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« on: June 28, 2009, 19:06 »
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hello.

i have been thinking about cutting down on the sites i contribute to.

I'm just tired of the uploading!

I submit to~SS, DT, FT, StockXpert, CanStockPhoto, 123, BigStock, SNAPVILLAGE, FP, VEER.

That's 10 freeken sites.

I just recently got accepted to ss.

IS keeps rejecting me.

anyone else been in this boat & what did you do.

I'm thinking of just keeping, SS,DT,FT,VEER,BigStock....AHHHH, i don't know.

and i still want to get into istock.

Any sugestions?

Thanks,
Nick


« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 19:24 »
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SS, DT, FT, StockXpert and IS will do the trick. That's where most of your income would be generated.

Probably not a secret to you at this point...

Anyway, other agencies will make you some money but it's up to you to decide how much your time is worth. I assume you don't pay an assistant to upload your portfolio to 15 or 20 sites in the future just for the fun of it.

I do upload to Crestock, 123RF and all the others you mentioned but they won't compare to the big 5.

It depends on what type of images you upload and how much time you have at hand to upload.

Good luck!

« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 19:41 »
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I have been submitting some images today and thinking about the same issues. I wonder if I should just submit to SS, DT, StockXpert, and IS and then maybe to the other sites if the images do well on those three sites.

« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 20:51 »
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I was actively submitting to IS, DT, StockXpert, BigStock and FP, but I haven't uploaded anything in a couple of months.

« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009, 20:56 »
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Thanks for the advice, click_click .

I guess i knew the answer all along.

But i keep thinking if i don't upload to the secondary sites (lets call everything but the big 5 or 6 secondary) i would be leaving "money on the table".

PLUS and/or more importantly, microstock in general is VERY volatile.

The big six might not be the same big six next year...

With that in mind i have been uploading to the secondary sites, looking at this as having my foot in the door when, lets say "featurepics" (yea i know) makes some maneuver & becomes the next #1 site!

Know what i mean?

BUT i guess you are right ~ what is my time worth to me?

Gotta think about it.

Maybe just upload to the secondary sites when i have the time or just feel like it.

Thanks again for the advice.
Nick

« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2009, 21:10 »
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I sorta split my uploading in two. Some sites I upload to as soon as I have the image ready, others I just let them stack up until I have a large batch and upload them all at once when I'm bored or have nothing better to do.

Regularly:

iStockphoto
Shutterstock
StockXpert
Dreamstime
Fotolia

Occasionally:

Bigstockphoto
123RF
Canstockphoto
Crestock


Not sure where Veer will fall. Waiting to see how it performs.

« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2009, 22:59 »
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Active:
SS-123RF-DT-FT-IS-CanStockPhoto-CUT-VEER
On Hold:
StockXpert-BS-CS-MSP-SV-YAY-FP

« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2009, 23:33 »
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One: Istockphoto

« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2009, 02:58 »
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I regularly submit to SS,DT,FT,BigStock & StockXpert

michealo

« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2009, 04:19 »
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only istock

« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2009, 04:33 »
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You can probably take snapvillage off your list :)

I submit to IS,DT,SS,FT,StockXpert,123,BigStock and Veer in that order. I concentrate on the first 4 then just fill in the gaps when I've got some spare time when I don't want to think too much. i.e submit a couple of photos instead of browsing the net or something.



hello.

i have been thinking about cutting down on the sites i contribute to.

I'm just tired of the uploading!

I submit to~SS, DT, FT, StockXpert, CanStockPhoto, 123, BigStock, SNAPVILLAGE, FP, VEER.

That's 10 freeken sites.

I just recently got accepted to ss.

IS keeps rejecting me.

anyone else been in this boat & what did you do.

I'm thinking of just keeping, SS,DT,FT,VEER,BigStock....AHHHH, i don't know.

and i still want to get into istock.

Any sugestions?

Thanks,
Nick

« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2009, 04:35 »
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If you think the time you spend uploading could be better spent shooting, preparing, you have a good acceptance rate and you are expecting to recoup more than 3c after uploading an image to an agency, read this blog!

http://microstockinsider.com/guides/isyndicacom-one-upload-multiple-sites

Quote from: Microstock Insider blog
I've just sent 8 different images to 12 agencies with isyndica, by the time I had finished uploading image number 8 (all 8 were done in a single step) and I clicked on the catalog tab to see the results I saw the first 7 images had already gone to all but one agency, the 8th was soon to follow - impressive stuff!

Great idea but the biggest showstoppers at the moment are expiring credits, and it does not support IS and SS.

David  ;D  
« Last Edit: June 29, 2009, 04:38 by DWL »

Noodles

« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2009, 04:54 »
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Any sugestions?



Well you could kill two birds with one stone if you produce quality rather than quantity - that will solve both your uploading problem and probably your reason for being rejected at IS ;)

Good luck




« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2009, 12:33 »
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20 agencies total.... 16 actively uploading an selling.

« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2009, 13:18 »
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Well you could kill two birds with one stone if you produce quality rather than quantity - that will solve both your uploading problem and probably your reason for being rejected at IS ;)


Wow.  Nice.  

I would not automatically assume he/she is not uploading quality.  Istock is tough to get in to and a lot of people get rejected the first time(s) they submit there.

FWIW, my advice would be to stick to the Big 6 or 7 and forget about the piddly little sites if you are concerned about time.

And I can't imagine it would really be cost effective to pay a third party to do the uploading.  The sites that service covers are the ones that are easy to upload to via FTP anyway.  
« Last Edit: June 29, 2009, 13:23 by PixelBytes »

« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2009, 13:20 »
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I counted 18 agencies total, 15 with regular uploads. I didn't even realized it was this many, but I can do it because I'm not submitting hundreds if images every week. I don't see much overhead also because additional time spent submitting to a few more sites is negligible.

Squat

  • If you think you know, you know squat
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2009, 14:02 »
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I started as a newbie one and half years ago and went nuts with 17 sites including Photo Shelter and Alamy. But now I am down to like 5. By the end of 2009,
I like to end up with 3 , if not 1.
It's a bit crazy thinking that more is better. At first as a newbie it's nice to get accepted everywhere but later you realised only a handful actually sell for you.
Nowadays, I am almost convince that finding one site or 3 at the most , sites that will work hard to sell your images , is better than 17 . Less trouble more effective.
That's for me, though. Others I am sure will disagree.
As I 've been saying lately, I am not interested in 100% approval, just more sales.


ShadySue

« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2009, 18:25 »
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Two active agencies, iStock for RF and very recently, Alamy for RM, mostly editorial; plus a dormant account (haven't uploaded anything for 2 1/2 years) at fotoLibra (RM).
No time to consider submitting anywhere else and became iStock exclusive as soon as I qualified. If I was doing this full time, I might rethink, but effectively I'm now putting my main effort into Alamy, because Editorial is where I always wanted to be!  8)

Noodles

« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2009, 00:11 »
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Well you could kill two birds with one stone if you produce quality rather than quantity - that will solve both your uploading problem and probably your reason for being rejected at IS ;)


Wow.  Nice.  

I would not automatically assume he/she is not uploading quality.  Istock is tough to get in to and a lot of people get rejected the first time(s) they submit there.

FWIW, my advice would be to stick to the Big 6 or 7 and forget about the piddly little sites if you are concerned about time.

And I can't imagine it would really be cost effective to pay a third party to do the uploading.  The sites that service covers are the ones that are easy to upload to via FTP anyway.  


You're right! Sorry. But the point I made is probably true and I think even more so these days because the standard is getting so high.

CCK

« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2009, 02:50 »
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I sell at SS. iS, DT, StockXpert, Fot, 123R, BS, CS and FP.

I also have portfolios at Yay, Albumo and Mostphotos, but I see the topic is where do I sell, and I have never sold anything at the last three, I just have some photos there.

« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2009, 02:52 »
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In my opinion, and from experience, you should really keep within the TOP 6 ( on the right of this page)
Outside of that you could be wasting much time for very little gain!

« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2009, 03:17 »
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all big 6 + BigStock
but most my income come from SS, DT, FT

« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2009, 04:01 »
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13 micro + Veer about to start + Panther that are sort of on hold or very uploading to.  (+ 2 no longer submitting too).

ftp the lot excluding istock. so set and forget for that bit.

I then open them all in tabs and go through the process of whats needed for that site, changing tabs when one is loading.  I can get through 9 sites in less time than it takes me to upload to dreamstime.  Those 9 and add BigStock and perhaps ft (would depend on the images - lots of same category then yes) and it would be a close call for the amount it takes to get 25 images onto istock


« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2009, 06:45 »
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Personally only one, IS.

For you, if you really want to limits to the most popular among designers I would recommend, in order:

#1 IS
#2 SS
#3 DT
#4 FT
#5 StockXpert (here we need to see what strategy Getty's management decide to follow...)

puravida

  • diablo como vd
« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2009, 08:50 »
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I wouldn't go that far to insist that IS and SS are the best sellers. For some it's not true. I agree that if you cut short, it should be 4 of the Big 6. It used to be 5 before StockXpert got screwed up by Getty, JUI, mess. I would say the one that you should concentrate is the one that sells for you.
Asking others which one is really out of the point. Because, if I am selling really well , would I be telling you which one?


 

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