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« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2011, 10:47 »
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May was pretty crappy for me.  My iStock earnings were about 50% less than the previous months since I dropped my crown there last fall.  In fact, I made less there the entire month of May than I used to make in a week before they (iStock) screwed up the site so bad. 

The good news for me is that both DT and SS are picking up sales.  I'm slowly building ports on other sites and my plan is to double my ports on these other sites by the end of the month.  so right now I'm mostly tracking my port size so I can concentrate on building.  I posted a brief update on my blog, if anyone cares to read it. :)
http://imajphotodesign.com/blog/june-2011-independence-status


« Reply #26 on: June 02, 2011, 12:04 »
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Last month as an exclusive and although it was much better than April 2011 ($$ up 26%) that isn't saying much as April was a wreck.

Compared to May 2010, downloads were down 18% and $$ down 11%. I had one more EL in May 2011 than May 2010 so roughly comparable.

Slovenian

« Reply #27 on: June 02, 2011, 12:47 »
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Compared to May 2010, downloads were down 18% and $$ down 11%. I had one more EL in May 2011 than May 2010 so roughly comparable.

Oh you're not calculating ELs as earnings? Is that how earnings are calculated in stats threads? Because I've always reported about the total earnings (meaning ELs were added to normal DLs). I'm even throwing PP earnings in.

« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2011, 13:09 »
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I do count ELs in the earnings total, but wanted to point out there wasn't a big discrepancy in ELs between May 2010 and 2011. IOW it was a fair comparison.

« Reply #29 on: June 02, 2011, 18:30 »
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Hi All,

 Worst month at Istock yet. Every month keeps dropping like a stone as I add new images. My other agencies are all performing up to expectations with Fotolia starting to out perform Istock, Istock now down almost 70% in the last three months. I was at 20,0000+ credits at the end of the first 3 months into the year now I am at 22,264 going into the 6th month. What is up, 70% drop? Glad to see the other agencies are holding.

Best,
Jonathan

lisafx

« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2011, 18:59 »
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All in all, sales are up 7% from a positively grim April.  They are down 6% on last May, and down 13% from May 2009.  A very worrying trend. 

Istock sales continue to plummet.  They are now a record low of only 26% of my downloads, but thanks to P+ they have gone from 30% of my royalties in April 11, to 35% this month.  Lets hope that P+ bump holds and sales don't drop even further. 

Fotolia is moving in the wrong direction for me.  Sales are virtually identical this month to last year, but royalties have dropped considerably, mostly due to increased subs sales. 

Dreamstime is up from both last month and last year. 

« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2011, 01:49 »
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Not great. Most places off a bit compared with last year, Fotolia was the worst of all down more than 50% and DT was down around 15%. In May 2010 10% of my income came from Alamy and last month that was a flop. Deductions for witholding tax at 30% also make things worse. Not really a good month at all.

« Reply #32 on: June 04, 2011, 15:36 »
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My last three months have been the best ever since I started uploading to the agencies in March 2008. BME for DT, FT and BS with a 48% increase from May 2010.

« Reply #33 on: June 09, 2011, 20:57 »
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At iStock my Royalties were down from April.  May was only 35% of my peak in March 2010 (down by 65%).  Worst month since February 2005 when I was still at Gold canister.  I went Diamond in January of 2006. Oh for the good old days.   I fear the iStock Exclusive bubble has burst.

lisafx

« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2011, 09:12 »
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I fear the iStock Exclusive bubble has burst.

A quick read through the IS forums would back you up on this. 

Slovenian

« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2011, 09:19 »
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I fear the iStock Exclusive bubble has burst.

A quick read through the IS forums would back you up on this. 

I'm afraid IS bubble has burst. It's gonna go down, well it's already going down like stocks at the beggining of recession.

« Reply #36 on: June 22, 2011, 18:46 »
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i'm  slightly up with a small port of 400 images

« Reply #37 on: June 22, 2011, 21:10 »
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Up 17% from Mai 2010 as an exclusive,with folio of 1700 images,much better than April that was down 5% from last year.

« Reply #38 on: June 22, 2011, 22:25 »
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RPI (return per image) graph in my last blog post illustrates trends in my earnings.

http://microstock.pixelsaway.com/return-per-image-rpi-from-my-microstock-portfolio-3-year-trends/

IS is going downhill while SS up during the last year, but both are down in June (the graph includes first 10 or 11 days of June.


 

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