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« on: December 13, 2012, 16:40 »
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Hey there! I got into microstock recently so I don't know what's normal for the holidays. Are the sales usually fewer in december? I just got accepted by Shutterstock and I want to upload my whole portofolio, but I'm afraid not many people will buy images now and I'll lose the "new pictures" advantage until January. What should I do?


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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2012, 16:46 »
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Yes, sales are fewer during major holidays, and subjects are seasonal too; the more pictures and variety you'll have, the less you'll notice seasonal variations, although there are better months and worse.

« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2012, 16:51 »
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There is often a nice little spike in the next week or so (usually one of the highest in the year) but between christmas and new years and a few days before sales are almost 0.  I've all but stopped uploading for the year and will resume again in Jan / Feb when sales are generally pretty good again.

It depends on what you are uploading though.  If you are uploading stuff that has a very niche subject and your images are some of the only ones available anyhow then upload whenever you want, it won't make much difference.  If you are uploading business men, flowers or hand shakes, you might want to wait a little.

« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2012, 17:22 »
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I see! I'm glad this crossed my mind, I was about to upload a lot of pictures...and most of them are not very very special I suppose.

I've all but stopped uploading for the year and will resume again in Jan / Feb when sales are generally pretty good again.


Oh, so sales are bad in January too?

« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2012, 17:36 »
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Yep, feb, march, April too!

« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2012, 17:40 »
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Yep, feb, march, April too!

only if you submit to istock ;)

« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2012, 17:41 »
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I see! I'm glad this crossed my mind, I was about to upload a lot of pictures...and most of them are not very very special I suppose.

I've all but stopped uploading for the year and will resume again in Jan / Feb when sales are generally pretty good again.



Oh, so sales are bad in January too?


You can see the spikes and drops of my income in this blog post
http://blog.microstockgroup.com/6-years-of-microstock-income-graphed/

ShadySue

« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2012, 17:41 »
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Yep, feb, march, April too!

only if you submit to istock ;)

Touch!  ;D

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2012, 17:46 »
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Yep, feb, march, April too!

only if you submit to istock ;)

Touch!  ;D

But earnings in the last months of the year are higher and you'll earn more in the last 3 months than the rest of the year ;D (only at iStock, of course)

« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2012, 19:06 »
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that's 6k for 6k portfolio, guess it speaks for itself!

- photographer eye (not forgetting to shoot all possible angles)
- stunning models (real people because I do see your castings etc)
- reaching subjects that haven't been done yet
- very nice and clean processing

every time I open your portfolio I am stunned Tyler, you truly deserve and have a spot in stock photography, sure a lot other fields too ;)

« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2012, 05:48 »
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Just to give you and example, last year first half of December made up 70% of the month earnings. So I expect that sales will slow down after this weekend.
As for January for me only the first few days are a bit slower and as for February you need to remember there are fewer days as well. March is typically a good month.

As for the question whether you should upload or not, there is no good answer. The pros would be less competition and faster reviews (hopefully), the cons are obviously less clients and less sales. I personally upload constantly whenever I have something to upload, but that's just me.

gillian vann

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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2012, 06:06 »
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i was hoping to use my xmas "break" (me feeding 3 kids, husband and two dogs 3-5 meals per day for 6 weeks; oh yeah, bring on the holiday "joy") to catch up on my pile of RAW files I've got in my To Do folder. plus we'll be at the beach for most of our summer break so I'll no doubt try to shoot all manner of stuff... should have them edited in time for the nthn hemisphere summer season.

i'm so glad I got a dozen Christmas images up, cos they are doing nicely enough to give me BME across most sites. (easy enough in my first year I suspect.)

« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2012, 07:28 »
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Sure! but this is no holiday or anything. Its like this you see. The most prominent agencies decide that we are paid FAR, FAR, too much. So, since we are totally overpaid they decide to change all that. Tweaking the search, w#nking around with the sort, a little bit here and a little bit there, a little bit everywhere, a little bit up and a little bit down. Wait for it!  this is the best, we push back the higher percentage earners in the search and let the noobs, ponses and panders be first, that mob we can just throw a few cents, they be happy anyway.

Its like a few years back when I described the little monkey playing with himself out in the bush somewhere only this time its got BIGGER! ;D ;D

« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2012, 07:31 »
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Between dec 20th and jan 3rd there are not many sales anywhere.
But again as this business becomes more and more global, the "Christianity effect" might have less impact.
That reminds me. Why is microstock mostly used in the christian world, why does it have difficulties to get a stronghold in the Asian and Arabic world?
If I was doing marketing in one of the agencies, I would look into that question.

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2012, 22:34 »
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or are there stock agencies in china we haven't heard of? *but could be submitting to*?

RacePhoto

« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2012, 23:14 »
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Hey there! I got into microstock recently so I don't know what's normal for the holidays. Are the sales usually fewer in december? I just got accepted by Shutterstock and I want to upload my whole portofolio, but I'm afraid not many people will buy images now and I'll lose the "new pictures" advantage until January. What should I do?


Here's the poll, which was not a huge success, but you can decide for yourself from what people here answered.

http://www.microstockgroup.com/general-stock-discussion/what%27s-the-worst-month-of-the-year-for-sales-based-on-income/msg252007/#msg252007

I'm not so sure that there's any "new picture advantage" at many of the sites anymore. When there are 10,000 new images a week, it's hard to be seen as new like it used to be. Some people say there never was one? I don't know anymore.


 

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