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« on: February 10, 2008, 07:14 »

Some interesting statistics I would like to share with you. It's amazing what you can get with a few PHP scripts  ;D

I've extracted here the list of the top 20 photographers (based on portfolio size) plus some other (including me  ;) ) and this statistic displays the average number of downloads for the Top 60 photo in each portfolio as well as the individual downloads for the top 10 photos.

You can easily see that Yuri Arcurs (logos) is quite successful... what a surprise!

Those figures are based on StockXPert only for now.

If you want to see your own statistics in the list, feel free to request it here (give me your ID at StockXpert).

I may add other interesting statistics in the future at this URL, so keep it bookmarked if you are interested.

Hope you will find this useful.

« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008, 09:58 »
can you do this on istock?

« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2008, 12:28 »
Each site is different and require specific coding, but I've tried to do something similar for iStock... and I succeed :)

The information are in fact even more interesting here as it is easy to know the total number of downloads at IS. I show also whether contributors are exclusive or not... very interesting indeed to see that most top earners ARE exclusive.

The list of contributor is built manually here as IS does not provide a list of contributors. I've used the list of black diamonds compiled by duncan1890 in his blog and have added some more entries such as iofoto which has still a long way to go to reach black diamond :)

Feel free to ask if you have more interesting contributors to add to the list.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2008, 12:54 by araminta »

« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2008, 13:00 »
Hey now that is quite interesting indeed :) I am not very far from Yuri on those stats which is always good  ;D

« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2008, 13:07 »
I'm myself close to iofoto at IS which is VERY nice  :D

But iofoto has more than 10'000 photos waiting to be uploaded here... the fairy tale will end soon for me  :P

« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 08:08 »
wowo...did u do that?? i am impressed!


« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 08:42 »
That is very clever, sadly it only proves that I need to do some more work  :(

« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 08:43 »
I've created some PHP scripts which use CURL to fetch pages from IS and other sites and I then parse the HTML code to extract various useful information using regular expressions. The PHP script then put all these information together to build a nice web page.

In fact, I use a similar technique to automatically (well... almost) extract my own sales statistics from all microstock sites. This way, I'm able to store each individual downloads from all microstock sites in a MySQL database and then perform a lot of useful queries to analyse my sales. Very cool indeed  ;D

This is more or less easy depending on the site and I have to update my scripts each time a site do modify the HTML structure of their pages, but is is still a very useful tool.

But it definitively require quite a lot of coding and is not for the faint of heart  ;)

« Last Edit: February 11, 2008, 08:45 by araminta »

« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2008, 08:58 »
that is the same technique i have been using to get the istock, or dreamstime news items... a head ache for sure!

« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2008, 09:05 »
What is the average downloads/all column at the end signify?

Intersting to see everyone's top images on one page.  Nice work.

« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2008, 09:31 »
The first value take into account only the most downloaded photos: this is the average total number of downloads for the top 50 photos.

The second value equals the total number of donwloads divided by the portfolio size.

The first value is interesting as it can be used to compare the performance of portfolio having different size taking into account only the best photos. It is IMHO a good indicator of the photographer potential.
« Last Edit: February 11, 2008, 09:35 by araminta »

« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2008, 10:27 »
Gotcha.  Thanks!


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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2008, 16:49 »
Very smart!! Impressive programming. I would not have come up with that for sure!

« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2008, 17:19 »

You are the professional photographer... I'm the professional software engineer.

However, I would accept to exchange some of my skills in programming against some of yours in photography  ;D

« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2008, 17:33 »
Good job! Very useful  ;)


« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2008, 04:22 »
Very nice work

« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2008, 12:42 »
The tool is nice. Not sure if you aware of istock-only statistics/comparison tool at

I wonder if you can get more numbers in your tool for stockxpert, similarly to istock-apps...

« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2008, 13:54 »
You have to trust a lot the developer of this site to give him your username and password!!  ???

Basically it is possible to extract any information you can see when browsing on a site and then perform more or less clever statistics and comparisons. With a username/password, you have access to the sales statistics of that user.

I use this technique to extract all my individual sales from all sites I contribute to and put them in a database: photo ID, date, earnings, license type. Imagine what you can then do by putting all these figures together :)

This is quite an interesting analysis tool, but I'm not sure right now that it will allow me to increase my earnings however.

« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2008, 14:18 »
To complete my answer: I don't know what kind of information I get from this site as I don't want to give it a try...I will keep my password for myself ;-)

And I will not provide myself any information which do require a password.

But if you would like to see some "public" information to be included on my site, I would be pleased to try to add it provided that you tell me what you are thinking about.

However, I have troubles retrieving information from DRM as they use a lot of Javascript/AJAX in their pages. So don't ask for information from DRM, please  :P


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