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« on: July 20, 2016, 12:42 »
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Hello i just got approval at fotolia i see it is 33% commission are they worth the time and is it safe to upload video files there


« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2016, 15:03 »
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Nope.

« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2016, 15:09 »
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Nope.

:) which is the nope applied to... ??? OP asked 2 questions
-is it safe
-is it worth it

« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2016, 16:29 »
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yeah i did and is that true are they not worth it?

alno

« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2016, 17:10 »
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Hello i just got approval at fotolia i see it is 33% commission are they worth the time and is it safe to upload video files there

The safest thing to do is to leave the clips on your computer with switched off internet connection. You'll never know for sure what Pond, Fotolia or Shutterstock actually do to your files. 

« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2016, 17:16 »
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think not getting through to people im asking is fotolia a good place to sell? because i heard a lot of negatives about istock laterly jesus calm down on the sarcasism

« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2016, 18:09 »
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think not getting through to people im asking is fotolia a good place to sell? because i heard a lot of negatives about istock laterly jesus calm down on the sarcasism


Fotolia is just as good of a place as the others, and it is just as bad as the others. No one here can say whether it will be good for you or not, it depends on your work, which isnt like anyone else's. It is in the top in the right column...i think you will have to upload and see how you do, like we all did. Video...seems like there have been a lot of threads here recently on where to sell video...maybe a search, or look through the fotolia section?

« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2016, 22:12 »
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Hello i just got approval at fotolia i see it is 33% commission are they worth the time and is it safe to upload video files there

Is it safe? I don't know.
Worth the time? For me, Yes. But it depends on you, especially on where you live and how worth your time is.

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2016, 22:17 »
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Safe enough from my experience. They're owned by Adobe now, and they're pretty big players, so I can't see safety being an issue. I do video and I've had a reasonable amount of sales from them. Was worth uploading my stuff, anyway.

« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2016, 03:41 »
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It's a low seller, but sells enough to be worth it.

« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2016, 05:24 »
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It's a low seller, but sells enough to be worth it.
low relative to what? seems to me they are near the top for many

dpimborough

« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2016, 07:26 »
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Yes

Since they got rid of Dollar Photo Ripoff Club

Since they got taken over by Adobe

Sales are increasing every month
« Last Edit: July 23, 2016, 11:17 by Teddy the Cat »

« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2016, 07:35 »
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For me this year they are a strong number 3 so definitely worth it, although that is stills only - haven't bothered uploading video there yet.  Didn't people here complain that video commissions are too low?

They are as safe as any of the other major players.

« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2016, 13:58 »
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I'm currently averaging the same royalties with fotolia and istock. I am new to stock and have a small port. My port at istock is a bit smaller, since uploading there is such a pain, so I am behind uploading. So yes, I think fotolia may be worth it on the long run.

Through fotolia I have sold landscape, fotos of signs, bridges, and still life. I am saying this because some people believe that still life and photos of food do better there, and may be they do, but in my experience other types of images do as well.

This month was the worst for me on fotolia, since I joined, lat January. Only three sales.

« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2016, 08:23 »
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It's a low seller, but sells enough to be worth it.
low relative to what? seems to me they are near the top for many

For video it's a low seller.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2016, 08:34 by ccbcc »

« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2016, 09:22 »
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Nope.
yeah i did and is that true are they not worth it?

LOL, you won't get anything specific from this little firecracker
the mark of a giant with very little much else LMAO

OM

« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2016, 14:10 »
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One thing to be aware of with FT compared to SS is that FT allows Print on Demand for a sub price.
Poster producers can print up a poster from your work at FT and you get a pittance.


« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2016, 15:27 »
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One thing to be aware of with FT compared to SS is that FT allows Print on Demand for a sub price.
Poster producers can print up a poster from your work at FT and you get a pittance.

you know, OM..
it's a pity alamy and fotolia do not know how to capitalize at the current unhappy contributors situation at ss.
you have a good number of experienced contributors look for a viable alternative .
they are not newbies ie. know how to produce good images
they also would definite cause an exodus to alamy or fotolia if either one of these
poor contenders of ss can just get their act together
to show us they can get us downloads as we used to once get with ss
for years and years until this lack of goodwill occured.

instead, we see fotolia and alamy and all the other agencies choosing
to lower rates and in turn lower the earning potential of contributors
thinking that giving away the store is the better way to beat ss at a game they used to
play so well before.

go figure why no one is able to change the race and cause the tide to swing their way
to the advantage.
i am sure many of us are waiting for an agency who can deliver as well as the old ss
we once so faithfully cheer for.

« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2016, 01:22 »
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I still sell for higher prices with Alamy.  They still sell for four figures and you get half.  That might be very rare but it has never happened to me on a microstock site.  Alamy have drastically lowered prices for web use but did they really have a choice?  They do have to compete with microstock or have very few sales.

« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2016, 01:33 »
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One thing to be aware of with FT compared to SS is that FT allows Print on Demand for a sub price.
Poster producers can print up a poster from your work at FT and you get a pittance.

you know, OM..
it's a pity alamy and fotolia do not know how to capitalize at the current unhappy contributors situation at ss.
you have a good number of experienced contributors look for a viable alternative .
they are not newbies ie. know how to produce good images
they also would definite cause an exodus to alamy or fotolia if either one of these
poor contenders of ss can just get their act together
to show us they can get us downloads as we used to once get with ss
for years and years until this lack of goodwill occured.

instead, we see fotolia and alamy and all the other agencies choosing
to lower rates and in turn lower the earning potential of contributors
thinking that giving away the store is the better way to beat ss at a game they used to
play so well before.

go figure why no one is able to change the race and cause the tide to swing their way
to the advantage.
i am sure many of us are waiting for an agency who can deliver as well as the old ss
we once so faithfully cheer for.
Alamy possibly but I doubt many high earners contribute to SS and not fotolia. Sadly its buyer behaviour that drives success in this buyers market. I don't know how they feel about SS these days would be interesting to find out.

« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2016, 10:44 »
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I still sell for higher prices with Alamy.  They still sell for four figures and you get half.  That might be very rare but it has never happened to me on a microstock site.  Alamy have drastically lowered prices for web use but did they really have a choice?  They do have to compete with microstock or have very few sales.

-sell for four figure? wow! good for you !
i supposed rare perharps, but it makes up for 10,000 dls at ss,etc..

-re lowering prices to compete. they don't always have to go that way.
imagine just because some store is selling everything for 1 drona does not mean
the whole market should follow suit.
like you say, they sell for 4 figures... ss never sell for 4 figures!
so why must they compete the other way ?

wasn't it alamy that started off letting contributors set their prices? or was it cutcaster?
i think that would be the way to go
for alamy , as you mentioned , they do get 4 figure single sales.

so instead of grouping everything to give away the store like dt, or lowering prices like ss,etc..
they could give contributors the option to set a high premium selling price
for their premiere or mid stock images in line with say stocksy and offset
and also at the same time, allow contributors to choose which low/zero cost images
to sell at the pennies market.

if they really has the ability to sell for 4 figures like you say,
they can do it both ways , instead , don't you think so?

thus ,creating a viable option to ss ... for a lot of contributors looking for a way out.

« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2016, 10:47 »
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Alamy possibly but I doubt many high earners contribute to SS and not fotolia. Sadly its buyer behaviour that drives success in this buyers market. I don't know how they feel about SS these days would be interesting to find out.

thx for the info. if alamy has many high earners who refuse to contribute to ss,
then lowering prices to compete with micro ss is going to displease them , won't it?

  Alamy have drastically lowered prices for web use but did they really have a choice?  They do have to compete with microstock or have very few sales.

p.s.
apologies to OP for deviation to alamy,
but you are asking for options to contribute to fotolia..
and i too am looking for option to go back to fotolia and alamy
... in our mutual best interest
« Last Edit: July 24, 2016, 10:50 by etudiante_rapide »


 

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