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« Reply #50 on: January 19, 2018, 08:48 »
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« Reply #51 on: January 20, 2018, 14:14 »
Getting back to the original question - thought my numbers might help a bit. (Footage only)

a) What is your portfolio size?

700 Different clips, all listed on three agencies.

2100 clips total - give or take. For three months I only had about 60 clips total, for 12 months I had about 900 clips total. More than doubled the port in the last three months, so hopefully average earnings will increase.

b) What average monthly earnings (USD) have you seen over the last 12 months?

$550 / month average over the last 12.

Started selling about 18 months ago.

c) Any specific sites you recommend? (I do see the list on the right, I'm asking about you personally what worked best for you).

All of my earnings have come from Pond5, Shutterstock, and Videoblocks. I've found SS has the fastest review times, P5 has the best user interface and takes the least amount of time overall for me, pretty good review times. VB is a slower all around but still decent sales there. I uploaded the same 30 or so starting clips to Dissolve a little over a year ago and unlike the other three agencies none of them sold for a year, so didn't pursue it further. Uploading the rest soon though just in case they come back around.

d) Any trends/things you'd recommend focusing on? (I.e., certain types of video/styles/etc?)

For my port model footage and a few drone shots have sold best. The drone shots have also had a subject though, so not just landscapes. Boats going down a river for example.

For models it seems like shooting shallow depth of field and backlighting sells pretty well - based on my port and glancing over top sellers at different agencies. Slow-motion has sold a lot as well. 4K sales are slowly increasing too.


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