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  • There is a crack in everything
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:21 »
I had a totally mensis horribilis, after a surprisingly decent January (on iS at least).
Despite having 1 more dl than January, and an EL (125 credits: $15.40  :'() my $$s are -14% on Jan.
Compared to Feb 2013: dls -20%; $$ - 35%
Worst Feb for $$ since 2009.

GI for January: 2 sales for an insulting total of $3.91 (sic)

Alamy: 4 sales: two 'normal' current-average $$, 1 distributor (first in ages), 1 UK newspaper scheme (very low value)

FAA: 0 (put my single greetings card price up). Wishing I hadn't renewed for this year. Still, 11 months to go ...

« Last Edit: March 01, 2014, 08:42 by ShadySue »


« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2014, 08:33 »
2nd place BME overall.

Shutterstock blew everything out of the water. Consecutive BME in 2014. BME up 25% from Jan BME. Feb 14 up 200% from Feb 13. 2 bigs SODS and my first footage sale made 28 Feb 2014 my BDE. (without the SODs and Footage it would still have been a BME :) )

Photodune - BME
123RF - BME
Canstockphoto equal BME in DLs, not in $$ but strong month, up 200% from Feb 13.

Zazzle - 3 sales
FAA - 103$ sale and at 1.30am GMT this morning an 80$ sale. (Which I have to count for March in my time zone.)

Direct sales - nada

February was an amazing month overall.

ETA: I forgot to mention Fotolia, they keep slowly dropping. But I havent uploaded for months.

Dropped DepositPhotos and Alamy in February. Started again with Dreamstime to replace the income, but hopefully without the frustrations of them two.

« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2014, 08:57 »
Almost BME (2nd place), even without one EL on any of the sites! In comparison, on my BME I had a big sale on Alamy, video sales on P5 and a single download on SS worth multiple EL's.

Still, I'm waiting for the PP results from iStock and, while unlikely, it is possible that Feb becomes the BME.

This is my earnings breakdown:

Shutterstock is dominating everyone else with around 73% of earnings, and it will probably drop to around 68 after PP.

During this month, I've dropped BigStock and DP and registered on both PD and CS. Didn't include them in the results as my portfolio is not up yet (although I already have sales).

I have a feeling that March will be an interesting month: 2 new agencies, some new concepts I've been working on during Feb (which I hope will sell really well) and will continue in March. In conclusion, I'm very happy, I just wish that the breakdown by agency would be more spread out. It probably could be if I went through the hassle of uploading everything to DT and IS, but I'm working on new content and have no time to go through their complicated upload processes.

« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2014, 09:03 »
Shutterstock up 300% ! (lol, newb alert)

After being on an upward trend, GL is now sliding down, with only $20.  Pond and Deposit tied, around $100.

Of course, Stocksy accounts for the majority of my sales.  RPD for Feb was $21.

« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2014, 09:49 »
Ok month, positive to Feb 2013.

SS highest as usual but flat to last year (tiny increase over Feb 13).
DT up >20%
PD nicely up, also boosted by referral revenue.
FT average/ ok.
123RF flat to last year, improved RPD but fewer downloads.
Canstock about double last year though still among my lower earners.
Bigstock boosted by one higher priced EL turned in a better month.
iStock, well under last year but have reduced content there due deactivation.
GL nothing.
Alamy one solitary sale after few months of nothing.
Veer - dont even look at it anymore, dls are very few and sub type rates.
Deposit bunch of mostly low-rated subs and sub PLAN (whatever that is) sales.
FAA nothing. Have opted not to pay the membership plan this year due to no sales.

Have stopped uploading or making much fewer uploads to some sites (Veer, GL, Alamy) due to low sales performance. Bigstock due to dismal Sub rate, undercutting SS (am not on the bridge for whatever reasons). Have started deactivating and stopped all new uploads to Depositphotos due their biz practices/ Shotshop issue. Otherwise its business as usual and trying to add new content as best I can to my positive performing sites  :) 

« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2014, 09:57 »
Considering a 28 day month it was on par with other longer months, so slightly up. Alamy doubled from $120 to $240 in keepable dollars. DT up 25%.  FAA a big fat ZIP....again.  Something is going on with them.  Maybe about to close shop perhaps.  FT down 20%, Istock, well, who the fk knows since we don't get PP until next month.

But in the end it's all I can do to maintain my income......that's the biggest struggle for me.

« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2014, 10:56 »
Better than Jan, but nothing special. It was slightly over the monthly average for 2013 but less than Feb 2013. In order of $ the top 4 were SS, Alamy, DT, Veer. A number of the little guys had 0 sales months.

SS is still the top producer but continues to fall in # of dl and with less of the big paying sales in $. It is more like 2011 in $ and 2010 in sales #.

« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2014, 11:18 »
About the same income as Jan 2014, but 10% higher than last Feb so happy enough. SS and IS slightly down on Jan 14, but increases at Alamy, 123 and P5 made up the difference. Also slight bump from Canstock which I joined in Feb.


« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2014, 13:45 »
Same story every month for me.  Sales better than last year on major sites, earnings less. 

Earnings about even with January, and down (only!) 16% from last February.  This is better than the usual 20%.    :P

« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2014, 06:44 »
SS very good boosted by large SOD. Everywhere else pretty much in line with the poll except Dreamstime who continue to underperform . Alamy where I place RM has gone down the swanny for me. A good run at Canstock ended as it returned to normality and veer only showing a faint pulse with 100 pics sitting/sleeping/dormant/dead  in review q.

« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2014, 07:48 »
« Last Edit: May 11, 2014, 23:56 by tickstock »


« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2014, 17:15 »
Good Month actually. long ways from BME.


« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2014, 20:04 »
BME overall for me and BME at SS by a wide margin.

« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2014, 20:37 »
iS Exc. Up just 3% over last year, but up much better for the year as a whole.

« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2014, 09:18 »
Stocksy best as usual, about 4 x times more than SS with the same number of images. Getty about 3 x times more than SS income, with 6 times less images online. 

Feels good to see the subscription sites fall waaaay behind and actually get paid real money for my work. Overall BME!
« Last Edit: March 03, 2014, 09:20 by zeamonkey »

« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2014, 21:24 »
Way up over January 2014 and over February 2013: SS sales are strong, DT & Alamy average, iS down, excellent RM earnings from my own site, and a $70+ sale on FAA was icing on the cake. Not my BME but encouraging.

« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2014, 09:36 »
Good month! 3% up over January, but 55% up over Feb 2013.

Stocksy: 48% (BME)
FT: 21%
SS: 19%
DT: 9%
123rf: 3%

« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2014, 15:05 »
Best 4: Shutterstock, Zazzle, DepositPhotos, Dreamstime
22% up compared to January 2014, 30% up compared to February 2013

Blog Post: http://microstockinfos.blogspot.com/2014/03/stock-photography-sales-statistic.html
List of all agencies I work with: http://stock.hlehnerer.com/SA.html

(this statistic includes income from referrals/affiliate)

« Reply #18 on: March 22, 2014, 16:10 »
« Last Edit: May 11, 2014, 22:56 by tickstock »


  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2014, 06:45 »
I also earned <$1000 for the month.
In fact one of my GI sales netted me 40c (sic).
But as I earned $0 (sic) through Getty last Feb, that is an infinite improvement.


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