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steheap

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« on: February 29, 2012, 22:50 »
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Wow - do I get to start this month!

My February was pretty good, but not great. I had a great start with 3 enhanced licenses on Shutterstock in the first week, but that was it for the month. It maintained its average of about one Enhanced for 200 downloads - I had 3 for 700 overall downloads in the month. iStock was pretty good though, with one ED in the last week. Seems like months since I had one of those.

Here are the graphs - more details as normal on my blog:



Steve


ayzek

« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2012, 04:14 »
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Good month. BME as an indie.
Best seller in order:

1 - Istock       21% UP
2 - Shutter     27% UP BME
3 - Alamy        8% UP
4 - Mysite     327% UP
5 - Yaymic    900% UP BME
6 - 123rf        25% DOWN
7 - Veer         87% UP
8 - Dream      19% DOWN
9 - Fotolia      13% UP
« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 04:22 by ayzek »

SA

« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2012, 04:40 »
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« Last Edit: October 24, 2013, 06:34 by SA »

« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2012, 04:53 »
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02.201202.2011RPD 02.2012RPD 02.2011
fotolia 26% 20% +6 1,23$ 1,66$ -0,43$
shutterstock 32% 21% +11 0,57$ 0,50$ +0,07$
dreamstime 14% 15% -1 2,36$ 2,83$ -0,47$
istock 10% 33% -23 2,42$ 3,13$ -0,71$
canstock 7% 5% +2 1,96$ 1,88$ +0,08$
bigstock 6% 1% +5 2,25$ 1,39$ +0,86$
123rf 3% 2% +1 0,89$ 0,89$ +0
stockfresh 1%   3,75$    
veer 1% 3% -2 0,99$ 6,39$ -5,40$
alltogether1,02$1,31$-0,29$

In February 2012 I had nearly the same download numbers as February 2011,
but the RPD goes down, cause of commision cuts at fotolia and is and selling more at ss and less at is.

Only vectors and a handful new illustrations.
« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 04:56 by redo »

« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2012, 05:00 »
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A so-so month for us as IS exclusives (2nd BME).
No EL's this month.
128% better then 02/2011
-13% from last month (before PP for Feb).
Just shy of 500 downloads and just over 2K earned.

Portfolio still growing but downloads haven't moved for 6 months now!

rubyroo

« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2012, 05:13 »
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1. Shutterstock
2. Istock
3. 123RF
4. DT

All up from last month.  The only one of the official big four that was down from last month was Fotolia - for me they came in fifth.

fritz

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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012, 05:40 »
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 1. iStock
 2. Shutterstock
 3. Alamy
 4. PhotoDune

 iStock was slightly better than SS. Alamy and PhotoDune up.
 Others are irrelevant
« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 05:46 by alexmk »

fritz

  • I love Tom and Jerry music

« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2012, 05:42 »
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« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 05:45 by alexmk »

lagereek

« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2012, 06:01 »
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Good month! with SS,DT and FT, in the lead but even IS, and some in the middle tier did well.

« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2012, 06:43 »
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I'm new stock contributor with small portfolio:

1. ShutterStock
2. 123RF
3. Dreamstime
4. Fotolia

« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012, 07:00 »
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February is always a tricky month for making comparisons, and this year is especially tricky because it was a leap year.  We have to keep in mind that comparing Jan to Feb 2012, we're comparing 31 to 29 days.  For that reason, my  Feb 2012 grand total was a bit down from Jan 2012 (my previous BME), but the daily average was up 4%.  In that sense, I can declare Feb 2012 my BME.

Also keeping in mind that Feb 2012 had 29 days vs. Feb 2011's 28 days, my year-over-year grand total comparison enjoyed an extra boost, so again I turn to daily average for a more apples-to-apples view.  My avg daily income for Feb 2012 rose 65% vs Feb 2011.

All good signs heading into March, which is always one the best of if not THE best month of the year (at least for me).  Sales will take a significant dive in April, then slowly claw their way back from May to Aug, and I don't expect to see a big gain again until Sept, if historical trends hold true.

ShadySue

« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012, 07:06 »
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February is always a tricky month for making comparisons, and this year is especially tricky because it was a leap year.  We have to keep in mind that comparing Jan to Feb 2012, we're comparing 31 to 29 days. 
But remember that varying days in early Jan are a holiday in most significant buying countries, so it's more equal than you suggest.

« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012, 07:23 »
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Overall I was 5% down compared to Feb 2011 however the changes in fortune of the various agencies is the telling statistic for me;

SS  +40%
IS   -17%
FT  -41%
DT  -31%
BigStock +31%

« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012, 07:38 »
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iStock: A bit better than last months, still pretty bad
SS: Best month ever! (even on a month with only 29 days!). Almost more than my BME at IS.
DT: Okay month. Not good, not bad.
FT: Lowest since april 2008. They have dropped from my #3 site to #6 (123rf earns me more nowdays!)
Veer: Okay month. Not good, not bad.
123rf: Best month ever!

Overall an okay month, about 12% (with estimated PP sales) more than last years march, but with about 25% more images)

« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2012, 08:55 »
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Excellent month overall for me - up 350% from last year due to multiple ELs and a nice sale on Alamy.  I'm sure it's a statistical anomaly but I'll take it when I can get it.  By Agency:

#1 SS: BME for DLs and $$$, almost 2x better than previous BME, which was last month.
#2 Alamy: BME.  One large sale put it in 2nd place.  Definitely need to increase my uploads there.  Was expecting no sales with my small portfolio there so to get one was a nice surprise - wish I had started with them from the beginning.
#3 iS: One large EL kept it in 3rd place.  Regular sales were OK, on par with DT and 123.  For the first three years they were #1 by far, now they usually fight it out for a distant 2nd place.
#4 123: BME for DLs but not $$$.  Trend is still up.
#5 DT: BME for DLs but not $$$.  Very close to 123.
#6 FT: BME for DLs and $$$.  Hopefully this indicates an upward trend.
#7 CS: Tied my BME for DLs but not $$$.
#8 DP: BME for DLs and $$$.  Almost all subs so lowest RPDL of all agencies.  Nice upward trend.
The rest: Small sales on minor sites.  Big and Veer lower than last year, slow trickle on Crestock.  Still some sales on StockXpert.  No sales on two sites (won't bother to name them).

Portfolio growth has been modest - too busy at my real job - so I hope this indicates that the economy is turning around and things are looking up.

wut

« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2012, 12:43 »
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BME. BME at many agencies, IS, CS (insignificant contribution to the overall earnings, but still), FT. 2nd BME at SS, if I had one more day of sales it would be a BME. DT was pathetic, mid tier agencies remain pathetic (I mentioned BME at CS though) and I don't even bother with the low tier agencies.

lisafx

« Reply #16 on: March 01, 2012, 13:22 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January, and up 1% from Feb. 2011.  At least the trend is going in the right direction...

As usual, Gostwyck, you and I have very similar percentages from each site.  Up or down % from last year in parentheses.   

ISP   28% (-23%)
SS   25% (+36%)
DT   14% (+17%)
Fot   11% (-34%)
Big   5%  (+30%)
123   3%
Can   2%
Alm   6%


microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2012, 14:54 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January

I'm 1% up from Jan as well - but considering Feb has only 29 days... it's more like 8% up actually.

lisafx

« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2012, 14:54 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January

I'm 1% up from Jan as well - but considering Feb has only 29 days... it's more like 8% up actually.

Good point :)

WarrenPrice

« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2012, 15:03 »
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how do you calculate iS earnings?  Are we supposed to include TS earnings from PP and from StockXpert?  Aren't those earnings from previous month?  WHERE do you pull those figures from?

« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2012, 15:13 »
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Definitely my best Feb so far.  January was pretty good too so I hope this is an indication of a better year for us.

Istock didn't even suck as bad as I expected.  The rest are each under 5% so didn't mention, FT just gets worse and worse and worse.    

SS  29%
DT  22%
Veer 18%
IS  14%

velocicarpo

« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2012, 15:18 »
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Terrible month here...I feel sort of isolated  :'(
About 1% above January, but 16% below Feb 11.

« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2012, 15:42 »
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- BME with over 1100$ (1836 sales, 853 at SS)
- from February 2011 +230%

this month (previous month) earnings %

SS 37% (40%)
IS 15% (12%)
123RF 11% (7%) (BME)
FT 10% (9%) (BME)
DT 6% (6%)
ISIGN 5% (1%) (BME)
84%

DP 2%, V 2%, Z 2%, PD 2%
CanStockPhoto 1%, GL 1% (BME 6 sales for 13.52$)
12%

Other 4% (below 1% each)

AYCS from 49$ to 0$

p.s: only 1 EL at FT
« Last Edit: March 01, 2012, 16:35 by luissantos84 »

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2012, 18:12 »
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how do you calculate iS earnings?  Are we supposed to include TS earnings from PP and from StockXpert?  Aren't those earnings from previous month?  WHERE do you pull those figures from?

You are absolutely correct - the way I get round it is to make an estimate (low balling it a bit) of what the PP earnings are going to be in February. I then report that. In my internal system I eventually correct that estimate by inserting the correct earnings amount when it finally becomes available, and so my graphs are automatically corrected at that stage.

Steve

ShadySue

« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2012, 18:36 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January

I'm 1% up from Jan as well - but considering Feb has only 29 days... it's more like 8% up actually.

Is that the New Maths?
(Even not accounting for the holidays at the beginning of Jan.)

« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2012, 18:47 »
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BME for me. Mostly thanks to a BME at SS (3 ELs on the second got things off to a nice start). Veer also did very well with a BME. DT was a good month. I uploaded a fair bit, but I don't think the new images contributed much yet.

In general the month started very strong and then coasted, but the final total was good.

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2012, 20:13 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January

I'm 1% up from Jan as well - but considering Feb has only 29 days... it's more like 8% up actually.

Is that the New Maths?
(Even not accounting for the holidays at the beginning of Jan.)

Yes - New Maths, or Self-fulfilling prophecy, or both: whatever helps to convince ourselves we're doing good is fine


« Reply #27 on: March 02, 2012, 02:30 »
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iStock exclusive:

February 2012 compared to:

February 2011: $ -17% DL -57%

February 2010: $ -32% DL -63%

Still, at least inspections are fast and accurate now the queue is low and no-one's uploading.

I can't even get views on my images let alone sales nowadays.

lagereek

« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2012, 05:31 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January, and up 1% from Feb. 2011.  At least the trend is going in the right direction...

As usual, Gostwyck, you and I have very similar percentages from each site.  Up or down % from last year in parentheses.   

ISP   28% (-23%)
SS   25% (+36%)
DT   14% (+17%)
Fot   11% (-34%)
Big   5%  (+30%)
123   3%
Can   2%
Alm   6%

Same here BS, has certainly increased!  quiet at first but after this Bridge-to-Bigstock,  its coming on strongly. I never doubted the combination of SS/BS.

« Reply #29 on: March 02, 2012, 05:47 »
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Well, I'm up a whopping 1% from a fairly lackluster January, and up 1% from Feb. 2011.  At least the trend is going in the right direction...

As usual, Gostwyck, you and I have very similar percentages from each site.  Up or down % from last year in parentheses.   

ISP   28% (-23%)
SS   25% (+36%)
DT   14% (+17%)
Fot   11% (-34%)
Big   5%  (+30%)
123   3%
Can   2%
Alm   6%

Same here BS, has certainly increased!  quiet at first but after this Bridge-to-Bigstock,  its coming on strongly. I never doubted the combination of SS/BS.
how to join Bridge-to-Bigstock?thanks

michealo

« Reply #30 on: March 02, 2012, 06:04 »
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iStock exclusive:

February 2012 compared to:

February 2011: $ -17% DL -57%

February 2010: $ -32% DL -63%

Still, at least inspections are fast and accurate now the queue is low and no-one's uploading.

I can't even get views on my images let alone sales nowadays.

what makes you say no one is uploading?

« Reply #31 on: March 02, 2012, 06:16 »
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iStock exclusive:

February 2012 compared to:

February 2011: $ -17% DL -57%

February 2010: $ -32% DL -63%

Still, at least inspections are fast and accurate now the queue is low and no-one's uploading.

I can't even get views on my images let alone sales nowadays.

what makes you say no one is uploading?

Size of the queue and length of inspection time.

I'm talking slightly tongue in cheek here of course.

ShadySue

« Reply #32 on: March 02, 2012, 06:19 »
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Size of the queue and length of inspection time.
They need to shift some inspectors over to the editorial queue. Editorials are still taking around a week.  >:(

michealo

« Reply #33 on: March 02, 2012, 06:25 »
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iStock exclusive:

February 2012 compared to:

February 2011: $ -17% DL -57%

February 2010: $ -32% DL -63%

Still, at least inspections are fast and accurate now the queue is low and no-one's uploading.

I can't even get views on my images let alone sales nowadays.

what makes you say no one is uploading?

Size of the queue and length of inspection time.

I'm talking slightly tongue in cheek here of course.

the size of the queue and inspection time don't indicate anything mathematically

if the queue was shrinking that might indicate something but it has been relatively stable at a lower level
and inspection times are a product of this, if there is no backlog then inspection times will be shorter.

« Reply #34 on: March 02, 2012, 06:39 »
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Odd sort of month really - ended up with 3 good weeks and 1 bad one which seems to have been due to the best match shuffling on IS.

Compared to Jan: -7%
Compared to Feb '11: +84%

Video sales on each of the sites are now also starting to trickle in, so it was a BME for video sales with Pond 5 leading the way (though still with statistically insignificant numbers altogether.)

« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2012, 06:51 »
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Overall good month... :D

Here are my  pie slices:

SS -  60% (+ 30% BME)
FT -  20% (+ 15% BME)
DT -  15% (-20% under average)
123RF - 5% (+10% BME)

« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2012, 10:25 »
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iStock exclusive:

February 2012 compared to:

February 2011: $ -17% DL -57%

February 2010: $ -32% DL -63%

Still, at least inspections are fast and accurate now the queue is low and no-one's uploading.

I can't even get views on my images let alone sales nowadays.

what makes you say no one is uploading?

Size of the queue and length of inspection time.

I'm talking slightly tongue in cheek here of course.

the size of the queue and inspection time don't indicate anything mathematically

if the queue was shrinking that might indicate something but it has been relatively stable at a lower level
and inspection times are a product of this, if there is no backlog then inspection times will be shorter.

You obviously know better than me.


« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2012, 10:30 »
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fotoVoyager sorry but what the **** are you doing at IS? with such a massive and beautiful portfolio... they dont deserve you...

lisafx

« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2012, 15:08 »
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Same here BS, has certainly increased! 

Well, to be fair, the BS has increased at several of the sites.  ;)

But in all seriousness, I am impressed with the SS/BigStock combo too.  Nice to see a company buy an established site and nurture it to greater success instead of stripping it bare and shutting it down. 

ShadySue

« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2012, 16:30 »
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Compared to Feb '11:  dls +60%;  $$ +20% (discrepancy due to no ELs last month)
Compared to Jan '12:  dls +18%;  $$ +12%

Just for fun, I checked back. I already knew that I'd had a totally dire Jan - May 2011, for no obvious reason, mitigated only by some decent ELs. (Where have they gone?)
However I had more dls than Feb 2012 in Febs 08, 09 and 10. Money was more in Feb '12 though.  In Feb 2008, just over a year after I started there, I had about 80% more dls than this Feb (but 40% less $$ - good job it's money, not dls, that makes me happy.  :D )

I'm not getting above my station: today I've only had a Sm and 2 Xsm. The joys of ebb and flow.  :o

Oh, and 2 sales on Alamy.  ;D
« Last Edit: March 02, 2012, 18:15 by ShadySue »

« Reply #40 on: March 02, 2012, 17:37 »
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I made in total 0,19% (32 cents) more in February than in January. The distribution between the agencies had much larger variation.

« Reply #41 on: March 02, 2012, 21:57 »
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Compared to Feb '11:  dls +60%;  $$ +20% (discrepancy due to no ELs last month)
Compared to Jan '12:  dls +18%;  $$ +12%

Just for fun, I checked back. I already knew that I'd had a totally dire Jan - May 2011, for no obvious reason, mitigated only by some decent ELs. (Where have they gone?)
However I had more dls than Feb 2012 in Febs 08, 09 and 10. Money was more in Feb '12 though.  In Feb 2008, just over a year after I started there, I had about 80% more dls than this Feb (but 40% less $$ - good job it's money, not dls, that makes me happy.  :D )

I'm not getting above my station: today I've only had a Sm and 2 Xsm. The joys of ebb and flow.  :o

Oh, and 2 sales on Alamy.  ;D
Congrats Shadysue... specially for alamy ;-)

« Reply #42 on: March 03, 2012, 08:15 »
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Completely best earner for me is shutterstock -  about 60% of all my earnings. Overall earnings are growing every month, but quite slowly. just passed 1000 accepted images milestone at shutterstock and several other agencies, unfortunately, my most desired milestone - 1000 usd from microstock per month - is still far away :)
1. Shutterstock
2. Graphicriver
3. fotolia
4. vectorstock
5. dreamstime
6. depositphotos
7. 123rf
8. canstockphoto
9. graphicleftovers
10. veer
11. crestock
12. zazzle

« Reply #43 on: March 07, 2012, 17:09 »
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I am down 21% compared to January and up 11% compared to last year February. My best 4 were: SS, DP, DT, and Zazzle. You can see the full statistic at http://microstockinfos.blogspot.com/2012/03/stock-photography-sales-statistic.html







(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)
« Last Edit: March 07, 2012, 17:53 by oboy »

« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2012, 17:17 »
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Henrik you need to say your graphs here include referral income

« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2012, 17:54 »
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I just added the note under the graphs.


 

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