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Microstock Photography Forum - General => Newbie Discussion => Topic started by: Zalee on July 03, 2016, 19:37

Title: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: Zalee on July 03, 2016, 19:37
I've been keeping a very crude record of my files and sales and figure there must be a better way than I'm doing it.

I would appreciate any suggestions or recommendations. Are there any programs specifically for stock?
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: Zalee on July 06, 2016, 21:12
Anyone have any suggestions?
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: LDV81 on July 06, 2016, 22:28
There are some programs or services, such as e.g. Stock Performer, but I only use MS Excel. This all I need. 1 sheet for every year. Horizontally months, vertically agencies. Converting USD to EUR. Then formulas to calculate the sums. Simple. I don't bother with tracking earnings of individual files.

Unless you are a very big player and need to analyze the data, you will be much better off if you focus on creating new content instead of analyzing too much.
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: sgoodwin4813 on July 06, 2016, 22:30
I just use Excel.  I have a worksheet for submissions with every image listed, captions, keywords, etc, plus when it was submitted where and what was the result.  On another worksheet I record sales by agency each month - number of images online at each agency, number of downloads and sales.  From there it is easy to calculate RPI, RPDL or whatever else you want.  It takes a little time to set up the worksheet to automatically do the calculations but is relatively simple and costs nothing additional.
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: Stockmaan on July 06, 2016, 23:47
I use Microstockr on Ipad, phone and Imac.
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: Zalee on July 08, 2016, 05:25
Thanks for your replies. I don't really sell enough to justify paying for a program so I will try making an Excel spreadsheet.

I'm also trying Microstockr which so far looks good and saves checking each page individually.
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: Pauws99 on July 08, 2016, 05:56
Thanks for your replies. I don't really sell enough to justify paying for a program so I will try making an Excel spreadsheet.

I'm also trying Microstockr which so far looks good and saves checking each page individually.

if you don't have MS Office there is plenty of open source  software that is Office compatible
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: increasingdifficulty on July 08, 2016, 08:09
You can try StockPerformer free for 30 days. It's a very nice tool but doesn't support all the sites yet. It does have support for the main ones though and you can get a very nice overview really quickly.
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: Microstock Posts on July 08, 2016, 09:10
One free option is Microstock Analytics (http://www.microstockanalytics.com/index.html?ref=22). It is free though only for up to 500 of your files across the sites you wish to receive your sales data from.

When you connect your accounts for the first time it does take some time for sales data, other stats and thumbnails of your images to be imported, but once imported then it works great and it's really a useful tool.
Title: Re: Recommendations for software to record portfolio and track sales, etc.
Post by: jefftakespics2 on July 08, 2016, 09:57
I started out keeping detailed numbers on spreadsheets but eventually realized it wasn't worth my time. Paypal tells me how much I am payed by each agency, and each agency provides data on what is sold. Beyond that, it's not worth my time to track everything. Maybe I am just lazy but my time is limited and best spent shooting.