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« on: May 01, 2017, 08:57 »
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Well after a horribly slow start and all throughout Easter, things picked up towards the end of April.  Comparable to 2016 but that's not fantastic after a lot of uploading.  Shifting sands?  Shutterstock starting to slide against others including Fotolia perhaps.  May might give a clearer indication.

How was your April?
« Last Edit: May 01, 2017, 11:47 by UKstock »


« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2017, 09:18 »
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After a good February and BME in March, April was an absolute horror.
I do video only.
SS for several months has been in old-files-only mode: 95% of my sales came from just a single file.
FT and P5 very bad too. I wonder if this is due to the new partnership program and disruptions due to mirroring P5 files on Adobe platform.
Easter was in the middle of the month and this probably affected sales

« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2017, 09:31 »
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Surprisingly, income for April was pretty good;  best for the last 12 months on iStock (though that refers to March sales of course), and overall best income since Jan 2014, including video and RM, although again those mostly came from sales in prior months.

Still 15% down on BME but that's not too bad and at least it's on the up for once.

Remains to be seen whether or not it's just a blip!

« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2017, 09:37 »
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Started horribly but started growing steadily towards the end of a month, some random strange sales too, not the usual sellers.

« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2017, 09:46 »
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I haven't done my stats workup yet, but like others I had a dismal first couple weeks due to Easter and Spring Breaks (I assume), but things picked up late in the month.  I'll finish below March, but still made a decent amount overall.

Istock was a surprise.  Ive been waiting to see what sales did before removing the rest of my port. The April payout for March was almost as much as I made before the changes. They came in as my third highest earning site and within a hundred or so $ of SS and FT. 

So far still making enough there to justify leaving my old stuff.  I expect this will bring me some heat here, but I made enough there to pay my mortgage.   If they keep selling my 5-8 years old pics and I don't see the expected drop in earnings,  I'll stay put.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2017, 09:50 by PixelBytes »

« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2017, 09:57 »
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On my side the whole 2017 Shutterstock have dropped a lot, I seem to have 1500 to 2000 less sales than last years on Shutterstock. Good thing though, other sites compensates for this loss but I hope Shutterstock will pick up later this year, I have been enjoying the good sales there :)

« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2017, 10:18 »
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BME! Mostly cause of my first premium license sale on pond5.

But strong on every site.
Good mix of new and old stuff

My almost 4 month saleless period even ended on videoblocks.
Just couple of sales and one refund, but now I know that i'm still visible there 😁

« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2017, 10:48 »
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Better than I expected - mostly due to a few big Alamy sales. SS was pretty horrible (about 1/3 of my 2012 average there) but actually beat an even worse December. Pretty much every site that matters was either close to or less than March, but March was good. Adobe was rising nicely but went down in April.

The thing that worries me is that it is just a few somewhat random sales that account for making this a decent month. The total # of sales at sites like SS are down a lot.

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2017, 12:18 »
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Best month since October.

derek

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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2017, 12:32 »
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Big drop att SS some 40-50% Adobe down 30% but compensated by a couple of other agencies who seems to have gotten that business. A couple of the more traditional agencies show at least a 40% growth and these are the agencies where I lay almost all my concentration on nowadays.

« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 13:03 »
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SS - very good month (50% better than last April)
FT/AS - disappointing results
All the rest: average/normal (with a "+" for P5)
« Last Edit: May 01, 2017, 13:06 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2017, 14:21 »
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I had to go back to March 2007 for a worse month.  Unbelievably bad.

dpimborough

« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2017, 14:38 »
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Biggest let down since 2013

A floating turd had more get up and go than SS

« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2017, 14:41 »
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Overall:

-69% vs. Mar 2017
-69% vs. Apr 2016

Biggest losers were my (normally) biggest winners, SS, FT, 123RF, while others didn't even showed up. Devastated. what was that??

« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2017, 15:11 »
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Second really bad month of the year. 
Down 48% compared to April 2016
Down 42% compared to March 2017
Shutterstock was worst month since Dec of 2012, and first month since then below $100.  SAD.
YTD down 20%compared to 2016.
Not seeing a Trump bump in sales in 2017, that is for sure. 

Haven't seen the Getty/iStock numbers yet, of course, but so far that is the only bright spot. 
123RF, Dreamstime are holding steady
Alamy is down
fotolia up slightly compared to beginning of 2016, but down from end of 2016.

Shutterstock is dreadful and getting worse.

OM

« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2017, 15:39 »
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The thing that worries me is that it is just a few somewhat random sales that account for making this a decent month. The total # of sales at sites like SS are down a lot.

Yep. That's the trouble with SS this last year. April marginally better than March but now the months of this year are around 25-50% down on previous years despite a portfolio increase of 50% in the last 2 years. Going to have to find a more remunerative reward for my genius!  ;D
« Last Edit: May 01, 2017, 15:49 by OM »

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« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2017, 15:41 »
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For iS credits, the only month with fewer credit sales was Dec 2006. My first file was accepted on 19th of that month, so that's how bad April was. In March, I noticed that subs had fallen considerably in favour of premium access sales, at least for my port. It makes sense for them to push buyers towards these to cream off more of the money.

Alamy: stable. Another couple of months and my personal reality should settle a bit and free up time for occasional shoots.
« Last Edit: May 01, 2017, 15:46 by ShadySue »


« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2017, 16:44 »
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Mostly video here and lot better month then April! Strong sales across all sites!

fritz

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« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2017, 17:16 »
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I had to go back to March 2007 for a worse month.  Unbelievably bad.

Same here! >:(

« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2017, 23:15 »
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April was little less than march, but my 1st day of may is worse, I don't know what happened to sales, was it some holiday ?

« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2017, 23:26 »
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April was little less than march, but my 1st day of may is worse, I don't know what happened to sales, was it some holiday ?
1st day of may is labour day in several parts of the world

« Reply #21 on: May 01, 2017, 23:28 »
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April was not bad...due to ODDs and one big SOD.
Without these... :(

« Reply #22 on: May 02, 2017, 03:38 »
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Bad

but good start in May (fingers crossed)

« Reply #23 on: May 02, 2017, 04:21 »
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Meh, about the same as last year with a lot more images online. So can't complain but can't be too overjoyed either.

« Reply #24 on: May 02, 2017, 04:36 »
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So far in 2017 SS a consistent 30% down on 2016 which is a worry.  FT, DT, DP CS very close to 2016. Good month on Canva, 123 and Alamy, but not enough to balance drop on SS.


 

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