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« on: February 07, 2016, 20:56 »
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I saw thousands of posts here on the forum, but it is rare for people to talk about their incomes, because afraid to say?

As I said, I have 75 photos in SS, they render me only an average of $ 3.00 or $ 5.00 per month.

And you, how many photos have and what your monthly income?


« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2016, 21:13 »
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it is a pointless question as one can have 500 images and another has 5000 and the other 50000
and they might earn the same monthly.
only thing you will need to do is to stop trying to figure out how much we make,
and concentrate on producing as many new work as you can each week.

in another thread, top seller sean locke said this when someone asks how many do you need to make money, his answer was,
"1 very good photo or 10,000 bad photos".

« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2016, 21:23 »
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Most aren't going to say how much they make but you do need quantity in micro stock together with quality.  One good image might make you decent money on macro stock but in this game volume together with quality is the formula if you are looking to make anything reasonable.  There are a lot of contributors in Micro with FANTASTIC ports but their incomes are dwindling due to search shifts, collection volume, and price/commission cutting.  I know one guy who has over 10,000 images and only makes $800 a month on SS. I make more than that on SS with far fewer images. So to ER's point, quality is important as is volume and keeping new content flowing.  A wide variety is also wise. Large breadth portfolios generally help to withstand lulls in the business and also when search changes happen. For example I was making around $180 a month on Dreamtime then my income went in half over night. I emailed them and their response was that they changed the algorithm to make it more fair for new comers to spread the wealth.  Shameful excuse for what amounts to income redistribution.

 
« Last Edit: February 08, 2016, 08:43 by Mantis »

« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2016, 21:31 »
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No successful microstock person come here and say, hey check my portfolio, I'm making a load of money...Ninguem.....And, you can not tell how much money a person makes just by looking at their portfolio.

By the way this industry is extremely competitive...and there are more people struggling, making little money than people making a lot of money. 

Now if you earn $5 per month with 75 images, you could do that math, as to how many photos do you need to make $500 or a thousand dollars....  That is the best way to figure out how much money you could be making.

« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2016, 00:25 »
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Very silly idea to talk about how much you make, share your niche markets if you have any etc. It's fine to help people and give advice, but it's also important to protect your livelihood against competitors. That means withholding information on your earnings is a good policy IMO.

Hongover

« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2016, 14:25 »
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There is no right way to tell people your numbers. You can come across as bragging if you're doing well or just prying people to open up if you're not.

There is a strange dynamic here, because we're all competitors and nobody wants to disclose their secrets to success. The moment someone opens up too much, everyone will start using that information to improve their portfolios, which means competition for that person.

Only a newbie with low sales can come in here and innocently tell everyone their sales numbers without being judged too harshly.

« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2016, 14:43 »
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I saw thousands of posts here on the forum, but it is rare for people to talk about their incomes, because afraid to say?

As I said, I have 75 photos in SS, they render me only an average of $ 3.00 or $ 5.00 per month.

And you, how many photos have and what your monthly income?

Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone). So, you could make much more than $3-$5/month with quality stuff.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2016, 14:47 by Zero Talent »

« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2016, 15:06 »
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Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone).
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$1/photo/month @ Shutterstock.  I wish!

« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2016, 15:09 »
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$1/photo/month @ Shutterstock.  I wish!

You forgot to quote: with quality stuff . I never said it is the rule. I only said it is not uncommon.

« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2016, 17:32 »
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I'll cough up. I earn less than $1,000,000/yr!

« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2016, 17:52 »
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I saw thousands of posts here on the forum, but it is rare for people to talk about their incomes, because afraid to say?

As I said, I have 75 photos in SS, they render me only an average of $ 3.00 or $ 5.00 per month.

And you, how many photos have and what your monthly income?

Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone). So, you could make much more than $3-$5/month with quality stuff.
$1/photo/month @ Shutterstock.  I wish!

You forgot to quote: with quality stuff . I never said it is the rule. I only said it is not uncommon.

yes, that is a good base , what zero talent says...  red words quality

« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2016, 18:44 »
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Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone). So, you could make much more than $3-$5/month with quality stuff.

Ummm.... No to the first sentence. Not for SS alone. Yes to the second.

« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2016, 18:48 »
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Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone). So, you could make much more than $3-$5/month with quality stuff.

Ummm.... No to the first sentence. Not for SS alone. Yes to the second.
Well, I know a guy who knows a guy who makes more than $1/photo/month.
But you don't have to believe me, because I can't prove it to you, even if it is 100% certain.

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ShadySue

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« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2016, 18:49 »
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What I will say is that in 2015 my income went rapidly downhill.

« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2016, 18:54 »
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Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone). So, you could make much more than $3-$5/month with quality stuff.

Ummm.... No to the first sentence. Not for SS alone. Yes to the second.
Well, I know a guy who knows a guy who makes more than $1/photo/month.
But you don't have to believe me, because I can't prove it to you, even if it is 100% certain.

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I am not saying you don't "know a guy who knows a guy." You may even know another guy who knows a couple of guys who make $2/photo/month on SS. What I am saying it's not common.

« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2016, 18:56 »
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Just one observation: >$1/photo/month is not uncommon (for SS alone). So, you could make much more than $3-$5/month with quality stuff.

Ummm.... No to the first sentence. Not for SS alone. Yes to the second.
Well, I know a guy who knows a guy who makes more than $1/photo/month.
But you don't have to believe me, because I can't prove it to you, even if it is 100% certain.

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I am not saying you don't "know a guy who knows a guy." You may even know another guy who knows a couple of guys who make $2/photo/month on SS. What I am saying it's not common.
Alright, I should have phrased it better.

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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2016, 01:08 »
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On average I earn about $2.50 per image per year.


Harvepino

« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2016, 06:37 »
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On average I earn about $2.50 per image per year.
From my observations, thats around todays average.

« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2016, 13:38 »
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I am pleased when I see the portfolios of the various posters to these forums.

« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2016, 17:03 »
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Ok, I'll play.
61 cents per photo per month across 6 agencies.
IS only has about half of the port since I stopped uploading new stuff to the greedy (bleep)s early last year.

« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2016, 22:36 »
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$1 per pic per year across 7 agencies. Still to get my port up on SS completely.

I earn about $50 a month with a small port of 300 odd images. Starting to increase this but guess it'll take time for the money to go up...  If at all
« Last Edit: February 20, 2016, 11:45 by izzikiorage »

« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2016, 12:53 »
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How do you calculate that?

If thats the sum of earnings from all agencies in 1 year, divided by numbers of files, then I got ~4.

If not, then I don't know.

« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2016, 13:46 »
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How do you calculate that?

If thats the sum of earnings from all agencies in 1 year, divided by numbers of files, then I got ~4.

If not, then I don't know.

Its complicated isn't it? - my number of images increases over the year and not all sites accept all my images so I don't bother.....my key stat is whether my earnings are increasing and how much time I'm spending/ I can't do anything on others results so I try and focus on improving my own. I used to work a lot with stats and I didn't start doing microstock to carry on.....

SpaceStockFootage

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« Reply #23 on: February 20, 2016, 17:06 »
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As mentioned previously, total earnings per month can be misleading, based on how many items one has in their portfolio. I  do videos rather than photos... space stuff surprisingly enough, and my best video gets me about $70 a month. My worst video makes me $0 a month! Average is probably $10 a month or so.

dpimborough

« Reply #24 on: February 20, 2016, 18:15 »
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Mean average over 2015 about $419.56 per month ~ Hi $544 lo $356
Mean average over 2014 about $268.70 per month
Mean average over 2013 about $63.25 per month

2012 $83.19 total

There you go  :)

Don't know why stock types are so shy about figures  ::)


 

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