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« on: June 22, 2010, 01:49 »
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For the last few months, I've been averaging sales of around $120.00 on iStock each month.  So far, this month, I've only had sales of $38.00.

Is it just me, or are there others who are experiencing a downturn in sales?


Dook

« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 01:50 »
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Almost the same numbers.  :(

microstockphoto.co.uk

« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2010, 01:53 »
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For the last few months, I've been averaging sales of around $120.00 on iStock each month.  So far, this month, I've only had sales of $38.00.

Is it just me, or are there others who are experiencing a downturn in sales?

average month for me at IS

it happens at times to have a bad month on a site, I hope it's neither you nor IS, just random statistical variations

ap

« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2010, 02:12 »
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i'm having a bme, thus far. but i hate their uploading process!

« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2010, 02:55 »
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For the last few months, I've been averaging sales of around $120.00 on iStock each month.  So far, this month, I've only had sales of $38.00.

Is it just me, or are there others who are experiencing a downturn in sales?

+1 :'(

« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2010, 03:54 »
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Sales for me are on par with previous months and show the same june-trend as previous years.As microstockphoto says; probably just the statistical variations.

« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2010, 05:17 »
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my sales have been dropping for months (although now where near as dramatic as yours). I have seen though the past few days/ week a number of old images with low or no sales pop up and I've had a good week or so, it looks to me that maybe? we had a significant best match shift last week.

« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2010, 05:21 »
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Way way down. Especially disappointing because I'm less than a month away from going exclusive.

« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2010, 08:37 »
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Way down for me as well.  iStock's usually my second best seller.  So far this month they're in fourth, behind Fotolia and 123RF. 

« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2010, 09:04 »
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Waaaaay down here too!
It all went very well until after march...since then it drops quite a bit every month...this month predicts to be 50% down compared to jan-feb-march. A bit dramatic because about 65% of my stock income comes (or rather 'used to come') from iStock.

« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2010, 09:19 »
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Sorry to report the same here.  At Istock, my June 1-21 is down 20% vs May 1-21.  That's a steeper decline than my numbers across all sites: down 10% vs May.

« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2010, 09:31 »
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Different story here.  I am already past my May sales and I am on pace to have my BME.

lisafx

« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2010, 11:09 »
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This has not been a good year for me on IS, in general.  Downloads are nowhere near what they were in previous years, and even $ are lower than last year.  

Summer Slump seems to have hit me hard at IS and that has not been the case the previous two summers.  My daily average on Istock is down 7% from last month and down 11% from same time last year.  

To put it in context, my overall drop from this time last year across all sites was 3%, but it was 11% on IS.  

« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2010, 11:24 »
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My sales at IS are projected to be just about on par with last month but about 20% down from June 09.

The 'summer slump' has cut pretty deeply into my sales everywhere this year but maybe a bit worse at IS.

If things go on like this I might actually have to consider working for a living *shudder*

« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2010, 11:38 »
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This May $$$ was up a depressing (to you guys, not me - sorry!) amount from last May.  Same roller coaster chart as last year.  June is the pit, and a steady climb back up .

Dunno if that helps or not.

« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2010, 11:48 »
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This May $$$ was up a depressing (to you guys, not me - sorry!) amount from last May. 

But is that down to the exclusive price rise or increasing sales compared to last year?

« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2010, 11:53 »
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This May $$$ was up a depressing (to you guys, not me - sorry!) amount from last May. 

But is that down to the exclusive price rise or increasing sales compared to last year?

Yes, to the first (also Vetta).  DLs down 8%.

lisafx

« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2010, 12:37 »
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This May $$$ was up a depressing (to you guys, not me - sorry!) amount from last May. 

But is that down to the exclusive price rise or increasing sales compared to last year?

Yes, to the first (also Vetta).  DLs down 8%.

Well, I can't begrudge you the extra $$.  It's right for Istock to take care of its exclusives :)

But I continue to wonder if repeatedly raising (exclusive & "collection") prices to shield contributors from declining DL numbers is sustainable for the long term.

« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2010, 13:17 »
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Are you all talking about overall monthly earnings or about monthly RPI?

If you had drop in monthly earnings compared with same month last year, also with all new  photos in last 12 month, it would be disaster for your RPI...

More pics but less $ mean "synergy of parameters", but in wrong directions...  :-\ :'(

« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2010, 13:22 »
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Are you all talking about overall monthly earnings or about monthly RPI?

If you had drop in monthly earnings compared with same month last year, also with all new  photos in last 12 month, it would be disaster for your RPI...

More pics but less $ mean "synergy of parameters", but in wrong directions...  :-\ :'(

I don't worry about RPI and such.  I'm just talking monthly earnings.

« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2010, 14:54 »
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Mine has remained steady with the partner program doing well, and uploading my 15/week limit.  It is disappointing in comparison to other stock sites I work with, but steady.

lisafx

« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2010, 16:46 »
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Are you all talking about overall monthly earnings or about monthly RPI?

If you had drop in monthly earnings compared with same month last year, also with all new  photos in last 12 month, it would be disaster for your RPI...


Not sure who this is directed at, but in my case, the drop in royalties over the past year is in spite of a 20% growth in portfolio (over 1k images added). 

My RPI has dropped by 20% in the same year's time. 

But, like Sean, I don't give a lot of thought to RPI.  If I did I would have probably hung myself by now ;)

mlwinphoto

« Reply #22 on: June 22, 2010, 17:08 »
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My downloads are waaaaaaayyyyyy down for June but the number of images of mine that have been places in private lightboxes is up considerably so, time will tell.

« Reply #23 on: June 22, 2010, 17:08 »
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Not sure who this is directed at, but in my case, the drop in royalties over the past year is in spite of a 20% growth in portfolio (over 1k images added). 

My RPI has dropped by 20% in the same year's time. 

But, like Sean, I don't give a lot of thought to RPI.  If I did I would have probably hung myself by now ;)

My earnings this month are on track to be my second best month so far (ever). Of course I am exclusive and have been for some time. Price changes, Vetta and E+ are all a contributing factor. DLs are okay, not too low but a small drop from previous months.

As for RPI, I actually pay attention to that. This year my average RPI is way up compared to last year ... for example in May 2009 I sold more images than this year (DLs in May were down 24%), but this year I made 70% more in sales.

lisafx

« Reply #24 on: June 22, 2010, 17:20 »
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Interesting info Nicole.  Sounds like at the moment exclusives are fairing a lot better than non-exclusives overall. 

I would be interested to know if the biggest reason for the downturns many independents are experiencing in earnings are largely the result of not having raises at any of the major sites in a couple of years.   As opposed to Istock exclusives who have had a number of price raises, both overall, and for the various collections. 

Unfortunately, the math to figure out how much raises contributed to my prior earnings growth, and how much stagnant (and falling) royalties have affected the income decline is completely beyond me...


 

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