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1 / Re: Anyone get paid from SS yet?
« on: February 16, 2021, 02:55 »
My tax form expired on January 2021 too. There was no reminders from SS about that. Maybe it is payment bug related with tax form.

General Stock Discussion / September earnings
« on: October 01, 2019, 10:15 »
Decided to share my experience on earning changes. Please share yours! Mostly interested in video sales.
This September is best month on 2019 but my income averages dropping down since 2017.
Graph of changes since start in 2011 and comparison table for this September (top3 agencies (170$+)) in attachments.
It is sad that my income going down because few years ago i almost started it as full time work.
Im shooting only video now.

General Stock Discussion / Re: December Earnings
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:34 »
my numbers was going down extremely fast this year..
This December is worst month since January of 2015..
Overal average of 2018 is down by 17% compared to 2017.
Here is my top 5 (30$+) in December compared with December/average of 2017 year:
1.   Shutterstock   -52%/-46%
2.   Pond5          +64%/-19%
3.   Fotolia        -82%/-76%
4.   Depositphotos  +23%/-26%
5.   Envato         -35%/-40%

At the end you can see my income changes visualization since 2012 to 2018 year and
Top agencies (160$+) income comparison 2017 vs 2018 year in percentage.

It's time to start working and uploading again :)

General Stock Discussion / Re: November Sales
« on: December 02, 2018, 03:01 »
i was working on my new house for about one year and have no time to work on my videos. I was uploading only ~60 files monthly from my old archives. This year is first time then my sales go down(~20%) compared to last year.
This November is second worst month and worst month on Shutterstock this year for me. 30% down compared to 2017 year November.
It's second time when Pond5 leave Shutterstock on second place.
Here is my top 4 (60$+) compared with November/average of 2017 year:
1.   Pond5         +2% /+19%
2.   Shutterstock -52% /-49%
3.   Fotolia        +50% /+29%
4.   Storyblocks  -20% /-71%

The new membership collection with about 400 members will be launching on Feb 15th. Got list of my selected files.
Here is some answers to my questions from P5:
I didn't see exact information what percentage i'll earn joining your membership program. How my revenue will be calculated?
Whatever Membership revenue is gathered by Pond5 in a given pay period (from selling Memberships) is first split 50/50.  Then the remaining amount is distributed among the participating Artists based on downloads.  If you received 10% of the Membership downloads that month, for example, you'd receive 10% of that revenue pot.
Is there any statistics about membership program influence for contributor income after joining it?
Yes, we have been running Membership for two years now with about 200 Artists.  We have seen zero evidence of any cannibalization of the regular sales.  We've been watching very closely as we don't want to see that happen, so it should only be positive for you.
How many members participate in this program?
Currently about 200 video artists, raising to about 400
Can i opt-out at any time?
Yes, but we need 90 days notice of opt-out to remove the content
Can you pre-select more my clips to membership collection without notice?
No, we will always notify you.  And remember that anything in the membership is also available in the marketplace for non-members.
How i can see downloads and other statistics of these clips?
Right now we have not built a reporting mechanism on the site.  But any time you email our Support team ([email protected]) they can give you a list of your membership downloads.  Any royalties you make in the program will go straight to your preferred payment method on a monthly basis starting with the March payout.

I think i'll give it a try.
Still interested in opinions of already participating members!

Almost two years passed after membership program launch.
Yesterday i received letter from Pond5 that ~2000 of my files was chosen for this program.

Selected files:
- Is over 3 years old
- Has never sold in the Marketplace
- Is priced under $100

How you sales and income changed after you joined this membership program?
I got ~10% income grow on P5 last year compared with 2016 without participating in this program.
Please share your experience.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Earnings in November
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:37 »
This November is worst month this year. 19% down compared to last year November.                  
Shutterstock is most stable and stay on top. Pond5 earnings rising but Storyblocks and Fotolia falling down.

Here is my top 4 (50$+) compared with November/average of 2016 year:                  
1.   Shutterstock        0%/12%
2.   Pond5             24%/28%
3.   Fotolia            -27%/-11%
4.   Storyblocks         -50%/-68%

General Stock Discussion / Re: September Sales
« on: October 06, 2017, 09:53 »
This September is almost equal to average and September of 2016.
47% of earnings on Shutterstock after few worse months.
Here is my top 6 (50$+) compared with September/average of 2016 year:

1. Shutterstock    -3%/ +29%
2. Pond5         +41%/ +23%
3. Videoblocks     -33%/ -53%
4. Fotolia/Adobe  +34%/ +10%
5. Envato         -27%/ -33%
6. Dreamstime    +117%/ +90%

General Stock Discussion / Re: AUGUST SALES
« on: September 01, 2017, 00:09 »
This is my best August ever but worst month this year.
Shutterstock back to 1st place and P5 to 2. Good month on Adobe.
This summer is +15% compared to last summer.
Here is my top 5 (40$+) compared with August/average of 2016 year:
1. Shutterstock    +24%/  +1%
2. Pond5            +7%/  -2%
3. Fotolia/Adobe  +407%/ +60%
4. Videoblocks     -38%/ -20%
5. 123rf             -55%/ -21%

General Stock Discussion / Re: SEPTEMBER SALES
« on: August 31, 2017, 13:10 »
I think this September will be my BME  ;D

VideoBlocks / Re: 4K sales
« on: August 26, 2017, 03:40 »
I've had 4 4K video sales on Videoblocks.
Pond5 sell my 4K best because of various pricing.
Shutterstock sell 4K sometimes too. How you understand its 4K sale or some extended license?

I think we need to wait few years for more 4K sales.  I hope 4K won't be temporary video format and televisions switch to it worldwide.

General Stock Discussion / Re: JULY SALES
« on: August 02, 2017, 08:06 »
This July is my worst month this year but +24% compared to last year July.
Pond5 beat up Shutterstock first time ever!
Here is my top 7 (50$+) compared with July/average of 2016 year:

1. Pond5        +156%/ +23%
2. Shutterstock   -23%/ -41%
3. Fotolia/Adobe   +3%/  -4%
4. Videoblocks     +46%/ -53%
5. Dreamstime    +131%/+153%
6. 123rf       +358%/  +4%
7. Depositphotos  -15%/ +72%

14 / Re: HOW WAS JUNE?
« on: August 02, 2017, 07:36 »
This June was almost same as last year in overall earnings.
Here is my top 5 compared with June/average of 2016:
1. Shutterstock    +11%/ -1%
2. Pond5          -3%/+60%
3. Videoblocks      -33%/ -4%
4. Fotolia/Adobe    +4%/-18%
5. Depositphotos   +62%/+53%

General - Top Sites / Re: Thoughs On 4K Video For Stock
« on: May 05, 2017, 04:45 »
I didnt think there is way back without looosing quality at all. PRORES is one and only option to export to 10 bit?

General - Top Sites / Re: Thoughs On 4K Video For Stock
« on: May 05, 2017, 04:32 »
I get bitrate about 20 Mb/s higher after rendering. I didnt try PRORES but at first look i get same result with PHOTO JPEG.

General - Top Sites / Re: Thoughs On 4K Video For Stock
« on: May 05, 2017, 04:12 »
I started uploading 4K in 2016. First i was uploading files converted to PHOTO JPEG but they take about 4x more space than native camera H264 files.
So later i started to export them to same XAVC H264 as my camera codec. There is no reason to export my files to PHOTO JPEG or PRORES and blow up my files without quality increase.
I cant see any difference if i color grade and render videos in PHOTO JPEG or in H264.

General Stock Discussion / Re: How was your April?
« on: May 05, 2017, 02:30 »
After almost BME in March, April was -3% compared to average of 2016.
All my comparisons made with averages of 2016. Sorted by earnings on April.
1. Shutterstock    -1% (after BME in March)
2. Pond5         +21% (BME since June of 2016)
3. Fotolia          +15%
4. 123rf         +172% (#2 of all time)
5. deposit         +42%
6. Videoblocks      -84% (WME with only 1 sale)

Last three years i work only on videos.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Adobe stock
« on: April 07, 2017, 12:52 »
I expected big sales grow up in Fotolia after Adobe bought it but i was wrong.
There is little increase of earnings average but February was my worst month in last 3 years.
Fotolia/Adobe made only 11% of my all time earnings. It takes #4 on my top earners list.
Maybe it is not best place to sell videos.

General Stock Discussion / Re: How is your March?
« on: April 06, 2017, 12:55 »
This March is NR 2 of all time.
1. Shutterstock BME with +70%
2. Pond5 +11%
3. Depositphotos +549%
4. Fotolia/Adobe +25%
5. Videoblocks -36%

I compared March with average of 2016 year.
Shutterstock made 45% of March and 54% of all time earnings.
Last three years i work only on videos.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Sales stopped at Videoblocks?
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:39 »
I'm very happy with Videoblocks this year. Sales are more than double compared to VB average of 2016.

General - Stock Video / Re: How was your January?
« on: February 02, 2017, 03:10 »
January was always my worst month of year. This January is my #3 best month ever!
I got BME on 123rf and PIXTA. #2 result on Videoblocks.
I'm working only on videos and uploading almost every day last years.

23 / Re: Wrong earnings
« on: November 28, 2016, 10:58 »
Too good to be true.. :)

123RF / Re: Sales
« on: November 10, 2016, 06:25 »
This year average seems almost same as 2015 but this year is more unstable.
BME on August.
WME on October since 2013.

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