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helix7:
I sell vectors only (or JPG versions of vector images where permitted), and I find that istock and SS are always my top 2. StockXpert is usually 3rd, followed by Dreamstime. After that, it's a crap-shoot of lower performers. Some show promise, others are dead-in-the-water (SnapVillage).

Lately istock has been the leader, this month by nearly double what I'm getting at SS. And while SS has grown month after month recently, it's more sporadic. I'll have a few really good days, then some really bad days, then one awesome day, then some more slow days. istock and dreamstime are more consistent for me.

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.

ironarrow:

--- Quote from: Microbius on May 30, 2008, 04:13 ---Hi and welcome to the microstock game.
For me as far as vector sales go IS followed by SS then a big drop off and all the rest do their bit.
I am on DT too, I wouldn't consider exclusivity because IS doesn't make up 50% of my MS income at the moment.
I wouldn't bother trying to keep track of numbers of sales, just pay attention to your overall income from each site.
Your vectors are very good, this is a numbers game, so just work on increasing your portfolio size and learn from those rejections!

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This is definitely not a numbers game.. you would know it if you ever got 25-30 DL's a day for a single file.. Becase I did it tens of times.. If you say all your vectors get that then hats of to you :D

ironarrow:

--- Quote from: helix7 on May 30, 2008, 12:14 ---I sell vectors only (or JPG versions of vector images where permitted), and I find that istock and SS are always my top 2. StockXpert is usually 3rd, followed by Dreamstime. After that, it's a crap-shoot of lower performers. Some show promise, others are dead-in-the-water (SnapVillage).

Lately istock has been the leader, this month by nearly double what I'm getting at SS. And while SS has grown month after month recently, it's more sporadic. I'll have a few really good days, then some really bad days, then one awesome day, then some more slow days. istock and dreamstime are more consistent for me.

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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You read my mind helix:)
definitely IS tops the list, then SS, then a little behind them is StockXpert with all those $5 sales.. and then the rest.. DT used to be my 4th but I don't know what's going on with them these days.. because DT is not performing at all last few weeks.. Don't know what could be wrong because I am not even getting half of what I used to get there..

and also that's exactly what I am thinking about going exclusive at IS.. Until you get to gold level or even higher it's not very clever to give up any of the other 6..

steppysteph:
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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steppysteph:
Thanks for all the info guys.. With all the rejections/resubmissions I get from IS, I now have a fairly good understanding of what they will accept. So hopefully, my second batch of 15 vectors will have a higher acceptance rate. The conclusion I came up with is that the simpler the vector, the more they'll accept it. Mostly icons and stuff with white/solid backgrounds.

I have read time and again that it really is IS which have good vector sales and hopefully in at least a month's time, I could start getting sales from IS.

As for Shutterstock, I have computed that yes you have to get at least 10 sales in SS to get almost the same royalty from 1 (10 credit) download in IS. I thought it would be easy, but it's not. Sometimes I get a total of 5 downloads for the whole day and sometimes 20 downloads for the whole day. In 11 days online, it's an average of 7 DLs per day. With 25 vectors in portfolio, is that good or bad? I do upload at least twice a week.

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