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steppysteph:
Really? I'll see if I get that. Hopefully I will reach payout soon. If I get that 5$ credit sale even 1 in 3 days, that would still be great! Congrats on the $30 sale!!

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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 ).
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steppysteph:
Wow ironarrow, 1500 in a month from vectors alone and in just 5 months? That is pretty good I think. Hope I could even reach 1000 a month. As most of you have mentioned, waiting until Gold will probably be the best time to go exclusive. But really, the most important thing for me to go exclusive is the faster review time and bigger limit. That is a big incentive.

How long before you see sales in IS? At least a month? Or maybe my vectors just aren't what the customer like, but it's just been a few days, maybe I'm just really excited. Hehe! I was just surprised with SS that downloads came just a few hours after approval.


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--- 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..

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ironarrow:

--- Quote from: steppysteph on May 30, 2008, 23:47 ---Wow ironarrow, 1500 in a month from vectors alone and in just 5 months? That is pretty good I think. Hope I could even reach 1000 a month. As most of you have mentioned, waiting until Gold will probably be the best time to go exclusive. But really, the most important thing for me to go exclusive is the faster review time and bigger limit. That is a big incentive.

How long before you see sales in IS? At least a month? Or maybe my vectors just aren't what the customer like, but it's just been a few days, maybe I'm just really excited. Hehe! I was just surprised with SS that downloads came just a few hours after approval.


--- Quote from: ironarrow on May 30, 2008, 18:43 ---
--- 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.

--- End quote ---

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...

--- End quote ---

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..

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I used to work for a design company as a graphic designer.. We used to buy a lot from microstock.. That's why I know what will sell..

You need to know your customers are mostly designers.. And also should know they don't really want artistic cartoons.. I had my comics published 2 years ago for a small magazine and I can be a pretty good artist if I wanted to be.. But instead I go the other way and leave art aside.. Microstock does not need art.. it has basic needs to feed their designer customers..:)

Keep this in mind.. your work is great but not what the designers really need.. Remember you are submitting for microstock, not for deviantArt or something like that..

I can tell you this much, you figure out the rest...

One more thing, keep up the good work, keep up your quality.. Quality sells.. But do what they would want.. Not what you would want..

steppysteph:

--- Quote from: ironarrow on May 31, 2008, 06:28 ---
--- Quote from: steppysteph on May 30, 2008, 23:47 ---Wow ironarrow, 1500 in a month from vectors alone and in just 5 months? That is pretty good I think. Hope I could even reach 1000 a month. As most of you have mentioned, waiting until Gold will probably be the best time to go exclusive. But really, the most important thing for me to go exclusive is the faster review time and bigger limit. That is a big incentive.

How long before you see sales in IS? At least a month? Or maybe my vectors just aren't what the customer like, but it's just been a few days, maybe I'm just really excited. Hehe! I was just surprised with SS that downloads came just a few hours after approval.


--- Quote from: ironarrow on May 30, 2008, 18:43 ---
--- 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.

--- End quote ---

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...

--- End quote ---

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..

--- End quote ---

--- End quote ---

I used to work for a design company as a graphic designer.. We used to buy a lot from microstock.. That's why I know what will sell..

You need to know your customers are mostly designers.. And also should know they don't really want artistic cartoons.. I had my comics published 2 years ago for a small magazine and I can be a pretty good artist if I wanted to be.. But instead I go the other way and leave art aside.. Microstock does not need art.. it has basic needs to feed their designer customers..:)

Keep this in mind.. your work is great but not what the designers really need.. Remember you are submitting for microstock, not for deviantArt or something like that..

I can tell you this much, you figure out the rest...

One more thing, keep up the good work, keep up your quality.. Quality sells.. But do what they would want.. Not what you would want..

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Thanks so much for the advice! After pretty much a lot of rejections from IS, I figured I should just come up with elements that can be reused instead of complete art. So I guess it is still mostly icons and design elements then. I do often browse best sellers and try to do similar themed vectors.

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