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« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2011, 15:21 »
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You have to understand Shutterstock and how it works.

I'm selling extremely well on Shutterstock.  I know exactly how it works.  And I know that people who submit stuff that can't stand on its own will obsess over timing their submissions so they appear in New Uploads search results at peak buying times, and if the photos are lost after that, they blame it on the site.  Wrong.  If the photos get buried it's because there are too many like them and they are not needed.  

Is it Amazon's fault if you write a book on something extremely generic like "Making Money" and it is buried under 10,000 other books just like it and you never sell a single copy?  Maybe you should have created something more original, or at least put a unique spin on it to grab attention.  Don't blame the site, blame the author.

You wrote: "I had about 30 uploaded in a single batch and non ever sold.  In fact, I could not find them with a keyword search.  Then a day or two later they were there but no DL's.   shame we work so hard on creating images and get nothing in return."  To me, that sounds like you rely on getting into the "most recent uploads" search results to make sales.  If you do, I stand by my comments above.


« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2011, 15:29 »
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>>>>>>:>So I say focus foremost on the first part of the advice I gave: "Find under-represented subject matter."  And if you can truly marry that with part two: "offer a bold and unique approach" you'll not only have some of the few available pics for a given search, but you'll secure yourself "best of the bunch" status for some time.


   missing in this and other suggestions is any recognition that the images alsoi have to be something that buyers will want and need!  i've got plenty of under-represented subjects, but there's a reason they're under-represented!  they're not images that designers need!

Yes, of course that is an integral part.  My whole mantra is "Put yourself in the mind of a buyer.  What image is going to help you most effectively get your message across.  What makes one stand apart from the others?"  To even get to this point, of course you need to be uploading subjects that people actually WANT.  Will your puppy dog or rainbow pictures help a lawyer win a new client?  Help a sales manager motivate his team?  Help a data provider convey the power of data? 

It slays me when I see someone say something like they have 50 new pics to upload from their latest trip to Yosemite, or something like that.  Really?  Does anyone need more shots like that?  Do those help anyone, aside from an outdoorsy calendar printer?  That's just asking to be buried in the bottom of search results.

« Reply #27 on: March 03, 2011, 15:42 »
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All true.  But there still has to be a relationship between the commission structure and the cost of production.  Let's say I think of an unrepresented subject, but it will cost me $20 for objects in the shot, and take an hour to produce.  If after 2 years I've only made $20 on the shot, I wasted my time, even though there are obviously a few buyers who wanted this niche subject - and would probably have been willing to pay a few more dollars for it.

Some subjects might be unrepresented because it's not possible to make money on them at current prices.   That's a gap that sites like CC and GL might be expected to fill, but it doesn't seem to be happening yet. 
« Last Edit: March 03, 2011, 16:33 by stockastic »

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« Reply #28 on: March 03, 2011, 23:23 »
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I haven't uploaded anything new to SS in about 2 months, and my sales are up month after month. If something is broken at SS, please don't fix it. :)

« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2011, 04:53 »
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Same here, Slovenian.  I had about 30 uploaded in a single batch and non ever sold.  In fact, I could not find them with a keyword search.  Then a day or two later they were there but no DL's.   shame we work so hard on creating images and get nothing in return. 


Microstock is not "falling apart."   What needs to be fixed is how contributors are going about it.  The sentiment above is a symbol of the biggest problem.  Relying on "Most Recently Uploaded" status to get your new images noticed is a recipe for failure.  It's admitting that your images are nothing special, and that the only way buyers will find them is if they appear at just the right moment in a Recent Uploads search.   Quit uploading more of the same old stuff that is just like thousands of other pics already online.  What are you contributing?  Noise.  It doesn't help buyers and it bogs down the agencies (no doubt contributing to the very problems that prompted this thread.)

Recipe for success: Find under-represented subject matter.  If you can't, at least offer a bold and unique approach or style to well-covered subjects.  Think like a buyer and ask yourself "Why would I buy this image over the countless others just like it?" 

If you can't come up with an answer, then microstock will forever seem "broken" or "falling apart" to you.


I do agree, but don't forget the images have to show up in the "recent" search before they can climb the "most popular" search. Shutterstock updates once a day I guess, and either you're lucky and have your images end up on the first page, or they end up at page 50+. I've tried both and it does make a huge difference sales-wise. It's not "sustainable" to entirely rely on this kind of luck of course, but the initial sales boost is very helpful to the images potential of going into the most popular search. SS has had bugs in the past that caused the images to show up several days after they were accepted, thus ending up at page 100 where no one sees them. Especially if the subject is a generic one like backgrounds.

Some people are talented enough to get their images in the most popular search regardless of their initial placement (Anja Kaiser for instance), but I'm sure it still makes a difference what page no. the images ends up at in the first place.

The fair solution imo, would be to update the library more often, once an hour or so. It would give buyers a chance to see all recent submissions, and better yet it would kill off any speculations and worries among contributors on what weekday to submit, how to spread uploads etc. but I guess it takes a lot of bandwidth or maybe buyers prefer it this way. It used to be okay I believe, but with this many contributions each day it requires a little more updating of the library

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« Reply #30 on: March 04, 2011, 18:23 »
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I haven't uploaded anything new to Shutterstock in about 2 months, and my sales are up month after month. If something is broken at Shutterstock, please don't fix it. :)

True in the long run, but feed the beast still works. Right after a new upload, I seem to always get sales across my entire collection. It doesn't last as long as it used to. For me a day or two at the most. Then everything drops back to the steady level, whatever that may be.

Sales do enhance rank, so you are doing fine. Better pictures, better downloads, you get a better boost than I do with the "CrapStock"

Also the honeymoon for new files is shorter because even three years ago, the volume of new images wasn't as much as it is now. Faster in, fast out the other side. We get new images cycled through at a higher speed.

MS falling apart, I don't think so. Even stranger is I used to be even 50/50 SS and IS earnings. (not downloads, earnings) Now IS has passed SS and IS has lowered commissions. What's up with that?

I still count dollars, not downloads, views or friendly forums or other feel good  features. IS and SS are the winners. :)   "Show Me The Money!"

« Reply #31 on: March 09, 2011, 19:15 »
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You have to understand Shutterstock and how it works.

I'm selling extremely well on Shutterstock.  I know exactly how it works.  And I know that people who submit stuff that can't stand on its own will obsess over timing their submissions so they appear in New Uploads search results at peak buying times, and if the photos are lost after that, they blame it on the site.  Wrong.  If the photos get buried it's because there are too many like them and they are not needed.  

Is it Amazon's fault if you write a book on something extremely generic like "Making Money" and it is buried under 10,000 other books just like it and you never sell a single copy?  Maybe you should have created something more original, or at least put a unique spin on it to grab attention.  Don't blame the site, blame the author.

You wrote: "I had about 30 uploaded in a single batch and non ever sold.  In fact, I could not find them with a keyword search.  Then a day or two later they were there but no DL's.   shame we work so hard on creating images and get nothing in return."  To me, that sounds like you rely on getting into the "most recent uploads" search results to make sales.  If you do, I stand by my comments above.

Not the case with me...but that being said, you obviously don't read the forums.  There is a known bug causing images to disappear.  Anthony has stated that they are aware of it and are working on resolving it.  So your assessment was wrong all along.


 

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