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« on: June 01, 2013, 08:19 »
Surely I'm not the first to publish this month - sorry if I have missed the main thread.

May was good, but not great for me. Although I had a record breaking month on SS (breaking $1000 to end at $1004), the others were a bit so-so. I noticed a big increase in PP for IS (which I put back into April because that is the way I do it - there must have been the equivalent of an ED on their partners somewhere. iStock was OK - and I got a lot more files online now that I can upload 999 a week.

I will work on my graphs and update this page a little later today.

Overall, earnings ended at $2045 compared to $2245 last month.


Update: Overall growth graph:

Earnings per site:

The discussion about the earnings per download and the earnings per online file at Shutterstock is continued in more detail on my blog post about earnings: http://www.backyardsilver.com/2013/06/earnings-from-sale-of-stock-photos-online-in-may-2013/ but the graph is above. What I find encouraging is that the dollars per download continues to rise, but, more importantly, even though I have doubled the images I have for sale on Shutterstock in the past 2 years, my income per online image has stayed constant - ie more photos for sale = more money (as long as you don't let the quality slip!)
« Last Edit: June 01, 2013, 09:24 by steheap »

« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2013, 08:45 »
For me May was okay but not great.  Up 3% over April, which is really flat since May was one day longer.  Up 23% over May 2012, much more satisfying.  Year over year I'm up about 7%.

123RF was #1 at 26% of my total, up 21% over April and more than double the year ago month.  SS was #2 at 25%, down 3% on April but up 1% from a year ago.  Deposit and PhotoDune were in a virtual tie for #3 at 10% each, with iStock falling to #5 at 9%.  Then StockFresh in a surprising tie for #6 with DT and BigStock at 5% each.  Bringing up the rear were #9 CanStock at 2%, #10 Fotolia at 1% and SignElements, Veer, GL, and SX at around .5% each.


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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2013, 09:15 »
IS Compared to April '13: dls -10%, $$ +3% (2 ELs)
    Compared to May '13: dls -33%, $$ -11%
Constant decrease in dls constantly worrying. Have almost stopped uploading as new files disappear so quickly. The sales thread over there confirms that people who have been uploading a lot recently have seen no benefit.

Alamy: worst month in well over a year, by far .  :'(
FAA: Nada, though I didn't do some planned special 'artier' shoots.
Getty: 1 April sale: $5.24  :(
« Last Edit: June 02, 2013, 04:37 by ShadySue »

« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2013, 09:35 »
3rd best month ever and best month of the year. A little bit down from last May (2nd BME) though. I thought it was going to be a BME, but the last week and Memorial day weekend were pretty slow.

« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2013, 11:10 »
« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 13:20 by Audi 5000 »


« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2013, 11:14 »
good month for me as well! I am just afraid if Shutter were to fade most of us would be in deep trouble since we have such a high percentage of our overall income from them...

« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 11:16 »
6 months into submitting, and this is my BME... ( as it should be if I am doing what I should)

Slow and steady growth in acceptance and sales at SS

Sales at IS are very small... almost none, but the IS PP is my second best seller. With the change in submissions at IS the number on-line is increasing and ( very surprisingly) my acceptance ratio is climbing as well.

Other sites, I think why bother?


« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2013, 11:23 »
My sure you have images in FT, DT and all the Middle Tier. I had a payouts this month in CanStockPhoto, Veer and Sign Elements as well thus even the low earns can add up...

« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2013, 11:51 »
Too depressed to do any detailed calculating, but I can say that only DP, 123rf and Alamy went up, and all others down, with a total result of  -9,7% compared to May 2012.
Alamy tried to save the month with a last minute sale of 200$, which I really appreciate thank you, but it did not make up for the -11% of SS.  If our biggest agency goes down, it hurts the most of course.

« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2013, 12:55 »
good month for me as well! I am just afraid if Shutter were to fade most of us would be in deep trouble since we have such a high percentage of our overall income from them...

I worry about SS's dominance also. I would much rather see my earnings spread out more evenly across the various agencies, I'd feel less vulnerable that way. Add on the fact that SS recently went public, and it's a situation that makes me very uneasy.

« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2013, 13:18 »
These results really surprise me.

1) We are seeing no growth at SS, in spite of continual uploading. SS is not dominant in our results, only one of several similar. They are not our top earner.

2) We are seeing month on month growth at Alamy, and are optimistic about this site.

3) We had a BME at DT, I know they are cyclical, but still, hope to see it continue. Wish they had something like a Level 5 only section, with no subs. A gap in the market, I think, but no one seems interested.

4) IS was up over April, nice to see.

You probably know my uploading philosophy, I have repeated it many times, so won't bore you by doing so again. Anyone who doesn't know and wants to, feel free to site mail.

« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2013, 13:34 »
It's not a pretty picture for me - about 35% below my BME, largely due to a poor performance on iStock and a dreadful month on Alamy (only about 10% of expectations).  SS was solid - actually 20% up on last year (iS was more than 30% down). DT seems to be on an unpleasant downward trend,at exactly half what it was at its peak in May 2010. DP was up 50% on a year ago but is still only a small contributor, as is 123 that was up just a little, despite the credit scheme.

SS is almost half of the total - but that is more to do with the declining return elsewhere than with growth at SS.

« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2013, 14:06 »
good month for me as well! I am just afraid if Shutter were to fade most of us would be in deep trouble since we have such a high percentage of our overall income from them...
No we wouldn't if the SS buyers moved to somewhere that pays us better commissions which is most places.

« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2013, 14:33 »
Overall a good May 2013  ;D

SS -  Above average ( saved from disaster in the last 10 days :P ) - not bad  :D
FT - BME + 20% over my last BME on Fotolia ,  +60% compared with april 2013 and +80% compared with may 2012.... very pleased   ;D ;D ;D ;D
DT - Under average  :(
123RF - average  :-\
CanStock - not bad.... not bad at all... good month including an EL
DP - disaster ... as usual. they no longer deserve my effort. Can stock sells 10 times more then Deposit

My pie slices;

SS - 55%
FT - 25%
DT - 8%
123RF - 7%
CanStock 5%
« Last Edit: June 01, 2013, 14:37 by nicku »

« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2013, 14:48 »
good month for me as well! I am just afraid if Shutter were to fade most of us would be in deep trouble since we have such a high percentage of our overall income from them...

You could always try to create a delayed uploading strategy or develop exclusive content to try to boost sales at other sites. Or try branching out into other markets (POD, RM, etc).

As some people learned from iStock, a drastic change can hurt your overall income if most of it comes from one agency.

« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2013, 15:41 »
Way down over April.  The only two that were up over last month were Deposit Photos and Big Stock.  Everyone else was way down.  Most disappointing was the lack of sales at SS.


« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2013, 17:00 »
Another poor month.

2013 vs 2012: May -32% by DLs,  -21% $s.

May vs April: -5% by DLs, -6% $s.


« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2013, 17:53 »
May was good with another BME at SS

« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2013, 18:06 »
SS - BME, both downloads and income.
IS - up
FT - down from last month, up from last year's May
DP - up, they really keep on growing
123RF - up as well, I comfortably keep my level 5
Photodune - BME
Veer - down
Alamy - not bad, but below 1000 $ (which I would label a good month at Alamy). Got some new nice RM work ready to upload.
DT - rock to the bottom
Bigstock - negligible
Canstock - the same

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« Reply #19 on: June 01, 2013, 19:53 »
well i'm still small fry, building port so it's no surprise, May was a great month with a few BME and BMY.

« Reply #20 on: June 01, 2013, 21:18 »
worst month of the year so far. SS was decent, DT ok, Alamy up a bit but still disappointing, Veer really plummeted. Still not too bad overall as long as it isn't the start of a falling trend.

« Reply #21 on: June 01, 2013, 23:35 »
iS exclusive here. :) BME overall, largely due to the vector sale that occurred 23rd of May! Also, finally had an EL sale that went for $50+ :D


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« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2013, 01:29 »
Good month almost overall. IS show a big increase,+ 40% I would say. DT, way up in sales. SS, steady as always. FT down 10%, becoming a has-been really. :)

RM sales way up with an average of 600 bucks per sale. RF slightly up.

« Reply #23 on: June 02, 2013, 02:15 »
2nd BME but again like last month (which was my very best month ever for stock photo sales), it was only because I licensed four RM images on my own, for decent but not stellar $, however, the publisher that licensed the images is also considering many more of my photos at the moment for current publications so hoping next month will be good as well.It looks like they could become a regular source of seasonal stock photo income. Otherwise it would not have been pretty since SS and Alamy, my usual best earners, were both down (from last month and from last May). -Alamy sales barely even worth a mention this month and SS way down. DT around the same as last month, starting to climb back toward the levels I was seeing in late 2012.  IS up despite my very tiny port there.  DT and IS both up significantly from last May.

Nice start on SS and DT this month considering June 1 is a Saturday so let's hope that's a good omen. June was my best month last year, thanks to sales from my site, and okay sales elsewhere, so we'll see how it goes. Off to the Scott Kelby On the Road Conference in Atlantic City this week & then planning to shoot some stock at the Jersey Shore, so hoping I learn some more ways to market my own stock. I think that's a lot more promising at the moment, though I was having a nice run with Alamy until a couple of very slow months, so I should upload more there too. Toying with applying to Stocksy, but not sure.

Very disappointed that SS has been falling lately. They'd been growing consistently for so long I didn't expect this big drop.

Falstaff, where are you averaging RM sales of $600 per sale? That sounds great!


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« Reply #24 on: June 02, 2013, 04:24 »
What's with marking down people's reports?


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