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Your monthly iStock (incl. TS) earnings in December

Exclusive 0 - 5 USD
0 (0%)
Exclusive 5 - 10 USD
0 (0%)
Exclusive 10 - 20 USD
0 (0%)
Exclusive 20 - 50 USD
2 (1.9%)
Exclusive 50 - 100 USD
1 (1%)
Exclusive 100 - 200 USD
3 (2.9%)
Exclusive 200 - 400 USD
4 (3.9%)
Exclusive 400 - 700 USD
5 (4.9%)
Exclusive 700 - 1000 USD
4 (3.9%)
Exclusive 1000+ USD
21 (20.4%)
Independent 0 - 5 USD
4 (3.9%)
Independent  5 - 10 USD
3 (2.9%)
Independent 10 - 20 USD
5 (4.9%)
Independent  20 - 50 USD
9 (8.7%)
Independent 50 - 100 USD
9 (8.7%)
Independent  100 - 200 USD
13 (12.6%)
Independent  200 - 400 USD
5 (4.9%)
Independent  400 - 700 USD
5 (4.9%)
Independent  700 - 1000 USD
4 (3.9%)
Independent 1000+ USD
6 (5.8%)

Total Members Voted: 92

Voting closed: February 03, 2012, 17:39

Author Topic: iStock earnings exclusives / independents  (Read 4708 times)

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« on: January 04, 2012, 17:39 »
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I wonder how would "Microstock Poll Results" look like if iStock would be divided to independents and exclusives. 7.2 vs 4?
I'm not iStock contributor but from time to time I have a strange feeling that I should. Actually it's money what makes me happy. But speaking money only - is it worth it? From discussions here it seems that iStock became low earner for independents.
Please don't shoot me if you think that this poll is useless.


« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2012, 17:54 »
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Not sure what this poll sets out to discover? Some people earn more or less than other people? That aside your top bracket of $1000 is extremely low, especially for exclusives __ some of them spend more than that on their shoots each month.

traveler1116

« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2012, 17:54 »
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http://blog.microstockgroup.com/microstock-income-vs-portfolio-size/
From last year's results the average income for exclusives was 31,000 so capping it at 1000+ doesn't say much.  The average is 2 or 3 times higher than your highest level. 
Edit:  looks like gostwyck beat me to it.

« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2012, 18:04 »
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Not sure what this poll sets out to discover? Some people earn more or less than other people? That aside your top bracket of $1000 is extremely low, especially for exclusives __ some of them spend more than that on their shoots each month.

I understand that exclusives make much more but I wanted to use same figures that are used in monthly MSG Poll and to found out where in the MSG Poll Results would "iS independents only" or "exclusives only" appear. Well - as for exclusives only - I believe that iS would be still no. 1 in results.

« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2012, 18:12 »
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Do we include Thinkstock with Istock?

« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012, 18:15 »
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Do we include Thinkstock with Istock?

Yes. Thank you.

« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 18:18 »
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I'm relatively new at shooting stock and my portfolio is small and still growing so my monthly earnings were low.  I fluctuate between two categories but opted for the one that has been most consistent over the last few months.  As far as answering the question "is it worth it" I would say yes. My RPI for IS and SS were almost identical, with SS just a little ahead by a couple of pennies.  SS was my highest earning site, followed by IS, DT and 123.

« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 18:32 »
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The poll asked
Your monthly iStock (incl. TS) earnings in December  (Voting closes: February 03, 2012, 17:39)

Did I read it wrong, or were you looking for the average?  My December was my worst month in 5 years.

« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2012, 19:01 »
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Do we include Thinkstock with Istock?

Yes. Thank you.

We don't have the December ThinkStock/Photos.com earnings yet.

« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2012, 19:05 »
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The poll asked
Your monthly iStock (incl. TS) earnings in December  (Voting closes: February 03, 2012, 17:39)

Did I read it wrong, or were you looking for the average?  My December was my worst month in 5 years.

Ooops!  I read the title but didn't notice the question was just regarding December earnings.  Either way, my vote would have ended up the same. 

« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2012, 19:47 »
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My worst December in 5 years, too.  11% of my income nowadays, instead of 30% like it used to be.  Never in a million years would I consider going exclusive with IS.  I'd have to get another job.  

Since I'm impatient with IS's delayed TS earning reports, I add my lowest TS monthly total to my calculations and replace it when they are reported.

« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 20:14 »
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I clicked on the wrong button - brain fart - but I can't fix it. I think polls can allow a vote change - can you do that?

« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 22:33 »
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Not sure what this poll sets out to discover? Some people earn more or less than other people? That aside your top bracket of $1000 is extremely low, especially for exclusives __ some of them spend more than that on their shoots each month.

I understand that exclusives make much more but I wanted to use same figures that are used in monthly MSG Poll and to found out where in the MSG Poll Results would "iS independents only" or "exclusives only" appear. Well - as for exclusives only - I believe that iS would be still no. 1 in results.

None of these polls are meaningful without at least making an adjustment for portfolio size, such as earnings per image.   

« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2012, 02:08 »
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I clicked on the wrong button - brain fart - but I can't fix it. I think polls can allow a vote change - can you do that?

I'm sorry - I can't see this option if I try to edit the poll.  :-[

RacePhoto

« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2012, 02:35 »
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Do we include Thinkstock with Istock?

Yes. Thank you.

So then I have to wait until about the 15th or so to answer the poll, because as far as I can see from past history, I never know what I got from ThinkStock until then? How about that. ;) No little green bars yet...

Microbius

« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2012, 03:06 »
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I was going to say the same thing, Thinkstock results only start trickling in at about mid month.

« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2012, 04:15 »
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I'm sorry. As I am not iStocker I didn't know that you have to wait that long to find out how much you made at TS. I hope that it won't change results significantly.   :-[

Microbius

« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2012, 04:20 »
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I'm sorry. As I am not iStocker I didn't know that you have to wait that long to find out how much you made at TS.
Yeah sucks don't it? Unbelievable when you think that most sites update stats real time. They really need to think about who they have taking care of their technical side.

michealo

« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2012, 06:40 »
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Using the lower values of the ranges ie $200 for $200 to $400

26 exclusives made at least $17920 or an average of $689
43 non exclusives made at least $8845 or an average of $205


/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Exclusive 0 - 5 USD    0 (0%)            
Exclusive 5 - 10 USD    0 (0%)            
Exclusive 10 - 20 USD    0 (0%)            
Exclusive 20 - 50 USD    1 (1.4%)   20   1   20   
Exclusive 50 - 100 USD    0 (0%)         0   
Exclusive 100 - 200 USD    2 (2.8%)   100   2   200   
Exclusive 200 - 400 USD    4 (5.6%)   200   4   800   
Exclusive 400 - 700 USD    3 (4.2%)   400   3   1200   
Exclusive 700 - 1000 USD    1 (1.4%)   700   1   700   
Exclusive 1000+ USD    15 (21.1%)   1000   15   15000   
         26   17920   689.2307692
Independent 0 - 5 USD    2 (2.8%)            
Independent  5 - 10 USD    1 (1.4%)   5   1   5   
Independent 10 - 20 USD    5 (7%)   10   5   50   
Independent  20 - 50 USD    7 (9.9%)   20   7   140   
Independent 50 - 100 USD    7 (9.9%)   50   7   350   
Independent  100 - 200 USD    10 (14.1%)   100   10   1000   
Independent  200 - 400 USD    3 (4.2%)   200   3   600   
Independent  400 - 700 USD    4 (5.6%)   400   4   1600   
Independent  700 - 1000 USD    3 (4.2%)   700   3   2100   
Independent 1000+ USD    3 (4.2%)   1000   3   3000   
         43   8845   205.6976744

« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2012, 07:05 »
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I've also had my worst month for 5 years!!

« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2012, 07:12 »
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You need a higher tier above 1,000. Lots of exclusives and independents alike are making well over this. 

« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2012, 21:41 »
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For Months I've been wondering how people could be reporting losses at IS but the arrow on the right hand side of this forum is green and appears to be going up.
Assuming that the 21 (25% of the people in this poll) reporting income over 1k are actually quite a bit above that (say $2000+). Theoretically they could take a $900 dollar decline in sales (almost 45% decline) and still report the same poll number. Unfortunately, if you are one of the high earners your monthly results (good or bad) do very little to reflect what is actually happening to sales and skew the true results. For you- a loss of $500 a month would have no effect on the poll whatsoever. I believe that for most sites the poll results are pretty accurate but based on the above info for IS (and possibly SS) they are completely skewed by the high earners.

« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2012, 23:16 »
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My December was at 2006 levels which is quite pathetic.    Needless to say I am no happy crown holder.

« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2012, 05:17 »
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I think what would give us more information if there was a stats page where every month we entered average return per download and average return per image for the given month.

RacePhoto

« Reply #24 on: January 07, 2012, 01:53 »
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I was going to say the same thing, Thinkstock results only start trickling in at about mid month.

56 people voted so far, maybe I'm missing something?

Can someone who voted as an Independent please tell me how you know what your Partner sales are. I'd love to see mine before the 15th-17th of the month? Or did people just average Nov. or something?

I have no clue what my Dec. sales are from Partner Sales. How do you folks see them?

ayzek

« Reply #25 on: January 07, 2012, 02:08 »
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Without PP.

« Reply #26 on: January 07, 2012, 02:12 »
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I was going to say the same thing, Thinkstock results only start trickling in at about mid month.

56 people voted so far, maybe I'm missing something?

Can someone who voted as an Independent please tell me how you know what your Partner sales are. I'd love to see mine before the 15th-17th of the month? Or did people just average Nov. or something?

I have no clue what my Dec. sales are from Partner Sales. How do you folks see them?

My PP sales are roughly the same every month, so I just insert the lowest number as a placeholder until the real numbers start coming in.


 

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