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« on: December 16, 2012, 18:07 »
January will mark one year since I stopped tracking microstock sales. I used to update a spreadsheet that showed how many times each image had sold in each site and all the individual sale values on each site.

I feel free. :D

Anyway, it was just not worthy for me to do that, even with my small portfolio and low sales. I prefered to focus on other activities.

I plan however to update the monthly earnings from each site, only that.


« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 20:50 »
Must be a great feeling!  Sounds like you have a lot of other things going on that demand your time.   If I wasn't doing this for a living I might do the same and stop worrying about it :)


« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 20:53 »
I check too often myself thus could use some advice on this part of the business...

« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 21:10 »
What a peaceful change that must be.

« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 21:42 »
I can't imagine trying to actually keep track of all the individual sales, although I usually try to skim through them to see what sold. I do add up the monthly totals though, which can be a bit of a pain, but provides a reality check for how sales really are going.

« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012, 05:10 »
The individual sales values was a way to see in brief the RPD and the tendency for sizes or for subscriptions or for US x non-US (for taxes) sales. Not worth the time, especially when I think of the time to track a 8c sale in IS or even the many subs sales in DT and so forth.

The number of times each image sold in each was useful to see the most succesful images and would also serve to see the type of image that works better in each site - never got any real tendency except maybe for my raster illustrations that sell well in FT more than elsewhere.

This year actually I didn't do much for sales at all, didn't even uploaded much to Alamy or Zazzle, but these are things that I plan to focus on. I don't want to produce microstock-oriented images - this was fun as a learning experience. I prefer to concentrate on my travel images and the potential they have in the editorial market. I have observed an increasing interest in images of Rio because of the World Cup and the Olympics. This is something more pleasant in terms of the hobby side of photography, and hopefully more profitable and rewarding in the business side.

And yes, I feel free. :)


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