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Author Topic: iStock Royalties Spreadsheet  (Read 5888 times)

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« on: March 04, 2007, 04:14 »
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Does anyone use the iStock spreadsheet? Despite the fact that it's been about dead-on since I started using it (only a few months ago), I'm a bit suspicious of its accuracy.

It took me 3 months to get to 500 sales, and the spreadsheet has me passing the 2500 mark in another 3. It's forecasting my upcoming months to go extremely well (10,000+ sales in my first year), which makes me think it's a bit too optimistic.

What is your experience with it?


[Edit]: It can be downloaded here. The iStock forum thread is here.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2007, 14:55 by sharply_done »


« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2007, 04:52 »
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Is that the 'exclusive bonus estimator' you are talking about?

It looks like you can change the monthly growth from 5-15% so you can be as optimistic as you want.  It is still a little unrealistic however.  10% growth in uploads is a LOT less work when you have 10 images, than it is when you have 10,000 images.

I'm guessing if it took 3 months to get 500 sales, in another 3 months you will have 500 sales from the new images plus perhaps 750 from the old image making 1250 downloads.


« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2007, 14:47 »
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Is that the 'exclusive bonus estimator' you are talking about?


No, I'm not talking about that at all. I am talking about the Excel spreadsheet developed by iStock user dbabbage. It tracks and projects your iStock performance by importing your monthly statistics. It's very obvious that a lot of work has been put into this model. I'd be interested in hearing how it matches with your experiences, leaf.

It can be downloaded here. The iStock forum thread is here.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2007, 15:00 by sharply_done »

« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2007, 16:40 »
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I use it, but take the stats with a grain of salt.


 

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