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« on: September 18, 2012, 12:52 »
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I was kinda expecting September sales to be impressive with summer over but I am way down from my forecast here at mid-September.
It looks like IS is jerking around the search algorithms like a monkey on crack.

How is your September going so far?

OX
...not sure if monkeys really do crack


lisafx

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 13:47 »
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Bad.  Maybe even worse than August.  Certainly not the post summer bump I normally expect. 

« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 13:49 »
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It is the same. There was a small surge in the beginning of september but it has vanished now.
Sales are slowing down all across the board.
Which means, you should look around to find other outlets.

Its simple, there are too many photos online, and too many who do it.
Also we cannot compete with free pictures from FB and Flickr.

« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 14:09 »
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I am not surprised September is not as good as we hope because IS is tweaking the site. This is not a good time of the year to carry out site improvement.

My September is better than the summer months but it will not reach the level of the spring months.

KB

« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 14:16 »
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I had a poor June -- worst month of the year -- but July and August picked up considerably and were very good. But it's actually looking like September is going to be worse than June.  :(

« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 14:21 »
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you should look around to find other outlets.

Its simple, there are too many photos online, and too many who do it.
Also we cannot compete with free pictures from FB and Flickr.

That pretty much sums it up.  I read an online article the other day from a major organization where almost all of the photo credits were to flickr users, presumably used for free.  We can't compete with that, when a lot of good photographers inexplicably give their work away for free.  Crazy.

September for me is mainly OK so far, due to some unexpected (but very welcome) activity at Veer.  SS steady, iS in at #2, 123 and DT both off but fighting for #3. Slow sales elsewhere.

« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 14:32 »
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I don't want to be accused of hyperbole, so I'll just politely describe September so far as a "DEATH SPIRAL."

« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2012, 14:39 »
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I think this month will prove to be OK but it's only half over.. 2 more weeks to know for sure.

This month has a bit of a disadvantage too however, only 30 days and 5 weekends.  Next month is 31 days and only 4 weekends.  That makes an extra 3 days of good sales (10%) which is pretty significant.  I'm putting my chips in for October being the top month this year.

« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2012, 14:50 »
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They broke the site.  The Lightbox feature is half broke.  The zoom on images is totally broke.  Are you going to buy an image that you can't get a good look at?

velocicarpo

« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2012, 15:08 »
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Way down. Frustrating and Depressing. Markets seem to be like frozen. Glad not to be the only one...

« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2012, 15:15 »
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I think this month will prove to be OK but it's only half over.. 2 more weeks to know for sure.

This month has a bit of a disadvantage too however, only 30 days and 5 weekends.  Next month is 31 days and only 4 weekends.  That makes an extra 3 days of good sales (10%) which is pretty significant.  I'm putting my chips in for October being the top month this year.

... and September started with the US's Labor Day weekend too.

I'm currently projected to be nearly 40% down on last September at Istock. If things stay as they are then it will be my worst September there since 2006. Hmmm.

wds

« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2012, 15:20 »
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Way down from August, clearly site related, market conditions simply don't change drastically overnight.

On a related note, regarding the broken zoom on iS, does SS even allow you to zoom?
« Last Edit: September 18, 2012, 15:21 by wds »

« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2012, 19:18 »
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No sales in last 5 days! It never happened to me. Sometimes, on weekend day I had 0 sales but never on week day.

« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2012, 19:43 »
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Start of Sept was good - but for the past week or so, EVERY site has totally crapped out for me...
very strange

« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2012, 20:46 »
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"down" is an understatement.
Worse month in years!

« Reply #15 on: September 19, 2012, 01:35 »
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   After a good first week, it's preety dead now. IS is dead, 2 sale in 12 days(the same day) after in the first week I had sales every day. Now my redeemed credits have gone down, I don't know why, as the money are still the same. FT down after a first good week of september. Only SS is steady, eventhough the first week was the best, but it's selling.

Wim

« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2012, 01:47 »
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Don't ask  :'(

All sites are average but SS is the only one down with a complete lack of EL's. Reminds me of Lisa's post a while back.

« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2012, 02:21 »
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So far its been a dead loss, IS and 123rf most disappointing. Not even getting any views on IS (what are they up to?).

Started to pick up a bit yesterday with quite a few sales so lets hope it continues.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #18 on: September 19, 2012, 02:46 »
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So far its been a dead loss, IS and 123rf most disappointing. Not even getting any views on IS (what are they up to?).
Views is one of the things they broke when they introduced Cash Sales. There seems to be no alacrity in fixing anything there - that's two weeks now.

ShadySue

  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #19 on: September 19, 2012, 02:50 »
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Now my redeemed credits have gone down, I don't know why, as the money are still the same.
You probably got a boost last week but didn't notice.
I had approx 400 RCs added last week and couldn't work them out, but now they're away again. No email, no explanation. There have been posts about it in the bugs thread in the Help forum over there.

« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2012, 08:15 »
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   I finally got a sale at IS. After 6 days. So it's site related, I don't know if it is a bug, but yesterday I've noticed I got some views after many many days without.

RacePhoto

« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2012, 10:13 »
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« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2012, 10:48 »
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   I finally got a sale at IS. After 6 days. So it's site related, I don't know if it is a bug, but yesterday I've noticed I got some views after many many days without.

Yes, yesterday i've got three sales after 6 days and today another ... but IS has many bugs after recent update (zoom, lightbox ...)

« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2012, 10:53 »
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IS is getting worse and worse. But I don't give a * since it is a bottom tier for me.
« Last Edit: September 19, 2012, 10:55 by Minerva Studio »

« Reply #24 on: September 19, 2012, 11:35 »
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IS is getting worse and worse. But I don't give a * since it is a bottom tier for me.
+1 IS will soon fall below Vectorstock for me.

I do illustrations, and so far in Sept sales at most second tier sites are way down. However, SS, DT, CanStockPhoto, and FT are holding up well. No big September boost, but not bad. At SS, 1 EL, and the single downloads are up a bit from August.


 

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