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And remember the gauges are only updated once a day, so no matter if you hide your portfolio links or not, you will not see the gauges for the first 24 hours.

haven't been here a while.  Looks like some good changes have been made.  Just want to see how slow I am going.

LuckyOliver.com / Re: Fill LO Piggy Banks
« on: April 16, 2008, 20:10 »

I have some spare credits as well if I can get them to work.

General Stock Discussion / Luckyoliver closing down
« on: April 15, 2008, 21:57 »
Luckyoliver is closing down:

It's with great disappointment that we have decided to shut down LuckyOliver on May 15th. All Olivers who purchased tokens must use them to license images before May 15th, 2008. Please note that the user agreement will continue to be valid. Any Carny images that are waiting in the queue for Bouncers will not be reviewed. Carnies who have reached the minimum payout must request payout by May 15th. Carnies who have not reached the minimum payout can convert their earnings to tokens by contacting support.

Anybody want to share some love and purhase any of my photos?  I have credits so will be willing to reciprocate (note: I need more sales to get to payout):


Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia - Safe to ask for payout???
« on: August 01, 2007, 10:14 »
I got my payout last month.  I think the only issue was with SS number which has been fixed.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Microstock Union
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:17 »
I think that a professional association would be much more suited to our needs and, if established well, could wield as much clout, if not more, than a union. 

This trend of thinking makes more sense to me.

(The skeptic in me wonders why someone hasn't already run with the idea and charged annual membership?)

I will set up a site now.  Anyone in for $1,000 pa.  ;D

General Stock Discussion / Re: Shhhh! July not slow!
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:14 »
Best month ever due to SS, IS and StockXpert.  There is now a separate thread with July earnings so maybe all posts should now be in there??

General - Top Sites / Re: July 2007 Earnings breakdown
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:13 »
Copied from my Blog:

July was a best ever month for me thanks to great sales at shutterstock , istockphoto , StockXpert. The increase at shutterstock was expected as I have uploaded a number of new images there over the past two months and have really felt the benefit of the "new photo" effect. istockphoto was a supprise as it really took of this month for no apparent reason. This has happened before (in March) and wasn't sustained but hopefully it will be this time. All the other sites were a bit disappointing but the season pros were expecting the "normal July slow down" (caused by holidays in the US??) so maybe it was effected by this. August is quite a popular holiday time in Europe but hopefully there wont be an August slowdown as well as I have no Christmas shots to enjoy the Christmas rush which lots of people enjoy.

Sales are creaping back at Fotolia following the relaunch of its site. Sales dropped of considerably but in the second half of July, they were almost back to normal. They are still experiencing issues with there search engine so hopefully they will get this fixed shortly, or even better, the buyers find my photos at sites with a higher commission like StockXpert.

Below are percentages for the month to show how I have been going:

34% shutterstock BEM
12% dreamtime
5% Fotolia
23% istockphoto BEM
3% bigstockphoto
4% 123RF
16% StockXpert BEM
1% Featurepics
2% LuckyOliver

123RF / Re: 123RF Changes Subscription Royalty to Static 0.36
« on: August 01, 2007, 08:10 »
It is higher than under the dynamic model but I kind of liked the idea of sharing the spoils.


It looks to be about average for me.  Wait till tomorrow and i will do my monthly stats.

General - Top Sites / Re: How many images
« on: July 30, 2007, 08:11 »
So FT should be the biggest again next week?? Or at least the week after.

Are people still disputing their numbers or do they appear correct after the big drop that came with v2?

Adobe Stock / Re: Stats?
« on: July 30, 2007, 01:55 »
It is where it always was (what did they actually upgrade??) but my issues is that the stats dont always work.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: istock is dragging
« on: July 27, 2007, 08:31 »
Best month ever for istock this month (with a few days still to go).  I have uploaded a few more in the past 2 months so it will be interesting to see if it is a increase in sales/photo or just because I have increased my photos.

Microstock News / Re: Albumo 250$ question
« on: July 26, 2007, 07:12 »
it is really the $75 question as that is their payout limit.  As they have no sales so far (they haven't started marketing) I guess you have to find someone who has uploaded more than 1,500 photos to see if they have got payment.


The only cost to me is time to edit, keyword and upload.

Come on, you are not honest to yourself.

The times were the micros accepted 'normal' amateur pictures shoot strictly for fun are long over.  If you want to sell you have to think about appropriate subjects
About 99% of my photos were taken in the normal course of the day (while traveling).  Sure I wouldn't want some of my micro pictures in my travel album but other than swinging my camera up to my eye, it doesn't cost me.

If I did isolated or model shots, it might be different.

Microstock News / Re: Big H*cking News
« on: July 25, 2007, 11:41 »
I would expect the 100% day to be a week day - otherwise they will be seen as cheap!

Re uplaods, how will their system cope?  i assume that there are people who will choose to go exclusive and will use the opertunity to get their backlog up.

Microstock News / Re: What is your opinion on Albumo?
« on: July 25, 2007, 11:39 »
Longterm though, the 400 days does seem a bit long.  They have already "verballly" said they will only enforce this if you accept the upload bonus.  If they dont put that in writing then I see issues.

And anybody agreeing to something is writing that differs from what they are being told verbally is setting themselves up for an unpleasant surprise. Once you agree to the written terms as they are written, you are bound by them, no matter what anyone might tell you to disregard or try to explain away. It is what it says until it says something else and right now that condition is in no way linked to the upload bonus, affiliate bonus, or anything outside of your uploading your image for sale. period.

What I was trying to say was taht I am happy iwth the 400 days at the moment.  If I decide to upload any more, I will need to decide again but I would probably wait for a push on them to change their terms to a 3-6 month period.


I make a steady $300 a month with a very tiny portfolio.

Is this revenue or profit? Before deciding if you qualify for lord or serf you should at least know the difference.

Lets assume you are a newcomer with IStock today. What would it take to get to a portfolio that earns 300$/month? How much time shooting? How much time in front of your computer? What equipment would you need to buy or at least write off depreciation for? Putting all this together what would be your hourly wage?
  For the hobbiest, a lot of these costs are "sunk costs" so shouldn't be included in an "hourly wage" calculation.  I would have a computer, internet, camera and lens with out it. 

The only cost to me is time to edit, keyword and upload.  If it wasn't for these darn forums, my ourly rate would actually be quite good. 

As also pointed out, photos keep earning money.  To test this, I will go on holiday for the next 5 months.  Will my earnings stop like the starbucks worker?  I hope not, i will need the money to pay off at least some of my visa debts until I line up another full time job.

Im not crazy about the 20-40 percent that they give, but I wonder how much of the profits people make in other companies?

I have a friend who just co-wrote a book (IT text book).  It has a RRP of $59 though Amazon have about 20% off from day 1.  Their cut is ....... 75c each per book.

Microstock News / Re: What is your opinion on Albumo?
« on: July 25, 2007, 03:14 »
Member also forfeits the right to remove submitted and approved for sale Content for 400 days since the date of initial upload.

Enough said.
To trial a new site for any less than 1 year doesn't seem worth it.  It will take them a few months to even start marketing. 

Longterm though, the 400 days does seem a bit long.  They have already "verballly" said they will only enforce this if you accept the upload bonus.  If they dont put that in writing then I see issues.

I have no issues with a lock in period of 3-6 months (as long as you can pull single images off for special reasons).

Microstock News / Re: What is your opinion on Albumo?
« on: July 24, 2007, 09:37 »
I cant get in today either.  I assume they are having issues.

Microstock News / Re: What is your opinion on Albumo?
« on: July 23, 2007, 11:21 »
they are doing everything that Snapvillage should have done but didn't.

Rumour has it they have over 100k images already and will be advertising to buyers once they hit the 200k images.  There are only 33 100 club memebers so far so I assume that offer will be on the table for a bit longer (though there are a few just below 1000 as there seems to be a slow up in the normally quick review turnaround.

We will see how they go once they start marketing, until then, you cant complian about no sales.

Microstock News / Re: Big H*cking News
« on: July 23, 2007, 06:55 »
I agree with some of Travellers thoughts and others thoughts.

IMHO - iStock is worried about competition.  Fi they can get exclusives, they have a unique marketing point that the other sties dont have.  By having exclusives, they also weild some control - surey you can put out with 30 days notice but to uplaod all my photos to all the sites again would be a nightmare (more rejections due to increasing standards?).

So by having exlcusives, they have power of the buyers as well as the sellers.

Say NO to exclusive (unless it is want you want to do and you go in knowing what you are going into as I am sure out lawyer friend Yingyang is).

so how many are active?  Out of the 2m and the 38K?

Istock has been around a while so no doubt there has been a lot of churn - even if it is just people move jobs and starting a new account.

I have reserved my name and uploaded 1 photo to SV.

I am  now aiting to see what they will be offering.  Currenlty no incentive to join, in fact with no FTP and no IPTC, there is actually a disincentive.

Microstock News / Re: Big H*cking News
« on: July 21, 2007, 02:57 »
They have lowered the Bronze level in the hope of enticing people to go exclusive earlier. It is pretty obvious what they are trying to do.  I think they are concerned about the competition they are getting so are trying to close up shop so they are offering lots of incentives.

Has anyone worked out the pricing change?  Any changes for Photog or just illistrators and filmers.

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