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1 / changes to the referral program
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:52 »
Why does one after another agencies have to make this change to the referral program?  >:(

email quote from Mostphotos
Dear Member,
You are one of our valued members who have referred other members to Mostphotos!
We are now updating some of the terms of our referral program. As you have been referring members, we wanted to inform you of the change.
Effective as of November 28th 2014 we are going to update the payout terms so that referral income will be accrued for the first 24 months after a referred member is registered on Mostphotos. The update will affect members you have referred in the past as well as those that you refer in the future.
You will continue to receive 10% of what your referred contributor earns per sold image and 5% of what your referred buyer pays for every image they buy.
Let us know if you have any questions.
Thank you!

Mostphotos TEAM

General Stock Discussion / August 2014 earning results
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:34 »
August was for me 21% weaker then July, but 35% stronger then last year August. My best four were: Shutterstock, DepositPhotosm, Zazzle, Zoonar

List of all the agencies I work with:
Blog Post:

(This statistic includes referral earnings)

General Stock Discussion / Earnings July 2014
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:02 »
July really surprised me this time. Normally it is not a good month, but this time it was one of my best months. July had an increase of 23% compared to June and a 30% increase compared to July 2013. My best four agencies were: Shutterstock, DepositPhotos, Zazzle, iStockPhoto

List of agencies I work with:
Blog Post:

(this statistic includes referral income)

4 / Bigstock has a deal with Zazzle?
« on: July 10, 2013, 15:04 »
From the Zazzle blog it looks like Zazzle made a deal with Bigstock.

How much does a contributor get for each sale?

New Sites - General / SignElements Images awaiting approval
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:50 »
How long does it usually take at SignElements for the images to go through the approval queue?

General Stock Discussion / Oseeris - Stock Images Search
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:48 »
Just came across this search engine for stock photography Anyone heard of them before?

General Stock Discussion / stolen images by
« on: March 08, 2012, 10:56 »
Looks like they use stolen images or grab the images with a search right of different sites.

Put your user name or real name in the search on the bottom right. It comes up with a mixture of stuff from your websites.

Print on Demand Forum / New Blog: Amazing Zazzle
« on: February 12, 2012, 15:57 »
Part of making money at Zazzle is to promote you store and to create referrals. My newest creation for this is my new blog "Amazing Zazzle"

Please take a look. Let me know if you find any errors. Something missing? What is bad or good?

General Stock Discussion / Contributor Ranking Lists
« on: November 25, 2011, 12:50 »
I just saw in another topic that AttilaTheNun mentioned the DT Ranking list. So I thought it would be fun to list them all. Lets start the list. Please add the links that you know:

iStock Ranking
Dreamstime Ranking

New Sites - General / Photokore
« on: November 22, 2011, 11:17 »
Photokore has only come up a couple of time here at the forum. What makes this new agency interesting is that they are dedicated to the Asian market. I think this is something many here are waiting for, an agency that will try open the Asian market to contributors with English titles, descriptions, and keywords.

The submitting process is fast and easy via FTP. Some more info:

Minimum Payout:    $100
Payout:    request
Editorial:    no
Images:    yes
Vectors:    yes
Footage:    no
Audio:    no
Minimum Res.:    6MP
Licenses:    RF
Compensation:    20% - 40%
Pricing:    $2 - $40
Referral Program:    yes
Upload methods:    HTML, FTP
Currencies:    US$, JPY, KRY, CNY
Languages:    Full site in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese;
Landing Pages in Arabic, Filipino, Hindi, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese
Headquarters:    Seoul, Korea

My referral link:

edit 11/22/2011 9:39pm: update pricing and Landing Pages.

Microstock News / New Website: Stock Photography News
« on: October 13, 2011, 09:38 »
My new creation is Stock Photography News ( ). It went online at the end of September, and I think it is now good enough for me to present it here. But I am still working on it.

It pulls headline news from different stock photography blogs to make it easier to scan the information. You can then just pick what you like to read. I broke it down into different section: Microstock Blogs, Microtock Agencies, Microstock Forums, Stock Photographer Blogs, Stock Photography Agencies Blogs, Photography Magazines, Photography Blogs, Twitter Newspapers, and Links.

Hope you all will get use out of it.

GDUSA Reader Survey Reveals Strong Support for President Obama, a Belief That Old Age Begins as Early as Age 45 and Continued Growth in the Use of Stock Imagery Among Designers
You can read the full article at

iStockphoto is the favorite/go-to microstock agency

    50% of designers who have a preference use iStock

Designers use a mix of rights managed and royalty free images

    Rights managed 32%
    Royalty free 93%

Designers spend more total dollars on royalty free images

    Rights managed 6%
    Royalty free 81%
    About the same 13%

Designers use multiple stock sites

    Use only one 11%
    Use 2-3 47%
    Use 4-9 31%
    Use 10 or more 11%

Top 5 categories of images used most often

    Food and Beverage

Publications doing the best job at extending print design to online platforms

    Martha Stewart
    New York Times
    National Geographic

Believe ageism begins to manifest itself in the design agency business

    At age 55 and up 26%
    At age 50 34%
    At age 45 30%

Off Topic /
« on: January 25, 2011, 23:56 »
Some of you may already know the site I created today five new newspapers:

Not sure if it will help me to drive traffic to my sites. But you don't have to do much after you setup a newspaper, and it makes the twitter information much more pleasant to read. Hope you will find my creations useful.

Off Topic / iPhone update to OS4
« on: June 28, 2010, 14:02 »
Here a tip for those of you that have problems updating your iPhone to OS 4:

If your backup of the iPhone takes more then 2 hours when trying to upgrade or even stop with an error message, then you could try this:

- deactivate in iTunes on your iPhone devise most off your apps
- deactivate in iTunes on your iPhone devise all your playlist and song to synchronize
- deactivate in iTunes on your iPhone devise sync to your photos
- click apply (bottom right) and sync
- disconnect you iPhone the normal way
- reconnect you iPhone and run the upgrade to OS 4
- activate in iTunes on your iPhone devise most off your apps
- activate in iTunes on your iPhone devise all your playlist and song to synchronize
- activate in iTunes on your iPhone devise sync to your photos
- sync you iPhone again with iTune

The only problem with this is that you have to rearrange all your icons again. Don't forget that you can build folders now.

This is just a tip. It probably doesn't work for everyone. And you do that on your own risk. But it worked for me.

Off Topic / Photo Infos iPhone App
« on: June 16, 2010, 14:26 »
For the longest time I wanted to create an iPhone app, and I finally did. A couple of tries, and it was approved by Apple. It is free, and if you like to try it out here is the link to the iTunes page:

More info about it:

Yes, it is not perfect, but it was a fun little project. Hopefully the tool I use is been updated soon, and I can make it a little more stable.

General Stock Discussion /
« on: May 17, 2010, 16:07 » is an effort by Getty Images and others to create an better understanding of copyrights and stock image licensing for image users.

Full press release at

Stumbled across Google Trends and thought it was fun to look at:

BTW these are search terms/keyword trends not traffic statistics.

Press Release

Microstock Infos: Shotshop - Berlin Based Royalty-Free Stock Agency Goes International presents its stock photography collection in a brand new design and introduces a powerful, cutting-edge similarity search.

BERLIN, GERMANY, April 09, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Royalty-free stock agency is the new player on the international stock photography market. The young, independent Berlin-based agency is now available to customers from all over the world with their new website relaunched in mid-March. quickly developed from an insider's tip to a well established part of the German-speaking market. With their high quality standards and fresh concepts, Shotshop is already a favourite agency for many advertisement agencies, publishers and companies when it comes to image research. "We are glad to offer Shotshop's services to customers worldwide now!", says Stephan Krmer, Creative Director of Shotshop GmbH.

"Customers want to find images, not search for them", Stephan Krmer is sure of. "Customers are tired of bad search results and masses of images. Long and complicated search procedures are of course a money and time issue." Easy operating functions and the aim to design the whole procedure of buying stock images as convenient as possible have always been part of Shotshop's business strategy. A unique search algorithm guarantees exact search results. Combined with editorial image recommendations, advanced search options, drag and drop functions and a similarity search, Shotshop offers a maximum of convenience during image research.

"Our new website uses one of the most powerful, cutting-edge similarity searches on the market, vSearch by pixolution," Stephan Krmer is proud to announce. "Our customers are now able to search intuitively for similar images and directly for certain colour schemes."

Besides their high technical standards, Shotshop has always focused on a high quality. Since their foundation, the agency wanted quality instead of quantity, unlike competitors in their price segment. Only images that meet the high Shotshop standards go into their stock. "Our editorial effort may be higher than in other agencies, but we are certain that it is worth it," explains Stephan Krmer. Shotshop's Money-Back Guarantee is the best assurance of the image quality they offer.

When it comes to pricing, the makers of Shotshop also wanted transparancy and convenience. The Standard Licence for an image with maximum resolution is available from 40 Dollar. There is also an extralarge XXL-Web Licence for only 15 Dollar. Licenced images may be used unlimited and as long as costumers like. A Bonus Programme allows frequent customers to collect points and get discounts up to 20% with the Silver- or GoldCards.

The "WANTED Collection" surprises with unusual and stylish images, proofing Shotshop's individually maintained image archive and agency style. "WANTED is an editor's choice where our editors pick their favourite images. Always original, subjective and off mainstream." promises Stephan Krmer. "Perfect for all who look for the extraordinary."

About Shotshop
Shotshop GmbH was founded in Berlin in 2006. The diverse portfolio of this young, independent agency includes People, Lifestyle, Business, Wellness, Food, Stills, Architecture und Nature. Customers may search the image archive on and purchase lincenses. Images can be purchased directly in the online shop and are available within minutes. There is no Credit system.

New Sites - General / The Out For ThePhotoStorage
« on: March 17, 2010, 15:03 »
Looks like ThePhotoStorage has closed their doors.

General Stock Discussion / Agency Statistic Info
« on: February 19, 2010, 15:44 »
I added to my agency list a statistic / web-info column that has links to the agencies information at Alexa, Compete, Domaintools, and Quarkbase.

Off Topic / Family Guy Is Helping Haiti
« on: February 08, 2010, 19:49 »
Some of you probably like Family Guy and also live in the Los Angeles area. FAmily Guy is doing a special charity event for Haiti on February 12.

DepositPhotos / DepositPhotos affiliate program
« on: January 12, 2010, 17:15 »
As most probably already now, DepositPhotos has the Promo to pay $0.20 for each accepted image up to $100. Now they also have an affiliate program. Here my referral link if anyone is interested:

Commissions for attracting Photographers:
- $0.05 for each original photo your referral uploads for sale up to 1000 images
- $0.03 for each sale that your referral makes through a subscription

Commissions for attracting Buyers:
- 15% commission for each Pay-By-Credit purchase your referral makes
- You get the percent shown for each Subscription Plan purchased by your referral
  ( 10% - 1 month, 8% - 3 months, 6% - 6 months, 4% - 12 months )   
- You earn the amount shown for each SMS package purchased by your referral
  ( $0.05 - SMS1, $0.10 - SMS2, $0.15 - SMS3, $0.20 - SMS4 )

- $10 for placing a banner ad on your site (minimum three month)

General Photography Discussion / FotoTV
« on: November 29, 2009, 11:31 »
I just came across FotoTV through a press release, because the won the German IPTV Award


FotoTV is providing an online learning resource for photographers based on the principle of learn by watching the experts. Photography is a visual medium and so it made sense to combine the reach of the internet with the visual impact of videos.

Off Topic / Who know more about NetwrokedBlogs on facebook?
« on: November 20, 2009, 16:06 »
Who know more about NetwrokedBlogs on facebook?

It is Blog Directory, but it uses a connection to your facebook account. Does it drive traffic to your blog?

Off Topic / how much for an add?
« on: October 17, 2009, 15:41 »
An art supply company would like to place an add on my website and likes to pay for it. Any idea how much I should ask for?

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