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« on: October 01, 2019, 10:15 »
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Decided to share my experience on earning changes. Please share yours! Mostly interested in video sales.
This September is best month on 2019 but my income averages dropping down since 2017.
Graph of changes since start in 2011 and comparison table for this September (top3 agencies (170$+)) in attachments.
It is sad that my income going down because few years ago i almost started it as full time work.
Im shooting only video now.


« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2019, 11:07 »
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video is the next big saturated thing....consider that ss has already 15 millions video,, compared to 300 millions images, but how many video are sold compared to images per day, i suspect the ratio is pretty low for video...in addiction all agency will soon go the cheap route for video...those shooting video that are complaining that video are sold cheap now at 12 15 dollar soon will see what means cheap.
to do stock full time you need to be a big producer, have a niche with a lot of old files in first page already, because starting from scratch now good luck to be seen in the sea of garbage or leave in poor country.  it's sad but it's the hard truth. i shot a wedding and earn in 5 hours plus post 1500 2500 euro...to make this kind of money in micro i need 2 month nowadays and despite heavy uploading. unfortunately new content sell scarcely, and as i said popular images tab kill andy chance to sell new file.

« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2019, 12:14 »
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Mine's similar to yours, but it doesn't seem fair to include 2019 since we still have 3 months left.

I assume your numbers are all site's combined.

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2019, 15:10 »
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Finally got round to working up and publishing my September results and the 3Q of 2019. Overall the month was pretty good with almost $3000 in sales, but the historical trend does not look great:



Full results, as always, on my blog: https://www.backyardsilver.com/2019/10/making-money-from-stock-photography-september-2019/

Steve

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2019, 01:43 »
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Solid month, Steve. Well done :)

wds

« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2019, 10:24 »
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Finally got round to working up and publishing my September results and the 3Q of 2019. Overall the month was pretty good with almost $3000 in sales, but the historical trend does not look great...

Out of curiosity, why do you say the historical trend does not look great....your graph seems to have a definite upward trend?

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2019, 10:34 »
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Good question about the trend! I was thinking about two things - the fall off in the past 2 quarters from previous highs, and also the background fact that I had around 5000 images online at the start of this graph and now have 14000 so my earnings per online file (which I included in my blog post) is falling fast. I think that is partly to do with the sort of images I take (travel shots) where adding a 1000 images from a big trip is not unusual, but they don't sell very frequently. Concept shots are generally uploaded in smaller volumes and sell better while they are current and interesting (bitcoin shots were a prime example a couple of years ago). However, they lose their sparkle after a while, partly because the competition increases and partly because the main users have enough bitcoin shots (with RF licenses) to allow them to keep using ones from their "stock" and still appear to be "fresh" to their viewers.

Steve

« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2019, 13:27 »
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Congratulations!!!
Great result!

« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2019, 08:42 »
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I'm impressed how iStock is 50% form the Shutterstock's earnings in September, in my stats they are way less.


steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2019, 09:31 »
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I find that istock earnings depend a lot of a few higher priced sales bringing up the totals. So the difference between a good month and a poor one depends on how many of this sales you have. This is a 3 month total so it reasonably accurate against the normal trend.

Steve


 

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