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THP Creative

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« on: March 05, 2012, 18:54 »
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Let's get an update here: Is it worth uploading to Pixmac?

My images are there anyway through Yay's API program, but of course a direct upload would make images rank higher in searches and more royalties etc.

Is anyone actually seeing sales from direct uploads to Pixmac? Is it worth it?


« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2012, 23:35 »
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To be fair to Pixmac, I only uploaded a few hundred of my images there, but I don't think it's worth it. I don't contribute to any of the sites that they partner with, so the only images I have there are those I uploaded. The trickle of sales is so small - and the 25 cent subscription sales so cheap - that I have no incentive to upload more.

« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2012, 01:14 »
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Thank you for the question. Some info to consider:

- overall sales of direct contributors continuously grow
- many contributors reach payout every month (thousands of pics in portfolio)
- we're selling majority of files via credits and single purchases where the royalty is higher
- we are one of the agencies supporting:
http://fairstockphotoagency.com/
- the relevancy and quality of the search results is improved and localized every day
- we have 12 local versions managed by local people
- currently we sell over 1.3 million images from direct contributors including:
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/yuriarcurs
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/MonkeyBusiness
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/candyboximages
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/dash (uploaded files recently)
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/Wavebreak+Media
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/paha
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/dolgachov
  http://www.pixmac.com/author/NixoR

We help contributors with the initial upload. So if you have at least 500 files and can supply us with IPTC data or an Excel Sheet with the metadata, we can help you out with the rest (via FTP or by sending us DVD). In that case, please contact us at [email protected].

If some of you, for some reason, don't want to be at Pixmac, please uncheck 'partner sales' at FP, YAY, DP.

Cheers
Vita, CEO
« Last Edit: March 06, 2012, 01:31 by zager »

THP Creative

  • THP Creative

« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2012, 01:31 »
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Thanks to you both.

Keen to hear some more thoughts from others too, but really appreciate your input zager.

« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012, 02:16 »
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1 - 2 downloads a month.
I believe that Yuri or MonkeyBusiness reach payout every month. I have no idea about their monthly overall income but I estimate that my earnings can be 1-2% compared to theirs -  it means I'm close to zero at Pixmac.  :)

Paulo M. F. Pires

  • "No Gods No Masters"
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2012, 04:58 »
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Let's get an update here: Is it worth uploading to Pixmac?

My images are there anyway through Yay's API program, but of course a direct upload would make images rank higher in searches and more royalties etc.

Is anyone actually seeing sales from direct uploads to Pixmac? Is it worth it?

And have You checked? None of my 760 files on YAY appear to be on Pixmac ( have opt-in since begin ) ... And as I see, they will not be there before 2020. It's true that I've changed some emails with pixmac/yaymicro CR and they said that would be a question of weeks ( last year )....

« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2012, 08:08 »
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« Last Edit: May 05, 2012, 11:37 by Microstock Posts »

THP Creative

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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2012, 18:03 »
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Quote
And have You checked? None of my 760 files on YAY appear to be on Pixmac ( have opt-in since begin ) ... And as I see, they will not be there before 2020. It's true that I've changed some emails with pixmac/yaymicro CR and they said that would be a question of weeks ( last year )....

Yep I checked before posting this thread. Not ALL my images are there, but about 3/4.

Thinking I'll give them a go.

lisafx

« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2012, 18:17 »
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My sales at PM are not where I would ultimately like them to be, but I'm hopeful they will improve.  Payouts, when reached, are made quickly, and overall it's a good site.  I'm not sorry I uploaded there.  

My one real complaint is that as far as I can tell, there is no way to total your monthly stats.  You only get the whole page of sales, and have to add the $ amounts one by one.  Sales are low enough that it isn't a huge inconvenience yet, but it really should be totaled like it is on every other site.  
« Last Edit: May 05, 2012, 11:31 by lisafx »

THP Creative

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« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2012, 18:36 »
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wow, really Lisa? That seems like a very easy thing for Pixmac to fix. I hope they take your suggestion on board. Although they're not alone - I find CanStocks monthly reporting terrible too, way too vague.

But glad for the feedback guys, thanks a lot

steheap

  • Author of best selling "Get Started in Stock"

« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2012, 20:25 »
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Vita

I have 1564 images on Pixmac as a result of uploads to DepositPhoto and I have had 9 sales in the past year. Is there an advantage to directly uploading my images to your site, and how do I tell which of my 3000+ images you don't have online?

What do you recommend for photographers who have a partial collection on your site through another agency?

Steve

« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2012, 07:18 »
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Thank you Lisa for the comment. I've discussed that right now with our developers. It's a pain for more contributors so we'd launch some pretty simple but working solution so you would have month + downloads + earnings on one page.

As for the import of the images, THP and CoisaX, it's not super-fast and even that I'm pushing it here as much as I can, there are some technical issues or speed limitations from time to time. We're now importing and checking on duplicates all the files that came in and unfortunately it takes a lot of computing power and time. I can only say that we would have all the files on our site one day. It's my target to have/market/sell as much files as possible, so we're on the same boat.

Thank you steheap for the question. There are advantages for sure:
- higher royalties (in majority of cases)
- better ranking in search
- zoom capability in picture detail (as we have hi-res only when the contributor is direct)
- more metadata (title+desc+keywords+exif)
- usually sharper and better looking thumbs
- subscription sales
- distribution sales (you can opt-out)
- individual help with import
- setting bonus ranking to your hand picked bestsellers (5-10% of portfolio)
- me ready to help you, to make us both happy...
etc.

The downside is more maintenance work for you, so it's good to check similar content and how it works at Pixmac, so you can estimate if we have the customers for the content you offer.
« Last Edit: March 08, 2012, 08:16 by zager »

Paulo M. F. Pires

  • "No Gods No Masters"
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2012, 09:50 »
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As for the import of the images, THP and CoisaX, it's not super-fast and even that I'm pushing it here as much as I can, there are some technical issues or speed limitations from time to time. We're now importing and checking on duplicates all the files that came in and unfortunately it takes a lot of computing power and time. I can only say that we would have all the files on our site one day. It's my target to have/market/sell as much files as possible, so we're on the same boat.

I would be happy if had at least some files. Currently, excluding editorials, I have [email protected] and [email protected] and none on Pixmac.

But Ok. One day it could happen.

lisafx

« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2012, 16:55 »
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Thank you Lisa for the comment. I've discussed that right now with our developers. It's a pain for more contributors so we'd launch some pretty simple but working solution so you would have month + downloads + earnings on one page.


Thank you, thank you, Zager!  Really appreciate your fast response to this issue.  It will make things much easier for your contributors.  Especially as your success - and our sales - are growing :D

« Reply #14 on: March 09, 2012, 08:39 »
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Stats are there:
http://www.pixmac.com/myaccount/finance/earnings

It's just taken out of the oven, so I'll verify if there are also refunds included and you can check if the numbers are ok for you.

Vita

Edit: Refunds are calculated there from now on.
« Last Edit: March 09, 2012, 09:43 by zager »

lisafx

« Reply #15 on: March 09, 2012, 15:41 »
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Wonderful Vita!  This will be so helpful!!  A real time saver.  Thank you!  :D

« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2012, 13:51 »
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I really don't understand the expiration of the referral earnings! Because of this policy and the issues with Dreamstime I deleted my portfolio long time ago.

« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2012, 17:48 »
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I really don't understand the expiration of the referral earnings! Because of this policy and the issues with Dreamstime I deleted my portfolio long time ago.

Hi Ivelin.

What you mean by issues with dreamstime???

Please explain, because im applicating there and i dont want any trouble with dreamstime.  I have good sales there.

Thanks.

David.


« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2012, 17:51 »
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http://www.microstockgroup.com/pixmac/dreamstime-and-pixmac-investigation/


For me personally, I would never upload to Pixmac purely because of what they were exposed doing...keeping contributor commissions.  When Zager says "mistakes happen" is when I call the BS card.  It took agencies to find repeatability in their error and I am sure there wasn't a rush to judgement by DT to sever their relationship upon the first discovery of a "mistake".  DT ultimately pulled the plug because they concluded that Pixmac wasn't on the up and up and subsequently severed their relationship with Pixmac.  So, for me personally, forget it.
« Last Edit: March 23, 2012, 17:53 by Mantis »

« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2012, 02:59 »
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Thumb up for pixmac, is a new site for me but already better than stockfresh, glo.

SID

« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2012, 05:54 »
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http://www.microstockgroup.com/pixmac/dreamstime-and-pixmac-investigation/


For me personally, I would never upload to Pixmac purely because of what they were exposed doing...keeping contributor commissions.  When Zager says "mistakes happen" is when I call the BS card.  It took agencies to find repeatability in their error and I am sure there wasn't a rush to judgement by DT to sever their relationship upon the first discovery of a "mistake".  DT ultimately pulled the plug because they concluded that Pixmac wasn't on the up and up and subsequently severed their relationship with Pixmac.  So, for me personally, forget it.


+1
They are dubious - IMHO

« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2012, 22:59 »
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http://www.microstockgroup.com/pixmac/dreamstime-and-pixmac-investigation/


For me personally, I would never upload to Pixmac purely because of what they were exposed doing...keeping contributor commissions.  When Zager says "mistakes happen" is when I call the BS card.  It took agencies to find repeatability in their error and I am sure there wasn't a rush to judgement by DT to sever their relationship upon the first discovery of a "mistake".  DT ultimately pulled the plug because they concluded that Pixmac wasn't on the up and up and subsequently severed their relationship with Pixmac.  So, for me personally, forget it.


+1

They are dubious - IMHO

+2


THP Creative

  • THP Creative

« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2012, 01:15 »
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Hi Zager,

Thanks for showing up in the forums, it's really appreciated. Some of these concerns are things of the past for me personally, thus I was happy to give you a go. but then other 'errors' like the one I had nearly a month ago now in my account is still not rectified properly, despite multiple emails to support saying they will get around to it soon.

Can you please take a look (THPStock) and get a fix or update to me (i don't want to go into too much detail here but the error is clearly explained in my emails to Lucy).

These sorts of errors that involve finances don't engender faith, unless they are resolved quickly and efficiently.

Thanks, and again, thanks for being vocal in the forums.


 

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