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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2016, 09:41 »
GiveMe5... I can understand that. I felt that way after years of wedding photography. After a break I started enjoying it again without the pressure. I am impressed with $100 a day! How big is your portfolio? How may images?

I have 4,300 images on SS and about 5,000 to 6,000 images on 22 other companies. I feel that you have to spread the wealth and give the smaller companies a chance as well.  A $100 a day is okay but I sure cannot quit me day job  :)

« Reply #26 on: November 22, 2016, 13:44 »
Thanks for all the replies. So I'm happy with how things are going so far. I'm making a sale or two each day - love it when they are more than 25 cents commission :).  I've downloaded Microstockr to track everything but they don't offer a connection to Adobe Stock? Or am I missing something?

Adobe stock = Fotolia, you will be link between adobe stock and fotolia account. Sign in microstockr pro as fotolia.

« Reply #27 on: November 24, 2016, 07:34 »
Hey thanks so much guys! That really helps! It gives me an idea of the microstock biz - and now I'm connected to Adobe on Microstockr. :)

So my update: So in the last month I've made about $22. I'm feeling pretty good about that! Whether its good or not, I don't know. Certainly I make way more money doing portraits etc... but I really am finding this fun. I have about 250 active images, and my sales are spread out among 29 of them. So just over 10% of my images have sold, a few a number of times.

So is this good? What else can you guys tell me about microstock? I'm all ears.

Its really satisfying making a sale! It makes me want to take more... Oh! And I've sold a few vectors in there too. I do more photography because the vectors take more time. But I love finally having a satisfying creative outlet.

« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2016, 07:36 »
Oh, and the other thing I've noticed is lots of sales on my isolated Christmas objects.

« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2016, 16:04 »
I just looked at your vectors, I really like your autumn pattern. In my opinion you use too many gradients in your other vectors, or maybe the gradients are too harsh. But the autumn pattern is great, do more like this! Not for autumn, that's over, but patterns in general. Seamless patterns are always useful.

Yes, vectors might take more time, but I believe you'll have less competition. And you will develop your own illustration style, which distinguishes you from other illustrators (I think it's harder with photography to have a very distinct style, but I might be wrong...).

I have around 500 illustrations in my Shutterstock portfolio, and earn nearly 500 USD per month. So yes, vectors take more time to produce, but the return per image will be higher as well. And if you have a couple of vectors, you can re-use old elements to create new images :)

« Reply #30 on: November 24, 2016, 17:37 »
Thank you! I actually do quite enjoy the vectors so maybe I will make a point of increasing those along with the photos. I'm trying to upload at least every other day.  That autumn vector sold a few times. Good advice!

« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2016, 13:48 »
So I've made a few more vectors and uploading ore pictures every day or two. I'm not getting a handful of sales daily, but I'd really like it to be more.  In the last week though I've gotten more sales than the previous two months.

I'm learning a lot about keywording and am concentrating most on holidays. I've done lots for Christmas and now doing some for New Years. And whatever else suits my fancy I guess.

« Reply #32 on: December 21, 2016, 06:13 »
wow you started in October and already make several sales a day? That is impressive. I started in November but have only about one sale per week on Shutterstock, but I also only uploaded 50 photos to Shutterstock and Fotolia (Adobe).
I also uploaded some to Alamy but it seems quite the hassle to upload, wait for acceptance and then start keywording..
Alamy and Fotolia did not give me any sales yet.
Do you think vectors sell better?
I thought about creating some, but I only have Inkscape Software.

« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2016, 13:56 »
Hey thanks! Well, I'm not sure if my vectors or photos sell better - given how many of each I have uploaded, maybe its about 50/50... and being a few months new, its harder for me to tell. I can definitely say that my seasonal images do the best but that's not surprising given the time of year. I find that if its something I can picture in a flier or an article/blog, and it moves me emotionally, then it sells. I think I'm making $2-5 a day so far, and I'm always thrilled when I see the counter go up! Last week, a vector sold that was close to my heart... something I created that meant a lot to me... probably the most satisfying so far.  I'll be getting my first SS payout in January. Woohoo! For me, sales from Shutterstock and Adobe (Fotolia) are about even.... more downloads from SS, but higher sales from Adobe, so my earnings are about the same from each. I've sold pitiful amounts from the other agencies so far. I'm no longer bothering with RF because its taken them months to review my stuff.  Are you willing to share you portfolio? You can pm me... it'll be great to hook up with another newbie!


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