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  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« on: December 10, 2011, 15:02 »
I publish my earnings and the number of images I have online each month, but I've never really analyzed what was happening below the surface, and so I spent an hour or two going through the earnings for the top 10 sites (for me) and working out the earnings per image per month from those sites, and tracked how it changed through 2011. What is really interesting is that at both Shutterstock and iStock, the earnings per image have increased in Q3 and Q4 (two months in Q4). I can explain the iStock results - Photo+ seems to have made a big difference to me on that site. Shutterstock is more of a guess - perhaps the quality of my images has gone up, maybe I am uploading more saleable images - who knows! iSignStock has grown nicely as well in terms of earnings per image. Here is the graph - there are more details on the original blog post:

At present, my total earnings are $0.75 per image per month. Of course I have no idea if that is good or bad, but I'll continue to track as the months roll by!


« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2011, 17:22 »
how is your sales of images from the last 3 months doing on SS? Although SS sales in general are doing well, the recent images just aren't gaining much traction for me. (In the last year my total sales for the last 3 months # has nearly doubled while the sales of images from the last 3 months has dropped to 25% of what it was).

Still, nice to see upward #s in both $ and RPI.


  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2011, 17:33 »
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how is your sales of images from the last 3 months doing on SS?

Down, I think. I used to see a bump in sales when I uploaded new images, but in the past three months or so, a much less pronounced (almost non existent) bounce. I put it down to my most recent (November/early December) images not being as good, but perhaps it is broader than that. I don't really track sales of individual photos very much, but I do notice a lack of new images in the daily downloads on SS.

I do seem to have been getting a few more ELs, but on older images.



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