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Author Topic: When do portfolio sales start to flatten out... or do they ever?!  (Read 7646 times)

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lisafx

« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2010, 13:11 »
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Lisa, I was wondering whether when you hit the wall you tried to change sector, (sorry as a relative newbie Im not sure what you shoot), or have you covered off all the major sectors with that 5000...? Also you seem to me one of the pro's here, so one other question if I may, if you submit to macro/midstock have you found the same to be the case there (albeit with a different portfolio)

Thank you Lisa

Jo

I shoot a wide variety of subjects, so it isn't an issue of changing niches.  More likely that subjects that started out as niches are no longer unique, with everyone and their cousin shooting the same things.

Unfortunately, I don't have a macro portfolio.  Just haven't had the time to shoot a complete second portfolio.  It's all I can do to keep up the demands of micro  :)

I am always interested in posts by Lagereek, Jonathan Ross, etc.  with a long history in stock that predates micro.  They have a lot of good insights.


« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2010, 03:43 »
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A bit of a different take on this...

I have a pretty generic portfolio on 4 sites (was 5 till StockXpert folded their tent)  My monthly earnings have been creeping up over the last 5 years in a pretty consistent fashion despite a busy month only seeing 30-40 new images, and many months I add none. (Yes, month, not week).  (links below if you wanna check them out, feel free to buy some images while there! :-) )



You can see from that the big growth has been in IS earnings.  The big upward kink in that line was one of their pricing changes at about the same time I got keen and uploaded more images than my normal trickle.

SS 'peaks' after new uploads, but as has been mentioned before (on here, or SS forums??) the peaks include old image sales which is odd, but that's the nature of the subscription model I suppose.

The big peak in SS sales around Jul '08 was when I was unemployed from a 'real' job and spent a lot more time uploading images, I think I put 80 odd images up on SS in that one month.

FL responded well to the increase in images, and seems to have held the growth in income after the peak that SS saw.

If anyone else has similar records and a fairly 'average' portfolio it'd be interesting to compare them.. (Obviously with the actualy $ figures removed like mine!!)

I'm looking at spending more time this year on micros, and I've decided to start uploading some of the 'better' stuff which I used to keep for prints at a local gallery, probably not stock worthy, bordering on arty, but will be interesting to see how it goes..

Cheers, Chris H.

ShadySue

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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2010, 04:32 »
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Personally, I don't see the point in leaving non sellers online.  I'm only in my second year but I've already begun weeding out some of my newbie mistakes. 
Yesterday i earned almost $5 with the first sale of a file which went up in 2007. This happens regularly enough that the only images I deactivate are either ones I've reshot or old ones which wouldn't meet the new requirements about needing MRs. Also, I've had ELs with very-low selling images - I'm guessing that the buyers were looking specifically for low sellers. Your choice.

« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2010, 14:04 »
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Personally, I don't see the point in leaving non sellers online.  I'm only in my second year but I've already begun weeding out some of my newbie mistakes. 
Yesterday i earned almost $5 with the first sale of a file which went up in 2007. This happens regularly enough that the only images I deactivate are either ones I've reshot or old ones which wouldn't meet the new requirements about needing MRs. Also, I've had ELs with very-low selling images - I'm guessing that the buyers were looking specifically for low sellers. Your choice.

1 agree - especially for those of us following a volume approach in the highly competitive/low sales areas like travel.

another point to remember is that for most of us, we dont need to be too concerned about be searched for by portfolio - few of us are going to earn name recognition - it's the images themselves that count, so leaving non sellers online seems a simple decision, and one agencies should support, since badwidth is so cheap

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