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« on: December 01, 2010, 03:31 »
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So how was your November?
Here is the microstock earnings poll http://www.microstockgroup.com/pollsvote/
For an agency to have an arrow in the side bar they need 50 votes, if we can get more people voting in the polls, we can get more agencies in the 'arrow area' of the results.

For me, November was a little disappointing.  I usually have my best month ever by quite a bit and this time it was only the fourth best month of the year but still a 10% increase from last November which I suppose is good considering my portfolio only grew 8% from last November

Here's my graph
« Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 06:32 by leaf »


« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 04:20 »
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A great month for us!
BME with a 22% increase from last month.
We passed the 500$ mark and 200 d/l's per month mark.
Growth in all other parameters (STM,DPI and RPI).
Exclusives at IS.

« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2010, 04:22 »
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November was a really good month for me. BME with 23%....I wish every month would have an increase like that  ;)
123rf and canstock were the only ones down!
But, here comes December.....that will probably bring me right back down to earth  ;)

« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2010, 04:27 »
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November was a really good month for me. BME with 23%....I wish every month would have an increase like that  ;)
123rf and canstock were the only ones down!
But, here comes December.....that will probably bring me right back down to earth  ;)

[off-topic]Porsgrunn hey?  Good to see a few more Norwegians on the board :)[/off-topic]

« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2010, 04:41 »
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[off-topic]Porsgrunn hey?  Good to see a few more Norwegians on the board :)[/off-topic]

[off-topic]Thank you, Tyler  :) I love your work with microstockgroup! - except that it makes me spend way to much time here ;D[/off-topic]

« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 04:43 »
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Slow down from previous month and only 10% increase compared to last year but also no EL this month. Only BME at Fotolia, no video sales :(
I added also in my blog some comments about new distribution tools that I tested:
http://microstockexperiment.blogspot.com/2010/11/november-2010-earnings.html

Cheers
L

« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2010, 05:21 »
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BME for me too with huge increase. Fotolia was my biggest earner again.

« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2010, 05:22 »
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Bad, bad, bad and the worrying trend continues.

Up slightly from October but down nearly 13% from Nov 2009. Percentages as follows (with 2009);

IS    30.6 (36.7)
SS   29.3 (22.0)
FT   22.2 (22.2)
DT   11.2 (10.6)
BigStock   5.1 (1.5)

Sales and earnings at Istockphoto were the lowest since Dec 2008 and over 27% down on Nov 2009.  With my commissions to be reduced by 10% next year the future at IS doesn't look particularly promising.

SS still strong and up 14% over Nov 09. PPD sales at SS continue to grow and are now 31% of my earnings there. Last November PPD sales were only 17% of earnings so their introduction has been a great success. Subscription sales also increased over last year.

Both FT and DT were down a bit in earnings compared to last November although roughly the same as percentage of the total. BigStock up almost 300% over last year (BME!) but only due to a couple of chunky EL's that appeared out of the blue (first EL's I've ever had there).

I'm still unsure whether earnings are down due to increased competition or a downturn in the overall market. I suspect it is bit of both but, due to the speed of the reduction since the stellar March we all reported, mainly the latter.  

« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010, 07:30 »
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Compared to November 2009:

SS 20% up.
DT 14% down.
FT 30% up.
123 up.
IS 40% down (after disabling my non-sellers last September)

« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2010, 07:38 »
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Finally a new BME for my big four, been waiting for this since the spring... I have been uploading quite much in this fall, I finally seem to get some money for my work.

IS BME, even without the Partner earnings. This love-hate relationship with IS is really hard: I hate them but they still seem to rake in some cash even for me...
SS Okay month, not good, not bad.
DT Better thant the last few horrible months, things seem to pick up a little
FT Okay month, not good, not bad.

edit: Been around from 2004 (not so seriously in the first years), now about 2000 images at micro sites. Earnings go slowly up, but RPI goes in the other direction :(

Need to shoot and upload more...more....MORE!
« Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 09:50 by Perry »

rubyroo

« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2010, 08:16 »
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iS 31%
SS 21%
DT 20%
FT 9%
123 8%
CanStockPhoto 6%
BigStock 4%
Veer 1%

Nov 2010 sales are approx half of Nov 2009 - but I had a very high production period that time last year.

Annual sales tally so far is almost double 2009 - which is encouraging, because production has been somewhat thwarted this year.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2010, 08:18 by rubyroo »

« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2010, 08:45 »
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Good month after all. I'm rather disappointed with Drim. Surprisingly 2 very good months in row at Veer. Canstok is slowly but stedy growing. Others are +/- 1~2% up or down.

« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2010, 08:52 »
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BME.  Big increase over Nov 09

Good times.  December seems a bit less promising

sc

« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2010, 09:23 »
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SS 39%
iS 25%
FT 11%
DT 9%
Veer 5%
123 3%
CS 3%
BS 2%
FP 1%

BME up 17% over Nov '09

« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2010, 09:28 »
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BME here as well.  About a 17% increase over Oct, which had been basically flat to Sept (probably due to 10 weekend days in Oct).

So I'm about three years in and haven't hit the wall yet.  My trend line has been pretty straight since the beginning. What I'm wondering is... where is the wall?  Those of you in gostwyck's shoes, lamenting big decreases over the past year despite big increases in port size, how long have you been at this?  

As you post your November results, please include how long you've been at microstock -- maybe even port size as well.  It does seem to be a trend that the longer you've been at it, and the larger your port is, the more disappointed you're likely to be with your current numbers.  I don't mean for this to turn into philosophizing as to why it happens -- we know all about the increasing competition, and the phenomenon of cannibalizing our own sales when we run out of uncovered topics... I'm just curious if we can document roughly when the wall is likely to come down, separating the newbies on the rise, from the vets on the decline.

« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2010, 09:37 »
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2nd BME.

Is anyone else missing the 30th at IS? It hasn't been reported in my stats, but I had sales.  ???

« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2010, 09:40 »
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Is anyone else missing the 30th at IS? It hasn't been reported in my stats, but I had sales.  ???

Yes, I'm missing that day too.


« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2010, 09:45 »
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As you post your November results, please include how long you've been at microstock -- maybe even port size as well.  It does seem to be a trend that the longer you've been at it, and the larger your port is, the more disappointed you're likely to be with your current numbers.
5 years/1K - I hit the glass ceiling half 2008, probably because the shelf life of my earlier images expired and competition became too fierce.

« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2010, 09:50 »
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Is anyone else missing the 30th at IS? It hasn't been reported in my stats, but I had sales.  ???

Yes, I'm missing that day too.

I guess I can do it by hand. IS needs to fix their sh... [wanders off grumbling].

« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2010, 09:56 »
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3 years/2K - still growing, BME overall and in all Big 4 agencies, also in BigStock

So, it looks like I am still keeping the growing trend shown in my recent blog post
even if earnings in December are lower.

« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2010, 10:01 »
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Is anyone else missing the 30th at IS? It hasn't been reported in my stats, but I had sales.  ???

Thanks for pointing that out (they have finally arrived). Because my Stat's page had advanced to December I assumed that Nov must be complete. That explains why my projection for IS was strangely out. Final figures therefore a tad better than originally reported.

« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2010, 10:09 »
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What I'm wondering is... where is the wall?  Those of you in gostwyck's shoes, lamenting big decreases over the past year despite big increases in port size, how long have you been at this?  

My earnings rose fairly steadily for just over 5 years, peaking in March this year, before the decline started. I usually upload between 600-800 new images per year. It looks like I might have to increase my output if I want to remain avoiding having  to work for a living  ;)

« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2010, 10:49 »
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Now that my complaining is over, I guess it is sharing time. My list gets weirder looking every month.

IS - 26%
SS - 21%
CL - 11%
DT - 11%
FT - 7%
CA - 6%
MY - 6%
BS - 3%
VS - 3%
V - 2%
123 - 1%

« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2010, 11:14 »
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This month was dead in the middle, but not bad first and last week which made it a little better.  DT was frighteningly bad, but made up a little at the end of the month so only down 50% for the year.  Maybe the influx of Istock Exclusives has taken effect?  Does Bigstock seem to be just a little bit more active?

« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2010, 11:17 »
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another BME (will post in my blog after receiving all sales)


 

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