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Adobe Stock / Images that were exclusive with Fotolia....
« on: March 19, 2019, 15:57 »
I had 40-50 images that were exclusive to Fotolia. I did this as an experiment to see how exclusivity worked with image search rankings and Google image search visibility.

When uploading to Adobe Stock, I don't see any way to indicate an exclusive image. Is it safe to now upload those previously exclusive images to other agencies?

Shutterstock.com / February Payment?
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:01 »
I'm usually paid by the 7th of the month but still haven't received my February payment.

Just curious to know if anyone else is experiencing the same situation?

My sales at 123RF have been on the decline for a couple of years, but in the past couple months its fallen off to new lows. Over an 80% drop in December of 2017 over December of 2016.

As a test, I uploaded some exclusive files to 123RF in early December and those images are still not indexed on Google Images.

I do believe that many buyers use Google Images to search and find images. Maybe a change in Google's algorithm? Images that I uploaded to other agencies were indexed by Google within days.

Just clicked onto one of my images today that was only uploaded as a vector file and see that the customer is now being given the option to download as a JPG as well.


123RF / No longer able to download our own images?
« on: July 23, 2014, 10:33 »
Maybe this isn't a new thing, but I used to be able to download my own images from 123RF.

I just tried this morning and it doesn't seem to be working.

Can anyone confirm this?  :o

Adobe Stock / Increase in vector pricing
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:52 »
It appears that Fotolia has increased pricing on vector files to 6 credit, which while still too low IMO, it is nice to see a little raise!

General Stock Discussion / Who is Art.com and AllPosters.com?
« on: January 08, 2014, 18:03 »
I'm assuming they are partnered with one of the stock agencies, but who?

Thanks! ;D

Hello all!

Just stumbled across a Groupon offer (expired) that sold products featuring my artwork. These files have never sold with an EL license nor do I knowingly sell these designs anywhere that allows this usage.


What would you do?


Looking to set up your own web site to sell your stock images direct? I have some great domain names available.


Shoot me a message and make me an offer. Easy ownership transfer via GoDaddy.

Logo design services also available.

Bigstock.com / Change in image page layout.
« on: June 27, 2013, 10:11 »
Interesting new image page layout.

Some details removed (including number of sales), and 4 rows of "similar" image thumbnails added.

I wish they'd do one of row of similar images from the same artist, just like on SS.

Symbiostock - Network Building / Networking help?
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:58 »
I need some guidance on how to get started with the new and improved networking.

Is there a guide posted somewhere?

At one point I had chosen 5 sites to include in my network and then I was sidetracked with some other work. Now that I'm able to give my SY site some attention, I'm lost in symbiocards and csv files. It's probably simple, but frankly... as my 9 year old would say... "I don't get it".

Shutterstock.com / Change in SOD commissions?
« on: June 17, 2013, 11:03 »
Last month the standard SOD download was bringing me a commission of $5.70, this month the standard seems to have dropped to $4.35.

Anyone else seeing the same?

Is SS offering special pricing this month?

Symbiostock - SEO & Marketing / Drop in traffic.
« on: June 13, 2013, 12:40 »
I have seen a big drop in traffic this month, and in turn, a drop in sales.

I haven't spent much time working on my site lately as I have been very busy with other projects. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced similar results?

Analytics chart below....

Symbiostock - Technical Support / Category view issue
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:40 »
Contacted by a customer who is trying to browse a category of mine that has 118 images. He is only able to view two images per page in the category.

Customer provided screen shot (uploaded below).

I can't duplicate the issue on my end.

Symbiostock - General / Symbiostock works.
« on: May 09, 2013, 18:54 »
3 sales so far this week, which makes 5 total for me.

If are thinking about starting a site, do it. It works.

This is just the beginning.

Leo has developed a fantastic product.

Symbiostock - Technical Support / Customer download issue.
« on: May 08, 2013, 20:22 »
Just had a sale and got a message from the customer that he was having issues with the download. He sent me this error message:

Code: [Select]
The download routine is not working ... Get this message when I try to
deal with the file:
Fatal error: Call to undefined method WP_Error::resize() in
on line 69

Subscriptions at BigStock have clearly started to gain in popularity based on my numbers.

Although there is half a day left in April, I'm finding my sales numbers to be somewhat interesting and I thought I'd share what I'm seeing.

Subscriptions officially launched in February I believe, and I saw sub sales increasing through March which was by BME at BS.

My April numbers show a 96% increase in files sold over March (previous BME) - Revenue was up 52% over March (previous BME).

Obviously, I'm selling more for less on the new sub model.

Now, since I am on "the Bridge", my sub sales are at $.38 each. If I understand correctly, after six months, my sub sales will go down to $.27 each. If I adjust my April sales number to reflect a $.27 sub sale, my revenue increase for April would drop to 32% over March.

For the life of me I cant find where to turn off commenting on my pages.

Isn't that something that I can do on a page-by-page basis?

admin edit: edited subject of thread to be more descriptive

Just had my first sale! Might be the best $7 sale I've ever had.  ;D

One question... The transaction came through with the image number, how can I easily figure out which image sold?

I got a message from an actual buyer this morning but the e-mail address of the message showed my SY admin e-mail address, not the buyer's address. I tried a submitting few test messages via the contact form  and had the same issue each time. Whatever contact address I'd enter would not come through.

I downloaded a couple of new contact form plug-ins and had the same issue with those as well.

I deactivated the "SYMBIOSTOCK - Emails and Notifications" plugin and the problem went away.

Test your contact forms!

Symbiostock - General / First sale! Well... not really.
« on: April 15, 2013, 12:43 »
Was contacted over the weekend to do some custom work based on an image that the customer found on my SymbioStock site.


Symbiostock - Hosting / Several SymbioStock Sites Blocked
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:34 »
I have come across several sites that are blocked by the firewall at my place of employment. They are blocked by WebSense.

Not all Symbio sites are blocked, which leads me to assume it has something to do with the host.

The following sites are not accessible to me:


If one of the above sites is yours, please post who is hosting your site. It would not be good if people in a corporate environment can't access your site. See the warning on the image below.

Symbiostock - SEO & Marketing / Sitemaps
« on: April 10, 2013, 14:28 »
I just found what appears to be a nice sitemap generator plugin for Wordpress.


Make sure you have the following box checked in the settings: Include custom post type Symbiostock Images

Anyone have different/better sitemap solutions?

Symbiostock - SEO & Marketing / Google Image Search
« on: April 03, 2013, 11:33 »
My site has recently been indexed by Google, however the images have not.

I'm assuming that it's a separate process and may take longer than the web search?

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