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Best selling Vector Site?

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CofkoCof:

--- Quote from: steppysteph on May 30, 2008, 14:15 ---I just had 1 of those $5 vector sales! I was just checking if my subscription sale of that vector increased and then I saw that 1 person downloaded the vector credit sale! wuhoo!


--- Quote from: CofkoCof on May 30, 2008, 06:10 ---Besides SS and IS, StockXpert is also pretty good for vectors. Mostly you get sub vector sales, but still those 5$ credit sales are awesome.

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I usualy get 1 in 2 days or something like that. Had a pretty awesome day when one of the buyers bought whole series of my web icons (6 times 5$  ;D ).

ludesal:

--- Quote from: helix7 on May 30, 2008, 12:14 ---I'm a long way from going exclusive at istock, though. I'd need to be at least Gold level and have istock represent 60% of my monthly total before I'd even consider it, and I tend to suggest people use a similar criteria. Anything less than that and you're pretty much taking a pay-cut by going exclusive. If you're over 60%, it's probably worthwhile and will definitely save on upload time.

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I think this is a good strategy!
I went exclusive at IS when I reached gold and it was 64% of my total income. My total monthly income went up by 25% and I have to upload only to them. Can't be happier...

ironarrow:

--- Quote from: latex on May 30, 2008, 18:27 ---
--- Quote from: helix7 on May 30, 2008, 12:14 ---I'm a long way from going exclusive at istock, though. I'd need to be at least Gold level and have istock represent 60% of my monthly total before I'd even consider it, and I tend to suggest people use a similar criteria. Anything less than that and you're pretty much taking a pay-cut by going exclusive. If you're over 60%, it's probably worthwhile and will definitely save on upload time.

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I think this is a good strategy!
I went exclusive at IS when I reached gold and it was 64% of my total income. My total monthly income went up by 25% and I have to upload only to them. Can't be happier...

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it all sounds good.. as long as the sales go good.. but what if it goes bad and there are no other sites to compensate it?

I am kind of new, I have been in this business for 5 months.. 140 images on all sites and make about 1500 dollars.. I have only 50 images on IS and it makes me 400 per month at the moment.. the thing is I never go down even if IS does 300 because somehow the other sites help.. but next year when I start making much more and consider going exclusive, the possibility of IS going down some times will be in my mind..

ludesal:

--- Quote from: ironarrow on May 30, 2008, 18:43 ---but what if it goes bad and there are no other sites to compensate it?

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I guess I trust IS enough to think this won't happen. I think they have the most creative and effective policies in this industry.

helix7:

--- Quote from: latex on May 30, 2008, 18:27 ---I think this is a good strategy!
I went exclusive at IS when I reached gold and it was 64% of my total income. My total monthly income went up by 25% and I have to upload only to them. Can't be happier...

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Very nice increase indeed. That is one of the wild-card factors at istock that bugs me. Don't get me wrong, any big bump like that is a welcome bonus. The thing that gets me is that it's not universal. Of course there can't be any guarantees in this business, but I think if istock is going to specifically mention this added jump in earnings as an exclusive perk, they need to put some kind of number behind it. Even if it's just to say something like "Exclusive members often see an increase of between XX% and XX% over previous earnings." That bump could be the difference between making more money or less money as an exclusive contributor, since often times the additional royalty percentage is not enough to compensate the difference. Without knowing roughly what that jump will be, or how likely it is that a contributor will see any added jump at all, going exclusive can be a roll of the dice.

I used to call it blind loyalty. Now I'm willing to admit that it's more of a leap of faith. istock exclusives believe in the company, to the point where they are willing to roll the dice like that.

As for my strategy, well, I'm not sure I'd even call it that. Despite many people believing that microstock is about more than numbers, I prefer to be a simple guy about it and just make it a numbers thing. 60% or more from istock in a month as a non-exclusive, and I'll give it extra consideration.


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