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« on: February 01, 2011, 04:00 »
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How was your January?

I'm just about to calculate my months totals so I'm post them as soon as I'm done.  Also, as always, don't forget to vote in the monthly poll. http://www.microstockgroup.com/pollsvote/
I will be interesting to see how the sites juggle around this year.


« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 04:19 »
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Well, I was waiting for this thread since some days because my earnings are very strange. I've sold a lot only on Shutterstock and, more or less, nothing on the other agencies so I'm thinking to remain only on SS.

This is about

Fotolia: - 80%
Dreastime: =
Shutterstock:...............  + 127%  (!!! :o :o :-* :-*)


and what can you tell me?

p.s. Always, sorry for my terrible english.

« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011, 04:27 »
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Actually January was my BME with SS, FT, 123rf being BME indeed. Istock was solid, DT, average and the rest weak, just as usual. A pleasant suprirse was Veer which brought me a nice number of sales.
The big disappointments are Canstock, been there for half a year an they earned me only 4$ in this time; Crestock, since August 2008 and they earned me slightly more than 20$ since then, and Stockfresh, since July 2010, no sales and only 6-7 views for a portfolio of nearly 400 images...Not talking about Mostphotos, over a year and a big nothing. Only blah-blah

« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 04:35 »
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Ok, my totals are tallied.  I had a BME which was exciting but $30 away from a goal post I was looking forward to hitting :(

Here is my graph


My total was 30% more than January 2010, mostly thanks to Veer and a number of good extended licenses.  You can see in the graph that Veer was my number 2 site this month.  

One other interesting note was that all the sites were up between 5%-100% but Fotolia singled themselves out as being the only site where earnings decreased, and that by 30%
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 04:39 by leaf »

« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 04:49 »
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Exclusives at IS.

290 images + 2 EL's sold
825$ income
BME and a huge 61% increase from last month (no canister change).

« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 05:11 »
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Independant, about 2100 images on most sites, half photos half vectors.

Top 4 all doing well, bme for istock, nearly $1000 a month there now with small mostly vector portfolio (about 350 images) Im only on 16% there now.

Shout out to Veer for doing really really poorly for the first time, about $35!

The others were pocket change as normal, will stop contributing to agencies that deliver under $100 a month this year.

January a much better month than december where I was way down.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2011, 05:14 »
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iStock exclusive. $$$ -20% compared to Jan '10, -c7% compared to Dec '10. (same royalty rate)
Downloads in total freefall -66% of Jan 2008 -68% Jan '09)
I was focussing on building my Alamy port, so only increased my iStock port by 6.5% in 2010
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 05:34 by ShadySue »

« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2011, 05:15 »
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Leaf, how many images online to generate the sort of traffic and those numbers

« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2011, 05:38 »
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Leaf, how many images online to generate the sort of traffic and those numbers

traffic?
I have 5000 on Dreamstime, 1600 on iStock and around 6000 on Shutterstock.. the other sites are somewhere in between those numbers.

« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 07:06 »
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Weird month. iS, DT and Fot all down - the last two even worse than iS.

SS, 123, CanStockPhoto, BS all up quite nicely.

20% down year on year.

« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2011, 08:04 »
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I observe the same tendencie every months. IS is going down while FT and SS is going up. If I compare it to Jan 2010 my overall income is +50% higher while my IS income is down by 15%. DT is very slowly growing but I can't check the recent  statistics since their site is down all day.

« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2011, 10:41 »
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Very strange month. If this is the way the year is going to go, I'm not sure what to expect.

SS - 20%
IS - 17%
CanStockPhoto - 15%
my site - 13%
CLO - 13%
DT - 7%
FT - 3%
VS - 3%
V - 2%
123 - 2%
BS - 1%
GL - 1%

WarrenPrice

« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2011, 11:03 »
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CUTCASTER came roaring to the front.   ;D
Really, it is slow but "When it rains it pours."  Love those niches.

Pretty good month all around.  Barely getting started at iStock.  All the negative chatter is very discouraging.

Three months of PENDING sales at Thinkstock; iStock's baby sister.   >:(

« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2011, 11:06 »
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Overall, I saw a 25% improvement in earnings over last January. Since I have about 25% more images online since last January, this almost makes too much sense.

« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2011, 11:14 »
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This was my poorest month since December 2008.  RPD seems to be crashing on FT and IS (surprize, surprize).  I hope this is not everyone's trend.  

I'll Post my RPD's for top 4.  
IS .62      (previous low 2008 $1.11 / I'm not in subs program)
SS $1.72  (and this is a "subs" site, over 45% from OD's no EL's)
DT $2.2   (pretty much the same)
FT .59     2/3 of sales were subs - has FT be a subs-only site?

Xalanx

« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2011, 12:11 »
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Overall up almost 100% from last January. It's the year when I went full time on photography and it shows.
So most agencies are up (with SS in the lead), except for Dreamstime, which was catastrophically down. I seem not to get that agency at all.

« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2011, 12:12 »
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This was my poorest month since December 2008.  

It was my lowest month since December of 2008 as well.  January of 2010 was a stellar month so I was hoping for more of the same.  Today has been a good day however so I'm hoping that trend continues for Feb. 

Good luck all,

Mat


lisafx

« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2011, 12:13 »
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January was pretty dismal.  Better than December, but that's not saying a lot.  Sales up 5% from December and down 7% from Jan 2010.  

Here's the breakdown by site, with the growth or decline of the top sites since Jan '10 in ()

   ISP   37% (-13%)
   SS   21% (+25%)
   DT   13% (-6%)
   Fot   18% (-9%)
   BigStock   4%  
   123   2%
   Crest   0%
   CanStockPhoto   2%
   Alm   3%

From my stats it looks like the trend of Istock sales migrating to Shutterstock continues.  

lisafx

« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2011, 12:16 »
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My total was 30% more than January 2010, mostly thanks to Veer and a number of good extended licenses.  You can see in the graph that Veer was my number 2 site this month.  


Wow!  Congrats Tyler!  I have 550 images on Veer and still not enough to make payout.  How many images do you have there? 

Hoping that when I get more of my port online I will start to see some sales... ???

« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2011, 12:36 »
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IS exclusive. January wasn't bad given that the site was a wreck and it's typically a slow month for me anyway.

$$ flat with December and up 25% on January 2010. Downloads were down 10% on December and 4% on January 2010.  I guess when we see where March is, we'll have a better idea of where 2011 is heading.

ETA a comment on the poll. Perhaps it really isn't useful to have exclusives at any one site, complete the poll, but if you're interested in capturing that, having some numbers above $1,000 would make sense. I never fill this in as it would always be the same - at least $1,000.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 12:53 by jsnover »

« Reply #20 on: February 01, 2011, 13:21 »
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This is cut and pasted...

SS: No ELs or video sales but more DL than any month since Nov 2008 (perhaps because I uploaded a lot of new images?) and a pretty good $ return (would have been 4th best of 2010).
DT: One of my worst months here in a while, low sales, low RPI.
IS: The new lower royalties kicked in the 11th. IS has been plagued with site problems. a poor month with no real optimism there.
FP: No ELs but a few decent sales.
123RF: not bad.
BigStock: Pretty poor - still just barely alive for me.
Veer: It picked up again with an EL and some other sales - BME here not counting the DFC.
Overall it was a decent start to the year thanks to SS, 123RF, and Vr but it is sad to see the commission cuts at IS (and at Fotolia too - one of the reasons I don't submit there). Hopefully it isn't the start of the second round of commission cuts.

« Reply #21 on: February 01, 2011, 14:22 »
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January was a good month for me, better than expected. My biggest earners this month were Fotolia, Istock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime (in that order).
Not the best month ever, but definitely not the worst.

« Reply #22 on: February 01, 2011, 14:42 »
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January was my BME - total and thanks to great ten last days DT and 123.
SS - 50%
Zazzle - 13%
FT - 13%
DT - 8%
123 - 5%
Veer - 4%
Can - 3%
BS - 2%
GL - 1%
DP - 1%

 

« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2011, 15:34 »
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agency %2011 (%2010) +-%

istock 28 (35) -7
shutterstock 25 (16) +9
fotolia 21 (20) +1
dreamstime 13 (16) -3
canstock 8 (2) +6
bigstock 2 (1) +1
veer 2 (2) +-0
123rf 1 (1) +-0
StockXpert - (7) -7

from Hellman & Friedman -14% !

dreamstime -3% :(
others +17%

-15%  compare to January 2010 :(
but the last 12 months I uploaded only 10-20 pictures.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 15:37 by redo »

« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2011, 15:39 »
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well.. I'm still building my ports at SS, FT, DT, StockFresh (SF) and Alamy since quitting exclusivity at istock in october.  I'm slow because I have very little time outside family and the job that pays the bill, but thought I'd provide an update on my status as a new independent.

IS - downloads are about equal to what I did in 2010 but the dollars are dramatically down since I went from 35% Gold canister royalties to the new RC scheme at an Independent level of 16%.

important to note that  I only have about 1/10th of my port uploaded on sites other than IS right now.  

SS - is great for downloads and it is my second best earner after IS.

DT - 3rd place for me with some decent earnings, but I think I need to work on the portfolio building and promotion there to make that one start earning more for me.

FT - haven't seem to caught on to FT yet, only a small number of sales, think I need to build my port more there.

SF - not one sale there.  But then I noticed that the file with the highest amount of downloads there seems to be just '9 downloads' so I'm hoping they get their marketing going soon to promote the site.

Alamy - I only just got accepted there so haven't put any more images other than the initial 4 or 5 so no sales yet.


 

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