and  IS  is  by far my  top earner.

IS=   40% (BME)
SS=  19%
FT=  18%
DT=  09% (BME)
StockXpert=09%
BS=  03%
123RF=02%

« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 09:16 by stokfoto »

PaulieWalnuts

  • On the Wrong Side of the Business
« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2008, 09:13 »
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Looks like I'll be adding another Alien Bees 800 to my collection this month  ;D
Got my first AB800 a couple of days ago.

« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2008, 09:40 »
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Please keep in mind I Still have a small portfolio but it is growing rapidly. DEC, JAN, and FEB, were all BMEs for me since I had my first sale in November  ;D

Here's my breakdown based on February Earnings:

FYI: I am not at IS or SS yet when

DT   33 %  BME !  (43   images)
StockXpert 20  % BME !  (16   images)
BigStock 20  % BME !  (96   images)
123 18  %            (133 images)
FT     9   %            (36  images)
MP    0   %            (107 images) -Joined in Feb.
ZM    0   %            ( 5    images) -Joined in Feb.
FP     0   %            (115 images)
CS     0   %           ( 7    images)
ALB    0   %           (37  images)  

Mark


« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2008, 12:20 »
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The race to 300$ was not completed successfully, February was actually down by 11% for me.

FT     35.3% (BME)
IS     28.1%
SS    28.0%
DT      8.6%
LO      0.0%

« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2008, 13:16 »
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I have posted my numbers for February in my blog:
http://www.pixelsaway.com/C911796005/index.html
It was my third month in microstock with a ~100 picture portfolio.

My iStock portfolio is doing quite well, FT is starting to move, others - no comments

IS 67.2%
FT 16.2%
DT  8.2%
...

Marek

« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2008, 14:05 »
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Nicely written blog Pixels Away.

vonkara

« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2008, 14:16 »
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Where is the poll about February earnings? Or who's usually making it?

« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2008, 14:57 »
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Third month in microstock, getting much better with acceptance ratio and earnings, overall per pic earnings decreased slightly. Got approved by Istock yesterday.

SS 82,8% (102 images)
DT 17,2% (90 images)


jsnover

« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2008, 17:21 »
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... it was BME for IS ... They are making it harder and harder for me not to go exclusive.

For the first time in a very long time, IS - which came in 3rd place behind SS and FT - was only just behind the top 2 (~$10 less).

I have always rejected the idea of exclusivity, but seriously began to think about it. I can't do anything for a while - I'm free of commitments at DT but need another couple of months for BigStock and longer at Albumo.

The recent dust-up with Fotolia about uploading ID scans over an unsecure link and into an unsecure environment just left me fed up with the hassle of dealing with multiple sites. iStock is no saint in that regard, but at least you'd just be dealing with one pain versus several :). Funny how things change.

The bottom fell out of BigStock earnings in February (it was about the same as Feb 2006!!) after a stellar Christmas season.

123rf continues to be a strong minor player after making Faves choices from my portfolio. BigStock, DT, 123rf and StockXpert trundle along in roughly the same earnings tier.

Edited to add the percentages:
SS  25%
FT   24%
IS   23%
StockXpert   9%
DT     7%
BigStock   5.5%
123   5.5%
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 21:50 by jsnover »

« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2008, 17:47 »
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Interesting stats here are mine:

BME ;D overall getting closer to the $300 mark

1. SS BME + 37% (due to 2 EL otherwise not so good...)
2.FT BME +29%
2.IS BME +36%
3.DT BME +71%
4.123RF BME  +40%
5.StockXpert -11%

These stats are getting more and more complicated to do... I guess it is a good sign. ;D
More on my blog:

http://microstockexperiment.blogspot.com/

L

« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 18:50 by ldambies »

dbvirago

« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2008, 18:26 »
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BME by 13%. Second BME in a row.
BMEs at SX, and SS. Jan besides BME overall had BMEs at BigStock, FT, and IS. Feb would have been a BME at 123 if not for ELs in one month last year. FT only real down month in Feb.

Overall, 2008 rocks.

And today pretty good for a Saturday

« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2008, 19:47 »
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[quote

I have always rejected the idea of exclusivity, but seriously began to think about it.

[/quote]

We seem to be hearing this more and more often. It's ironic that the other sites seem to be pushing so many of us to this conclusion, plus of course IS seems to have performed very well so far this year.

I wonder how they've done it? It's almost as if raising prices brought in more customers :)

We will decide at the end of this month. We have RF on Alamy, and it takes 6 months for them to disappear from their servers. We will then re-upload the best of the unsold ones as RM.

When Yuri stated in SS forums that subs would need to $1 per DL if SS wants to get back on top, I must admit I laughed, but he's right. Somehow I don't see it happening.

Still, with 7 months to wait before we can go exclusive, there's plenty of time to watch what happens.

We might even make Diamond by then. :D

Linda

lisafx

« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2008, 20:17 »
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Overall it was my BME, just edging out November 07 by 1% or so. 

Not BME in downloads however.  The higher $ are a result of istock raising prices and me raising my prices on Fotolia. 
Here's the breakdown:

IS 35%
Fot 20%
SS 18%
DT 11%
StockXpert 7%
BigStock 6%
123 3%
Crest 1%
CanStockPhoto 0%

I am really hoping for a significant raise at Shutterstock to bring them back up to 20% or better of my earnings.  Sales there are very good, but with the other sites raising prices they have dropped in my earnings.  Since I use their monthly payments to pay my taxes I would love to get a raise... :)
« Last Edit: March 01, 2008, 20:21 by lisafx »

« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2008, 18:37 »
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FT 27%
SS 23%
IS 13%
DT 12%
StockXpert 11%
BigStock 6%
123rf 4%
Other sites less than 2% each with crestock and canstock being the only ones with less than 1%

CofkoCof

« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2008, 18:54 »
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Shutterstock   43%
Dreamstime  54%
123 Royalty free  3%

But I'm still pretty new, it's my first month with sales.


« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2008, 20:35 »
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Here are mine.

IS - 56%    (344 images)  BME
FT - 16%    (355 images)  BME
SS - 14%   (419 images)
DT - 14%   (356 images)  BME

I'm still pondering exclusivity at IS but I just can't get past some of the decisions they make.  Every time I inch closer to it they do something stupid. (case in point, I am not happy about their current month-long sale)  A lot may depend on how much of a raise SS comes up with in May.



« Reply #32 on: March 03, 2008, 02:13 »
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Overall down -8% compared to January 2008 (was BME).

istock                           44,5%
shutterstock                  15,2%
panthermedia                  9,8% (BME)
dreamstime                     8,9%
shotshop (Germany)         6,5% (BME)
stockxpert                      5,8%
123rf                             3,5% (BME)
digitalstock (Germany)      3,0%
others (FT,BS)                2,8%

uups, I just checked my snapvillage account (I do that only once in a while due to VERY low expectations...): hard to believe, but my first DL there ($7,50). Time to upload some more images now....
 
« Last Edit: March 03, 2008, 07:40 by faber »

« Reply #33 on: March 03, 2008, 03:47 »
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Istock 29,4%              Declined a lot in Feb., very disappointing
Panthermedia 22,4%  Surprisingly good, I do not think I will make that much next month, because of new commision
SS 19,8% Declined as well because of only one EL
Ft 9% down
StockXpert 9% up from last month
DT 8,5% down
123Rf 0,6% down
BS 0,5% down
Snapvillage 0,25% up
LO 0,14% down
CS 0,05% very few images down

In average a dissappointing month.


« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2008, 05:12 »
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Fotolia      582.27                 22%   
Dreams                   362.02                 12%
Istock      623.07               20%
Shutterstock   972.85                 34%
Stockxpert   187.50                   7%
Bigstock                    155.50                   5%

BME, SS, FT, BS, StockXpert
FT overtook IS for the first time ever.
SS fantastic month beating previous record by  30%.
Overall over 25% up on BME :)

« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2008, 11:02 »
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I've been reading over on the IS forums about February earnings... lots of veterans lamenting the fact that downloads are off significantly over the past several months. I wonder if one of these top line Microstock agencies would ever sharply cut off new contributors? Do they no think the contributors they have now are enough to handle the load of the demand? It seems like the influx of new contributors at all the bigger sites are really starting to dilute downloads for people with bigger portfolios...

« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2008, 12:20 »
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Feb was the BME for me, IS contiunes to impress me with 5 BME in a roll, now for the first time over taken SS for the highest earner for a month, here is the breakdown:

1. IS     33.50% BME
2. SS    23.98%
3. DT   17.71% BME
4. BigStock  8.09%
5. 123  5.57% BME
6. FT    5.56%
7. StockXpert  2.86% worst month


« Reply #37 on: March 03, 2008, 21:44 »
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My February and 2008 numbers, with 2007 for comparison:

Site 2007 2008 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
IS 26% 31% 22% 37%
DT 16% 22% 30% 16%
StockXpert 20% 15% 19% 12%
FT 13% 9% 8% 11%
BigStock 8% 7% 8% 5%
123 4% 6% 5% 8%
FP 3% 3% 2% 3%
CanStockPhoto 2% 1% 1% 1%
LO 2% 2% 3% 1%
Scan 1% 1% 0% <1%
CS <1% 0% 0% 0%
Zymm<1% 3% 3% 5%
rest 4% 2% 3% 1%

BME, 8.5% above previous BME (Mar/07).  Overall earnings were 32% above January and 80% above December (which was a slow month for me).

BME at IS, with an EL helping make it 54% above previous BME (even without the EL it would have been my BME - I can only dream of another month like this...).  DT, StockXpert and BigStock were down by 15-30%.  FT was 80% above January, a good result after six months of declining performance (new prices helped it more than number dlds).  Excellent month at 123RF, more than doubling my average monthly earnings in the past six months.

2nd BME in FP with few but well priced sales.  A couple of good sales also in Zymm made it an outstanding month there too.  Few sales in CanStockPhoto, no sales in CS.

Not shown above, I had one sale in Albumo and one in SV.

Regards,
Adelaide

« Reply #38 on: March 03, 2008, 23:23 »
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Just first month, so sample is not representative...

1. SS 26%
2. DT 24%
3. CS 18%
4. IS 14%
5. FT 8%
6. CanStockPhoto 6%
7. 123 6%
rest 0%


 

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