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Brasilnut

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« on: March 02, 2019, 06:59 »
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Hey all,

Taking a page from Steve's earnings reports, I've finally taken the courage step to disclose (most) of my stock photography/videography earnings.

Full summary on my blog:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/03/01/first-ever-earnings-report-feb-2019/

I'll be back next month!

Alex


« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2019, 09:33 »
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Thanks for sharing, insightful!

BTW - good luck in your poker tournament! Did you get a free-buy in? Or did you pay $10k to join?

« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 12:24 »
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Alex, amazing article. I loved your pictures. I saw that some of the low earners are not worth the time. What are your thoughts on Bigstock? Have you ever had sales on Picfair? How many pictures you have there compared with AS or SS for example? Thanks a lot.

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Brasilnut

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 20:55 »
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Thanks for sharing, insightful!

BTW - good luck in your poker tournament! Did you get a free-buy in? Or did you pay $10k to join?

I'll try to satellite into the main event, otherwise play some of the smaller events. Hopefully I'll be out there taking pics with a press pass...that would be the nuts!

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Alex, amazing article. I loved your pictures. I saw that some of the low earners are not worth the time. What are your thoughts on Bigstock? Have you ever had sales on Picfair? How many pictures you have there compared with AS or SS for example? Thanks a lot.

Thanks! Bigstock is a low earner but at least there's some consistency there with regular small value sales. I've only had 1 sale at Picfair with 4,389 pics and 36,580 views. Disappointing but they're a new agency so need to give them time.


« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 02:26 »
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Big stock WAS consistent for me albeit at a very small level. The last couple of months sales are almost non existent.

Shelma1

« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2019, 07:07 »
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Lol.

« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2019, 15:38 »
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Thank you very much Alex! Truly appreciated. I‘ll share it widely.
« Last Edit: March 03, 2019, 17:50 by cobalt »

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2019, 18:45 »
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Thank you very much Alex! Truly appreciated. I‘ll share it widely.

Thanks! I trust March will be better and not only for the extra few days, but also for some clip sales! :D

« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2019, 06:20 »
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Thank you very much Alex! Truly appreciated. I‘ll share it widely.

Thanks! I trust March will be better and not only for the extra few days, but also for some clip sales! :D
Really good stuff Alex!
Your blog has improved a lot and it looks very professional know.
Plenty of interesting stuff, thank you for sharing!

« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2019, 10:37 »
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Thanks Alex. Really useful for someone starting Stock photography like me. Have been reading a few articles from your blog and am especially intrigue by people stealing photos from other accounts in Shutterstock.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2019, 11:27 »
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I'm a bit late this month, but here is my February report on earnings. Bottom line - similar to previous February's, although with a much greater volume of files for sale, that isn't a great message!

https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/03/making-money-from-stock-photos-feb-2019/



I did pass a major threshold over the weekend though - 100,000 downloads from Shutterstock. Just took me 11 years to do it!!



Steve

« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2019, 12:03 »
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much greater volume of files

Perhaps you snould follow Alex "lesson learned" part of his post and not expose the good ones? It is not difficult to copy Dolly one movement and perhaps the subjects you describe...

Thank you both for your posts, they are motivational for people like me just entering the stock world.

:)

« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2019, 14:54 »
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much greater volume of files

Perhaps you snould follow Alex "lesson learned" part of his post and not expose the good ones? It is not difficult to copy Dolly one movement and perhaps the subjects you describe...

Thank you both for your posts, they are motivational for people like me just entering the stock world.

:)
I wish I could find them motivational it just says to me I'm going to work harder and harder to stand still. Its an extremely tough business now with no reason to expect it to get anything but tougher.

Uncle Pete

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« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2019, 16:11 »
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Thanks Alex. Really useful for someone starting Stock photography like me. Have been reading a few articles from your blog and am especially intrigue by people stealing photos from other accounts in Shutterstock.

Just so we don't go off into assumptions, and false targeting, people don't always steal from Shutterstock to post on Shutterstock. They steal from many other places, to post on Shutterstock and other sites. Some may be from other SS accounts. Many have been found from Pinterest or Postimage.org, or the sites that offer free images, which happen to be stolen. Some collections are sold on sales sites.

There are back doors into a number of sites, I won't post them. The same people who try to cheat and make money on SS have also been found on AS and IS and the smaller sites. There's also a big problem when someone can steal parts of illustrations and include them or modify them, as their own. Not as easy to find as photos sometimes.

I just didn't want this to turn into a ShutterStock bash, when the problem is everywhere.

I wish I could find them motivational it just says to me I'm going to work harder and harder to stand still. Its an extremely tough business now with no reason to expect it to get anything but tougher.

Every year since I started. We upload more, work harder and make less for the same effort as the year before. You are correct. But since there's still something and a little residual, I'll keep adding new to a few places and let it ride on the others.  :)
« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 16:14 by Uncle Pete »

« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2019, 00:50 »
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I'm going to work harder and harder to stand still

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work harder and make less for the same effort as the year before

Well, I don't have to click on Alex post again, I remember clearly that he said (wrote)

"keep pushing and learning"

Assuming all markets nowadays are oversaturated with hard competition and not always fair players... well....

Yup! that's motivation! :D :D

« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2019, 00:51 »
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double posted, sorry :)
« Last Edit: March 05, 2019, 00:58 by georgep7 »

« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2019, 02:30 »
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I'm going to work harder and harder to stand still

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Assuming all markets nowadays are oversaturated with hard competition and not always fair players... well....

Yup! that's motivation! :D :D
That's not really an assumption about this particular (not all) market is it?


« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2019, 05:49 »
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That's not really an assumption about this particular (not all) market is it?

Apologies, now that I read it again it sounds awful...!!!!.

"Not fair players" I meant content thieves/reuploaders as I read in other posts.

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2019, 06:34 »
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« Last Edit: March 31, 2019, 07:55 by Brasilnut »

« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2019, 18:04 »
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March 2019 earnings report is out:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/03/31/brutally-honest-march-2019-earnings-results/
Interesting. It's weird AS is so dead. Maybe you are selling a lot of editorials?

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Brasilnut

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« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2019, 05:03 »
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March 2019 earnings report is out:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/03/31/brutally-honest-march-2019-earnings-results/
Interesting. It's weird AS is so dead. Maybe you are selling a lot of editorials?

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Thanks! Yes, this seems to be the main reason - something like 60-65% of my images are editorial as my niche is travel. I've only managed just over 3,000 images on AS vs 9,400 on SS. Alamy I have 10,500.

I think it's a blip month and should expect $75-100 months going forward!

« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2019, 06:57 »
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March 2019 earnings report is out:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/03/31/brutally-honest-march-2019-earnings-results/
Interesting. It's weird AS is so dead. Maybe you are selling a lot of editorials?

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Thanks! Yes, this seems to be the main reason - something like 60-65% of my images are editorial as my niche is travel. I've only managed just over 3,000 images on AS vs 9,400 on SS. Alamy I have 10,500.

I think it's a blip month and should expect $75-100 months going forward!
AS should accept editorials too. BTW, nice picture you sold in alamy.

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Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #22 on: April 01, 2019, 07:26 »
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March 2019 earnings report is out:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2019/03/31/brutally-honest-march-2019-earnings-results/
Interesting. It's weird AS is so dead. Maybe you are selling a lot of editorials?

Enviado desde mi ALP-L29 mediante Tapatalk

Thanks! Yes, this seems to be the main reason - something like 60-65% of my images are editorial as my niche is travel. I've only managed just over 3,000 images on AS vs 9,400 on SS. Alamy I have 10,500.

I think it's a blip month and should expect $75-100 months going forward!
AS should accept editorials too. BTW, nice picture you sold in alamy.

Enviado desde mi ALP-L29 mediante Tapatalk

Thanks! I would show others but they are quite sensitive and don't want to encourage copy-cats! Will give a hint that many have to do with Brexit, which isn't really that surprising.

If I can't manage to sell more than 1 puny clip in April I don't know what I'll do...

I got my popcorn ready and just waiting for Steve to come out with this monthly report... :D

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #23 on: April 01, 2019, 09:59 »
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Phew - what a month! $9650 earned from my activities.



OK - it is the first of April, but it was a very good month - best ever, with $3663 earned. Full details, as usual, are here: https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/04/april-1-report-on-earnings-from-stock-photos/

If you want an email each time I post something on the blog, you can sign up in the top right. I'm going to work on a what sold where post in the next day or two.

Steve

Brasilnut

  • Author Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock & Blog

« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2019, 13:56 »
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Phew - what a month! $9650 earned from my activities.

Nearly choked on my popcorn!

Solid month, Steve - well done.


 

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