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« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2010, 02:04 »
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 Hi Gejam,
 
 Depends on time. As you shoot your images to double your collection your older images start to lose sales so it depends how many images you already have and how quick and well produced your second batch. I cannot achieve that at this point but a beginner who is improving their speed and quality still can.

Best,
Jonathan


« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2010, 02:34 »
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My portfolio is about 3000 photos, but I've got 3 months to shoot now, so I hope to create a good bunch of new quality photos, although I do realise it is alot of work. Plus they might feet in to the summer slowdown so I might not see a huge rise in my income.

lisafx

« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2010, 08:47 »
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Interesting.  Jonathan, it sounds like you shoot and upload in big batches and then have some periods of relatively little activity.  Is that correct?

If so, I wonder how that would stack up against someone who shoots and uploads consistently about the same amount of images every week or month.  

Most of us have seen that we can sit on our laurels for at least a few months with relatively little drop in sales.  I wonder if flooding the market with a thousand or so images after a relative dry spell would be likely to produce a big bump in sales, where just uploading the same images at a rate of 30-50/week would go unnoticed by buyers.

« Reply #28 on: June 17, 2010, 09:07 »
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Interesting.  Jonathan, it sounds like you shoot and upload in big batches and then have some periods of relatively little activity.  Is that correct?

If so, I wonder how that would stack up against someone who shoots and uploads consistently about the same amount of images every week or month.  

Most of us have seen that we can sit on our laurels for at least a few months with relatively little drop in sales.  I wonder if flooding the market with a thousand or so images after a relative dry spell would be likely to produce a big bump in sales, where just uploading the same images at a rate of 30-50/week would go unnoticed by buyers.

Shooting subject matter at a certain time isn't going to influence when it's needed.  Sure on some of the sub sites, designers might download a file just because it's there.  But for the most part, I think if they need "an elephant perfoming in a circus in spring", they're not going to download something else because someone uploaded a lot at one time.

« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2010, 09:30 »
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My microstock earnings over 30 months grew at an average rate of 0.84 as a function of the portfolio size, i.e.,
 
doubling portfolio = 1.68 income

In one of my blog post I have a more detailed graph showing different phases in my income growth as function of time, but also including monthly submissions. I am slowing down, unfortunately ...
Microstock Earnings First 30 Months

lisafx

« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2010, 14:57 »
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Shooting subject matter at a certain time isn't going to influence when it's needed.  Sure on some of the sub sites, designers might download a file just because it's there.  But for the most part, I think if they need "an elephant perfoming in a circus in spring", they're not going to download something else because someone uploaded a lot at one time.

You are right, timing is probably irrelevant for a niche subject like an elephant performing in the circus :)

However I was thinking more along the lines of popular subjects (business, medical, etc.) that are searched for and bought in large numbers every day. 

A lot of buyers do "browse recent" or search by age, not to mention that at times the default search engines at various sites have been known to favor newer files.   In such cases I would imagine that having hundreds or thousands of images recently uploaded could attract a lot of sales. 

Again, I don' know for sure.  That's why I am hoping someone who actually has tried doing it that way would want to comment. 

« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2010, 11:08 »
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Hi Lisa,

 No we constantly produce here at Andersen Ross. This last year we have entered motion at Getty and have started a stock agency www.spacesimages.com. There are many ways to make money in this business and we try them all. Some pay off bigger than others but that doesn't stop us from trying every avenue.
 Not sure what the next move will be right now as we are supporting these two new avenues at this time but I'll let you know when we get there.
 When you are represented in every field of stock there is always something new to add to. Micro will come back in our production but right now we are trying different options.

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #32 on: July 09, 2010, 14:26 »
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Just one great picture can double or even triple your sales...

lisafx

« Reply #33 on: July 09, 2010, 14:47 »
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Just one great picture can double or even triple your sales...

Wouldn't that depend on your sales?  ;)

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #34 on: July 09, 2010, 15:02 »
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[...] I would imagine that having hundreds or thousands of images recently uploaded could attract a lot of sales. 
Again, I don' know for sure.  That's why I am hoping someone who actually has tried doing it that way would want to comment. 

I consistently see a significant - and lasting - increase in sales when I upload a few hundred pictures in a few weeks following a trip.
Last summer I travelled to Germany (Duesseldorf - Koeln - Berlin - Dessau) and after an year those pictures are still selling well.
It's quite nice to know that I can repay my holidays in 3-4 months and then start earning, makes me wanna travel all the time.

But I never tried to upload such pictures few at a time, so I can't compare with an alternative scenario.

lisafx

« Reply #35 on: July 09, 2010, 15:10 »
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Thanks for the info Claudio.  That is very interesting.  I have never uploaded in bursts.  Only a steady 25-30/week for years.  I can definitely say I don't see any burst of buying activity after uploading but more steady ups and downs.

So at least we have some anecdotal evidence that bursts of uploading activity may indeed spark a flurry of buying activity, whereas steady uploading clearly doesn't.


 

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