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« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2009, 07:25 »
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First impression: Looks good. Can't wait to have FT and StockXpert integrated.

Besides the image matching, that needs some tweaking (as has been mentioned here before, so let's wait...) one more point for your list: How to handle refunds. I just had a sale removed due to credit card fraud on DT, but on Lookstat it's still reflected in both total sales and on the day it was done (yesterday).


« Reply #51 on: February 09, 2009, 16:45 »
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First impression: Looks good. Can't wait to have FT and StockXpert integrated.

Besides the image matching, that needs some tweaking (as has been mentioned here before, so let's wait...) one more point for your list: How to handle refunds. I just had a sale removed due to credit card fraud on DT, but on Lookstat it's still reflected in both total sales and on the day it was done (yesterday).


Thanks for signing up and for your patience re: image matching. I've added the refund issue to our list as well. We are actively working on FT.

Cheers,

Rahul

« Reply #52 on: February 09, 2009, 20:46 »
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I've signed up also, very nice idea, I like it, despite being a tad anxious re giving my passwords to a 3rd party site.

Would love to see StockXpert and 123RF on here also, besides FT of course :)

Excellent work Rahul, what's your personal motivation for doing this? do are you looking at a monthly/yearly subscription fee down the track ?

« Reply #53 on: February 10, 2009, 03:16 »
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I've signed up also, very nice idea, I like it, despite being a tad anxious re giving my passwords to a 3rd party site.

Would love to see StockXpert and 123RF on here also, besides FT of course :)

Excellent work Rahul, what's your personal motivation for doing this? do are you looking at a monthly/yearly subscription fee down the track ?

Thanks for signing up!

Our goal is to build a business by making life better for contributors so we do intend to charge in the future. It will be free for the vast majority and when we do charge a subscription it will be affordable. We're hard at work on Fotolia and will be adding more agencies in short order.

« Reply #54 on: February 11, 2009, 09:38 »
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I am also in... Looks very good!!

Also stats need some kind of technical analysis (SMA,EMA,various trendlines,averages,projections etc.)...

Thanks!

« Reply #55 on: February 11, 2009, 12:34 »
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I am also in... Looks very good!!

Also stats need some kind of technical analysis (SMA,EMA,various trendlines,averages,projections etc.)...

Thanks!

Thanks for signing up - we're excited to have you as a user!

Hear you loud and clear re: more analytics.

Cheers,

Rahul

digiology

« Reply #56 on: February 11, 2009, 12:39 »
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I signed up about a week ago. Great service! I just emailed some feedback to your support.

« Reply #57 on: February 11, 2009, 13:08 »
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I signed up about a week ago. Great service! I just emailed some feedback to your support.

Thanks for signing up and glad you like the service!

I'll make sure we act quickly on your email.

Rahul

« Reply #58 on: February 11, 2009, 20:06 »
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How about a page displaying top personal earners across all sites with no graph, just images with say 25/50 and 100 view option, sorted either by income or downloads.

Also the information that I'm finding quite relevant is when looking at my top earners and realizing I don't have a given image on the other sites, would it be possible for that information to be displayed as a java rollover on the main graph page ? ie just which sites the image is on...

« Reply #59 on: February 11, 2009, 20:50 »
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Our goal is to build a business by making life better for contributors so we do intend to charge in the future. It will be free for the vast majority and when we do charge a subscription it will be affordable.

Sorry to be too outspoken sometimes, but I'm used to deal on Asian markets and they always tell me "very affordable sir, only for you sir, special price sir". Then my shields go up as usual and I tend to ask in the local lingo "pila na??" or in Tagalog "magkano po?".  :o

So "how much" is "affordable"? As much as I admire your programming and marketing skills, becoming profitable on a tiny market like microstock photographers is a daring endeavour. Count you plus overhead plus one part-time force and you need at least 7K$/month to keep things going. If you got 1000 paying members, they'll need to pay 84$/year for basically a counting service.

The number of 1000 isn't a wild guess since I'm near the top 1000 on Dreamstime, and I don't think you can enlist all those on top of me. 20% of them would be a success. The question whether it's affordable or not is a bit irrelevant, the question would be, do I want to afford it? If it's 10$/month, well for that price I can hire an unemployed grad student for 5 days in SE Asia, and even if he counts by hand on a piece of paper, it will still be much cheaper. Also, many volume stockers are in Eastern Europe, and they won't be eager to cut off 7-10$ from their earnings since it's a low wage area there too.

Pardon my rant  :P

« Reply #60 on: February 12, 2009, 00:23 »
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Sorry to be too outspoken sometimes, but I'm used to deal on Asian markets and they always tell me "very affordable sir, only for you sir, special price sir". Then my shields go up as usual and I tend to ask in the local lingo "pila na??" or in Tagalog "magkano po?".  :o


Hi there,

First, I'm sorry to have triggered a rant. I grew up in India and Africa so I know all about the special price for you and I should perhaps have expressed myself more carefully. Having said that, I was being sincere. Unless we can deliver value at a price the market will bear, we're not going to be around in the future. Pricing a service is always a tricky thing and we will make mistakes but we'll try and correct them quickly.

Rahul

PS: I like outspoken and direct so no worries there :)

« Reply #61 on: February 12, 2009, 00:28 »
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How about a page displaying top personal earners across all sites with no graph, just images with say 25/50 and 100 view option, sorted either by income or downloads.

Also the information that I'm finding quite relevant is when looking at my top earners and realizing I don't have a given image on the other sites, would it be possible for that information to be displayed as a java rollover on the main graph page ? ie just which sites the image is on...


You mean this feature? :)

http://blog.lookstat.com/2009/02/05/new-lookstat-feature-view-all-images-that-sold-at-all-microstock-sites-in-one-place/

You can't sort yet, but that will come.

As for your other suggestions, those make sense and we'll definitely look into them. We're very focused at the moment on adding more sites but presenting information without requiring a click is a good idea.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Rahul

« Reply #62 on: February 12, 2009, 02:41 »
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ahhh great work :) serves me right for not reading your blogs ;P

« Reply #63 on: February 12, 2009, 03:16 »
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ahhh great work :) serves me right for not reading your blogs ;P

Actually, I think this means we need to do a better job of highlighting new features on the site. :)

« Reply #64 on: February 12, 2009, 08:45 »
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Rahul, basic economic technical analysis is the best solution for projection stats...

Everything is in the future forecasts, and economic indicators will give your stats excellent new dimension...
Also very useful for all of us...

Statistic for stock exchange market is very similar to microstock...
You have many of programs for economic technical analysis to include similar calculations in this site...
Maybe you heard for some, "Metastock" is on the top...

Also, all formulas for EMA,SMA,Bollinger Bands,RSI etc. you can find on internet...

I know its will be hard project, but it will be top statistic site for microstock....

Regards
« Last Edit: February 12, 2009, 08:47 by borg »

« Reply #65 on: February 12, 2009, 10:07 »
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Rahul, basic economic technical analysis is the best solution for projection stats...

Everything is in the future forecasts, and economic indicators will give your stats excellent new dimension...
Also very useful for all of us...

Statistic for stock exchange market is very similar to microstock...
You have many of programs for economic technical analysis to include similar calculations in this site...
Maybe you heard for some, "Metastock" is on the top...

Also, all formulas for EMA,SMA,Bollinger Bands,RSI etc. you can find on internet...

I know its will be hard project, but it will be top statistic site for microstock....

Regards


Thanks for this great input. We're definitely thinking along these lines. A great deal of effort has been put into statistical thinking on economic and stock market data and a lot of that could be applied here. Thanks for all the specifics, I will definitely follow up.

CofkoCof

« Reply #66 on: February 12, 2009, 14:39 »
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Rahul you might wanna check the monthly stats. IS shows 10$ more than I've really earned (when I select "This month"). Also previous month's stats are incorrect for all the sites. Maybe it is because of the time you do updates.

« Reply #67 on: February 12, 2009, 14:49 »
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Rahul you might wanna check the monthly stats. IS shows 10$ more than I've really earned (when I select "This month"). Also previous month's stats are incorrect for all the sites. Maybe it is because of the time you do updates.

We'll get right on it. I'll email you directly so we can troubleshoot. Also, you know you can always write me directly about issues. It's generally faster.

Thanks for the heads up.

« Reply #68 on: February 12, 2009, 14:56 »
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Rahul you might wanna check the monthly stats. IS shows 10$ more than I've really earned (when I select "This month"). Also previous month's stats are incorrect for all the sites. Maybe it is because of the time you do updates.

$10 exactly?  Do you do referrals?

Lookstat doesn't (didn't?) track referral income last I looked.  Huge problem for me since I do a decent number in ref$.

« Reply #69 on: February 12, 2009, 16:44 »
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Great stuff. What is a roadmap for adding rest of top 5 agencies?

« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2009, 18:12 »
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Rahul you might wanna check the monthly stats. IS shows 10$ more than I've really earned (when I select "This month"). Also previous month's stats are incorrect for all the sites. Maybe it is because of the time you do updates.

Hi CofkoCof,

Thanks again for your note. As I mentioned in my email, we don't currently track referral earnings. I expect that we will in the future but it will be after we add direct earnings from more sites. I am fully aware that Matt will give me grief until we do so we are highly motivated to get there ;)

The IS issue for Feb is an issue on our end and we will fix that shortly. The issue occurred in connection with a release a week ago. It has since been fixed but there is some data in the system that needs to be cleaned up.

Sorry for the annoyance and thanks for being a LookStat user!

Rahul

« Reply #71 on: February 12, 2009, 19:18 »
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Great stuff. What is a roadmap for adding rest of top 5 agencies?

Thank you!

Fotolia is very close to ready and the others (StockXpert, BS, 123) will be coming soon after. I don't have concrete dates yet but broadening our coverage is an area of focus at the moment.

« Reply #72 on: February 15, 2009, 06:22 »
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This is  a great tool. Can't wait for the other sites, will save a lot of time getting stats. I do seem to have a problem though. I find that the images are not accurate across all sites. I think I have caused it for myself. If a post a pic of a whitetail deer buck I use "Whitetail Deer Buck"  in the description for all files of whitetail deer buck. Same goes for Wild Turkey. I think I will have to come up with a different description field for each file. Unless Lookstat has a way around it. Even though I have this issue, I still like Lookstat very much.

« Reply #73 on: February 15, 2009, 12:51 »
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This is  a great tool. Can't wait for the other sites, will save a lot of time getting stats. I do seem to have a problem though. I find that the images are not accurate across all sites. I think I have caused it for myself. If a post a pic of a whitetail deer buck I use "Whitetail Deer Buck"  in the description for all files of whitetail deer buck. Same goes for Wild Turkey. I think I will have to come up with a different description field for each file. Unless Lookstat has a way around it. Even though I have this issue, I still like Lookstat very much.

Hi there,

Thanks for signing up! We are definitely working on ways to address this and we'll be making improvements in the weeks to come. In the meantime, thanks for your patience and support! Glad you're enjoying LookStat.

Rahul

« Reply #74 on: February 15, 2009, 23:28 »
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Once Fotolia is added which site is next in line to be added ? Just curious, personally I would like to see 123RF added next :) I'm actually finding your stats quite useful now that you've pointed me to the earnings page with all images laid out... great work, keep it up Rahul!


 

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