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Slovenian

« on: October 31, 2011, 19:18 »
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A decent month, but nowhere near of what it's supposed to be, the best month of the year. If it wasn't for a great last week on my top 2 earners, it would be a weak month for me. I'm gonna break it down 4 ya (compared to previous month):

SS: +11%
IS: -13%
123RF: +37%
FT: +24%
DT: -61%


And I won't even bother calculating the pathetic earnings at DP and CS (below 10$ each, started 2 months ago).


steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011, 20:30 »
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October was a great month for me - a personal best, and almost $160 over the previous month to end with just over $1200 off an average of about 1800 images. As usual, more details on my web site, but Shutterstock was great with $450, iStock maintained solid performance with another month of $200. Veer is a great site some months and I managed two of their unlimited reproduction licenses to come in with around $135. My big disappointment was Zoonar. I really thought that it had started moving, but I only sold one image for $3.50 this last month.




Steve

« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011, 21:34 »
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3rd month in a row over 1k $ (started in March 2009)

1003$, 1062$, around 1020$

this month top5 % (previous month)

SS 47% (40%)
IS 14% (16%)
123RF 11% (9%)
FT 7% (8%)
DT 4% (7%)

17% across other agencies, more relevant Zazzle (4%), DepositPhotos (3%) and PhotoDune (2%)

Veer from 17.5$ (11 sales) to 2.45$ (2 sales)

« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 21:55 »
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There's a new sheriff in town and its name is Clipartof. Maybe, it's a fluke, but I feel all the sacrifices I've made this year trying to clean up "my house" are starting to pay off. I'm still not where I want to be (or even where I was), but I'm feeling more confident about the future.

Hopefully, it's a sign that you don't need to wait for a union or a miracle. Just start taking control of YOUR images and where and how you distribute them. I hope this continues and others can do the same thing.

« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2011, 01:13 »
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Exclusives at IS.
Down 8% from last month, and up 260% from 10/2011
Still working hard to get to that 40K RC target this year as well as passing the 2K $ mark.

lagereek

« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 01:47 »
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Great month!

SS.  brillant.

FT.  way up.+ 30%

DT. up 15%

IS. worthless. ( compared to what it used to be)

Alamy.  great.

BS.  up 30%

« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2011, 02:33 »
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October was not bad at all.  What's a good October?  It should be better than September + better than last year's October. 
Overall I was 4% up compared to September and 3% up from last year's October.  So it's "up", but not much.

The "guilty" sites are Istockphoto, Alamy and Rodeo, all others went up enough to cover these losses.  Big cheer for 123rf, Dreamstime and Fotolia, with more than 25% of growth compared to last year's October.

Last year's November was a BME, so it'll be quite a challenge to beat that!

« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2011, 02:40 »
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Shutterstock up, the other micros flat or down. A sudden burst of activity on Alamy will make it a BME, though. Fotolia back to 2007 levels.

ayzek

« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2011, 03:19 »
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Good Month.
IS  :      -38% (After second week of September sales %50 less than normal)
SS :      +13% BME
MYsite : This month up to third position BME
Alamy : +91% BME 
FT :      +670% BME finally start to sell.
123rf:   +10% BME
DT :      +91% BME
Veer:    +560% BME
Yay:      -50%
BS:       -8%

Wim

« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2011, 03:23 »
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Just want to say thanks to Steheap and Luissantos84 for providing details on their income from Stock. This is secret to most, even me, so respect to you lads.
Keep it up!

rubyroo

« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2011, 04:01 »
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I was down a litte on last month's BME (pushing this month to second from top), and down a little at most of the agencies.     

On the running FT/123RF comparison, my sales at 123RF were almost double those at FT.

1 = SS
2 = iStock
3 = DT
4 = 123RF
5 = FT

« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2011, 05:18 »
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More downloads, less money
comparing 10.2011 to 10.2010 ()
ss 31% (21%)
ft 28% (21%)
dt 18% (18%)
is 10% (32%)
others 13% (8%)

RPD 0,81 (0,94 )

« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2011, 10:01 »
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Very good month for me....

Photos: Exclusive on iStock

iStock:
BME for both DLS and $$

Compared to Sept:
$$: +35%
DSL: +22%
Portfolio: + 5%
(went up to a higher royalty percentage partway through the month)


Compared to Oct 10:
$$: +94%
DLS: +45%
Portfolio: +98%

On the stats, income and downloads caught up in some measure with the amount of uploading I did in August and September, so the numbers look a lot more impressive than they actually are.

Video: Non-exclusive
Very early days, but had my first sale on SS - $15 :)

« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2011, 10:10 »
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Clipartof - 30%
Shutterstock - 26%
Dreamstime - 10%
Can Stock Photo - 7%
myStockVectors - 7%
Graphic Leftovers -6%
123RF - 5%
Veer - 2%
BigStock - 2%
Yay - 1%
Cutcaster - 0%
Stockfresh - 0%
Drawshop - 0%

The first month without iStock ended up a lot better than I thought.

« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2011, 10:50 »
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Quite pleased with DT and SS.  They are the only sites that have shown growth for me, and came in with DT ahead by one download! 

DT 32%
SS 32%
IS 16%
FT 7%

The rest don't add up to much.  I should point out though that 123 was only 2% of my overall - I'm glad others are doing so well there because I sure am not.

RacePhoto

« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2011, 13:35 »
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Clipartof - 30%

Hello,

Thank you for contacting us, however we are no longer accepting new contributors.

Thank You,
Mrs. Jamie Voetsch
Clipart Of LLC


Unless it's just no one except the invited people at this point. Hope that saves someone the trouble of trying to get information where the ClipartOf site has none.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2011, 13:54 »
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Quote
Just want to say thanks to Steheap and Luissantos84 for providing details on their income from Stock. This is secret to most, even me, so respect to you lads.
Keep it up!


Thanks! When I was starting out, I had no idea how I was doing, and how much the "competition" was earning. I know that different styles of image earn different amounts, and that the number of files is important, but I can't see the harm in sharing real numbers. I discuss these sort of details each month on my blog (http://www.backyardsilver.com) Unless someone is going to go out and try to copy my shots (which they could do by searching for me on the main sites), I see no problem here.

Steve


lisafx

« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2011, 14:08 »
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It was a pretty disappointing October for me. Overall I was up 7% on last month and 6% on last year.  3 out of 4 top sites all posted losses.  Fortunately the day was spectacularly saved by a big BME at Shutterstock!  Funny thing is when I added up my % losses from IS, SS, and DT, over the past year, they totaled the exact % SS was up (51%).

Istock continues to sink into the void.  Sales more pathetic each month, and sank to levels not seen since April of 2006!!  :o

FT actually rebounded a bit, showing a 10% gain over last month, but is still well down on last year.

Below is the market share of each of the sites for me, along with the % gain or loss from October 2010.

ISP   30%  (-23%)
SS   28%  (+51%)
DT   13%  (-9%)
Fot   15%  (-19%)
BigStock   4%  
« Last Edit: November 01, 2011, 14:14 by lisafx »

« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2011, 14:09 »
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SS A New Best Month Ever! :D (The second one in row, also september was BME)
IS the lows continue... not the worst month of the year tho.
DT second worst month this year
FT weak weak weak...

Low earners:
Veer Okay month, Veer starts to be very close to DT and FT
123rf Best month ever! Almost as good as Veer.
canstockphoto Very weak, are they dying?
Bigstockphoto Business as usual. Some sales, but not much
Alamy a few nice sales (and a few not-so-nice sales), overall a very good month.
« Last Edit: November 01, 2011, 14:17 by Perry »

« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2011, 14:43 »
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Almost identical to Sept 2011, except the extra day put me over the edge for a new BME.

Up 120% vs Oct 2011.

My Big 4 are all posting solid gains every month... in this order here's how they placed in October...

1: SS thanks to a mad rush of ELs (still looking for an explanation for the sudden rush of these.  Any ideas?)
2. FT
3. DT and IS almost identical to the dollar


And the rest?  I almost don't care, since all together the second and third tier players accounted for less than 15% of my earnings.  123RF earnings are growing nicely.  The CanStockPhoto big "Distribution Regular" $19.80 sales are nowhere to be seen these days, so it's down.  Everyone else seems to be treading water.

« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2011, 15:33 »
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It was a pretty disappointing October for me. Overall I was up 7% on last month and 6% on last year.  3 out of 4 top sites all posted losses.  Fortunately the day was spectacularly saved by a big BME at Shutterstock!  Funny thing is when I added up my % losses from IS, SS, and DT, over the past year, they totaled the exact % SS was up (51%).

Istock continues to sink into the void.  Sales more pathetic each month, and sank to levels not seen since April of 2006!!  :o

FT actually rebounded a bit, showing a 10% gain over last month, but is still well down on last year.

Below is the market share of each of the sites for me, along with the % gain or loss from October 2010.

ISP   30%  (-23%)
SS   28%  (+51%)
DT   13%  (-9%)
Fot   15%  (-19%)
BigStock   4%  

Wow Lisa nice data for Shutterstock! I am only about 35% up compared to last October. My sales on istock didn't tank that much though - less than 1% off. I guess it kinda evens it out:)

lisafx

« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2011, 17:24 »
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Wow Lisa nice data for Shutterstock! I am only about 35% up compared to last October. My sales on istock didn't tank that much though - less than 1% off. I guess it kinda evens it out:)

Interesting... Looks like overall you had a higher net gain than I did.  I'm jealous! You are fortunate to have not lost more than 1% at IS.  That's about the best I've heard for an established port.

I am becoming a bit suspicious that there may be some truth to the idea that they are juggling the search to prevent people reaching their RC goals.  I am about 7k off of keeping my 19% with approx. 6 weeks of decent sales left in the year (no point in expecting much action the last two weeks of the year).  Normally I could hit that mark in that time period easily, but with sales so bad I may not make it.   :(

« Reply #22 on: November 01, 2011, 17:42 »
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Well last year the RC levels were lowered a bit after the year was over. I sincerly hope they do this again.What worries me are the next targets...

lisafx

« Reply #23 on: November 01, 2011, 17:49 »
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Well last year the RC levels were lowered a bit after the year was over. I sincerly hope they do this again.What worries me are the next targets...

Were they lowered?  I had thought they just didn't raise them.  I hope you're right and they will be lowered this year, but I'm not holding my breath.  The less they have to pay us the more sustainable their business is ;)

traveler1116

« Reply #24 on: November 01, 2011, 18:58 »
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Well last year the RC levels were lowered a bit after the year was over. I sincerly hope they do this again.What worries me are the next targets...

Were they lowered?  I had thought they just didn't raise them.  I hope you're right and they will be lowered this year, but I'm not holding my breath.  The less they have to pay us the more sustainable their business is ;)
Yep they lowered them to .1% above what I was at, literally 2 or 3 sales for the whole year.. bitter...I'm not bitter.   But it did cost me a few thousand dollars.


 

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