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DepositPhotos / New images - views and sales
« on: September 23, 2019, 09:40 »
I have uploaded lately many new images. I have a total of 5,235 images online.
Most of the sales are from older images.

Most of my newer images have very low views and sales. All keywording is done properly, as I also sell on other sites.

Why is that?
How can it be changed?
What is your experience?

General Stock Discussion / Microstock Keyword Tool problems
« on: September 17, 2019, 02:54 »
For some years I am using the Microstock Keyword Tool of the site here with great success and no problems.

Lately there is a big problem!

As far as I know the tool is based on the Shutterstock site and takes the results from there.
When I make a search of a specific word (in this case - coffee) the results are very few. Searching directly Shutterstock give way much more results and VERY different!
See the attached pictures.

Why is this?
Am I doing something wrong?
Am I the only one experiencing this?
Can anybody recommend any other online Kewords Tool that works properly?

General Stock Discussion / Microstock Keyword Tool - problem
« on: November 02, 2018, 04:59 »
I am using the Microstock Keyword Tool almost on a daily base.
Today - it does not work!
When entering a search term and clicking to get a result - you get just large thumbnails of images.
You cannot choose any to generate keywords.
Any idea why is this problem how and when to solve it?

Yaymicro / YAY - very strange - do they close down?
« on: June 30, 2016, 11:07 »
Some time ago I wrote to YAY the following -

7 months without even ONE image sale???
Out of portfolio of 4162 images.
Does it seem normal???

It took them a long time to answer -

I believe your portfolio has been hit by the transition to yayimages. A lot of (most of) our sales come from people buying an image after finding it on Google Images. After we transitioned into, Google has only indexed about 1/4 of the images - and from what I can see, not your portfolio. In addition your portfolio has a bit too low boost, which is the rate the search algorithm gives results from. I can see if I can get an approver to look into your portfolio and see if you deserve a higher boost. Sometimes we change these things manually.

I understand your confusion, and you have done nothing wrong. Two years ago we decided to switch from yaymicro to YAY Images as our customer portal in order to switch to a subscription model. All images (almost) from yaymicro are available on YAY Images, and YAY Images is the only website we run where customers can buy images. We have not yet made a new photographer website, so images must still be uploaded to yaymicro - from where they'll automatically appear on YAY Images. Therefore photographers don't need a login to YAY Images. Any sales will show up on your yaymicro account.

So, to answer your first questions:
1.Do I have to register to the new web site? No.
2.Do I have to opt-in? If yes' how? Nope. It's already done.
3.Is there anything I should do (what?) or should I leave things as they are and you will move all my content to the new web site? Nope.

In regards to sales, I can't say anymore than I've already done. You've been hit hard by the transition, but hopefully sales will pick up over the coming months as Google is hard at work indexing our images now. Therefore, I can only advice you to have a little more patience and I'm confident sales will pick up over the next few months.

Here is my reply -

Still some things are not clear to me.

1.What does it mean - "You've been hit hard by the transition"... - By checking my images I can see that in YAY Micro I have a total of 4223 images - while in the new site I have 3893 images - this is less 10% - so what do you mean by saying - HIT HARD?

2.What does it mean that Google is indexing images? How customers in the new web site search for images? Is it by using Google Images or is it by using the site search engine?

3.What about your offer to promote my images in your social media?

4.I do not understand how in the old model or web site I managed to make sales and almost nothing in the new web site?

I would look in some Microstock related forums what other contributors are saying about the new web site.

Here is the reply -

1. I didn't mean the number of images. Most of your images are on as well, except the editorial images. I mean that your images are not indexed in Google Images on That means that customers searching for images on Google Images will not find your images, which is a significant loss in traffic.

2. Most of our new customers come from Google Images, and a lot of them buy a small amount of images that they've found on Google Images. Since all images have not been indexed by Google (including yours), it means that you are missing out on these customers. Previously registered customers will of course search the website directly, so that's the only chance you have of getting sales.

3. I'll remind Irina about this. She's responsible for that.

4. Again: Your images on yaymicro was indexed and mostly found through Google.

I have to admit that I am confused!
Are you also confused?
Any comments?
Should I keep uploading to them or not?
I mean - thousands of images and no sales for 8 months!!!

5 / Rude Microstock web site
« on: June 30, 2016, 10:55 »
For some years I had a contributor account with Stockphotomedi - sales were VERY low.

About a month ago I wrote to them asking about performance.

Here is the correspondence  -

I simply cannot understand why a contributor should wait SO LONG for an answer from you!!!????

I wrote to you both directly and both via the web site, almost 3 week ago and NEVER had an answer!
Here is the message again -

I wrote to you but never had an answer. My porfolio is almost 5000 images. My last sale was 7 months ago!
How come?
Any idea why???

Well - finally I had a refund from PayPal paying what I had there (9 EURO) and when I try to log in - I cannot.

My conclusion is very simple - they have deleted my account!
Still no reply to my messages!


General Stock Discussion / Selling in art web sites
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:00 »
I an attempt to increase my sales I have registered and uploaded images to
Fine Art America
Until now - no sales at all.
What is your experience and opinion about these sites?
Are there recommendation to other sites that sell art-digital art?

I am selling my stock images in the following sites -
Shutterstock, iStock. Fotolia, Dreamstime, Big Stock, Depositphotos, Can Stock, 123RF, YAY and Stockphoto Media.
Sales in most of them are quite steady.

Depositphotos is quite new to me and is doing very well - beyond what I expected.

In iStock there is a HUGE drop in sales! Do you experience the same? Any idea why?

Beyond this - I am looking for new Microstock sites in order to increase my sales.
Any suggestions?

8 / Sales
« on: December 21, 2014, 04:43 »
In the last week I had no sales at all. Does anybody experience the same? Does anybody have any idea why is this?

General Stock Discussion / Increasing my sales
« on: September 18, 2013, 12:43 »
I am selling my images in 10 Microstock web sites - Shutterstock, Big Stock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, iStockphoto, Stock Photo Media, 123 RF, Can Stock Photo, YAY and Depositphotos. I mange to get several hundred US Dollars from them.
I have set goal for myself to be able to make 1000 Dollars a month by the end of 2014.
What other web sites will recommend to join?

I also wonder about other sites which are more of art or artistic - such as - Redbubble, Zenfolio, Smumug, Photo Shelter etc. - what are your opinions about these sites? Can one make money out of them and are are the recommended among them?

10 / Sales in iStock
« on: February 13, 2012, 01:28 »
My sales in iStock went down VERY much - almost standstill - any idea why? How about you? I refused to be exclusive there or in any other site.

Site Related / Panther Media experience
« on: February 22, 2011, 00:43 »
What is your experience with Panther Media regarding sales, ease of use etc.

General Stock Discussion / Uploading to new Microstock sites
« on: April 10, 2009, 05:53 »
I am contributing now to the following sites: Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Bigstock, 123RF,Dreamstime, Stocxpert, Snap Village, Crestock, Featurepictures and Stock Photo Media.
I am considering to start uploading to some more agencies (Panthermedia, Pixmac etc.).
Is it a good idea?
Any ideas who are the better agencies?
What is others experience?

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