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General - Top Sites / Which Of The Big 6 Allow Editorial?
« on: May 10, 2009, 03:23 »
From what I understand, DT, BS, and SS do allow editorial and FT, StockXpert, and iStock don't. Is this correct?

I have read various MS forums and blogs and each one lists the top 6 MS sites in different order.

I would place the top 4 as iStock, Fotolia, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime. As for the next 2 slots I thought the first one should be StockXpert, but I have put up so many images with minimal results so I think StockXpert is not really in the running anymore. Since most of my sales are coming from the top 4 sites I am thinking of adding 2 more possible sites.

Yuri has been writing recently about Can Stock and I have heard some good things about Big Stock. But neither of these are listed in the top 6 on this forum. Instead you have StockXpert and 123RF in the top 6. As I said, I have not had good results from StockXpert and I have heard 123RF is not really worth the time.

I would appreciate some good feedback on what other 2 sites you would contribute to if you were already contributiing to the top 4.

Many thanks...

Shutterstock.com / EL Images on Shutterstock?
« on: May 07, 2009, 14:24 »
I was wondering if it possible to specify which images you want to offer with an EL license and which ones you don't like you can do on some of the other sites like DT, Fotolia, and iStock for example? Seems you can either offer (or not) the option on your whole portfolio and that is all. Bummer...

StockXpert.com / New Submission Limits
« on: May 07, 2009, 14:18 »
All of a sudden I am only allowed 25 uploads a day as opposed to 50 just a few weeks ago. I don't have a bad acceptance ratio and in fact I haven't even submitted anything to them in a couple, few weeks. Has something changed or am I missing something?


Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock Questions
« on: April 20, 2009, 20:38 »
I have a couple more questions on ST please:

1 - Is the 25-A-Day reconciliation info under Download Stats on the ST site an all time running total of the number of downloads since day 1 or is it done on a monthly basis?

2 - I head heard that subscription buyers often peruse the most recently uploaded images on SS and buy from there. But I went to the photo buyers end of the site and didn't see a way to search for the most recently uploaded pictures. So how are the buyers able to search for new pictures in this way I am wondering.

Many thanks...   

Adobe Stock / Editorial On Fotllia?
« on: April 18, 2009, 00:48 »
Is it possible to post Editorial images on Fotolia? I don't see any place to mark a photo as editorial in the submission area. I put a note in the note to editor and the image was rejected saying it needs a model release. What to do please?

Shutterstock.com / Shuterstock Pay Scale? I'm Confused...
« on: April 18, 2009, 00:47 »
I am a bit confused on the current payscale for contributors.

On the contributor's main login page it says this:

"...Once you reach $500 in earnings, your commission goes up to 30 cents per download."

And in the FAQ it says this:

"...After earning a total of $500, your rate increases to $.33 per download. Once you surpass a total lifetime earnings of $3,000, your rate will increase to $.36 per download, and after you reach $10,000 in lifetime earnings, your rate will increase to $.38 per download."

So there is conflicting information on the ST web site and I am wondering if the rate increases to $.33 or $.30 after $500 in earnings?


General - Top Sites / Sales on Shutterstock vs. Fotolia
« on: April 08, 2009, 23:56 »
I have been doing MS for about a month now and have about 280 pictures up on Shutterstock and about 225 on Fotolia. Both sets of pictures are nearly the same, but of course they vary a bit since some seem to get approved on some sites and not on others and vice versa.

What I found though is that my sales on Shutterstock are about 10 times what they are on Fotolia with the same pictures. I realize I have about 15% more pictrures on Shutterstock, but still it seems like a huge discrepancy. At first I was thinking it is because of the subscription issue and generally low pricing on Shutterstock, but I see Fotolia is offering cheap subscriptions now too. I am also starting to get more "On Demand" sales on Shutterstock, so it is not all just subscription sales on Shutterstock.

I would be interested to hear if other's experience and observations between these 2 sites has been the same and what the possible reasons are as to why sales on one is much greater than on the other since they both are about the same size in terms of market penetration. I also wonder if this issue might have something to do with key wording order on Fotolia in any way?

Thanks to all...

Hello all.

I am fairly new to Microstock and brand new to this forum, so please bear with me here if this question has been posted before.

I recently started uploading to StockXpert via FTP and I am having trouble with them reviewing images and then rejecting them on the basis of the mdoel release being missing when in fact I don't even get a chance to attach the model release before they review my pictures.

Basically this is what I am doing:

1 - Upload the images via FTP with all the keywords, title, and description already embedded in the file's ITPC data.
2 - Transfer the files over to a new folder from the SPX briefcase once they are uploaded.
3 - Then start adding categories and model releases.

My question I guess is how do you avoid them reviewing images before they are ready to submit?

I use a number of other sites too and never have this problem on any of them since you actually have to submit the image before it gets reviewed. But it seems on StockXpert the image gets submitted as soon as you move it from the StockXpert Briefcase over to an editable folder.

I also tried sending a message to their support people and got nothing back. All the other sites are so responsive to contributor inquiries and most also have support telephone numbers where you can call to talk to someone live. It seems StockXpert does not have a contact number and their support is pretty bad.

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