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« on: August 13, 2008, 16:12 »
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What's considered good to earn per image/month (aggregate of all the sites you might have it on).  $0.10/image, $0.50/image, $1/image?


« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2008, 01:16 »
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anywhere from .50/image/month to $1/image/month I would say is normal... anything outside that is poor, or doing really well.

chumley

« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 10:24 »
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« Last Edit: August 23, 2008, 18:00 by chumley »

« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008, 11:10 »
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Mind sharing your username on those sites?

chumley

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008, 11:24 »
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« Last Edit: August 23, 2008, 17:59 by chumley »

« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008, 11:28 »
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I think you should put them all on midstock ;)

« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008, 11:32 »
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very nice portfolio chumley.

you have stuff with macrostock too right?  like with getty and the like?

how does it compare? How did you decide to enter the microstock market?

« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008, 16:09 »
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I had not calculated this in awhile and I appreciate you posting the query.  I have approximately 230 photos on each of the Big Four sites and am averaging about 62 cents per image per month.

« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2008, 18:49 »
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very nice portfolio chumley.

Yes, very nice.

For what it's worth, I think your images are extremely undersold. Given the subject material and quality of your imagery, I'm quite surprised at your very low numbers. You would do well to make it a priority to investigate why things aren't going significantly better for you in the microstock market.

On the plus side, you've caught the attention of achilles on DT. Sending him a complimentary email may help propel you to some well-deserved exposure.

Here are some links for anyone who's interested:
http://www.dreamstime.com/pictrough_info
http://www.istockphoto.com/pictrough
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chumley

« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2008, 19:53 »
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« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2008, 20:07 »
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chumley

« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2008, 20:35 »
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« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2008, 21:40 »
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If that does occur though there will be lots of other Macro shooters making the change.

That doesn't sound like such a great thing.  If people think they have problems now keeping up their ROI...

chumley

« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2008, 22:47 »
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« Last Edit: August 23, 2008, 17:58 by chumley »

« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2008, 04:20 »
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My revenue per image per month is somewhat +-0.85$ (depends on month). It is quite hard to calculate correct amount, because each stock has different amount of images. E.g local midstock has 3k of my images and roughly returns me 20% of the all revenues. The roi is bad but there is lot of crappy images too. Istock then returns four times much as the midstock site per image but there I have only 800 images... So the revenue per images was calculated total amount of money I did in selected month and then divided by average number of photos online.

But when comparing the these figures to your figures I must be really bad shooter because the images sold so badly. I think my portfolio is little bit off from mainstream micro.

If anyone can give a hint what to do and how to market my photos better (is there market for such images anyway) please drop me a message. All critique also welcommed. You can look my latest photos from SS link above.

br, MjP

« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2008, 07:48 »
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My revenue is about $1.60 per image per month. I started this 3 years ago. My last 300 images are making around $3.00 per image per month while my first 450 are much lower then that.   I have one image that has made over $1100.00 in micro in a year and keep on going, the next highest couple ones have made over $400.00 each and keep on going. Denis

« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2008, 18:07 »
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OK, I did some calculations for my small, growing microstock portfolio
(starting submitting pictures 9 months ago):

month     portfolio size      RPI
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Jan          84                     0.25
Feb        108                     0.37
Mar        131                    1.21
Apr         169                    0.82
May        212                    0.62
Jun         258                    0.63
Jul          287                    0.68

I added SS in March. Portfolio size is an average from 6 or 7 agencies.

I guess I can make another plot for my blog:
http://www.pixelsaway.com/C911796005/index.html


DanP68

« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2008, 00:49 »
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Great feedback Chumley.  It is a pleasure having experienced shooters like yourself on this board making strong contributions.  Wonderful portfolio by the way.

When I started in microstock 14 months ago, I had never taken a serious picture before.  I had no idea what noise was, what composition was... Obviously I had little to no idea what the market wanted.  So the last year has been a trial by fire as I learned everything from how to operate a DSLR, to how to combine colors, to what does/doesn't sell.  I am so thankful I didn't get discouraged, and stuck with it.

My RPI growth has gone from pathetic  to average.   :D

July 2007  $0.54 per image
Sept 2007 $0.47 per image
Jan 2008  $0.84 per image
April 2008  $0.95 per image

August 2008 I will eclipse $1.00 per image almost certainly.  With a shade over 400 images online at SS and DT, I am on pace to come close to $500 this month. Last year at this time I pulled $150 for the month and thought I had hit the jackpot, lol.  Expectations change.




« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2008, 05:09 »
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When I started in microstock 14 months ago, I had never taken a serious picture before.  I had no idea what noise was, what composition was... Obviously I had little to no idea what the market wanted.  So the last year has been a trial by fire as I learned everything from how to operate a DSLR, to how to combine colors, to what does/doesn't sell.  I am so thankful I didn't get discouraged, and stuck with it.

Thanks, this post gives me lots of hope :)
I'm in the same situation as you a year ago, picked up my first DSLR in february and started shooting and learning. I have an RPI of about 0.50 across all sites (better stats are at home), and even if it's very low I'm quite happy about it. It can only go up the more i learn!
« Last Edit: August 20, 2008, 06:29 by Fran »

DanP68

« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2008, 05:28 »
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Keep at it Fran!

I've increased my portfolio size markedly over the last month.  I have a daily goal to upload at least 3 new images to my microstock agencies every evening.  Simple math based on an 80% acceptance rate tells me that will equate to over 70 new images per month, and the daily workload is very manageable.  I'm sticking to it through the end of January 2009, and will then evaluate.

There is a positive side effect to uploading a little every day, rather than a lot once per week.  It gets you into the habit of shooting and creating every day, and I really believe my image quality has increased over the 30-35 days I've done this.  I also take the time out daily to study what is/isn't working so far, and what separates my images from similar successful concepts online.

You obviously don't have to upload that much right away if you don't want to.  But I am telling you that if I started this back in January, my skills would be much further along present day. 

My advice...Try to work at it consistently, and set goals for getting a certain number of images online each week/month.  Once you are sticking to your plan, try to add in sales goals.  This will keep you focused on shooting successful concepts and forcing yourself to improve your efficiency.

Any questions, ask any time.   :)

« Reply #20 on: August 20, 2008, 06:25 »
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My advice...Try to work at it consistently, and set goals for getting a certain number of images online each week/month.  Once you are sticking to your plan, try to add in sales goals.  This will keep you focused on shooting successful concepts and forcing yourself to improve your efficiency.

Yes, very good points.
That's also my idea: setting achievable goals, and uploading a certain number a week in small batches every couple of days. I also like this idea of spending some time every evening to understand what separates me from the best images. I'm having a smaller pace cause of work, but now that Fable 2 is close to shipping, I'm again a free man and I can go out and shoot and learn.
And then try something indoor when general winter comes...

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Any questions, ask any time.   :)

Don't try me. I'm learning, and I'm curious. You might regret it :D

RT


« Reply #21 on: August 20, 2008, 06:44 »
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Yes we are fully involved in the Macro market and have been for ten years. We have roughly 1200 images in RM, RR and RF.

Is this a typo? 1200 images over ten years is doesn't seem much especially to be making Getty a $4m profit last year, unless of course it was you that took the shot of the girl in the purple hat  ;)

chumley

« Reply #22 on: August 20, 2008, 12:28 »
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« Last Edit: August 23, 2008, 17:58 by chumley »


 

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