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Pond5 / Re: No (exclusive) worries!
« on: May 04, 2019, 20:20 »
April's top sellers: 2 exclusive vs 43 non exclusive out of 45 total files.

Assuming that most not going exclusive people adjusted their prices after the -10%

this seem as good news,
As titled: no worries, it is still content that sell!


where did you get the April's top sellers list?

Dreamstime.com / Re: 500 files...3000 files, same income
« on: February 12, 2019, 22:28 »
Dreamstime was dead from 4 years ago.I have no dreams there.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutter Stock Sales Drop
« on: July 06, 2016, 01:43 »
 :( :( :( :(  bad sales on Shutterstock as well.

I decided to stop uploading new photo there.After this month,my download can reach the top tier level and no interest to upload any more new contents there.

Getty pays 20%RF and 30% RM images in moment

i now people with travel images and cand earn 600-1000 USD with 2500 pics
Other with average macro stock portfolio who cxan earn 1000-2000 with 2000 pics.
Many people with 200-400 photos can ear 100$, 300$ or nothing... because is macro and macro havent regular patterns as micro.

Thanks MxR for your help. What it means "because is macro and macro havent regular patterns as micro"?

General Macrostock / How about Getty moment sales performance?
« on: January 06, 2016, 23:46 »
I just joined the GI Moment from last Dec. Here want to know howa about the sales with GI moment. Better than Istock and shutterstock?

I know it very depends on the photo quality.But I just want to know the roughly comparison.thanks ka

Pond5 and Shutterstock work for me.  Apparently Videoblocks may be good too, but I just joined them and don't have anything approved yet, so I can't say from personal experience.

thank you,Mormegil !
 I also working for P5 and SS and wonder to explore a new agency.

General - Stock Video / which is best footage selling stock agency?
« on: September 28, 2015, 22:16 »
Hi all,

I just start to shoot the video for stock agency and no idea how to choose which stock agency to join. Which one is the best footage selling stock? Pond5,SS or Istockphoto? I heard the price in Istockphoto is quite low as 0.XX USD ,is it right?

Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock sales is sinking deeply...
« on: January 29, 2015, 00:03 »
This thread is about as useful as the Doom and Gloom thread over at SS....all problems and no solutions. Then again, most of us know it is unwise to offer solutions in business until you've milked the opportunity dry yourself.

Unfortunately all solutions are at SS management side. Not at all in contributors hands... I'd say that the most significant problem in this diminishing sales is overabundant crap images acceptance. And, stupid search which gives advantage to cheaper images from newbies who are in 25c or 33c tiers. Established contributors have to deal with wall which comes up to doubling portfolio size if they want to keep their earnings pace.
Do you have anything to share with us that proves that theory?

Added edit in my previous post. About the wall? Well... Mostly all what I can tell you about it is what I've heard. Search has changed when EX iStock exclusives come to SS. Many of people have very hard times to maintain their earnings if they don't upload on regular basis. New images don't sell as they sold before. You might get one or two sales in week after upload and that is it. So, there is a constant burying of new images...
No not about the wall, about the part I bolded

I think it is not the picture was cheaper. It is SS get more money from newbie,less left for contributor.

It is very strange!

I got a mail from Istock and invite me to join Istock photo by showing my some popular photo in Shutterstock.The fact is I did in Istock from 2 years ago!!!  :'( :'(

Sorry, I'm not clear on what you're saying.  Did you get an invitation to buy from iStock or contribute?  And they used one of your SS images or just a SS image?

Istockphoto show some my photo (from Shutterstock) and invite me join Istockphoto as contributor.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Predictions For Microstock For 2015
« on: January 17, 2015, 22:13 »
I am not optimistic about Microphoto revenue in 2015. More photo upload but less sales from them.    :( :( :(

It is very strange!

I got a mail from Istock and invite me to join Istock photo by showing my some popular photo in Shutterstock.The fact is I did in Istock from 2 years ago!!!  :'( :'(

Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock sales is sinking deeply...
« on: January 17, 2015, 22:08 »
From last Dec,sales of Shutterstock started to being sinking and sinking and never come back :(. more photo uploaded,more visitor on photo portfolio,more nice photo ( i suppose) but less download. It really not good.

Shutterstock.com / SS change the photo search algorithm?
« on: November 30, 2014, 22:24 »
SS change the photo search algorithm?

Two new things I found in the recent month:
1)   Most of the download from the elder photo.new upload very limited sales compared with before situation
2)   Even lately uploaded photo can be show in the top hot image in my portfolio. It is impossible in the past

Shutterstock.com / Re: Very poor sales in Nov!! :(
« on: November 18, 2014, 00:04 »
I'm at exactly 10% of my total for October, also 10% of my total for September.  :'(

only 10% of Oct? it tooooo bad.It is expected I only have 40% of oct. :(

Shutterstock.com / Re: Very poor sales in Nov!! :(
« on: November 17, 2014, 08:26 »
It seems normal to me, too.

it is good to hear that.thanks for information

Shutterstock.com / Re: Very poor sales in Nov!! :(
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:36 »
Thanks for your reply.

I dun want the same thing happened with Shutterstock :(. I already recalled all the photo from fotolia and DT performance,as you all knew, very poor from long time ago.

Shutterstock.com / Very poor sales in Nov!! :(
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:30 »
As of today,only 1/3 sales against last month.All the newly uploaded photo almost no sales.What's up with SS?? :( :o :-[ :-X

Whay's the logic to get this data? I mean how to calculate the score compared with other agency?

General Stock Discussion / Re: May 2014 earning results
« on: June 04, 2014, 21:59 »
53% Vs 2013
-6% Vs April 2014

Shutterstock.com / Re: latest uploaded photo no sales any more?
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:52 »
The reason is that the customers search for the photos, and an old photo that has had a few downloads, is easier to find than a new one.

thanks for reply. but before the latest uploaded foto got the download quite often as well.

Shutterstock.com / latest uploaded photo no sales any more?
« on: September 27, 2013, 19:55 »
all the sales from the old photo,not like 2 month ago,i can find 1/4 sales from latest uploaded foto. it looks strange.what's the reason? :(

iStockPhoto.com / Re: IStockphoto log in problem?
« on: May 18, 2013, 01:22 »
I'm logging in OK, but you've got a point. If you can't log in, you can't use their help system as contributors aren't allowed to phone.
One of these side-effects of their policies that they never seem to identify.
I reckon it's just a cache or cookie related issue, but in the event it's not they can still open support ticket or email us if they aren't able to log on.

I hope I've identified a few solutions  ;)

Thanks Pieman,I tried many times with cookies but seems not this issue.Still working hard to figure out what's happening.
Deepmeta still ok to upload photos but web page not available here for 4 days already.

iStockPhoto.com / IStockphoto log in problem?
« on: May 16, 2013, 22:55 »
Can not log in IS for two days already.Anybody has the same problem? how to contact them?

iStockPhoto.com / Re: IS should change the model Release policy
« on: February 23, 2013, 02:40 »
MR is only valid for 3 months is what I get from it

Yes ,same as my understanding.That's the reason I am complaining.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: IS should chang the model Release policy
« on: February 15, 2013, 01:35 »
I'm sure what was meant was that the OP thinks it's inconvenient to have to upload MRs with every photo, and for that reason s/he hasn't uploaded released photos to iS for eighteen months, only sending released pics to SS and DT.

Yes,your understanding is right.

18 month now ? not 3 month?

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