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Brasilnut

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« on: August 01, 2019, 09:07 »
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Might as well stop adding to the December thread and start a fresh one!

Just published a new brutally honest earnings detailed report...the good, the bad and the turdy...check it out!

I submit to a total of 16 agencies consisting of Microstock, Print on Demand, Rights-Managed book covers and increasingly footage. Here's the link:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/08/01/july-2019-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. Although it often times it feels like a hamster on a treadmill, I enjoy the journey...in particular improving my footage skills with the goal of picking up more lucrative client work on the side.

How was your July?

Terminator Brasilnut
« Last Edit: August 01, 2019, 12:48 by Brasilnut »


angelawaye

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2019, 09:29 »
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Excellent breakdown and thank you for sharing.

(Congrats on making a sale on ArcAngel too!!!)

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2019, 11:09 »
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Great stuff, Alex! And those Archangel shots are really intriguing. You have certainly got the eye for what they like!

Anyone else waiting for Zoonar to report for July? I normally see at least some sales from there before I do my own report.

Steve

« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2019, 11:18 »
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Great info. Thanks

« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2019, 11:49 »
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Fun read - thanks.

Why is your number so lo for Adobe Stock? You have fewer files than at SS, but still, $65 is tiny. Seems really out of line.

Brasilnut

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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2019, 12:51 »
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Fun read - thanks.

Why is your number so lo for Adobe Stock? You have fewer files than at SS, but still, $65 is tiny. Seems really out of line.

Indeed! Most of my pics are editorials (about 60%) so it reflects on the low volume vs Alamy / SS / iStock.

I also started quite late uploading regularly at Fotolia about 2 years ago. Even at $65 it's still picking up slowly...I think that in a year I should be earning about $150 there regularly...let's see!

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As for Arcangel, these are the covers. Let's just say that the royalties are considerably more than the average at micros...

« Last Edit: August 01, 2019, 13:06 by Brasilnut »

wds

« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2019, 14:51 »
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POND5 0? Any speculation on the reasons why?

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2019, 17:04 »
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Well, the Zoonar results were published a few hours ago and so I can complete my own earnings review. Pretty good month although it was massively helped by $333 in earnings from Society6!!!



Here is my overall progress chart - earnings in July ended up much better than the previous years results for this summer low month. I finished with $2866.

Full details, as usual, in my blog post:
https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/08/selling-stock-photos-july-2019/

Steve

Brasilnut

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2019, 06:15 »
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POND5 0? Any speculation on the reasons why?

No idea. But the good news is that all the other major agencies delivered on videos for me.

ShadySue

« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2019, 06:20 »
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Can you clarify that FAA sale you missed out on?
When I forgot I'd changed my debit car in the previous year, my port just seemed to 'disappear' from sale and I didn't notice until I next tried to upload something a good few weeks later.
So are you saying they sold one of your images and you got nothing for it?
Or you got an arbitrary $15?
Or $15 is what you set your commission at (for any size) and you missed out on the accessories commission?

Brasilnut

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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2019, 08:04 »
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Can you clarify that FAA sale you missed out on?
When I forgot I'd changed my debit car in the previous year, my port just seemed to 'disappear' from sale and I didn't notice until I next tried to upload something a good few weeks later.
So are you saying they sold one of your images and you got nothing for it?
Or you got an arbitrary $15?
Or $15 is what you set your commission at (for any size) and you missed out on the accessories commission?

I believe that when it reverted back to the free account from premium (I didn't bother to renew since wasn't getting many sales), the margin dropped to some absurdly low levels. Need to look into it.

Apparently, accessories commission isn't available on the free account.

ShadySue

« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2019, 08:42 »
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Can you clarify that FAA sale you missed out on?
When I forgot I'd changed my debit car in the previous year, my port just seemed to 'disappear' from sale and I didn't notice until I next tried to upload something a good few weeks later.
So are you saying they sold one of your images and you got nothing for it?
Or you got an arbitrary $15?
Or $15 is what you set your commission at (for any size) and you missed out on the accessories commission?

I believe that when it reverted back to the free account from premium (I didn't bother to renew since wasn't getting many sales), the margin dropped to some absurdly low levels. Need to look into it.

Apparently, accessories commission isn't available on the free account.

Oh, they must have changed the way they work, though some things seem to be deliberately obfuscated (perhaps even sneaky).
The margin should be what you set it at, i.e. you set a price and that's what you should get, and their prices are over and above.

I seem to be on some renewal method which isn't direct debit or standing order, meaning I can't see it at all at my bank, yet the money automatically comes off without them emailling me a reminder, as they'd have to do with DD. It was only that I'd had to change my debit card which caused my account to apparently disappear, and they didn't even send me an email to say they'd tried but failed to access my payment. When I signed back up (I don't sell many [and almost all which sell are US-content] but it more than pays the $30 and I love messing about with pics using filters etc). When I renewed, I tried to find an option for direct debit, but I failed to find it, it's just this odd thing I don't even know what it's called. My images went 'live' again instantly when I paid.
It's a bit concerting if they were selling your pics 'in the background'. You can have IIRC 20 pics on a free account, but I didn't even have 20 showing while my account was unrenewed.

Thanks for your reply.

« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2019, 12:23 »
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Thank you for the honest reports, I always share them with friends in the German community.

It really helps people to get an honest perspective of how stock works.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2019, 12:36 »
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Thank you for the honest reports, I always share them with friends in the German community.

It really helps people to get an honest perspective of how stock works.

You're welcome :) I try to give a no-crap approach and I think it comes across. I also have disdain for some agencies and it shows! So far this year I've ditched Canstock, Canva and Colourbox. No regrets.

If you or anybody have any suggestions for metrics, etc I would appreciate.

I tried to set up a poll so visitors can vote on their "Turd of the Month Agency" but had some tech issues...will try again next month.


wds

« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2019, 13:28 »
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Very interesting and useful info!

On your web page you mentioned "video sales on Getty". Do you mean iStock or do you have a separate Getty video account?

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2019, 14:30 »
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I was referring to the iStock ESP reports we get. Some of the sales have Getty across them. I don't have a separate Getty account for video (or stills). Sorry for confusion.

Steve

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2019, 09:34 »
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Great stuff, Alex! And those Archangel shots are really intriguing. You have certainly got the eye for what they like!

Steve

Just published this blog post on getting started in book cover photography:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/08/06/7-tips-on-getting-started-in-book-cover-photography/


« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2019, 09:45 »
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Hi ,


Very useful, many thanks for sharing !

Thomas.


 

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