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Shutterstock.com / Re: everything rejected today
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:06 »
You dont need to keyword again if your keywords are embedded in the meta data, just remove the offending keywords

I do have keywords in metadata but I was finding some better keyword suggestions inside SS. Also some of my keywords are in UK English and they get flagged as incorrect spelling. You'd think that SS could work that out.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: everything rejected today
« on: November 04, 2017, 20:55 »
They do, they reject the image and then you can fix the problem and upload again. Its standard process across all agencies.

So you can't click on a link from the rejected image and amend your titles and keywords, right? You have to re-upload and keyword again.

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Shutterstock.com / everything rejected today
« on: November 02, 2017, 18:51 »
Yesterday no rejections. Today everything is rejected for some sort of keyword problem. Might as well stop and come back tomorrow.

Why doesn't SS allow you to fix keywords or titles for rejected images?

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But your argument is that you should have started a business... as that would have been more successful than selling stock. My argument is based on fact (that you might have been successful or you might have not), yours is based on conjecture that your business would have been more successful than selling stock. Non-genius.

I'm originally from the UK but I've been travelling the US, Australia and South East Asia for the last 18 months or so. Mainly SEA though, and I've spent most of my time in Siem Reap in Cambodia where I'm currently renting an apartment. Yes, the cost of living is very cheap here. In theory, you could survive with a small studio, food, bills and not much else for $250 a month. In reality, you're looking at $500 to $750 a month for a reasonable standard of living. Anything over $1000 and you're doing pretty well.

That's pretty irrelevant though, to whether I could or couldn't live on stock income, as I make considerably more than that (my rent in Siem Reap is $1000 a month), and as long as I steer clear of places like London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles etc... I could get by relatively easily in most countries, purely on my stock income. 

I uploaded my first stock item in 2009 and started doing stock full time in 2014. I now stick in a day or two a week. Sometimes more, sometimes considerably less.

Well the video guys do seem to be fairing better than the rest. A few dollars per sale is better than a few cents.

After 20 plus years of pushing pixels I'm looking to do something different and I admire my friends who are reaping the rewards of creating solid small businesses. So long.

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Sure do! Those are my non-exclusive clips. I also have an exclusive account at VideoHive which contains some After Effects templates, which account for a reasonable portion of my income.

On a side note, I like how you wanted to check out my portfolio, in what I can only assume was some kind of attempt to invalidate my argument based on whether I do or do not manage to live only selling microstock... when whether I do or don't manage to live only selling microstock was never part of my argument. Classy move!

Your argument is that I might not have been successful if I had started a local business. Genius. Others here wanted me to be as successful as Bill Gates or compared running a small business to winning major poker tournaments which is idealistic crapola.
What I said originally is that in my opinion it's better to start a local business that supplies the needs of people around you. I know lots of people who have done this successfully.

I checked out your port to see if you're a newcomer and to see your quality and I see that your quality is quite high and you've found a niche. Congrats. I don't know where you live or what your cost of living is. I don't know how long you've been doing it. So this could all be a giant pissing comp.

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Fotolia and all the rest work. Shutterstock has never worked... iStock is new though, used to work, will look into that.
Yep, Last three work.

So you make a living off this small handful of video clips?

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Can you send me a link to your stock footage? Thanks.

They're at the bottom of his posts.

First three didn't work.

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Whereas my friend who has over 20 year experience in building project management landed 5 mill of work in the first few months of this year.

Deciding that you should have spent the last year building a successful business is a lot different from actually spending the last year building a successful business. There's a lot more to it than that.

Everyone knows they should have invented (insert popular product here) but they didn't, unfortunately. Having a friend that has set up a successful business makes you no more qualified to actually set up a successful business, than anyone else in this forum... with the exception of maybe having a bit of a mentor and maybe some connections. Just saying that you should have set up a business doesn't mean it would have worked. I should have set up Amazon, but I was busy doing not much.

There's no point regretting something that you didn't do which could have just as easily ended in heartache and financial ruin as it would success... and be happy in the knowledge that you at least managed to do something that provided you with a living for the last ten years. But if you want to head off and set up your successful business now... then go for it! I will wish you well and look forward to seeing your name in lights!

Can you send me a link to your stock footage? Thanks.

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I was on the first page of IS top contributors for many years. It's just that I now get 23 cents to $1 per sale. Whereas we used to get between $5 to $13 per sale and we had a lot more sales due to less competition.

Yes, there is more competition. Surprised? That means you have to be better and work harder. Evidently, some people do just that and make good money.

Again, the barrier to entry is low. Start your own construction company and see how low the barrier to entry is.  ;)

My family are all in construction. I'm the only one who went into art. I'm working with them at the moment on a spec house.

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Man, you've talked me into staying with stock! Just got to work out how I'm going to invest the $8 I made today.

I didn't say you should stick with it. If you have 10,000 images and make $8 per day that might be a strong indication you might not be producing what people want to buy.

10,000 images could yield $0 per month.
10,000 images could also yield $10,000 per month.

I was on the first page of IS top contributors for many years. It's just that I now get 23 cents to $1 per sale. Whereas we used to get between $5 to $13 per sale and we had a lot more sales due to less competition.

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Build a real business that people around you want/need.

And how many "real" businesses do you think succeed?

How many failed clothing brands do you think there are for each GAP?

Lots of real business succeed every year.

Yes. But that's not an answer to my question. How many business do you think fail for each success?

I can give you the answer: Thousands and thousands.

Man, you've talked me into staying with stock! Just got to work out how I'm going to invest the $8 I made today.

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Exactly. Your friends could have been Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. That doesn't mean you would be a billionaire if you had started a similar company...

People still make good money selling stock. But of course not everyone, why do people expect that? If you want a job with equal pay go get a standard office job.

Doing your own thing means the upside is enormous, and the downside is 0 (or less).

It's reasonable to believe that working from home is something a lot of people would like, and photography is one of the top interests people in the world have. You don't have to be a nobel prize winner to figure out that the competition will be pretty significant, especially today when the barrier to entry is low.

I enjoyed working from home and producing stock images but now I have very little to show for it because of oversupply. I uploaded around 10K of images over 9 years and then one company from china uploaded 100K to IS in one year. Another upload 30K to IS and that's just the ones i know about. Whereas my friend who has over 20 year experience in building project management landed 5 mill of work in the first few months of this year. He's been running his own company for less than 10 years. Face it, stock art is very close to the bottom of the financial totem pole.

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Build a real business that people around you want/need.

And how many "real" businesses do you think succeed?

How many failed clothing brands do you think there are for each GAP?

Lots of real business succeed every year.

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Somethings never change. In twenty years people will still be asking can you make a living from full-time microstock. I did for 10 years but I regret it now. Friends of mine, spent their last ten years building real businesses and they making good money, as in millions. All I have to show for 10 years is a few dollars per day which pays for my adobe subscription. Build a real business that people around you want/need.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: Closing account
« on: June 07, 2017, 19:49 »
I closed my IS account last year. I probably did myself out of 20K over the next few years but I just couldn't take the 75c anymore.

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I hope your book sells to the newbies. Good on you for giving it a go.

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Does anyone know of a stock agency where you set your own prices? Rebelartist let us do it back in the days before they shut themselves down and sent everyone to istockphoto.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe stock
« on: April 06, 2017, 00:40 »
I've been getting some good 18 and 23 cents sales on Adobestock. Not long now and I'll have enough for a burger.

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I'm disappointed after 10 years of full-time micro stock. If I'd spent those ten years building a real business I wouldn't be cleaning up dry banana peels from garage floors  while working as a maintenance man. Yep, that's right. Some guy who uses the gym thinks that because a banana is natural it's alright to throw the skins wherever. So i get to scoop the dry black crusty suckers into a bin.

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Off Topic / Re: Stop Complaining
« on: February 09, 2017, 03:43 »
Here a place to discuss things that can't be said in the place you should be able to discuss it. Thread locked!

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Thanks for replying, so what do you guys suggest?

Try to find a time machine. It may be second-hand, as long as it works. Then go back to 2008 perhaps to 2007 or sooner and upload from there. You will have lots and lots of views, downloads, whatever. When you're done, you can rent the time machine to me, I will pay you great money.

Classic! So true.

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iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock mail about Royalty adjustment
« on: August 04, 2016, 20:12 »
The last thread I started there was locked down by Lobo and he suggested I adopt the positive attitude of a contributor from India.

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I just became aware of this. Funny. I suspect the photographer will settle for a few mill or lose.

Isn't compensation for loss of income?

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I remember way back I said that microstock would be a home run for a spell then it would eventually cannibalize itself... only to be chastised for such negativity, and voila here we are at check... further to this, I actually see check mate just around the corner with the industry going into deeper despair in the next few years. The current model of selling stock is not sustainable... I think I have heard that before.

When did you say this? Your profile says you've only been a member here for one year. Did you have another member name before Rose Tinted Glasses?

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I'm go go going. It's go time.

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