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« on: August 21, 2019, 12:28 »
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For me--No downloads from Shutterstock in six days straight. I don't know why this is happening.  Anyone else having less downloads?  Thanks.


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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2019, 12:35 »
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2019, 13:05 »
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Same thing is happening to me, although my port is very small, only 300+ images. But i usually have a download or two almost every day. Past week is the absolute low so far.

« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2019, 14:45 »
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Yeah, seems rather dead.

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2019, 21:40 »
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I still can't fathom why people don't understand the concept of more competition, and how that increase will always equal less sales.  More choices, better, newer images, less sales. Is there some kind of denial that ignores that we are producing a commodity which is provided in floods of millions, not like anything was ten years ago. But the question is "why have my sales dropped".  ::)

Agencies keep selling more, we are selling less. What could it be?

Competition, sales dilution.

« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2019, 23:56 »
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I think it's the suddenness and longevity of the drought that is throwing some producers for a loop, I do video and it's been at least six days on SS since I had a sale as well but one came in today, could always be worse, could be pond5 and zero sales for longer than six days.

Summer slowdowns have been the norm for years and yes massive increase in competing will make it harder to be found in the search and get sales and this year it looks like a global recession is starting so it's a bit worse across the board but a complete stoppage in all sales for so long kinda has you wondering if there is a technical problem with the site, I guess not because I made a grand today of just over $11 today and my work day started at 6am and it's now 1am.

« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2019, 01:56 »
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I think it's the suddenness and longevity of the drought that is throwing some producers for a loop, I do video and it's been at least six days on SS since I had a sale as well but one came in today, could always be worse, could be pond5 and zero sales for longer than six days.
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it's not sudden -- sales have been declining for more than a year

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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2019, 04:03 »
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I think it's the suddenness and longevity of the drought that is throwing some producers for a loop, I do video and it's been at least six days on SS since I had a sale as well but one came in today, could always be worse, could be pond5 and zero sales for longer than six days.
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it's not sudden -- sales have been declining for more than a year

My revenue has gone up each year, and I'm not even been uploading much this year...

« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2019, 08:38 »
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I really put some effort into my new summer images but only a few sales so far. The good news is that my Christmas images are selling like hot cakes, don't ask why. Is there a Christmas season somewhere in the world at the moment? :D

« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2019, 08:53 »
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I really put some effort into my new summer images but only a few sales so far. The good news is that my Christmas images are selling like hot cakes, don't ask why. Is there a Christmas season somewhere in the world at the moment? :D


Most companies prepare for the seasons months before the actual season. Magazines are likely already planning their Christmas issues now.


« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2019, 09:18 »
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Ive had a VERY low sales month of August , but the past few days sales have increased quite significantly.
The only thing I can think of when sales go from one extreme to the other is that SS has changed its search algorithm - so it seems now it favours my port and probably in a few weeks it will go the other way.

Life in the fast lane.

« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2019, 09:35 »
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I think it's the suddenness and longevity of the drought that is throwing some producers for a loop, I do video and it's been at least six days on SS since I had a sale as well but one came in today, could always be worse, could be pond5 and zero sales for longer than six days.
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it's not sudden -- sales have been declining for more than a year
People have been reporting falling sales for the 7 years I've been on this site. The trend is accelerating and some will buck it but on average sales will decline.

« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2019, 00:22 »
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This thread is not about falling sales. Its about all sales suddenly coming to a complete halt. Im pretty sure they tweaked their system.

« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2019, 02:42 »
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This thread is not about falling sales. Its about all sales suddenly coming to a complete halt. Im pretty sure they tweaked their system.

your evidence for such tweaking?

YMMV - but like many others, I still see sub sales every day, tho EL are rarer

sadly every time someone sees reduced sales they assume the search has changed - the simple fact is you're competing against millions of other images

« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2019, 08:09 »
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No evidence just a gut feeling. I might even be wrong, since my port is admittedly too small to be considered as representative sample. It's just that the low but steady sales dried up all of a sudden, and i've been totally invisible for over 10 days now on SS. Doesn't make a difference though, i'm lightyears away from making a buck off of micro anyway.

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« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2019, 21:16 »
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This thread is not about falling sales. Its about all sales suddenly coming to a complete halt. Im pretty sure they tweaked their system.

your evidence for such tweaking?

YMMV - but like many others, I still see sub sales every day, tho EL are rarer

sadly every time someone sees reduced sales they assume the search has changed - the simple fact is you're competing against millions of other images

And then today I get an EL and an OD.  :o None of this is as predictable as it was in the past. So I guess the tweak was a boost for Pete tweak?  ;D

I think it's the suddenness and longevity of the drought that is throwing some producers for a loop, I do video and it's been at least six days on SS since I had a sale as well but one came in today, could always be worse, could be pond5 and zero sales for longer than six days.
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it's not sudden -- sales have been declining for more than a year
People have been reporting falling sales for the 7 years I've been on this site. The trend is accelerating and some will buck it but on average sales will decline.

Looking at all three, I'd say, I can agree. But the drought isn't just one place, it's pretty much everywhere. The drop has been more than a year and seven years is more than a year.

I'm not going to try to point to a cause when I don't know. While people that toss out, search change or a conspiracy, or some other theories about how the agencies manipulate the sales, are just guessing. Over the years, we've heard "a well informed inside source says..." but never any solid facts or proof, or who's that source. Anyone can make up an inside source that confirms what they are guessing.

Pretty hard to cover up the truth across an entire industry. That truth would be that it's all rigged.

I can not like the way sales are going and not like the income drop or not like the way the agencies have changed commissions or levels or ended programs and promises. I don't like those. But I also don't see some trick or game involved. It's just the way this industry has been sorting out and we are the ones who get cut out first. Everything is directed at making buyers happy so they come back. Everything is designed for making the company a profit.

If any agency says they are our friend, they care about us, or they are trying to help us make money, don't believe them. We are the last thought.



« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2019, 01:11 »
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Ive had a VERY low sales month of August , but the past few days sales have increased quite significantly.
The only thing I can think of when sales go from one extreme to the other is that SS has changed its search algorithm - so it seems now it favours my port and probably in a few weeks it will go the other way.

Life in the fast lane.

I was getting zero sales, and still getting zero sales  :'(
SS really does not like showing my videos..


« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2019, 06:28 »
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the best thing of falling earning is that a lot of contributor who upload terrible stuff will soon stop because it's clear they are not earning nothing....folow the thread in ss forum of that puppet who wanna upload 10 k photos in
a year and he still earning peanuts with 7k snapshots and repetition.
my august is not good but next week i bet will be super and rich the same level as last year at least...
by the way counter in esp is exploding..don't know if it's an error but i have near the same download as ss while always it's like 30 %

« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2019, 07:48 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.


« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2019, 13:38 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2019, 14:55 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers. 

ShadySue

« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2019, 15:19 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers.
Just because they are changing algorithms doesn't necessarily mean they're rigged (though on at least one occasion years ago iS did just that)

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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2019, 17:50 »
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This thread is not about falling sales. Its about all sales suddenly coming to a complete halt. Im pretty sure they tweaked their system.

your evidence for such tweaking?

YMMV - but like many others, I still see sub sales every day, tho EL are rarer

sadly every time someone sees reduced sales they assume the search has changed - the simple fact is you're competing against millions of other images

And then today I get an EL and an OD.  :o None of this is as predictable as it was in the past. So I guess the tweak was a boost for Pete tweak?  ;D

I think it's the suddenness and longevity of the drought that is throwing some producers for a loop, I do video and it's been at least six days on SS since I had a sale as well but one came in today, could always be worse, could be pond5 and zero sales for longer than six days.
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it's not sudden -- sales have been declining for more than a year
People have been reporting falling sales for the 7 years I've been on this site. The trend is accelerating and some will buck it but on average sales will decline.

Looking at all three, I'd say, I can agree. But the drought isn't just one place, it's pretty much everywhere. The drop has been more than a year and seven years is more than a year.

I'm not going to try to point to a cause when I don't know. While people that toss out, search change or a conspiracy, or some other theories about how the agencies manipulate the sales, are just guessing. Over the years, we've heard "a well informed inside source says..." but never any solid facts or proof, or who's that source. Anyone can make up an inside source that confirms what they are guessing.

Pretty hard to cover up the truth across an entire industry. That truth would be that it's all rigged.

I can not like the way sales are going and not like the income drop or not like the way the agencies have changed commissions or levels or ended programs and promises. I don't like those. But I also don't see some trick or game involved. It's just the way this industry has been sorting out and we are the ones who get cut out first. Everything is directed at making buyers happy so they come back. Everything is designed for making the company a profit.

If any agency says they are our friend, they care about us, or they are trying to help us make money, don't believe them. We are the last thought.
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« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2019, 21:33 »
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Right

I still can't fathom why people don't understand the concept of more competition, and how that increase will always equal less sales.  More choices, better, newer images, less sales. Is there some kind of denial that ignores that we are producing a commodity which is provided in floods of millions, not like anything was ten years ago. But the question is "why have my sales dropped".  ::)

Agencies keep selling more, we are selling less. What could it be?

Competition, sales dilution.

Depends on the situation.  For me I typically make $800 + each month.  All of a sudden I will make $250 this month. The is not the addition of a bazillion images.  It is something else. Probably summer slump together with search changes.  Either way I have about 5,000 assets and to see a drop like this is not related to the influx of images per se.

« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2019, 09:10 »
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My sales are within the month's average but yesterday I had my first zero day since 2012. I hope it's just a fluke.

« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2019, 10:19 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers.
Just because they are changing algorithms doesn't necessarily mean they're rigged (though on at least one occasion years ago iS did just that)

Well changing algorithms is rigging, thou we were never promised only one kind of algorithm, they can do whatever they want - and what they are doing we may never know. All I'm saying is that it's not a hand of God, they have database programmers.

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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2019, 10:38 »
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Right

I still can't fathom why people don't understand the concept of more competition, and how that increase will always equal less sales.  More choices, better, newer images, less sales. Is there some kind of denial that ignores that we are producing a commodity which is provided in floods of millions, not like anything was ten years ago. But the question is "why have my sales dropped".  ::)

Agencies keep selling more, we are selling less. What could it be?

Competition, sales dilution.

Depends on the situation.  For me I typically make $800 + each month.  All of a sudden I will make $250 this month. The is not the addition of a bazillion images.  It is something else. Probably summer slump together with search changes.  Either way I have about 5,000 assets and to see a drop like this is not related to the influx of images per se.

I'm not going to say there's one answer and that's going to explain everything.

Another part that I see is, we see a good month and say, that's the way it's supposed to be, then a lower month and say, Oh they did something to make it lower. I see it as there are some regular sales and there's some consistency, while there is also some randomness. The real base number is the reliable sales, which are dropping.

The good sales or months are more unpredictable. I think I just had two weeks of subs and then a day with and OD and an EL? More income comes from SO, EL and OD, which most downloads are from subs.

I don't do video but I can only imagine how that area has taken a much bigger earnings hit with volume and new uploads, than photo. Every time something is popular and better earning, it gets slammed with collectives or groups that produce for stock.

I just don't see anything getting better or any stable income that's dependable. I think at this stage, nearly everyone is willing to accept that as an individual, none of us can keep up with, or compete with, the influx of new images, illustrations or video.

The days of upload anything and get sales are long passed. Not only is there more competition, but they keep getting better and smarter. I don't know what anyone else expects, but I don't see growth or much room for income improvement. More likely, drops and less downloads, that I can see.

If someone believes that income and uploads should stay level or gain, maybe they can explain why and how?  :) I mean instead of saying, how everything is dropping, maybe explain why everything shouldn't be dropping? Business and marketing kind of reasons.


« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2019, 11:24 »
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Nope. They keep getting younger.

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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2019, 14:03 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers.
Just because they are changing algorithms doesn't necessarily mean they're rigged (though on at least one occasion years ago iS did just that)

Well changing algorithms is rigging, thou we were never promised only one kind of algorithm, they can do whatever they want - and what they are doing we may never know. All I'm saying is that it's not a hand of God, they have database programmers.
Rigging implies some kind of deliberate change to penalise certain contributors. Of course they change algorithms to maximise sales. Why wouldn't they? Whose to say the algorithm where you got lots of sales was "fairer" than the one where you don't?

« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2019, 14:42 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers.
Just because they are changing algorithms doesn't necessarily mean they're rigged (though on at least one occasion years ago iS did just that)

Well changing algorithms is rigging, thou we were never promised only one kind of algorithm, they can do whatever they want - and what they are doing we may never know. All I'm saying is that it's not a hand of God, they have database programmers.
Rigging implies some kind of deliberate change to penalise certain contributors. Of course they change algorithms to maximise sales. Why wouldn't they? Whose to say the algorithm where you got lots of sales was "fairer" than the one where you don't?

To ask you the same question - why wouldn't they? They could implement an algorithm, for instance, to spread the exposure (and potential sales) more evenly across all contributors - so top contributors will take a negative hit but won't really notice it much and complain given their sheer volume of assets but the deep down newbies would see a bit of positive hit for encouragement. This is probably the oldest theory on these forums.

Or for instance, you could argue that my port or models is of low quality, I certainly tend to do, but seeing my minimap almost completely blank in North America still makes me wonder, is it really me or the fact they do have a field in their database where it says that I'm from a certain country that will take away 30% from US sales.

« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2019, 15:42 »
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For me--No downloads from Shutterstock in six days straight. I don't know why this is happening.  Anyone else having less downloads?  Thanks.
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« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2019, 16:07 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers.
Just because they are changing algorithms doesn't necessarily mean they're rigged (though on at least one occasion years ago iS did just that)

Well changing algorithms is rigging, thou we were never promised only one kind of algorithm, they can do whatever they want - and what they are doing we may never know. All I'm saying is that it's not a hand of God, they have database programmers.
Rigging implies some kind of deliberate change to penalise certain contributors. Of course they change algorithms to maximise sales. Why wouldn't they? Whose to say the algorithm where you got lots of sales was "fairer" than the one where you don't?

To ask you the same question - why wouldn't they? They could implement an algorithm, for instance, to spread the exposure (and potential sales) more evenly across all contributors - so top contributors will take a negative hit but won't really notice it much and complain given their sheer volume of assets but the deep down newbies would see a bit of positive hit for encouragement. This is probably the oldest theory on these forums.

Or for instance, you could argue that my port or models is of low quality, I certainly tend to do, but seeing my minimap almost completely blank in North America still makes me wonder, is it really me or the fact they do have a field in their database where it says that I'm from a certain country that will take away 30% from US sales.
How do Shutterstock benefit by reducing someones sales from a certain country? Yes they may want to encourage newbies and people who are still uploading regularly. Thats not "rigged" in my book. A search algorithm is never "fair" its owned by Shutterstock and they will control it in a way that benefits Shutterstock the most.

« Reply #32 on: August 25, 2019, 18:25 »
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I don't want to waste much time about it but I think it's rigged simply because it can be rigged and there are reasons why would they rig it, so I wouldn't count on corporate transparency and morals.
However there are things that probably fall out of rig calculations - asset quality and popularity of subjects which rigged or not contribute to randomness of contributor experience. Port size too, while it can be rigged I don't think they would fiddle with it much in a negative way.

Occam's Razor -- the SIMPLEST explanation for all sites yielding lower sales is supply outpacing demand

I'd agree but I'm talking about the way demand comes and goes and how it cycles between weeks of never sold assets and bestsellers.
Just because they are changing algorithms doesn't necessarily mean they're rigged (though on at least one occasion years ago iS did just that)

Well changing algorithms is rigging, thou we were never promised only one kind of algorithm, they can do whatever they want - and what they are doing we may never know. All I'm saying is that it's not a hand of God, they have database programmers.
Rigging implies some kind of deliberate change to penalise certain contributors. Of course they change algorithms to maximise sales. Why wouldn't they? Whose to say the algorithm where you got lots of sales was "fairer" than the one where you don't?

To ask you the same question - why wouldn't they? They could implement an algorithm, for instance, to spread the exposure (and potential sales) more evenly across all contributors - so top contributors will take a negative hit but won't really notice it much and complain given their sheer volume of assets but the deep down newbies would see a bit of positive hit for encouragement. This is probably the oldest theory on these forums.

Or for instance, you could argue that my port or models is of low quality, I certainly tend to do, but seeing my minimap almost completely blank in North America still makes me wonder, is it really me or the fact they do have a field in their database where it says that I'm from a certain country that will take away 30% from US sales.
How do Shutterstock benefit by reducing someones sales from a certain country? Yes they may want to encourage newbies and people who are still uploading regularly. Thats not "rigged" in my book. A search algorithm is never "fair" its owned by Shutterstock and they will control it in a way that benefits Shutterstock the most.

I am not sure, to many unknown economic things going on that are beyond my knowledge of those things, but I'm sure there is some logic or math, some kind of tax, rewording countries with signed treaty (if I spelled that correctly), rewarding contributors from western countries, you name it. US is probably the best stock buyer force (as seen from my experience on other stock agencies) but yet I see very seldom US sales.
Well that's what I said, call it rigging or not, they don't sit around with their feet in the air and let it all be. 

« Reply #33 on: August 25, 2019, 23:28 »
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Or for instance, you could argue that my port or models is of low quality, I certainly tend to do, but seeing my minimap almost completely blank in North America still makes me wonder, is it really me or the fact they do have a field in their database where it says that I'm from a certain country that will take away 30% from US sales.

Well, it has been shown that buyers from the US will first and foremost buy products from the US, if they can. Also, people images from Eastern Europe don't look American, just like Nordic people images don't look Spanish, etc., and Americans are not that likely to need landscape images of non-famous locations around the world.

So, perfectly reasonable and logical explanations why a person with images from a European country (that clearly look European) will not sell as many images to the US.

« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2019, 05:15 »
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Or for instance, you could argue that my port or models is of low quality, I certainly tend to do, but seeing my minimap almost completely blank in North America still makes me wonder, is it really me or the fact they do have a field in their database where it says that I'm from a certain country that will take away 30% from US sales.

Well, it has been shown that buyers from the US will first and foremost buy products from the US, if they can. Also, people images from Eastern Europe don't look American, just like Nordic people images don't look Spanish, etc., and Americans are not that likely to need landscape images of non-famous locations around the world.

So, perfectly reasonable and logical explanations why a person with images from a European country (that clearly look European) will not sell as many images to the US.

Yes it's all logical, except 80% of my sales on for instance Istock do come from US.
Not sure how could one differentiate US people from others since the US is a mix of people from all around the world, unless you are talking about strictly multiracial photos, which trully are popular and best represent US. 

« Reply #35 on: August 26, 2019, 07:25 »
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Or for instance, you could argue that my port or models is of low quality, I certainly tend to do, but seeing my minimap almost completely blank in North America still makes me wonder, is it really me or the fact they do have a field in their database where it says that I'm from a certain country that will take away 30% from US sales.

Well, it has been shown that buyers from the US will first and foremost buy products from the US, if they can. Also, people images from Eastern Europe don't look American, just like Nordic people images don't look Spanish, etc., and Americans are not that likely to need landscape images of non-famous locations around the world.

So, perfectly reasonable and logical explanations why a person with images from a European country (that clearly look European) will not sell as many images to the US.

Yes it's all logical, except 80% of my sales on for instance Istock do come from US.
Not sure how could one differentiate US people from others since the US is a mix of people from all around the world, unless you are talking about strictly multiracial photos, which trully are popular and best represent US.
US people smile a lot and have better teeth than the UK. I think US buyers like a more happy shiny people view of the world than us cynical Europeans ;-).

« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2019, 07:46 »
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i thought today was the day when the sales would have been back after long holiday in western europe and the people going back to work...seems i have to wait 2 september. completely dead ss. as dead much more with practically zero sales of new files.  instead is seems to sell a lot...i had a glance at counter in esp and number seems matching ss this month so far and every time i look the number grow, something unusual considering that esp for me is like 20% of ss as revenue. the only drawback is that if the rpd is as low as july even the increase of sals will have small impact. but in case the rpd was like medium year rpd in esp stock could manage to be near ss so far this month.
all n all a clouds future as i see. i have already tons of charismata s stuff done last year  i will upload in september,  and see if sals get normal or better.


« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2019, 09:17 »
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How about summer slump+search tweaks+Global recession fears?.

Business is down everywhere in every industry in 2019, look at the thousands and thousands of layoffs and store closings in the US and Canada, other businesses laying off and of course changes in consumer demand and disruption in the marketplace.

I shoot editorial video,companies who would have bought my content in the past are fighting for their survival against the age of streaming and Netflix same like what happened in the music industry when streaming came along there.

This summer is slower than I've ever seen it, I am still getting video sales on SS but close to 50% down, almost 100% down on other sites like Pond5 and you can see this is industry wide and across all genres of content, just read the Pond5 forums.

We also have several agencies making changes this summer and I really don't think it's greed or them trying to screw us, they have a business to run, costs to cover, profits to make just like us so we see Videoblocks closing the marketplace and going to a different format, Pond5 went from being one of the best to full panic mode race to the bottom with them leading the race and SSTK is making some changes too.

I truly believe this is a result of panic in the executive offices as they look at their numbers just like we look at our numbers and worry and like us, the agencies don't print money either so they do have to try different things.





« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2019, 10:06 »
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I truly believe this is a result of panic in the executive offices as they look at their numbers just like we look at our numbers and worry and like us, the agencies don't print money either so they do have to try different things.

I don't believe that they don't predict the financial or market future. They just ignore it.

As we say "everyone with no clue entered and gets approved"
similar,
executives or people that put capital enter the room and believe that they have the One Big Truth on everything.

I have seen it happen many times as a technician.
Companies with good administration may suffer low in a crisis but not giving away products or services for pennies just before shutting down.

« Reply #39 on: August 27, 2019, 06:21 »
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scaring dead ss...as seemss better is much better.
don't know what they did with algorithm but seems i'm non existent.

« Reply #40 on: August 27, 2019, 15:14 »
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scaring dead ss...as seemss better is much better.
don't know what they did with algorithm but seems i'm non existent.

Opposite for me. AS has been very slow, about $200 down while SS is doing very good... up $400 this month. Almost as if AS has lost clients to SS when they've been * around with FT closure. Higher value sales at AS have been few and far between.

« Reply #41 on: August 27, 2019, 19:45 »
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Then there's something going on beyond summer slump and all industry trouble. As it seems, some people see an unexpected bump-up in their sales, while for the majority of us it's the opposite: we've become invisible. I haven't sold a single image in 15 days now, which is totally unprecedented. There's hardly any explanation other than some drastic changes in the algorithm, and i have no idea to whose benefit. Maybe some users are being penalized for reasons unknown.

On the other hand, on AS i've sold twice as much in August as in the previous three months combined. It's still diminutive though.

Tyson Anderson

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« Reply #42 on: August 27, 2019, 21:08 »
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First month, for me, with Adobes Stock earning more than Shutterstock

« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2019, 05:26 »
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Wao, just got an EL sale, i had forgotten their existence.

« Reply #44 on: August 28, 2019, 06:35 »
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Then there's something going on beyond summer slump and all industry trouble. As it seems, some people see an unexpected bump-up in their sales, while for the majority of us it's the opposite: we've become invisible. I haven't sold a single image in 15 days now, which is totally unprecedented. There's hardly any explanation other than some drastic changes in the algorithm, and i have no idea to whose benefit. Maybe some users are being penalized for reasons unknown.

On the other hand, on AS i've sold twice as much in August as in the previous three months combined. It's still diminutive though.

it's clear they control sales. only blind cannot see this. from one d ay to another completely dead. zero 2.895 in the last 10 days, i have 3 4 every day in july, zero video zero single, a bunch of sub mostly stuff who are in page one our very old files. it's clear they ned to spread sales so every body keep uploading, probably in normal circumstances most of contributor especially the new one couldn't have a single sales with their folio and they would quit uploading. they need to spread the cake to make everybody smallish happy.

« Reply #45 on: August 28, 2019, 06:37 »
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in addiction they last quarte was very bad, probably in the next if things don't change they will lose money and their stock will collapse,...so why not selling files who have a 0,25 cent royalty instead of the expensive 0,,38? it's 13 cent per foto and if you consider 50 million images it means a lot of money, those money they need too make balance looks much better. it's pretty simple to see this.

« Reply #46 on: August 28, 2019, 13:20 »
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worst week since 2009 worst month since first year. speechless. at this point better don't do-nothing and just collect what comes form micro without any little effort. total waste of time this year uploading content.  maybe september start again abut after a month like this i'm without any wish to work and create content. time to focus on cavan offset and i hope stocksy this year. at least is rewarding mentally to work for such agency. working for agency with image quality like ss is also from a photography point of view depressing.


« Reply #47 on: August 28, 2019, 18:49 »
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Then there's something going on beyond summer slump and all industry trouble. As it seems, some people see an unexpected bump-up in their sales, while for the majority of us it's the opposite: we've become invisible. I haven't sold a single image in 15 days now, which is totally unprecedented. There's hardly any explanation other than some drastic changes in the algorithm, and i have no idea to whose benefit. Maybe some users are being penalized for reasons unknown.

On the other hand, on AS i've sold twice as much in August as in the previous three months combined. It's still diminutive though.

it's clear they control sales. only blind cannot see this. from one d ay to another completely dead. zero 2.895 in the last 10 days, i have 3 4 every day in july, zero video zero single,....
none of that is true, and these conclusions lack any supporting data
there's just no need for conspiracy theories, esp'ly when sales are declining over multiple agencies - those with small portfolios (< 5000) are going to see zero sales days as the supply keeps increasing - what most are reporting is slightly lower sub sales, but drastically lower ELs

one addtl harbinger may be the suggestion we are entering a global recession, and companies are spending less on advertising

OM

« Reply #48 on: August 29, 2019, 07:08 »
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By chance I came across this article on wine from June last year in the Smithsonian magazine:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-wine-shows-traces-fukushima-fallout-180969726/

I think that their use of a free photo from Pixabay (pity that the meniscus of the wine is not horizontal!) also tells us that decining sales of traditional microstock may also have to do with 'free'. Before 'free', reputable magazines relied on SS etc as their first port of call for images. Now they first go to 'free' and if they can't find what they want, they then go to the regular MS agencies.

I have no doubt that many other image users also do similar. (No doubt the reason that SS and Adobe see fit to sponsor Pixabay with ads...which suggest that if the client can't find what he wants at Pixabay they should go to SS or Adobe).

« Reply #49 on: August 29, 2019, 07:34 »
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By chance I came across this article on wine from June last year in the Smithsonian magazine:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-wine-shows-traces-fukushima-fallout-180969726/

I think that their use of a free photo from Pixabay (pity that the meniscus of the wine is not horizontal!) also tells us that decining sales of traditional microstock may also have to do with 'free'. Before 'free', reputable magazines relied on SS etc as their first port of call for images. Now they first go to 'free' and if they can't find what they want, they then go to the regular MS agencies.

I have no doubt that many other image users also do similar. (No doubt the reason that SS and Adobe see fit to sponsor Pixabay with ads...which suggest that if the client can't find what he wants at Pixabay they should go to SS or Adobe).

Who upload on Pixabay images and videos and gives them away for free?


« Reply #50 on: August 29, 2019, 08:15 »
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By chance I came across this article on wine from June last year in the Smithsonian magazine:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-wine-shows-traces-fukushima-fallout-180969726/

I think that their use of a free photo from Pixabay (pity that the meniscus of the wine is not horizontal!) also tells us that decining sales of traditional microstock may also have to do with 'free'. Before 'free', reputable magazines relied on SS etc as their first port of call for images. Now they first go to 'free' and if they can't find what they want, they then go to the regular MS agencies.

I have no doubt that many other image users also do similar. (No doubt the reason that SS and Adobe see fit to sponsor Pixabay with ads...which suggest that if the client can't find what he wants at Pixabay they should go to SS or Adobe).

Who upload on Pixabay images and videos and gives them away for free?

Hipsters

« Reply #51 on: August 29, 2019, 08:32 »
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By chance I came across this article on wine from June last year in the Smithsonian magazine:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-wine-shows-traces-fukushima-fallout-180969726/

I think that their use of a free photo from Pixabay (pity that the meniscus of the wine is not horizontal!) also tells us that decining sales of traditional microstock may also have to do with 'free'. Before 'free', reputable magazines relied on SS etc as their first port of call for images. Now they first go to 'free' and if they can't find what they want, they then go to the regular MS agencies.

I have no doubt that many other image users also do similar. (No doubt the reason that SS and Adobe see fit to sponsor Pixabay with ads...which suggest that if the client can't find what he wants at Pixabay they should go to SS or Adobe).

Who upload on Pixabay images and videos and gives them away for free?
a lot of people do it seems then wonder why their work turns up nicked on shutterstock.

« Reply #52 on: August 29, 2019, 10:27 »
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For me--No downloads from Shutterstock in six days straight. I don't know why this is happening.  Anyone else having less downloads?  Thanks.

I just wonder how much you upload per month? Once i stopped uploading for a 4 months my downloads dropped by a half. Now i uploading average 300 photos per month and my downloads and earnings are higher every month...
 If you stop uploading or make a longer brake your photos wont show up on first pages of search engine.
Second thing, is your content seasonal if yes your earnings will go up and down through the year.






OM

« Reply #53 on: August 29, 2019, 11:01 »
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By chance I came across this article on wine from June last year in the Smithsonian magazine:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-wine-shows-traces-fukushima-fallout-180969726/

I think that their use of a free photo from Pixabay (pity that the meniscus of the wine is not horizontal!) also tells us that decining sales of traditional microstock may also have to do with 'free'. Before 'free', reputable magazines relied on SS etc as their first port of call for images. Now they first go to 'free' and if they can't find what they want, they then go to the regular MS agencies.

I have no doubt that many other image users also do similar. (No doubt the reason that SS and Adobe see fit to sponsor Pixabay with ads...which suggest that if the client can't find what he wants at Pixabay they should go to SS or Adobe).

Who upload on Pixabay images and videos and gives them away for free?

Sufficient amateurs with (often) sufficient talent to make it worthwhile for traditional microstock buyers to go there first. The quality of 'free' has become considerably better than it used to be and there may be a site that actually reviews/curates your submission before allowing it. Now, that's a really great way to hook the amateurs.
But not only amateurs.... I once read an article about a pro? food photographer who put some good photos on Unsplash to attract potential buyers to her studio for commissioned work. How successful she was, I don't know but she used 'free' as a marketing instrument.

ShadySue

« Reply #54 on: August 29, 2019, 19:32 »
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Who upload on Pixabay images and videos and gives them away for free?
All the people who choose to do so. Too many to provide you with a list of names, you'll need to check Pixabay out for that information.

« Reply #55 on: August 30, 2019, 20:30 »
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Sufficient amateurs with (often) sufficient talent to make it worthwhile for traditional microstock buyers to go there first. The quality of 'free' has become considerably better than it used to be and there may be a site that actually reviews/curates your submission before allowing it. Now, that's a really great way to hook the amateurs.
But not only amateurs.... I once read an article about a pro? food photographer who put some good photos on Unsplash to attract potential buyers to her studio for commissioned work. How successful she was, I don't know but she used 'free' as a marketing instrument.

These sites are not going away, so an enterprising photographer has to find ways to make these places work for them. Showing off work that might not be in your stock sites might get potential clients who like your images to go there as well. There are enough articles about big name companies using these sites, why not get your name and work in front of them?

As well for me, finding some of my images stolen in places that ignore DMCA takedown notices, I'd be willing to post those for free. If I can't make money with them, why let others?

I also post birds, since I have a tonne of vacation snapshots (that took zero time or energy) and they don't make me any money. I know an "expert" who makes little at bird photos, so I don't mind showing mine off there.

« Reply #56 on: August 31, 2019, 02:01 »
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It jumped out at me that the wine in that Pixbay image isn't level. The glass is straight up and down, but the wine is higher on the left than the right.

That bothers me. A lot. And it makes me wonder two things

Could this be an image rejected by SS, AS, etc, that somebody offered for free on Pixabay?

Is Smithsonian.com in such severe financial distress that it must resort to using bad free images?

« Last Edit: August 31, 2019, 02:08 by marthamarks »


dpimborough

« Reply #57 on: August 31, 2019, 02:32 »
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It jumped out at me that the wine in that Pixbay image isn't level. The glass is straight up and down, but the wine is higher on the left than the right.

That bothers me. A lot. And it makes me wonder two things

Could this be an image rejected by SS, AS, etc, that somebody offered for free on Pixabay?

Is Smithsonian.com in such severe financial distress that it must resort to using bad free images?

RT.com the Russian news site also has started using Pixabay images for general illustrative images.

However one of the worst ones I've encountered is the Newsquest group (local newspapers and magazines) who want even assignment photos for free and issue prizes to their editorial offices for the largest usage of free content (photos and articles)

« Reply #58 on: August 31, 2019, 06:51 »
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We can make a list of sites or news agencies that start using free Pixabay generic images.

So what?

Will they ever find a "greek police billingual greek english worded ribbon prohibiting entrance in crime scene"?

Naive example. Yes in time they will eventually find and this. But since then, they will have to buy one from somewhere.

People contributing on pixabay or similar, don't care for the needs of customers or the market. And for sure they don't go after enterprise sales as long as they keep shooting random or artistic.

fritz

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« Reply #59 on: August 31, 2019, 07:09 »
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It jumped out at me that the wine in that Pixbay image isn't level. The glass is straight up and down, but the wine is higher on the left than the right.

That bothers me. A lot. And it makes me wonder two things

Could this be an image rejected by SS, AS, etc, that somebody offered for free on Pixabay?

Is Smithsonian.com in such severe financial distress that it must resort to using bad free images?

RT.com the Russian news site also has started using Pixabay images for general illustrative images.


Discovery as well!

dpimborough

« Reply #60 on: August 31, 2019, 09:05 »
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We can make a list of sites or news agencies that start using free Pixabay generic images.

So what?

Will they ever find a "greek police billingual greek english worded ribbon prohibiting entrance in crime scene"?

Naive example. Yes in time they will eventually find and this. But since then, they will have to buy one from somewhere.

People contributing on pixabay or similar, don't care for the needs of customers or the market. And for sure they don't go after enterprise sales as long as they keep shooting random or artistic.

Judging by the quality of some of images used on so called high end news sites they don't care.

They'd use any image that remotely fills the bill.  As long as its cheap/free

« Reply #61 on: August 31, 2019, 10:54 »
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We can make a list of sites or news agencies that start using free Pixabay generic images.

So what?

Will they ever find a "greek police billingual greek english worded ribbon prohibiting entrance in crime scene"?

Naive example. Yes in time they will eventually find and this. But since then, they will have to buy one from somewhere.

People contributing on pixabay or similar, don't care for the needs of customers or the market. And for sure they don't go after enterprise sales as long as they keep shooting random or artistic.

Judging by the quality of some of images used on so called high end news sites they don't care.

They'd use any image that  remotely fills the bill.  As long as its cheap/free
Yes I think contributors greatly over estimate the quality needs of many of  their customers...often the images are glanced at for fractions of a second. In fact I think crappy looking sloped badly exposed images are quite trendy see the BBC site.

« Reply #62 on: August 31, 2019, 14:23 »
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No true income possible to earn on MS these days unless you are extremely devoted and have no life outside. My guess is that by doing stock photography full-time, at least in my case, I would be alone and broke in six months or less. I might as well upload all my stuff to Pixabay, perhaps I would get lots of views which would warm my heart at least, lol...


 

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