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« on: May 01, 2010, 07:26 »
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Here you go...


lisafx

« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 09:10 »
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ISP     39%
SS     15%
DT     14%
Fot     22%
BigStock      4%
123RF   2%
CanStockPhoto       2%
Alm       3%


My % are the same as usual, but the totals are down -12% from last month (not a surprise) and down -7% from last April, (which is a surprise).

« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2010, 11:13 »
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...the totals are down -12% from last month (not a surprise) and down -7% from last April, (which is a surprise).
My experience is the same. Site-to-site, not much difference. But my totals are down -16% from last month and down -8% from last April. A very unpleasant surprise, indeed.

Since I started doing microstock in 2005, this is the first time that my year-over-year revenues for a month are down (and I have been submitting new images at about the same rate as always). :'(

lisafx

« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 11:23 »
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Since I started doing microstock in 2005, this is the first time that my year-over-year revenues for a month are down (and I have been submitting new images at about the same rate as always). :'(

Thanks for posting Michael.  Misery loves company - I am relieved it isn't just me, although I am sorry for both of us  :'(

FWIW Fotolia is the only site where I have had growth from last year to this one.  They are up by 16%.

Also interestingly, last April StockXpert was 6% of my income, and my income has dropped 7% from last year, so it would suggest that, in my case, loss of StockXpert sales has NOT been compensated by increases at other sites.  
« Last Edit: May 01, 2010, 11:30 by lisafx »

« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2010, 12:01 »
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Since I started doing microstock in 2005, this is the first time that my year-over-year revenues for a month are down (and I have been submitting new images at about the same rate as always). :'(

Thanks for posting Michael.  Misery loves company - I am relieved it isn't just me, although I am sorry for both of us  :'(

FWIW Fotolia is the only site where I have had growth from last year to this one.  They are up by 16%.

Also interestingly, last April StockXpert was 6% of my income, and my income has dropped 7% from last year, so it would suggest that, in my case, loss of StockXpert sales has NOT been compensated by increases at other sites.  

Me to, I am experiencing the same.
Only DT is 10% UP from last month, all others are down 10-15%.

Lisa, I am surprised that you are doing so poorly on Alamy. I am not better anyway.

KB

« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2010, 12:14 »
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I'll sadly join the parade, but for me, it was much worse.

April was my worst month since December 2008. Year over year, sales were down at every agency except FT, where they were up about 25%. FT's share of my revenues was its highest ever.

The biggest drop year over year, without a doubt, was BigStock. April '09 happened to have been my BME at BigStock. This year was down a whopping 93% from a year ago!

Overall, my revenues year over year dropped 33% -- ouch!

Percentages didn't change much at all month over month, except FT soared from 11% to 16%, and SS dropped from its record high of 31% back to a more normal 24%.

IS - 34%
SS - 24%
DT - 19%
FT - 16%
123 - 5%
BigStock - 2%
VMP - 1%

lisafx

« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2010, 13:08 »
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Lisa, I am surprised that you are doing so poorly on Alamy. I am not better anyway.

Am I doing poorly on Alamy?  I have no basis for comparison.  I sold 8 images there in April.  

I never expected them to come close to my micro income, but I will admit I have been disappointed that so many of my sales there are through affiliates, where I end up netting $5 - $20/sale.  The low volume wouldn't be so much of an issue if the sales prices weren't dropping like rocks.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2010, 13:10 by lisafx »

« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2010, 13:53 »
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My overall revenue is down 24% compared to last month (but last month was BME) and up 8% vs April 2009.

« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2010, 14:26 »
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Equal like last two months...

« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010, 14:45 »
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IS 34%
FT 27%
DT 19%
SS 13%
BS 6%

Total earnings are down 2% from April 2009, the biggest drop was SS, I had 25% drop there compared to April '09.

« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2010, 15:23 »
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Partially the same story here... April 2010 down about 10% from March 2010.  Was my biggest month-to-month drop in my microstock experience so far.

But April 2009 vs April 2010 is a different story... mainly because I was only about 6 months into microstock in April 2009.  My total this April is about 4x my total from last April (port size of about 1000 now vs. about 250 then).

« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2010, 15:24 »
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SS = 72%
FT = 17%
iS  = 7%
DT = 4%

« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2010, 16:07 »
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another one for the quiet month group, pleased in a way to see others posting the same as I thought it was just me.

re Alamy, my sales are always highly variable but average out at around 15-20% of stock income

IS 27% down (even worse than last month and worst month both for sales and % since 2007, think I took a best match hit again)
SS 22% good
FT 18% down
DT 17% very good, but not enough to make up for the others being down)
123 5.5% good
BigStock 3.6% average
can 3.6% average
veer 1.3%

dbvirago

« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2010, 16:46 »
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Mostly an average month for me, best month since my BME in November. BME at BigStock. Worst month at SS in over a year.

« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2010, 17:02 »
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IS      53.29%
SS     26.77%
DT     10.10%
123RF  6.06%
FT       3.78%

lisafx

« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2010, 17:45 »
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Wow, Ivan - 53% at Istock?  You sound like a good candidate for exclusivity!

« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2010, 18:00 »
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Wow, Ivan - 53% at Istock?  You sound like a good candidate for exclusivity!

Actually, it's because of my audio files. My earnings on IS were always close to SS, but since I uploaded some audios in March and April things changed.


« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2010, 18:15 »
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My earnings were down a bit in April but with Easter and then the travel chaos caused by the Icelandic ash cloud over large parts of Europe, it wasn't surprising.  Hopefully May will be better.

« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2010, 18:28 »
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IS: 40%
FL: 27%
SS: 21%
DT: 12%

Overall income was quite a bit down on last month, as sharpshot said, Easter and the travel problems in Europe probably had an impact.

« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2010, 18:33 »
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Just read the whole thread (after posting, typical).

My April '10 earnings are down on '09 and '08, and only just higher than '07 by a few dollars...

Seems April '10 just sucks generally....

« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2010, 21:53 »
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Micro revenue distribution over agents in April 2010.

- Faint graph underneath = March 2010.
- Misc = SSP + FP + DP + CanStockPhoto
- DT almost at 3d position now, has been #2 for 5 years (revenue down 63% compared to April 2009)
- SS just follows fresh uploads (feed the beast and it will purr)
- IS slowly but consistently getting stronger with highest RPI
- Port size: 1100 (IS = 600, FT = 800), photos only.
- No comment about other sites since fluctuations just reflect statistical noise.

- Total micro revenue 5% down compared to March 2010, 19% down compared to April 2009, despite 25% portfolio increase.

For trend watchers: same chart for April 2009 (April 2010 faint underneath)
« Last Edit: May 01, 2010, 22:57 by FD-amateur »

« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2010, 01:08 »
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April was down a lot compared to March (as usual, March is always my top month), and equal to last year's April.  BUT if I compare with last April minus StockXpert, I went 7% up - so I am not worrying about the big sites, just sorry about the StockXpert loss.

« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2010, 01:08 »
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Overall better than month ago but far from BME. Good news is that SS made new record and dominated results this month. Second time this year I got BME form SS which is really good start. Lets look at other top 5 guys. 123RF came second. Great result in comparison to last year but after BME in January it cannot repeat its success and it is going slightly down every month. Still much better than others. Fotolia grows, slowly but steadily. It is enough be be third. Surprising result form CanStockPhoto due to one Fotosearch Medium Regular sales. It happened after a month of no activity. DT is really down. Something is going on there, I got unusually high rejection rates and almost no growth in sales. IS on the other hand seems to grow. It is still 1/15th of what SS does but it is way better that last year. I wish ThinkStock result were posted faster cause it is now almost half of normal IS sales.


          Apr           Apr/mar
SS      63.91%     135.89%
123RF 10.12%     76.13%
FT       8.71%      159.99%
CanStockPhoto     5.10%      4700.00%
DT      5.09%       50.32%
IS       5.08%       84.18%
BS      1.45%       80.00%
CS      0.54%       120.00%
Total   108.13%

« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2010, 03:45 »
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A rocky start to the month but last 2 week huge sales which meant another BME but only by $20. Portfolio of 1600 files. Great to see all the sites catching up on shutterstock which for a good year was way out front. Veer also worth a mention as doing well as is dtime and fotolia. Sorry I don't work out percentages!

« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2010, 11:05 »
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1. Shutterstock
2. Fotolia
3. Dreamstime
4. ClipArtOf



You can find my full statistic at http://stock.hlehnerer.com/SA.html

XPTO

« Reply #25 on: May 02, 2010, 12:26 »
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...the totals are down -12% from last month (not a surprise) and down -7% from last April, (which is a surprise).
My experience is the same. Site-to-site, not much difference. But my totals are down -16% from last month and down -8% from last April. A very unpleasant surprise, indeed.

Since I started doing microstock in 2005, this is the first time that my year-over-year revenues for a month are down (and I have been submitting new images at about the same rate as always). :'(

The same happened to me! For the first time the earnings from a specific month, were lower than the same month of the previous year!

Now I'm getting worried.

Is this a prediction of something bad about to happen to the economy? I remember the September of 2008 which was almost equal to August, and suddenly, full blown crisis...

In fact, April was the worst month since August 2009!

Besides that there was a drop in the total earnings even if the earnings percentage were somewhat similar to March, except for a bigger drop from IS.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2010, 12:29 by XPTO »

« Reply #26 on: May 02, 2010, 15:17 »
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^^^I wont take any notice of one months earnings.  6 months of decline would make me panic but I don't think that will happen.  April can be a bad month, lots of people in the UK take time off over Easter, I am sure they do in other countries too.  There was also the week of no air travel that caused total chaos in several European countries.  May will probably make up for it.


« Reply #27 on: May 02, 2010, 17:11 »
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First 4 months
March is so close to BME while April was in range with January.
I upload only 5 or 6 images in April...
« Last Edit: May 02, 2010, 17:30 by Suljo »

« Reply #28 on: May 03, 2010, 13:43 »
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A very slow month also for me...m35% down overall compared to last month (my BME) for photos,videos and audio combined. Only 1% up for photo compared to April 2009.
More detailed stats on my blog: http://microstockexperiment.blogspot.com/
and http://www.microstockcharts.com/microstockexp


All the best
L
« Last Edit: May 03, 2010, 15:10 by MicrostockExp »

« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2010, 14:19 »
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I've updated my stats on http://www.microstockcharts.com/holgs

I don't think its that grim a month when you consider Easter the flight disruptions and some downtime on the IS servers.

« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2010, 10:51 »
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I am down 8% from March to April at Istock and have been adding new work, maybe just a slow month.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #31 on: May 09, 2010, 12:18 »
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Jan/Feb/Mar all showed increases over each successive month. But April everyone must have gone away cause earnings for my are way down. In micro anyway, macro was a good month. A few good sales with one in the 9k range.

lucato

  • [<o>] Brasil


« Reply #32 on: May 02, 2015, 09:24 »
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Data based on APR/15
Agency (#files) - Percentage:
Shutter (5291) - 47%
iStock (7770) - 30% (IS+EL, still missing PP+Sub).
123RF (6731) - 6%
Fotolia (5565) - 5%
Depositphotos (6575) - 3%
Photodune (6382) - 3%
Dreamstime (5182) - 3%
BigStock (5236) - 2%

KB

« Reply #33 on: May 02, 2015, 10:04 »
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If you had waited only a few more days, then it would have been an even 5 years between posts.  ;D

But thanks for the blast from the past. This thread contains one of my last posts as an indie, before I was taken in by iStock's "grandfathering" lie. Seems like I've been complaining of dropping sales for 5 years - ha! To put things in perspective, my April 2015 earnings at iStock (not including the yet-to-be-reported Getty & sub sales) was 25% below my April 2010 earnings from all sites.  :'(  My portfolio size (which I pretty much stopped adding to during 2013, once it was clear new files were not being seen) is about 5x as big as it was then.

lucato

  • [<o>] Brasil


« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2015, 06:25 »
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If you had waited only a few more days, then it would have been an even 5 years between posts.  ;D
Kkkkk. Didn't noticed that. kkkk. And it had shown older than 120days message and I thought, how can it be if it is April. kkkk. My fault! I'm sorry about that.

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...Seems like I've been complaining of dropping sales for 5 years - ha!
Well, it isn't only you. Actually my MBYE was on 2010 at iStock. After 2010, the sales just went downstairs.

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  To put things in perspective, my April 2015 earnings at iStock (not including the yet-to-be-reported Getty & sub sales) was 25% below my April 2010 earnings from all sites.  :'(  My portfolio size (which I pretty much stopped adding to during 2013, once it was clear new files were not being seen) is about 5x as big as it was then.
Thanks for sharing the info. Even after 5 years. kkkk. Have a nice Sunday.

wds

« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2015, 07:37 »
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Any indies reporting who are former iStock exclusives within the last 2 or 3 years care to comment on their exclusive vs. indy results?

« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2015, 09:35 »
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I am illustrator and regularly uploading to shutterstock and other agencies but income is still decreasing.

ShutterStock earnings only
Comparing April 2014 with April 2015, revenue decrease by 22%
Comparing March 2015 with April 2015, revenue decrease by 23%


I started in 2012.
Total earnings from all agencies in 2013 was up by 5%
Total earnings from all agencies in 2014 was down 16%
« Last Edit: May 04, 2015, 04:28 by Kamran »


 

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