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How do your October sales (number of images sold) compare with September on iStock?

A lot better >25%
A little better >2 to 25%
About the same +2 to - 2%
A little worse <2 to 25%
A lot worse <25%
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Author Topic: How's it been at iStock for October?  (Read 12639 times)

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« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2006, 06:28 »
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i think kasper was meaning that if a file is selling well DON'T TOUCH IT.  if it isn't selling at all, then it can't hurt changing things around... it just might help.

on a side note.

My 14 day average sales per site now has bigstock earning more per day than istock  ???  This may just have something to do with the fact that I disambiguated all my best selling images about 2 weeks ago :( ... now they don't seem like best selling images anymore


Maybe not , I'm experiencing the same and I didn't touch a thing at istock. I use to have between 7-12 downloads at day over there few weeks ago , now I'm on maybe 1 or 2 some days not a single one. 


« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2006, 09:04 »
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I think Kasper wasn't saying not to touch them, at least I hope not. The problem he and others are having is that their photos no longer show up at the top of best match searches, so they don't get downloaded. This stems from the the fact they iStock doesn't give as much weight to total downloads as it use to, they now focus more on downloads/month.

« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2006, 09:43 »
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The disambiguation has me baffled though. Now I have gone and done my entire portfolio (pooload of work). And I've basically noticed three things:

1. Disambiguation didn't help at all my older very well selling files (which are no longer well selling)
2. It helped a lot my older not so well selling files (which are now well selling)
3. One file that HASN'T been disambiguated started selling like hotcakes (40 times half a month): stupid me... I disambiguated it and now it hasn't sold once since October 30th...

So I suggest doing a very careful portfolio analysis and disambiguating your files on a case to case basis.

I have no where near the volume but the trend is the same -- once hot shots now don't sell.  Actually any shot I editted hasn't sold since I changed it.  Send an email to istock on this and got back a "list all the shots you changed ...." which isn't worth the effort.  Good news is I'm making a small amount from shots that haven't been active sellers.

« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2006, 11:17 »
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Good so far.  My best-selling pictures are the ones other photographers have generously included in their own lightboxes which seem to generate a lot of traffic.  Sometimes the picture chosen isn't the best one from a serie, but sure that specific  picture sells very well that way.

I created some lightboxes, with the understanding that when we have more than 20 files in them, they automatically become public.  It has not been the case.  And I don't see an option to change from private to public.  So... zero traffic up till now with my own.  Maybe I misunderstood the lightbox concept:  should the 20 files come from 20 different photographer's work?  or is it simply an incentive privilege reserved for exclusive IS photographers?  In the meantime, to make use of the lightboxes, I put them into my profile.

Did I miss something?
« Last Edit: November 08, 2006, 11:39 by berryspun »

« Reply #29 on: November 08, 2006, 13:27 »
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berryspun - you must mark as public, have more than 20 photos AND have at least 1 photo not by yourself

« Reply #30 on: November 08, 2006, 14:25 »
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Got it, thanks CJ !
I had more than 20.  The 'mark as public' only shows up if there is another photographer's picture in the lightbox.  Good to know.  Again, thanks.

« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2006, 04:41 »
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My best selling file (which has a flame) suddenly stopped selling as from the big change, and hasn't sold since. I've disambiguated it, but it still isn't selling. It's just stopped dead.

More alarmingly, I've done a search on the three most important keywords in its list ... 15 files come up and it isn't even amongst them!


Okay ... I've re-disambiguated it (these words are getting crazy) and now when I do the same search, with the same keywords, 16 files appear. Mine is now there (15+1=16  :) ) and it's third in line.

Let's see if it starts selling again.

« Reply #32 on: November 09, 2006, 09:56 »
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My best selling file (which has a flame) suddenly stopped selling as from the big change, and hasn't sold since. I've disambiguated it, but it still isn't selling. It's just stopped dead.

More alarmingly, I've done a search on the three most important keywords in its list ... 15 files come up and it isn't even amongst them!


Okay ... I've re-disambiguated it (these words are getting crazy) and now when I do the same search, with the same keywords, 16 files appear. Mine is now there (15+1=16  :) ) and it's third in line.

Let's see if it starts selling again.

what did you do to re-disambiguate it?

« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2006, 12:16 »
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Leaf - hes done it once and he has done it again.  i beleive they did some changes at some point that disambiguated the images again after people had dis-ambiguated but I am not sure if he was effected by taht.

« Reply #34 on: November 09, 2006, 13:51 »
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this is getting confusing :S

I don't think i understand anything anymore.

« Reply #35 on: November 09, 2006, 17:59 »
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this is getting confusing :S

I don't think i understand anything anymore.

Me neither ... but to re-disambiguate it (I made up that word) I opened it in the editing screen again, added a couple of sort of relevant keywords, removed a couple that I thought were the least relevant, checked a few more boxes here and there, and saved it once more.

Still hasn't sold, but at least it's appearing in searches now.

I just hope I don't have to re-re-disambiguate it tomorrow.   ;)

« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2006, 19:12 »
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Me neither ... but to re-disambiguate it (I made up that word) I opened it in the editing screen again, added a couple of sort of relevant keywords, removed a couple that I thought were the least relevant, checked a few more boxes here and there, and saved it once more.

Still hasn't sold, but at least it's appearing in searches now.

Bataleur:

Unfortunately, you have now reached critical mass where the internal discombobulators cannot saturate the phantasmagoric bicubic linear interstellar algorithm that displays images thru the holographic sort matching universal translator.

In other words, your doomed...

 ;D

« Reply #37 on: November 10, 2006, 01:40 »
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Yikes!

Sounds as if it's about to go critical.  :)  Don't blame me.


 

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