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« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2015, 05:24 »
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My sales had already become weak and erratic averaging two or three a day but since the 15th they've fallen off a cliff and I'm now not even averaging one a day from 5,000 files - and they want us to keep uploading? And I'm a "diamond"-level contributor within a whisker of 57,000 sales (and more than 250,000 across eight or nine sites).

May I ask if this (your) slump is specific to IS? Reason I'm asking is because my April is terrible on all sites, even SS is struggling for me...

As a "slump", I would say yes, it is just IS (and it remains to be seen whether the PP is affected) - but several other sites are a bit weak, too, compared with recent months. The main one - SS - is steady, though still 20 or 30% down on its glory days, DT is weak, 123 is below the last few months and the others aren't particularly significant. Alamy is holding up well, with seven sales this month, and I got a huge sale on FAA but one sale in a month is not something that can be regarded as anything more than a pleasant surprise.


« Reply #26 on: April 28, 2015, 05:26 »
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My numbers are strong for April in photo and video  ;D

What?  jjneff is having a good month and someone gives him a minus . . . . that, at least, makes me laugh.

by the way, I'm having a good month also.

I just gave you that minus, to keep you in good company :)

« Reply #27 on: April 28, 2015, 05:36 »
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My numbers are strong for April in photo and video  ;D

What?  jjneff is having a good month and someone gives him a minus . . . . that, at least, makes me laugh.

by the way, I'm having a good month also.

I just gave you that minus, to keep you in good company :)

 :) :)

« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2015, 05:39 »
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My mistake on not staying on topic. My sales should be a lot better, for as much as I produce I can not believe iStock is so low!

ShadySue

« Reply #29 on: April 28, 2015, 06:30 »
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My mistake on not staying on topic. My sales should be a lot better, for as much as I produce I can not believe iStock is so low!
I'm guessing that's a  ;).
But indeed, if your sales are good, of course post that fact.
Shows that the site isn't necessarily declining and the rest of us 'should do better'.

« Reply #30 on: April 28, 2015, 06:35 »
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Yes My regular photo sales are the highest ever this month and my video is at least decent. March was a train wreck so it just goes to show we all have our highs and lows no matter what agency you sell on.

« Reply #31 on: April 28, 2015, 06:53 »
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Yes My regular photo sales are the highest ever this month and my video is at least decent. March was a train wreck so it just goes to show we all have our highs and lows no matter what agency you sell on.

Unfortunately, my trend on iStock has been consistently down for many years, I'm not expecting ever to see a "high" there that compares with 2008 or 2009 (or whenever my maximum was). It's a long way down from $30 or $40 a day to $1.5 a day or less.

dpimborough

« Reply #32 on: April 28, 2015, 08:52 »
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Are we talking about $10, $100, $1000 or $10,000 per month ? Roughly.

we are talking about moving back in with my parents and I am almost 50 years old that is how bad my sales are this month  :(

Are there no other jobs to be had?

Yeah go get a job flipping burgers supposedly it pays more money than microstock as many a microstock submitter is fond of pointing out on more than one occasion :D

« Reply #33 on: April 28, 2015, 09:17 »
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Are we talking about $10, $100, $1000 or $10,000 per month ? Roughly.

200$ around

Phadrea

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« Reply #34 on: April 28, 2015, 10:13 »
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I hate the process of uploading via Deep Metta tediously going through every keyword, checking boxes, putting them in order knowing that they will end up in a big black hole never to be used.

ShadySue

« Reply #35 on: April 28, 2015, 10:23 »
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I hate the process of uploading via Deep Metta tediously going through every keyword, checking boxes, putting them in order knowing that they will end up in a big black hole never to be used.
It's the Description that is going into the Black Hole.

« Reply #36 on: April 28, 2015, 12:16 »
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My numbers are strong for April in photo and video  ;D
Strong?  In credit sales for photos?  Are you sure?  What do you call strong?   

ShadySue

« Reply #37 on: April 29, 2015, 05:33 »
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Yes My regular photo sales are the highest ever this month ...
How are your recent-ish photo uploads doing?
Most people are finding that uploading isn't helping, and I see pages of recent uploads with very few dls among them on most peoples' ports, even those with the most highly commercial images.
That being the case, there's nothing we can do about our sales on that site. As I've said before, even where there are a few recent sales, there aren't enough to pay for the shoot, in most cases.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2015, 06:29 by ShadySue »

« Reply #38 on: April 29, 2015, 06:30 »
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Yes My regular photo sales are the highest ever this month ...
How are your recent-ish photo uploads doing?
Most people are finding that uploading isn't helping, and I see pages of recent uploads with very few dls among them on most peoples' ports, even those with the most highly commercial images.
In my case: Last 40 ULs which have been there for a couple of months, one credit sale, one subs sale, no PP. Not terribly commercial stock to be fair, but even so!

ShadySue

« Reply #39 on: April 29, 2015, 06:47 »
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Yes My regular photo sales are the highest ever this month ...
How are your recent-ish photo uploads doing?
Most people are finding that uploading isn't helping, and I see pages of recent uploads with very few dls among them on most peoples' ports, even those with the most highly commercial images.
In my case: Last 40 ULs which have been there for a couple of months, one credit sale, one subs sale, no PP. Not terribly commercial stock to be fair, but even so!
My few recent sales are mostly from 2007/8 and 2011, and that's been the pattern for many months now. The early ones are old 35mm scans and from my 350D; I think I got the 5D2 in 2010. I've looked carefully at what's selling and there's no pattern I can see, and no obvious-to-me reason in the content as to why uploads from these years are selling (to a very limited extent), but others aren't.
I knew from very early on that I was becoming a far less creative photographer once I started stock, but it seems I must have been a better 'stock' photographer before I started, as many of the 2007 uploads were taken before I was selling.  ::)
« Last Edit: April 29, 2015, 06:49 by ShadySue »

« Reply #40 on: April 29, 2015, 06:53 »
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I see that only two of my last 20 sales were of files shot after the end of 2009.  Extraordinary, really.

,,,, and 9 of the 20 were shot in 2004 or 2005, even more extraordinary.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2015, 06:57 by BaldricksTrousers »

« Reply #41 on: April 29, 2015, 07:00 »
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Most of my sales are from pre 2011. Again no rhyme or reason I can see in what sold or when it was from. In the last 60 DLs I have the same number of DLs on 9-10 y/o images, as I do on images from the last three years.

« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2015, 07:04 »
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I just checked out my last 40 sales.   1 was from  a 2011 upload, 2 from 2009 and all the rest were from before that with the majority from 2006.
From my last 40 uploads which have been there since February  I have only had 2 credit sales, one was and xxL for 1.5'$ and and XXXL for 1.73.  I would rather have sales that size at DT.
Of my last 20 dls they have all already had over 500 dls so I assume that they are being found by people doing a search by number of dls rather than the default which would probably take hundreds of pages to find them.

« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2015, 07:08 »
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Wow I just went and checked. Of my last 20 most are from 2007 & 2008, a few from 2011, nothing from the last year.

ShadySue

« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2015, 07:19 »
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Adding insult to injury, a photo I uploaded from my India trip in March was downloaded the very next day - as a 75c sub.  >:( 
Maybe sub buyers get a different search (unlikely as it seems), as post-Sept_2012 files get some subs sales.
Or it's just proven that I'm getting worse, and my recent pics are only worth sub prices.  :'(

BTW, it's not just old often-sold files which are in the few I'm selling. Even files with few previous sales (even <5dl Sig files) from these particular years are selling.
« Last Edit: April 29, 2015, 07:25 by ShadySue »

« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2015, 10:21 »
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I don't have anything to brag about, my sales hasn't broken any records, but I haven't seen any slumps this year.

My last quarter of 2014 was horrible, a historic low. However, since Feb, the revenue has been on a slow climb, I have seen small increases in combined revenue every month. About 60% were credit sales. I saw a 10% revenue increase comparing to the first three months of 2014.

Among my last 20 sales, 6 were from 2014.

« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2015, 11:03 »
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Really strange that most are reporting sales of such older images.  Seems too many to be coincidence.   

Maybe search is tilted toward when everyone was happy and putting in their best efforts, before it all went to he1l.  Also, putting old stuff from when IS had strict standards in front of credit buyers keeps them from being turned off by the influx of Getty cr@p and other garbage from the new policy of accepting everything.

« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2015, 11:28 »
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Just want to give a bit more info.

My port has also increased about 10% in the past year. Perhaps it should not be considered as an increase.

« Reply #48 on: April 29, 2015, 17:58 »
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BME for me

« Reply #49 on: April 30, 2015, 00:23 »
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I've always been an obsessive stats checker but I almost never even look at my stats there anymore as it is too depressing.


 

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