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« on: October 18, 2022, 11:07 »
Dear colleagues,

Happy to share with you my results for the major agencies since 2017.

As you'll see, the future looks bleak for images in micros (at least for me) if I don't change my ways...


« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2022, 11:57 »
This is really a sad report, Alexandre. Especially since you continue to upload diligently.

I wish you very much that the curves go up again. But, to be honest, I don't believe in it any more - like you.

« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2022, 12:34 »
I think of return per image or RPI and return per download or RPD as a more accurate way to post stats. For example if you have 1000 images at a site and sell 20 images at 100$ each (dream on eh?) the RPD is 100$ and the RPI is 2$.

Sadly, both of those are down a lot across the industry. I certainly don't feel like microstock is worth my effort these days, I will still keyword and upload a few pics that I am taking anyway and put enough work in that I can deduct some expenses, but I certainly won't be putting a lot of work or expense into taking pics just for microstock.

Fortunately I don't need it to put food on my plate, or I might be considering working for a king or a clown, or try to find another option like prints or book covers.

I strongly suspect that footage is following the path of still images, probably at a faster pace.


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