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New Sites - General / Re: Zoonar earnings?
« on: January 08, 2019, 17:01 »
zero sales

Zoonar no sales

123RF / Re: uploading
« on: November 26, 2018, 12:39 »
Sometimes it seems as though the pictures are reviewed immediately, then other times it's like months.

General Stock Discussion / Re: 123rf
« on: October 31, 2018, 19:32 »
One payout every two years there is. A.

Alamy is my favorite. They are nice and helpful when I need help. My top earner so far. And there are more types of images that I can upload.

I quit after one year and three sales there  :o

General Stock Discussion / Re: Wildstock anyone?
« on: March 01, 2018, 21:51 »

Pond5 / Re: Is it worth it to upload photographs to Pond5?
« on: March 01, 2018, 21:50 »

General Stock Discussion / Wildstock anyone?
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:53 »
I saw some facebook adds for Wildstock but can't find here anything that refers to it. Anyone a contributor, how's your experience?


Stock is the right place for you if you don't care for the money- or lack thereof.

Why does it matter there are no sales there don't bother.

Newbie Discussion / Re: what's with all the frustration !
« on: September 04, 2017, 22:59 »
Per hour of work this is the worst pay I could ever imagine. Absolutely anything I do on the side for extra money earns more than stock in terms of pay for hours worked. I don't feel frustrated by it since I knew this might happen, its just not something I feel optimistic about.

I once went a little far for an editorial photoshoot and failed to take memory cards. The place was remote so I was not able to buy one. Knowing what i know today, I would have made about .25 c on that photoshoot anyway, so I did not lose money buy being forgetful.

I think it has a lot to do with the way the wind is blowing. I did terribly in February, but well in march. It's how they tweak their search engine. Let's hope the wind will blow your way soon.

123RF / Re: 0 sales
« on: May 01, 2017, 08:38 »
One type of composition I know they tend to reject are closeup-ups that fill the frame. But really going from accepting everything almost to rejecting almost everything was a little extreme.  :-[

123RF / Re: 0 sales
« on: April 28, 2017, 23:26 »
Last time I submitted a batch I had 70 images rejected in 74. Before that, I'd had a total of 4 images rejected in one year. It seems as though they are making big changes or getting into some kind of trouble storing images? Anyway, after that rejected batch, not a single sale for a month. Go figure.

photography is light reflected. No light no photography. Plus the turtles move during their egg-laying activities.

It is figuring out what will sell. Images that are in short supply in databases, those that you find only a few with a combination of keywords, tend not to be images that customers are looking for consistently. There are exception, of course, but my experience in trying to supply material where I don't find too many results after keyword searches have ended up in few or no sales. Subjects that are saturated, however, tend to sell much better if you are lucky to have a few customers choosing your photo early on.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Is iStock worth it?
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:32 »
It is worth for me. They are very good at negotiating higher priced licenses. On average I earn more there per download than I earn at SS.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Where are the winners?
« on: March 13, 2017, 20:22 »
Out there shooting and key wording and uploading and having no time for the negativity of this place?

you need better photos, to go the extra step to produce something very unique and more marketable. If you want to stay. Regardless, it is a tough market that will test your endurance.   For those starting now, look up to DT and other middle and lower tiers to heap some reward in one, two years depending on how much you upload.

It is a mistake to think that you can simply upload to stock the photos that you would normally take - snapshots of a vacation or a walk in the park. You need to be very deliberate about what you shoot, and upload. And always ask yourself, "what is the commercial or editorial reason for this photo? How would a customer use it to sell an idea or a product, to to illustrate a point?"

Whether you should stay or give it up is up to you, but you need a change in your frame of mind if you stay.

Thanks, I am a big fan of qHero. Now, I can't really read the content of the web pages on the video. It is too small and the contrast is not very good.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: I don't understand Getty
« on: February 23, 2017, 23:19 »
The reality is, despite all evil people say against istock, it is worth it. On average I make 0.28c per image subscription on istock, contrasting with the 0.25 on SS.  On some months they represent my best earner. I don't know what will happen now with the new royalties. I've stopped uploading for a while and will just observe.

General - Top Sites / Re: IS Sub Averages for Non-Exclusives Only
« on: February 22, 2017, 22:25 »
As far as I understand it my average commission per subscription is about 0.28c but  I also had a few very low (0.12, 0.16) ones.

What is the difference between the Istock collection and the Istock essentials collection?

It is difficult to make sense out of what sells there and sales are more sporadic. Also, the dynamics is a little different, you need to be there for some time to work through their ranks and the more you sell the more all of your images seem to advance in the search results.

On Alamy you don't keep watching the contributors dashboard for the next .25c but when sales happens they are usually worth the wait. As with every site, you need to calculate the amount you have earned over a period of time divided by your average number of images during that same time to have an idea of how much you are getting per image. My port on Alamy is twice as big as my port on SS, for example, since Alamy also holds my rights managed collection, and I have earned about 3 times as much there than on SS. So far Alamy it is my best earner.

Now, the photos that sell on Alamy are not the same that sell on SS for me. I would almost venture to say that uploading your micro stock portfolio there is a waste of time except for editorial images and images of places, animals and plants that are properly key worded with place names and scientific names of living things.

My 2 cents hope that helps.

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