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Illustration - General / Re: Advices on starting again
« on: March 06, 2019, 09:20 »
Thank you all! You've been very helpful.  :)

Illustration - General / Advices on starting again
« on: March 05, 2019, 10:18 »
Hello everyone!
It's been 5 years or so since my last upload to microstock. I want to come back, but first, I want to ask for your help.
Do you still make money from microstock?
I'm making like $70 without uploading anything and I have 500 images. What time and how many images do you think I need to make $500, for example?
How do you upload your content to every agency at the same time?

Thanks for your help!

I'm not sure what that link to a thread about slow server issues has to do with this topic...
In this thread, kkthompson said this:
"We've had record days of downloads and accordingly the most we've ever paid out to contributors."

You gotta believe that istock is also "losing a  lot" because vectors are extremely profitable for them. They represent only a small percentage of the total files, but generate a vastly disproportionate share of the income. If there has been a conscious decision to handicap vector files, it would be a really dumb (and costly) thing to do.

I don't think they are losing, the same people that were buying our vectors, now are buying photos or 3D renders. Check this:
I think that we have lost the undecided costumer that would buy a photo or a vector.

I can't imagine the "moving down" has anything to do with their sales.  People don't go in looking for a photo of something, and suddenly decide they want a vector, or the other way around.  If they can get the buttons at the top to stick, they search vectors, or photos.

I just can't see someone saying, "I'd like a vector of a cat.  Hey, there's a photo of a cat.  Let's use that!"

I thought so too, but it's the only explanation. Moving back vectors on the best match was the only thing that happened on August and our sales drop suddenly on the same date. And now, with the new change, a new drop... I don't like what's happening. I never complain, but this is too much, I'm losing a lot!
I used to love being exclusive, now, not so much.  :-\

7 / Re: bronze canister?
« on: July 25, 2008, 16:28 »
I believe that if you're bronze, you're eligible to become an exclusive.
Yes, but there is also an acceptance rate requirement if you have between 250 and 500 downloads. Once you get over the 500 then they drop the acceptance rate requirement (I don't remember what it was).
50%, I think.

General Stock Discussion / Re: 8 months without uploads
« on: July 04, 2008, 22:38 »
Great work, Perrush. Pity you stopped uploading - I liked watching your new images coming... But then again, this study wouldn't be possible without it.... :)
I think it's a pity too... I love your images! and your grey cat it's a lovely model :)
Anyway, thanks for your work. It was very usefull when I started, and still is.
Which bike did you buy? My husband is big fun of bikes  :)

9 / Re: "3 Weeks Of Exclusive Prestige" Email
« on: June 17, 2008, 19:39 »
Downloads stayed the same, but there's a reason for that. On February I had 2 very successful  files (one of them reached the most popular) for valentine's day, the same files had a significantly drop in sales on march, obviously. So I can't tell you for sure what would happend if those images weren't seasonal and they continued having downloads.

10 / Re: "3 Weeks Of Exclusive Prestige" Email
« on: June 17, 2008, 12:41 »
Wow, latex, if I understand your figures correctly, that's quite a jump in earnings and very encouraging.

So purely as an example, and forgetting canister levels for a moment:

Say as a non-exclusive you were earning $500 total a month, of which iStock earnings were $250, and a few other sites made up the rest.

A 25% total increase takes you from $500 to $625 a month, which means your iStock earnings went from the original $250 to $625 a month once you became exclusive. If I've not miscalculated, then that's pretty impressive!!

Yes! You understood me... something like that. In my case, it was a very good move  :)
These were the stats when I went exclusive:

11 / Re: "3 Weeks Of Exclusive Prestige" Email
« on: June 16, 2008, 11:22 »
I went exclusive when I reached gold and IS was 64% of my total income. My total monthly income went up by 25% and IS's 50%. This is what happened to me and doesn't have to be what will happen to you, obviusly.

Hmmm... 125% is roughly double 64%.  So your income doubled.

BUT, as you were already Gold, your income would have increased from 20% commission to 35%, an increase of 75%.

So (64/20)*35=112.  This suggests that the benefit to you from going exclusive in terms of SALES has been an increase from 112 to 125 or about 10%.

This doesn't square with your remark that IS's income went up by 50%.  Given that their cut went down from 80% to 65%, you would have needed a big increase in sales for IS's income to improve.

Perhaps I've misunderstood your numbers.
Sorry, Hatman, I don't understand your numbers... But there's one thing I can asure you, and it is that my total income had an increase of 25% when I went exclusive.

12 / Re: "3 Weeks Of Exclusive Prestige" Email
« on: June 14, 2008, 19:51 »
I went exclusive when I reached gold and IS was 64% of my total income. My total monthly income went up by 25% and IS's 50%. This is what happened to me and doesn't have to be what will happen to you, obviusly.

13 / Re: New Best Match......... UP
« on: June 14, 2008, 19:38 »
My sales have been really good, and my newest uploads are not selling at all.

14 / Re: Istock subs... How much did you get?
« on: June 09, 2008, 16:14 »
LOL! I read it wrong...

15 / Re: Istock subs... How much did you get?
« on: June 09, 2008, 15:12 »
One just got 12.80$ whit a subscription sale...Wow...

Great! Congrats! I didn't have one yet...  :(

General Stock Discussion / Re: comparison of agencies
« on: June 05, 2008, 10:07 »
yes, that's too bad... I'm sorry that happened to you. I think you can learn from this things.
I said MAYBE because you never know, but something is true, we always have the best places on the best match.

Illustration - General / Re: Your ultimate studio setup...
« on: June 04, 2008, 21:52 »

General Stock Discussion / Re: comparison of agencies
« on: June 04, 2008, 21:41 »

Yep, my IS sales have recently fallen victim to this. Although I'm considering eventually going exclusive with IS, I'm glad that I'm not that way now.

Maybe if you were exclusive this wouldn't happen...

Yo estoy de acuerdo con Adelaide, creo que cada sitio tiene su "tipo" de cliente. No me parece que haya ningn tipo de discriminacin y no entiendo que podra llevarte a pensar eso, Gualberto.
En mi caso, mis ilustraciones eran mucho ms valoradas por los clientes de IS. Mientras que en SS mis ventas llegaron a un punto y se estancaron ah por meses, en IS suban y suban sin parar...
Desde mi punto de vista, cada sitio premia a sus contribuidores basndose en diferentes parmetros. Por ejemplo, en SS se premia el nmero de uploads y la constancia, mientras que en IS se premia ser exclusivo y la creatividad. Es por eso que en IS una buena imagen tiene mucho ms vida til que en SS.
Eso es lo que yo he observado en el poco tiempo que llevo en esto, pero obviamente puedo estar equivocada y mis conclusiones tambin pueden ser divagaciones (me gust esa palabra, Trebuchet, no la usamos mucho por aqu :) ).

I can't see mine  :'(

posted jus to see how I am doing it! ;D
wow! you're doing MUY bien!
let's see how am I doing...

22 / Re: May 2008 Earnings per Image at iStock
« on: June 03, 2008, 08:10 »

FWIW, I don't have but a couple of one-credit vectors. It is VERY hard now to get something through that is accepted AND only 1 credit.

I don't know why, but I don't have problems with that. I made a lot to reach gold canister. You have to upload one simple design element, like an icon or a very simple background. Sometimes they come 5 credits, but if you send an email to vectorpricing, they usually listen.

Illustration - General / Re: Best selling Vector Site?
« on: May 30, 2008, 19:37 »
but what if it goes bad and there are no other sites to compensate it?
I guess I trust IS enough to think this won't happen. I think they have the most creative and effective policies in this industry.

Illustration - General / Re: Best selling Vector Site?
« on: May 30, 2008, 18:27 »
I'm a long way from going exclusive at istock, though. I'd need to be at least Gold level and have istock represent 60% of my monthly total before I'd even consider it, and I tend to suggest people use a similar criteria. Anything less than that and you're pretty much taking a pay-cut by going exclusive. If you're over 60%, it's probably worthwhile and will definitely save on upload time.

I think this is a good strategy!
I went exclusive at IS when I reached gold and it was 64% of my total income. My total monthly income went up by 25% and I have to upload only to them. Can't be happier...

Did anybody NOT receive the email?
I did not  ;)

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