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« Reply #50 on: April 14, 2022, 17:19 »
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I will add 4th thing, specific to travel (my niche in addition to landscapes).  It's called "Locals only". Example:  Take San Diego, California. But ... not beaches, Torrey Pines, Seaworld, etc. Why? Because you are competing with 1000s of tourists.  But if you go inland where tourists normally don't - just about everything I took photo of sold.  Escondido, Poway .. you name it.  Sold directly through personal website several Lake Hodges area photos.  Had 4 digit sale of Iron Mountain trailhead in Poway on Alamy recently.  USCD campus.  List goes on.

Every part of the world has something like that.   So if you are in San Francisco, took breathtaking shot of Golden Gate bridge and think it will sell - think again.  Same for Yosemite Valley, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon core tourist area.  But if you can find "locals only" place,  sale is almost guaranteed.


yes - many similar opps in the Seattle area, esp'ly  once you leave the city (and ignore the tulip festival!) short hikes at Mt Rainier or St Helens will take you away from the std kodak moments

on an Alaskan cruise, we went hiking at each port, skipping the std port excursions


« Reply #51 on: April 16, 2022, 04:54 »
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There are images for free and microstock images in a competition about downloads.
I think nowadays its better to give images away for free. If you sell images at microstock there is some extra work with tax.
The few sales don't justify this extra work.


« Reply #52 on: April 16, 2022, 11:38 »
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There are images for free and microstock images in a competition about downloads.
I think nowadays its better to give images away for free. If you sell images at microstock there is some extra work with tax.
The few sales don't justify this extra work.
so are you still active? if so, why?

 and btw, tax is NEVER > income.   some income is usually better than no income

« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2022, 11:38 »
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There are images for free and microstock images in a competition about downloads.
I think nowadays its better to give images away for free. If you sell images at microstock there is some extra work with tax.
The few sales don't justify this extra work.

I don't see any problem at all as far as taxes are concerned. The microstock income is quickly determined and simply added to the main income. It costs maybe an hour for a whole year - that's all. Compared to the time it takes to put a few images online (even for free) it's not worth mentioning.

« Reply #54 on: April 18, 2022, 08:35 »
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My last 100 or so uploads on AS? Not a single sale.

« Reply #55 on: April 18, 2022, 09:04 »
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My last 100 or so uploads on AS? Not a single sale.

That's right. It has become really difficult compared to before. My last 100 uploads to AS (i.e. in the last year and a half) have brought in only 155 downloads. Half of the downloads have come from 4 images. And most of the images have not generated a single download.

« Reply #56 on: April 18, 2022, 12:34 »
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My last 100 or so uploads on AS? Not a single sale.

That's right. It has become really difficult compared to before. My last 100 uploads to AS (i.e. in the last year and a half) have brought in only 155 downloads. Half of the downloads have come from 4 images. And most of the images have not generated a single download.

not aimed at anyone  but Sturgeon's law states "ninety percent of everything is crap." so, most images are 'expected' to never sell

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« Reply #57 on: April 18, 2022, 13:37 »
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It is certainly true most images will never sell (until they get moved to free collection where they generate 10 cents on some sites)

Reason that AS sales are dropping is saturation;  main thing that brought whole micro-industry down.  Specially after SS restructuring that made people upload more on AS. It is very important that image gets these initial 1-2 downloads, I believe on AS more than elsewhere;  otherwise it just drops into the swamp soon after upload rarely to surface up ever again.


 

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