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Milinz

« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2014, 10:19 »
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No improvement in sale, and today the site is very slow for me .. other are ok but istock very slow, having issues with uploading ... ahhwww
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Very slow, now dead. I think Shudder is right, my raise was for indipendent at cut cost exclusive. IS daily is where I got all the raise. 4xmore in 42c to 1.52c IS downloads, PP droped.


« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2014, 10:47 »
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My sales have continued to be strong...at least for iStock standards. Been getting a few credit sales a day...a few months back I was lucky to get a few a week. Typically GI and PP sales have keep me alive, but if credit sales continue to pick-up I'd be happy. I also noticed the images are of a select group...so maybe they have gotten a decent placement in best match.

« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2014, 11:06 »
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Lately, sales are weak for me and for all the other exclusives I know and I talk with. So, a best match change could be an explanation. I really don't know. Last change that hurted me was when they demoted some of my S+ files to S. Those files were selling well as S+ and now are selling less as S. 

wds

« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2014, 11:58 »
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No improvement in sales. In fact if anything it seems the decline continues.

« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2014, 13:02 »
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No bump in sales for this independent.  Sales at I stock go down down down.  Uploading has no effect.

« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2014, 13:24 »
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Buyers have been telling me that the site's impossible to use today, so that could be the reason for the sudden fall in sales over the last few days combined with a cruel best match sort.

First thing buyers do if a site doesn't frictionlessly meet their needs is go elsewhere. Well done however's in charge of investment in people and equipment at iStock, you've blown it again.

« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2014, 14:14 »
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My revenue has somewhat recovered a bit from last year, the number of DLs is way down, like everyone else.

From what I read, I feel we are put on some kind of best match rotation. For instance, my first two weeks of the month is always bad, while others seem to have better sales while my sales are down.

« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2014, 14:27 »
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It does feel like you're on a carousel with different groups brought forward and others pushed back.

This could just be people seeing patterns where there's only chaos, desperately looking for some explanation.

dbvirago

« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2014, 14:52 »
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Still dead last in the 8 sites I submit micro to. Has been almost every month for 2 years. Currently making about half of what 7th place brings in.

« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2014, 15:23 »
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Same month to month. I guess with the influx of so many images with the 999 per week limit thats a good thing that my revenue isn't decreasing. Will it ever go up? Highly doubtful unless you have more than images, like video and audio and illustrations.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2014, 16:01 »
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Well done however's in charge of investment in people and equipment at iStock, you've blown it again.

Also see: http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=361440&page=1

I don't know why you'd think someone's in charge of investing in people and equipment.
I think the policy is to spend as little as possible on both.

QED.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2014, 17:43 by ShadySue »

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2014, 16:43 »
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Can someone explain iStock arithmetic?
There's an issue where some files uploaded c30th - 1st are stuck in the queue. Normally the advice is to deactivate and resubmit.
However, 'according to Lobo', "If your files are taking longer to process and have been sitting in a pending state for a few days, please do not resubmit. We are currently working through some file processing issues and resubmitting only creates an additional file to the queue. With the volume of uploading, this only increases the queue resulting in even longer wait times for your files and files from your fellow contributors."
Let's see: one upload cancelled, one upload resubmitted
Number taken out of jam: 1
Net increase: 0

I have 3, all showing as cancellable.
  ??? :o ::)
(Not that it actually matters given the usual fate of new files, I'm just questioning the arithmetic.)

stock-will-eat-itself

« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2014, 17:19 »
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Buyers have been telling me that the site's impossible to use today, so that could be the reason for the sudden fall in sales over the last few days combined with a cruel best match sort.

Nothing new sells at all on iS anymore, the best match has been broken since they messed with the keyword relevancy back in 2012. My guess is their best match algorithms are so contaminated with all the various prices changes they have no way of fixing it, thats why Yuri is panicking and trying to get involved with their IT.

The agencies that will win out in the long run will be technology led, iStock is investor led that's their biggest problem, always has been.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2014, 17:21 by stock-will-eat-itself »

« Reply #38 on: June 10, 2014, 18:40 »
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Can someone explain iStock arithmetic?
There's an issue where some files uploaded c30th - 1st are stuck in the queue. Normally the advice is to deactivate and resubmit.
However, 'according to Lobo', "If your files are taking longer to process and have been sitting in a pending state for a few days, please do not resubmit. We are currently working through some file processing issues and resubmitting only creates an additional file to the queue. With the volume of uploading, this only increases the queue resulting in even longer wait times for your files and files from your fellow contributors."
Let's see: one upload cancelled, one upload resubmitted
Number taken out of jam: 1
Net increase: 0

I have 3, all showing as cancellable.
  ??? :o ::)
(Not that it actually matters given the usual fate of new files, I'm just questioning the arithmetic.)
I wondered the same thing ... strange indeed!

« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2014, 03:35 »
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I would gladly take some up and down periods there. It's all down for me. Suffering a long, slow and painful death.

« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2014, 16:13 »
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I have actually reviewed my charts yesterday.

No matter how pessimistic I often feel, my IS income has actually been growing at 20-30% on a yearly basis. This year, only Feb was less than what I made in Feb 2013. I upload from time to time, but did not upload as many as in 2011 and 2012.

The higher prices and GI sales have contributed to the revenue growth. The DLs and revenue from IS itself are way way down, of course.


 

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