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« on: February 22, 2011, 22:02 »
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I doubt this will be helpful to most but maybe a few newcomers will find this helpful.  I was exclusive with Dreamstime until last week; Since the 15th, I have been uploading to sites and the following table indicates the number of images that were reviewed or accepted and the number pending.  Because every site uses different terms I will define my terms.

Online:  Reviewed and published on the site
To Be Reviewed:  Accepted into the pending review queue; some sites only allow a certain number of images into pending que
Pending:  Uploaded and waiting to go in "to be reviewed" que
Unfinished:  Needing my attention to transfer into some type of pending que.
Sales:  Sales; for Dreamstime, I only included sales since last week.

                              Online           To Be Rev          Pending             Unfinished          Sales

BigStock                          126                   50                  399                       0                     0
CanStockPhoto          579                   0                     0                        0                     2
Crestock                     0                   605                    0                       0                      0
Cutcaster                    0                     0                     0                        0                     0
DepositPhotos          (site down, no data)                  
Dreamstime               905                 101                    0                       0                     21
FP                              36                  122                   0                       0                      0
Fotolia                       434                 107                   0                       0                       2
GL                              47                   0                    517                    0                        0
isignstock                    0                   410                   0                       0                       0
IS                               9                    18                    0                      0                        0
Panther                       0                   155                   0                       8                       0
ScanStock                  501                   0                     0                      0                       0
Shutterstock               453                   0                     0                      0                      64
Stockfresh                  548                   0                     0                      0                       0
Veer                            8                   149                  465                    0                       1
Yay                            410                 190                     0                     0                       0

My ability to upload is limited by my connection speed, most times much less than 3G.  I have uploaded approx half of my port.; another 500 to go.  Some sites, such as FP, did not approve my application till later so there are less uploads.  Other sites were a pain to upload so did not receive the initial upload batches, such as Panther.  Still waiting to be accepted at 123 and a few other sites; have uploaded all to Cutcaster but can not find the images.

I am encouraged by the limited sales, especially from CanStockPhoto and DepositPhotos; I expected sales from the big 4.  Shutterstock feels like I am a beggar on the street corner and folks toss in a quarter as they walk by; guess that is the nature of Shutterstock.  Little surprised by IS, I know I only have 9 images online but was hoping for a faster start; their review times suck for a large firm.  Review times at Veer also suck, why a big push and bonus to kick off the site and then not review the current stuff.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2011, 21:29 by visceralimage »


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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 01:23 »
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Interesting. I suppose I can say, IS is going to be a long grind, but you will probably get the most return for that effort, in the long run. SS is just what you say, but you are doing it right. The first month you will get a boost, so get everything up there you can, and those quarters add up. Keep watching and figuring. Oh and keep reporting. :)

Deposit Photos is down?

What's really interesting is you have uploaded everything, to pretty much every site and what you see in sales will show what they are currently doing for people, not what history has been. Times change and so do sites.

Can you do something with rejection rates on the various sites? I know they will be different pictures from your collection, but it would still be interesting to see, you uploaded 1000 images and X were accepted. These are all previously accepted DT files, correct?

Yes IS you can expect reviews to take about a week. Nothing moves fast. Upload 18 (or whatever it is now) make a next batch and wait. When the timer clicks over, upload the next 18. I've already had files pending review when I was sending in the next batch.

« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 01:43 »
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What's really interesting is you have uploaded everything, to pretty much every site and what you see in sales will show what they are currently doing for people, not what history has been. Times change and so do sites.


That is the advantage of lightburner; upload once and it does the dirty work of sending to many sites.  FP, GL, Cutcaster, 123RF, panther, et al go left out of lightburner because of ftp problems, not acceptance in time, etc.

Can you do something with rejection rates on the various sites? I know they will be different pictures from your collection, but it would still be interesting to see, you uploaded 1000 images and X were accepted. These are all previously accepted Dreamstime files, correct?

Acceptance Rates:  IS is at 50%, SS and fotolia about 85%, BigStock at 71% and the rest above 90%.  No, some were accepted by DT and some were rejected; I am reprocessing everything so not worrying about what DT accepted or rejected.  In fact, I am resubmitting some of the reprocessed images to DT

Yes IS you can expect reviews to take about a week. Nothing moves fast. Upload 18 (or whatever it is now) make a next batch and wait. When the timer clicks over, upload the next 18. I've already had files pending review when I was sending in the next batch.

I have a large file folder waiting for IS; every Wednesday night at 9 pm they get uploaded.

« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 21:29 »
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Well, it has been three weeks since I dropped my exclusive status at Dreamstime and went full out to upload to all sites.  Here are the updated numbers

                                           accepted              pending                waiting                needs work                sold

123RF                                    386                      120                      0                           0                           0
BigStock                                 712                       0                        0                            0                           0
CanStockPhoto                       828                        0                        0                            0                           2
Crestock                                551                      223                      0                            0                           0
Cutcastor                             113                        0                        0                            0                           0
DepositPhotos                        865                       47                      0                             4                           4
Dreamstime                           1081                      41                      0                             0                           41
FP                                          112                      464                     0                             0                           0
FOTO                                     727                       51                      0                             0                           6
GL                                         680                        84                     86                            0                           1
ISIGN                                     410                         0                       0                            0                           0
IS                                           29                         18                      0                            0                           3
PANTHER                                574                       85                       0                            0                           0
SSP                                        501                        0                        0                           0                            0
Shutterstock                            630                        0                        0                           0                           189
SF                                          869                        0                       21                          0                             0
VEER                                      144                        68                      611                       141                          1
YAY                                        894                        37                       0                           0                            0      
3d                                          194                         0                      0                            81                           0

Dreamstime was the anchor store with images online, about 900 at the start of this diversavication.  Still more images to get on the sites.  All images were uploaded to the following:  BigStock, CanStockPhoto, DepositPhotos, FOTO, SS, SF, VEER and YAY;  others only got partial uploads because of FTP problems, or other related issues.

Acceptance rates;  IS is at 53% (issues with artifacts, struggling with this issue), Shutterstock at 75% (issues with focus point, they want more depth of field than most of my wildlife images), BigStock and Fotolia at 80% (Fotolia mostly because they do not want certain images), all others above 90%

My sales at Dreamstime have dropped since dropping exclusive status, still to early to tell the long term effect.  Shutterstock sales are very steady, $2-6.00/day.  IS has not taken off yet, only three sales total.  DepositPhotos is encouraging with four sales; Fotolia is discouraging with only 6 sales.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2011, 21:34 by visceralimage »

« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2011, 21:33 »
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Thanks for sharing. Keep doing so. I like hearing about your progress.


 

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