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« on: June 01, 2010, 01:45 »
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How did May go for you?  For me it was down.  Shutterstock and Fotolia were way down, iStock was up a little.  I'll post a graph perhaps when I get one made. 

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2010, 01:52 »
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Almost the same as May 2009.  A BME with shutterstock, FT was strong, DT down on May last year and istock stable.  Considering the amount I have lost from StockXpert closing, I am quite pleased, hopefully I can keep the other sites growing and get back to increasing earnings on the previous year.

« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2010, 01:53 »
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Here is my graph


saniphoto

« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010, 02:02 »
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I compare always, year to year, never one month to the prior.
Anyway, Fotolia again up for the fifth month in a row. Respect May 2009 the growth is almost 100%. SS is also up respect May 2009, by a 20% or so. Dreamstime is stable compared to one year ago. So the most disappointing agency this year, so far, was DT. No growth whatsoever. Too many subs sales, gone the times of net 50%, now is an average of 35% paid out (to me at least) and is very difficult to increase sales.
As the things are, I predict my involvement with microstock to be in the range of 30 new images per month, nothing more. It used to be a 150/200 per month.
Fotolia is the most promising and mysterious agency. Mysterious because new images don't sell, the old continue to sell, and clients seems to be infinite... where they got them so many? Promising, because in one year my earnings are almost doubled.

« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010, 02:09 »
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Yeah, I compare year to year too, I would agree that is the most reliable comparison.  The last 2 years may was up a little, this year it is down a bit.  Nothing crazy, I would still just say ebb and flow though.

« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2010, 02:46 »
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I had my BME on Shutterstock.....by over $70.00.  :)

iStock was about the same, however, in the middle of the month the total got a boost of around $40.00 from subscription sales.  Dreamstime is a disappointment for me - even with more images in my pf, my sales are not picking up at all.  CanStockPhoto was only fair this month, after my BME last month.  I had my first payout from Panthermedia....however, it's taken a long time to reach that point.  The other sites are roughly the same as they have always been.

« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2010, 02:54 »
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I had my BME on Shutterstock.....by over $70.00.  :)

iStock was about the same, however, in the middle of the month the total got a boost of around $40.00 from subscription sales.  Dreamstime is a disappointment for me - even with more images in my pf, my sales are not picking up at all.  CanStockPhoto was only fair this month, after my BME last month.  I had my first payout from Panthermedia....however, it's taken a long time to reach that point.  The other sites are roughly the same as they have always been.

that's where all my income went!  I usually make 30% of my income from shutterstock, this month is was only 24%

michealo

« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2010, 06:13 »
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I had my BME on Shutterstock.....by over $70.00.  :)

iStock was about the same, however, in the middle of the month the total got a boost of around $40.00 from subscription sales.  Dreamstime is a disappointment for me - even with more images in my pf, my sales are not picking up at all.  CanStockPhoto was only fair this month, after my BME last month.  I had my first payout from Panthermedia....however, it's taken a long time to reach that point.  The other sites are roughly the same as they have always been.

that's where all my income went!  I usually make 30% of my income from shutterstock, this month is was only 24%

Bear in mind though that that is April income reported in May

lagereek

« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2010, 07:05 »
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Micros = steady no ups nor downs. Cant complain though, I had 9 RM sales and for being RM, thats pretty good indeed.

« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2010, 07:20 »
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year to year comparison ... It doesn't really work for me, but I don't worry about it. I guess I haven't reached a plateau in my earnings yet.

            earnings    RPI
May'09   100%      0.59
May'10   209%      0.74

$ earnings in May are close to estimated earnings included in a graph posted in my blog:
Microstock Earnings First 30 Months

Dook

« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2010, 07:40 »
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Here is my graph



Leaf, I see you earn 18% in the category "everyone else". I think I should start uploading to these sites, since I only upload to first 6. Can you, please, tell which agencies are these that make you 18%?
Thanks!

« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2010, 08:58 »
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My everyone else sales comes pretty evenly from Canstock, Crestock, VeerYaymicro, ScanstockPhoto, Panthermedia

Some of those sites are easy to upload to, some not as easy. I wouldn't spend much time uploading if you found the upload process tiresome, but if you can get your port online with little effort it would be worthwhile.

Dook

« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2010, 09:11 »
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Thanks!
I will try all of them and see what is not time consuming.

« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2010, 09:11 »
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A very normal month here; only istock started off very well, to slump down to a permanent 'weekend' in the 2nd half making it the worst month since long.

« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2010, 09:27 »
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May was a little down, but there were 5 weekends and it end on a holiday.

dbvirago

« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2010, 09:28 »
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Another down month. Worst since January, but worse than that, about the same as January 2008. Worst month at SS in a year.

« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2010, 09:34 »
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Year over year up by 25%


lisafx

« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2010, 10:12 »
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May was down 3% on April, and down 7% on last May.  Second month in a row of loss over a year ago.   Worrisome trend...



For the first time I calculated the growth or loss % for each site over the past year.  They are:

IS   -7%
SS  -5%
DT -11%

FT +4%
BigStock +20%
123 +5%
CanStockPhoto +62%


Although CanStockPhoto and BigStock seem to have increased by a large amount, those are such low volume sites that small gains in dollars are actually large gains percentage-wise.  Although only 4% gain, the dollar gain at Fotolia was my far the largest.

KB

« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2010, 10:35 »
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Compared to May 2009, last month was about as close to identical, $-wise, as is possible (about 0.5% less). Downloads, though, were down 20%. May 2010 was helped by BME RPDs at DT & IS (the former due to ever increasing image levels, the latter due to 2 ELs).

Individual sites year over year didn't see too many changes, though StockXpert's 9% had to be divided up among the survivors. The two noticeable changes were DT's large increase in % revs (from just 10% in '09 to 18% last month), and FT's drop (14% to 9%). Other changes were just a few % here and there.

Month over month was just as steady, with the only notable change again being the drop at FT. Downloads were about the same, but RPD fell to a very low $0.62 from $0.78 the month before (and an even $1.00 from a year ago).

123 5%
BigStock 3%
 DT 18%
 FT 9%
 IS 41%
 SS 24%

On a personal note, May marks my 4th year in microstockland.

lagereek

« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2010, 10:57 »
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May was down 3% on April, and down 7% on last May.  Second month in a row of loss over a year ago.   Worrisome trend...



For the first time I calculated the growth or loss % for each site over the past year.  They are:

IS   -7%
SS  -5%
DT -11%

FT +4%
BigStock +20%
123 +5%
CanStockPhoto +62%


Although CanStockPhoto and BigStock seem to have increased by a large amount, those are such low volume sites that small gains in dollars are actually large gains percentage-wise.  Although only 4% gain, the dollar gain at Fotolia was my far the largest.



I find that Alamy and FT are catching up real quick on IS.  Might just be that other agecies are on the rise and that IS, especially after this latest best match shuffle is loosing to them.
Not even the excl. seam to be happy with this change and the E+ business.
Ive been saying this for years now but this constant almost paranoid screwing around with the Search will in the end have a negative effect on the entire mechanism, buyers dont really know where they are.

« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2010, 10:58 »
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May was few percent better than April without any upload and is on the second place this year?!
BME on BigStock by factor 3X, BME on CanStockPhoto by factor near 3X, Fotolia near BME. Other comparisons you can see on the graphs.
This mont I must upload something before dead vacation months.

« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2010, 11:11 »
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I didn't make the effort any more to calculate any stats this month. I always told myself that when my earnings went below 300$ per month, I would leave Micro. I must be a very lousy amateur since that point has been reached finally. Shooting for microstock just became too boring. Got things to do that make money, so... happy shooting.  ;)

« Reply #22 on: June 01, 2010, 12:05 »
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Year over year comparison for me is not too helpful, since May 09 was only about my 7th month.  May 2010 is roughly my 19th month, and my revenue is nearly triple my May 09 revenue.  Of course, my portfolio also tripled in that time.  My daily RPI is exactly the same year over year, at 11.1 cents per image per day.  That's the most encouraging thing to me... it suggests that every new pic I upload will yield a predictable rise in income, assuming that RPI holds.

Month to month comparison is more insightful since I'm still relatively new.  My BME had been March 2010, followed by an April that dropped about 10% (just like in 2009).  Things bounced back in May, which just barely squeaked by March to be my new BME. 

« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2010, 14:25 »
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No way I'd compare this year with last year with actual numbers. I couldn't bear the disappointment. All I know is that this year, so far, sucks. Last year sucked a bit more than the year before which also sucked compared with the year before that. That one only sucked a little bit.

Thank goodness I do this as a hobby or I'd really be depressed.

« Reply #24 on: June 01, 2010, 14:44 »
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First time in over 5 years that I haven't gained over the same month in the previous year __ in fact I dropped 6% compared to May 09. The way the brakes have come on in the last few months, and now having actually slipped into reverse gear, is extremely ominous. Heigh-ho.

Percentages as follows (with 2009);

IS     34.6 (37.2)
SS    27.1 (22.6)
FT    21.3 (16.2)
DT     9.6 (14.3)
BigStock    3.8 (2.5) - BME!
Rodeo 3.6 (1.4)

FT actually did a bit better on sales than the % suggest. I'm paid in which, for comparative purposes, I have to convert to $US and it has dropped quite a bit recently.

DT's inexorable slide into oblivion seems to be accelerating of late. I really don't know what the problem is but I am now back to sales numbers the like of which I haven't seen since 2005. Yes, that's not a typo, I did mean two-oh-f**king-five.

With DT's demise and without a commission rise from SS for over 2 years, exclusivity with IS is starting to look more financially attractive than ever before. The figures I've gleaned from a few exclusives suggest that I might have earned about 35% more in May than I did as an independent. Hmmm.


 

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