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« Reply #525 on: June 01, 2024, 05:37 »
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Second best overall month in stock photography and videography | BME on Adobe Stock | BME on iStock | Reasonably good month on Pond 5 | Mediocre month on Shutterstock

Shutterstock was the lowest of the four agencies for May 2024 though still running in 2nd place YTD earnings.

Three Charts

1) YTD earnings Jan to May - Comparison of each year from 2020 to 2024
2) YTD earnings Jan to May - Comparison by agency for 2024   
3) Earnings for the month of May - Comparison of each year from 2020 to 2024
« Last Edit: June 01, 2024, 05:55 by Pacesetter »


« Reply #526 on: June 01, 2024, 05:49 »
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Those are great results, congrats!

All this endless talk about how stock is dead and then some people just go and earn money.

« Reply #527 on: June 02, 2024, 02:49 »
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Those are great results, congrats!

All this endless talk about how stock is dead and then some people just go and earn money.

what has changed in recent years is that microstock has gone from a passive income to a full time job,unless your portfolio is already really solid,these days you have to continue to upload content with consistency.

regarding AI content,I don't know how much those who have at least 5,000 AI contents for sale earn,but I suspect that they don't sell many,not like before.

I don't know,because I still don't have at least 5,000 AI contents for sale,but I believe that the real difference is made by real contents.

I prefer not to base my portfolio too much on AI content.

« Reply #528 on: June 02, 2024, 05:35 »
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what I like about normal photos is that they are more difficult to copy than ai.

people just look for the prompts on midjourney and some uploaders actually leave their prompts in the title.

if you use the same prompt you get nearly exact images.

when you try to copy a photo, you actually have to put more work into it.

and especially for things like food or locations I am sure customers will always prefer the real thing.

« Reply #529 on: June 02, 2024, 08:56 »
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what I like about normal photos is that they are more difficult to copy than ai.

people just look for the prompts on midjourney and some uploaders actually leave their prompts in the title.

if you use the same prompt you get nearly exact images.

when you try to copy a photo, you actually have to put more work into it.

and especially for things like food or locations I am sure customers will always prefer the real thing.

we agree,I also think that the contents of people,lifestyle,concepts and illustrations,they can work well with AI,don't need to be real,generally speaking,then depends of course.

as for all the rest of the contents,I think are better real,then naturally there are things that can only be done with AI.

and then yes,the real problem with AI is the massive uploading that happens every day in quantities clearly superior to real content,and then they are easily replicable,copycats etc.

Frankly,for the moment I'm not having great success with this AI content,much more so with real content,but I don't have enough for sale yet to judge.

but something tells me that if we already need 5,000 AI content to have regular sales,in a year we will need 50,000 content,and in two years?

I do and will continue,at least for the moment,to also produce AI content,but I absolutely do not want to base my portfolio on AI.


« Reply #530 on: June 02, 2024, 18:45 »
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lol for people posting charts without context, i.e., numbers/$$$... kind of meaningless... as one could have gone from "$1" in one month to "$3" in the 2nd month... so rather funny...

anyhoo. focusing on increasing sales myself as well :)

« Reply #531 on: June 02, 2024, 19:33 »
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lol for people posting charts without context, i.e., numbers/$$$... kind of meaningless... as one could have gone from "$1" in one month to "$3" in the 2nd month... so rather funny...

anyhoo. focusing on increasing sales myself as well :)

Well probably because we don't want to disclose earnings. But I get your point if someone has a tiny port and then triples the port size then of course their earnings can easily double from there.

For mine, if I achieve over $1000 (USD) a month from the four ports I contribute to then it is a satisfactory month. With exception of Dec 2023 and Jan 2024, I have achieved over $1000 (USD) a month every month since June 2023.   

« Reply #532 on: June 07, 2024, 15:20 »
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Average May for me.

« Reply #533 on: June 27, 2024, 22:33 »
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This is my best ever sale on Dreamstime. I don't even mention Dreamstime when talking about the monthly totals.

Just goes to show Dreamstime can deliver some good sales albeit on the very rare occasion for mine...
 
« Last Edit: June 27, 2024, 22:39 by Pacesetter »

« Reply #534 on: June 30, 2024, 23:47 »
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Charts, charts and more charts!

But first some commentary...

I managed to achieve my minimum monthly acceptable amount which is $1k combined for the four agencies I contribute to: Shutterstock, Pond5, iStock and Adobe Stock. Adobe Stock was again the strong performer. June 2024 earnings overall was actually down 19.6% on June 2023 despite continuing uploading (especially videos) over the year.  I'm kind of still happy with this result as I feel global inflation is probably putting some pressure on budgets for spending on stock photography and videography. 

Early in the month I thought it was going to be Shutterstock to win my nomination for Alex Rotenburgh's Turd of the Month Award. But as the month came to a close, it was Shutterstock's controlled Pond5 that won the nomination for the Turd Award for June 2024 with not a single sale after June 6! Well, may as well be both Shutterstock and Pond5 win nomination for the big Turd Award. 

A brief explanation of the following four charts:

1) YTD earnings from January to June 2020 to 2024
2) YTD earnings from January to June 2024 by agency
3) Month of June comparison for each year 2020 to 2024
4) A different kind of chart here that shows how each agency performed in June 2023 compared to June 2024.

I hope you find this entertaining.  8)



« Reply #535 on: July 01, 2024, 00:49 »
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Just looking at Adobe: 16% less than May 24, but 62% more than June 2023.

Had a BME in volume at Dreamstime with 15 downloads and 7 dollars :)

Still not uploading enough, especially not enough videos.  I keep taking them, but they just pile up.

Focus for July: upload daily people ai, start processing the non ai photos and videos, make a shooting list for outdoors photo/video session, use the camera again more often.

Still have a huge backlog of ai illustrations. They were fun to make, but the money, at least for me, is in ai photos. Will still try to get them uploaded, so they can pay off their prompting costs.

But I am not going to spend more time on research for that genre.

« Last Edit: July 01, 2024, 01:44 by cobalt »

« Reply #536 on: July 01, 2024, 04:23 »
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Good month.

on AS 25% more sales in numbers and 110% more in earnings compare to June 2023.

but this is only what concerns sales,excluding the bonuses of the free collection in this year and the previous year.

if I also include bonuses in the calculation,my total earnings in June 2024 compared to June 2023 are only 10% more this year,because this year they have selected fewer photos for the free collection.

on SS seventh BME in 6 years of activity,therefore a good result.






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« Reply #537 on: July 01, 2024, 04:40 »
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The Good:

- Finally above the $1k mark
- 2 book cover sales at Arcangel
- Adobe Stock upfront payment was decent

The Bad:

- Super low clip prices everywhere (average of around $4 per download)

The Ugly:

- Pond5 pulled in 50cents
- No news on getting sued via Alamy

Full report here:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2024/06/30/june-2024-brutally-honest-earnings-report-finally-over-1k-in-earnings/

« Reply #538 on: July 01, 2024, 10:19 »
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Second best overall month in stock photography and videography | BME on Adobe Stock | BME on iStock | Reasonably good month on Pond 5 | Mediocre month on Shutterstock

Shutterstock was the lowest of the four agencies for May 2024 though still running in 2nd place YTD earnings.

Three Charts

1) YTD earnings Jan to May - Comparison of each year from 2020 to 2024
2) YTD earnings Jan to May - Comparison by agency for 2024   
3) Earnings for the month of May - Comparison of each year from 2020 to 2024

I'm not being picky but without a Y axis the graph is meaningless.

As it says $ I presumed you made $6 this year

« Reply #539 on: July 01, 2024, 11:31 »
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Second best overall month in stock photography and videography | BME on Adobe Stock | BME on iStock | Reasonably good month on Pond 5 | Mediocre month on Shutterstock

Shutterstock was the lowest of the four agencies for May 2024 though still running in 2nd place YTD earnings.

Three Charts

1) YTD earnings Jan to May - Comparison of each year from 2020 to 2024
2) YTD earnings Jan to May - Comparison by agency for 2024   
3) Earnings for the month of May - Comparison of each year from 2020 to 2024

I'm not being picky but without a Y axis the graph is meaningless.

As it says $ I presumed you made $6 this year

you can easily estimate the y axis.  OP said the total was about 1000.  just do basic algebra to figure it out from the last one with all 4 agencies in the same month.  i'm going to assume the graph is linear and starts at 0 (otherwise ignore what i just said).


 

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