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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2011, 18:25 »
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49.27% increase in income compare to 2009 with 364 new uploads.
DLs down by 9.9%


« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2011, 09:01 »
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Here's my breakdown of earnings.

also, I just did a blog post covering my last six years of microstock income
http://blog.microstockgroup.com/6-years-of-microstock-income-graphed/

« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2011, 09:23 »
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Income up 5x the amount that downloads were down. :)

« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2011, 09:38 »
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I'm iStock Exclusive, income up 41%, downloads up 0.1%.

Not sure exactly how many new uploads, but probably about 30%.

The 41% sounds good, but I did go up a canister level half way through the year, whereas this year I'll go back down, so it remains to be seen if this can be maintained!

RT


« Reply #29 on: January 13, 2011, 09:08 »
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In total revenue up 29.96%

Every site showed a % increase, the smallest of which was iStock which had a 2.2% increase over last years sales.

« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2011, 10:48 »
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@CThoman - Did you see growth in your own website sales?  I'd be interested to know if it is becoming a more significant portion of your overall revenue.

I had a solid 2010 until the September news hit.  Not much growth in DL's, but revenue grew nicely thanks to a higher RPD across the board.  The last few months I have spent scrambling to get my work uploaded elsewhere post exclusivity.

« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2011, 11:06 »
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@CThoman - Did you see growth in your own website sales?  I'd be interested to know if it is becoming a more significant portion of your overall revenue.

It really hasn't been open long enough to see a pattern. So far, it hasn't been more than 5%. I'm having a good month this month, but there's no telling if customers will come back or new ones will come in.

« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2011, 11:18 »
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Im independent, average portfolio size is now about 2k (a lot less on istock as they real pain with accepting vectors which is half of my portfolio) Ive been doing this a couple of years and so guess Im not a newbie now.

Im still in the steep growth phase pretty much as I enter year 3... earnings were up from 2009 (where I had about 1.3k images) by 230%. This represented a big jump in income and I think proves newbies can still do it and make a very good secondary income (now about half my fulltime wage as a freelance graphic designer), I think vectors help though and appear to sell much better than photos.

I wouldn't fancy doing this full time though as I think it could easily be very demoralising with all I read in this forum especially with the way things are heading commission wise. Many of the big ideas I have will never be attempted as it wouldn't be worth my time and effort which is a big shame so Im hoping something will come up that attracts bigger money for real quality and a fair commission, at the moment it seems there is only Getty RM and I don't want them taking 80% of work I've really crafted, mmmmmm!

Best performer for me in terms of percentage increase was Istock which was way ahead of the others, which of course makes life difficult with the measly commission rates and dilemnas therein! Second place bizarley for % increase was Veer, I know many don't do well there but I seem to, this was then followed by the big 4.

« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2011, 15:05 »
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 Hi All,

 We have been extremely lucky. Our income grew just a tad and it seems to be continuing, we have been building our new agency Spaces Images so I have not been shooting this year. November was 8% higher in our sales than last year without uploading any new work, with the exception of Istock because of their limit but they are not the reason for the growth. Our Micro was up just a bit but our Macro stayed strong with no new images and grew in sales, that is where the 8% growth came from. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Fingers crossed  :)
 

Best,
Jonathan

« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2011, 15:16 »
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probably useless, but:

  • Started year port with 13 photos/vids, ended with 20.
  • Became IS exclusive in Sept.
  • 364 dloads total, 1146.38 income

- not counting SS and other income as it adds up to a miniscule amount by comparison (under $50 probably)
Good luck in MMXI all!

« Reply #35 on: January 30, 2011, 10:56 »
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Overall I am down 10% on 2009, having increased my portfolio by 17%.  Which to be honest, is less of a drop than I expected.  Like Gostwyck mentioned, I did pretty well the first few months of the year, but started seeing a downward trend mid year where sales were less than the same month of 2009. 

I have always been heavily reliant on Istock, so the instability there has very seriously affected my overall sales.  Shutterstock, Fotolia, and even Bigstock all saw gains for me, but they were not enough to compensate for the drop in sales at Istock.  And unlike exclusives, the drops in sales numbers were NOT compensated by hikes in prices. 

Lisa,

Same here.  My last quarter at IS was horrible (down 25% in $) and it continues through today.  So I have five straight months of lower sales at IS and I don't anticipate as a non exclusive it will improve for me much even though I uploaded 500 new images in 2010.  Alamy has bailed me out with about $3500 in sales AFTER the 60/40 split.  So overall I am about even, maybe a little up.  Now that Fotolia is screwing their contributors it will make 2011 extremely challenging to beat 2010.  I just keep shooting and uploading.  Interestingly, on Fotolia after I posted some negative feedback on their forum about the royalty cuts, my ranking went from 1000 to 2000 within a day or two of that post.  And my sales have all but stopped.  Them and Istock are like the Mafia...you say anything negative about them and they cut your jugular.

And your port is amazing, so it's horrible to hear your feedback isn't in the black.

« Reply #36 on: January 30, 2011, 11:54 »
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Down 20% from last year, but that's primarily because I hardly uploaded anything new.  I spent most of the year researching a book, got back to work, uploaded a batch, and then couldn't work for the next three months as my gear was covered in asbestos after a huge fire in the apartment next door the very same morning.   :-[

lisafx

« Reply #37 on: January 30, 2011, 18:59 »
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Lisa,

Same here.  My last quarter at IS was horrible (down 25% in $) and it continues through today.  So I have five straight months of lower sales at IS and I don't anticipate as a non exclusive it will improve for me much even though I uploaded 500 new images in 2010.  Alamy has bailed me out with about $3500 in sales AFTER the 60/40 split.  So overall I am about even, maybe a little up.  Now that Fotolia is screwing their contributors it will make 2011 extremely challenging to beat 2010.  I just keep shooting and uploading.  Interestingly, on Fotolia after I posted some negative feedback on their forum about the royalty cuts, my ranking went from 1000 to 2000 within a day or two of that post.  And my sales have all but stopped.  Them and Istock are like the Mafia...you say anything negative about them and they cut your jugular.

And your port is amazing, so it's horrible to hear your feedback isn't in the black.

Sorry to hear you are in a similar boat.  Don't let my experience discourage you though.  It is quite possible that, having been doing this for 6 years now, buyers are just tired of what I have on offer. 

Maybe I need to dig up a new niche or shake up my style or something.  Working on getting a new studio space.  Hopefully that will help... :)

« Reply #38 on: January 30, 2011, 20:47 »
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increased portfolio about 20-25%, income in $US increased by about 10% on 2009. unfortunately the $US has been getting me around AU$0.98 for the past six months (compared to avg AU$1.30+ in 2008) and with withholding tax (only 5% for me, but it is still 5%), I ended up 2.5% up on 2009 and 5% down on 2008.

The main growth for me was the mid tier group. All I'm really managing to do on the top 4 is maintain.


 

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