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Noodles

« Reply #75 on: January 30, 2012, 06:13 »
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As a former exclusive, let me tell you my personal experience :

Where were you as an exclusive? I'm not sure IS would accept a lot of your content anyway (but don't quote me) :)


« Reply #76 on: January 30, 2012, 06:15 »
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DT.

Yes, IS is not.... but SS accepts, and it selling... very well ;)
« Last Edit: January 30, 2012, 06:19 by nicku »

ShadySue

« Reply #77 on: January 30, 2012, 06:17 »
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All I can say is, in the "good old days" and this is a very good example, a friend of mine, diamond with IS, was earning as an exclusive, the same as he picks up from SS, today, as a non exclusive, this clearly show the progress of SS,  but also the horrific downslope of IS.
best.
He's probably shooting models in studios or other stuff that SS wants and sells well. I hear that stuff is doing very well at SS.

ShadySue

« Reply #78 on: January 30, 2012, 06:19 »
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DT.

Yes IS is not.... but SS yes, and it sells... very well ;)

Oh, that puts a very different complexion on things.
I've never, ever read that being a DT exclusive is a good move! (again, that might or might not change in the future!)

ShadySue

« Reply #79 on: January 30, 2012, 06:21 »
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As a former exclusive, let me tell you my personal experience :

Where were you as an exclusive? I'm not sure IS would accept a lot of your content anyway (but don't quote me) :)

They might: apart from Hulton Archive, at least two contributors do well with scans or photos of old engravings of historic people.

Noodles

« Reply #80 on: January 30, 2012, 06:23 »
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DT.

Yes, IS is not.... but SS accepts, and it selling... very well ;)

DT is not IS

Also your SS content may or may not always be there - rules change often for this kind of content.

Anyway, as they say, Horses for Courses :)

Noodles

« Reply #81 on: January 30, 2012, 06:29 »
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They might: apart from Hulton Archive, at least two contributors do well with scans or photos of old engravings of historic people.

Oh please, don't go putting ideas into my head  :)  I have a $1500 flatbed scanner sitting beside my computer that I've hardly ever used.

Phadrea

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« Reply #82 on: January 30, 2012, 06:36 »
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I do have a lot of niche type images I admit but they did ok on IS. The other thing, I suspect you are right about missing the boat regarding images being uploaded a month before they went live. The reason is because when my initial 10 were accepted I had a download straight away. With 354 images it's tumbleweed city.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2012, 09:43 by Herg »

« Reply #83 on: January 30, 2012, 06:39 »
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After a couple of weeks I can report all my files are up and running but sales went from slow to flat line. Even though I am un-exclusive with IS I am still making more money with them. Up to now - very disappointing :-\

Can you link me to your Portfolio on SS so I can see your images?

Melissa

ShadySue

« Reply #84 on: January 30, 2012, 06:43 »
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except FT every other agencies accepts editorial.
But I understand that SS only wants newsworthy editorial.
I can't see any value in supplying newsworthy images at micro prices.  
Is the review time fast enough for news photos, and do the news buyers look at SS first?

I'm really only interested in secondary editorial - articles, textbooks, guidebooks etc. Mainly I'm interested in wildlife, but that's well oversupplied by excellent people who have much more time in the field than I do.

« Reply #85 on: January 30, 2012, 06:44 »
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istock is the hardest to keyword for. All the others you just do it in the iptc data once and all done.

« Reply #86 on: January 30, 2012, 06:53 »
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DT.

Yes, IS is not.... but SS accepts, and it selling... very well ;)

DT is not IS

Also your SS content may or may not always be there - rules change often for this kind of content.

Anyway, as they say, Horses for Courses :)
As a former exclusive, let me tell you my personal experience :

Where were you as an exclusive? I'm not sure IS would accept a lot of your content anyway (but don't quote me) :)

I am talking about leaving exclusivity concept. Course IS exclusives will earn more than DT exclusives. and an ex exclusive with an average port of 800 images is not  comparable with a 5000 pics exclusive that want to go independent ( in revenue and sales expectations ).
« Last Edit: January 30, 2012, 07:19 by nicku »

ShadySue

« Reply #87 on: January 30, 2012, 06:56 »
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Regarding at what i sell on SS i am shore that will sell very good for a long period. The reason is simple; i am the only one with that content in microstock industry.
For now.  ;)

« Reply #88 on: January 30, 2012, 06:58 »
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..... yap
« Last Edit: January 30, 2012, 07:23 by nicku »

« Reply #89 on: January 30, 2012, 09:10 »
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istock is the hardest to keyword for. All the others you just do it in the iptc data once and all done.

Bingo!  Keyword once prior to upload, and that's it.  Veer is handy for discovering missed keyword opportunities.  And as for Alamy, when I enter my keywords into the metadata, I do so following their priority order, so it makes copying and pasting easier. 

Phadrea

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« Reply #90 on: January 31, 2012, 09:41 »
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I'm just wondering if it's worth email support to see what has happened to my account as I am convinced something is wrong. It's absolutely gone dead for the last 2 days. For me IS is making me the most money by far. So far with 354 files on SS I have made a mere $15 on 49 downloads.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2012, 09:43 by Herg »

« Reply #91 on: January 31, 2012, 09:54 »
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Have you tried some searches Herg, to see where your images come up?  I have made just shy of $100 this month on 113 images at SS, so if your stuff is any good then it sounds like something may be wrong.  Have you been to your homepage (with the world map) and checked at Resources, Your Account to make sure all the radio buttons at the bottom of the page are set to 'opt in'?


Phadrea

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« Reply #92 on: January 31, 2012, 09:58 »
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Yes, they are all checked  :-\

« Reply #93 on: January 31, 2012, 10:04 »
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May I see them?

« Reply #94 on: January 31, 2012, 10:06 »
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You mean his images?  Yes, I would like to see them too.  Mine are here:

http://www.shutterstock.com/g/stockcube

ps - I don't have any one image that sells up a storm or anything, my earnings are pretty well spread across my portfolio.  I have had one ED this month for $28, so the remainder is from regular sales.  I have had 128 sales btw, in case that helps.  I am on the $500 earnings band.
« Last Edit: January 31, 2012, 10:19 by StockCube »

« Reply #95 on: January 31, 2012, 10:10 »
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I'm just wondering if it's worth email support to see what has happened to my account as I am convinced something is wrong. It's absolutely gone dead for the last 2 days. For me IS is making me the most money by far. So far with 354 files on SS I have made a mere $15 on 49 downloads.

which numbers were you expecting? I am sure there are many contributors with 400 files having like 800 downloads (like rimglow said a few time ago here, he have a stunning work) or even a lot more from some contributors (illustrators perhaps).. dont know your portfolio but I would say you need a lot more pics if you are having that number, you are also starting at SS so I believe if your work is good it wil go up, but first need to get there, without sales it won't..

Phadrea

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« Reply #96 on: January 31, 2012, 10:21 »
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Similar numbers to stock Cube's I would have thought. I would be well happy with $100 a month (I get more with IS)


http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-272143p1.html

« Reply #97 on: January 31, 2012, 10:22 »
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You mean his images?  Yes, I would like to see them too.  Mine are here:

http://www.shutterstock.com/g/stockcube

ps - I don't have any one image that sells up a storm or anything, my earnings are pretty well spread across my portfolio.  I have had one ED this month for $28, so the remainder is from regular sales.  I have had 128 sales btw, in case that helps.  I am on the $500 earnings band.


ja thats what I meant.

mine are here:
http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?gallery_id=88729&safesearch=1&prev_sort_method=popular&sort_method=newest&page=1

« Reply #98 on: January 31, 2012, 10:26 »
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You mean his images?  Yes, I would like to see them too.  Mine are here:

http://www.shutterstock.com/g/stockcube

ps - I don't have any one image that sells up a storm or anything, my earnings are pretty well spread across my portfolio.  I have had one ED this month for $28, so the remainder is from regular sales.  I have had 128 sales btw, in case that helps.  I am on the $500 earnings band.


its incredible how you managed to have 200$ beside iStock with around 100 pics (just seen your excel sheet) :) honestly I dont see how you can make it with your portfolio but it sure is selling well :) congrats!

« Reply #99 on: January 31, 2012, 10:27 »
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Thanks Luis  :)


 

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