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Author Topic: Best-selling stock footage sites 2018 and your revenue?  (Read 4395 times)

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« on: March 29, 2018, 15:07 »
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Hi, this topic has probably been up lots of times, but I guess it also needs to be updated quite often.
But which are the stock footage sites where you get most sales and income? How much do you earn?

If you mention your income from a site, please also mention approximately how many clips you have there, since it makes more sense to compare sales when knowing how many clips contribute to generating those sales.


« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2018, 15:17 »
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This is like giving away your trade secrets IMO. I encourage other videographers to get shooting, and am happy to offer tips. However I don't see any point in divulging information on my best selling clips, what niches I do well out of and my financial info. If I were to share this info it can just make it even harder to compete in an already very competitive market. Some info is just not worth sharing.

« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2018, 15:33 »
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I never talked about revealing your best-selling clips or your niches. Sorry if it came across like that. And mentioning one's income and clip volume is obviously only for those who want to. I just wanted a discussion about at which sites people have good sales at the moment. This can of course vary greatly among users. The purpose is to help each other and together understand the market.

I will start the discussion by saying I sell best at Shutterstock at the moment, where I in average make around USD 50 a month from around 200 clips. I recently put up content on other sites as well (Adobe and Dreamstime), but haven't had any sales there worth mentioning yet.  :)

« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2018, 04:21 »
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This is like giving away your trade secrets IMO. I encourage other videographers to get shooting, and am happy to offer tips. However I don't see any point in divulging information on my best selling clips, what niches I do well out of and my financial info. If I were to share this info it can just make it even harder to compete in an already very competitive market. Some info is just not worth sharing.

Sorry for the non-answers JC, but I would have to agree with pkphotos.

These are the top 2 worst things you can do for your sales, even though it's very tempting to talk about it when sales are good:

  • Write a blog about where you make money, and/or how much you make.
  • Write on forums with thousands of visitors about where you make money, and/or how much you make.

Of course I'm being a total hypocrite, because naturally, I love to get this information from others. But the worst thing I can do to my own sales is tell other anonymous creators about my success, and where to find it, more than "I make a living", or "sales are good overall".

I spill all the details to friends and family, but posting it in places that get thousands and thousands of views does nothing but speed up the increase in competition, especially if it's a smaller site.

I think we all know the feeling of "wow, incredible sales, must tell the world", but in reality, it's a quick fix for your ego, and a slow "fix" for good sales.  ;)

I'm sure you'll get some good answers, and sorry for writing what you don't want to hear, it's just the naked truth.  :P

There is just no benefit in bringing in thousands of anonymous competitors. At the big sites, I suppose the damage is already done, though...
« Last Edit: March 30, 2018, 12:44 by increasingdifficulty »


 

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