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Shutterstock.com / everything rejected today
« on: November 02, 2017, 18:51 »
Yesterday no rejections. Today everything is rejected for some sort of keyword problem. Might as well stop and come back tomorrow.

Why doesn't SS allow you to fix keywords or titles for rejected images?

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iStockPhoto.com / watermark
« on: May 30, 2016, 22:22 »
You may have discussed this topic elsewhere. istock has no watermarks on small search previews. Did they do this to get around google image search restrictions? Does anyone know when they started generally showing previews with no watermarks?

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When will we see Stocksy get out of the low earners section?

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iStockPhoto.com / Vector Flood
« on: March 10, 2016, 23:21 »
I've been inspecting the vector section of istock and have noticed several artists with 10,000, 20,000 and even 67,000 images most of which seem to have been uploaded within the last year.

In the past we got rejections for similar images, low detail, too simple, or the inspector just didn't like it but now it's like a flood of very simple images. Two of the artists I checked out have the surname of Wang which could be a real person or could represent a graphics factory. The artists are not doing anything wrong but it doesn't bode well for vector artists that take time to do high quality pieces because they will rarely be viewed.

I guess with the subs istock is keen for this type of art flood.

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Off Topic / Government - Let's all work together
« on: February 22, 2016, 20:57 »
I was watching TV this morning, in Australia, and I had to endure another Government advertisement about how we all need to "work together". Almost every Government advert during the last ten years has the byline, "Let's all work together".

I must be the wrong sort of person for this society because this ad doesn't appeal to me at all. I feel like it is mathematically impossible for me to financially uphold every other person in our society. I would rather a firewall from society, as in the Gov gets 25% and no more. At least then I can plan and work towards the wellbeing of my family and those I care about rather than being lumped with the burden of millions of people.

They already take around 50% of the average persons wage, by the time you aggregate all taxes, which leaves little after paying for your living expenses, and it's never enough. The average wage in Australia is $75K and the cost to fund the federal budget this year is $39K per working person. In 2013, 16.5% of the working population worked for some level of Government and I don't think this figure includes people whose jobs are supported by businesses that win Government contracts.

Neither party seems to want to pull back on public spending. The red party wants more and the blue party wants slightly less but still will not consider drastic cuts to public spending. All media coverage is about how can we get more taxes out of people because 'we're' running out of money! Let's up the GST ! Let's tax super concessions! How about, let's cut public spending and let people accrue some capital so they can take care of themselves and their families?

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iStockPhoto.com / Subs creeping up
« on: April 14, 2015, 00:07 »
I took a look at my stats history today. Starting in April last year subs were a very small part of my monthly sales but they increased each month and for the last three months they are now around 60% of total sales. Subs are increasing but they only represent around 10% of my income. I'm being swallowed by the new subs system.

In April 2014 subs were 1.4% of sales and 0.11% of income. The graph climbs from there up to over 60%. For March subs are 64% of total sales and they are only 10.29% of income.

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General - Top Sites / The choice of Shutterstock
« on: June 26, 2014, 23:56 »
I had opportunity to thumb through several versions of the Choice magazine this week. The vast majority of images were credited to Shutterstock. Choice is a magazine that specializes in testing and evaluating consumer products and rating them so that the general public can determine which is best.

Choice has decided that Shutterstock is the best. They have a subscription model which suits volume buyers and enough images to suit any article.

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iStockPhoto.com / No Getty Sales
« on: May 22, 2014, 23:17 »
I've had no GI sales for the last two months. Did IS make another drastic change or has the database just had another mess up?

When you go into the GI sales pages there doesn't seem to be a way to sort them by last sold. When I inspected the first file in the list by default it sold at GI in May 13. Man this is so frustrating. Confidence = 0.

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iStockPhoto.com / Poor start to 2014
« on: January 20, 2014, 23:21 »
I dropped a Redeemed Credit level starting Jan1st. Even with the drop I'm still way down on downloads and royalties compared with Jan 2013. You'd think rather than leaving the 2011 Redeemed Credit Targets they should revise them down as they well know sales are down across the board.

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iStockPhoto.com / Real feedback
« on: December 04, 2013, 19:44 »
I received this from a friend of mine who is a top tier graphic artist. I didn't ask for this information. He wrote to me with this comment.

"BTW I forgot to mention that the new browsing user experience on iStock is a shocker!!! I dislike it so much Id switch services just because of that. You cant browse anymore without big popover thumbnails in the way even when you do want to see the popover I mostly get the wrong image showing up. Horrible!!!"

I've posted it here hoping that istock gets the message.

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iStockPhoto.com / No regular sales in stats
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:23 »
This may be old news to you guys but I go to Stats today and all I get is extended license bars, but no regular sales bars.

It makes me worry when they can't get this kind of small issue correct. I really wonder if we're getting the right amount of royalties. Any accountant would call this level of financial reporting a joke.

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General Stock Discussion / EULA advice for Indie
« on: April 26, 2013, 05:15 »
Do any of you indies have any advice on how, who or where to go for creating a general all purpose EULA for selling stock direct? Thanks.

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iStockPhoto.com / Stocky not Stocksy
« on: April 03, 2013, 00:03 »
Quote from istockphoto communication email today

"The massive increase in imagery available on many stock websites over the last 10 years has produced a mass of generic repetition that is feeding an image landfill typified by our customers as stocky and therefore less attractive."

Soooo close to Stocksy.

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iStockPhoto.com / It's not me, it's you!
« on: April 01, 2013, 20:28 »
I'm a exclusive illustrator at IS and I've had a rather large drop in income in the last two weeks.  As a result I have been combing over my stats today and have noticed that on a monthly basis there has been a 15% reduction in the number of sales from December 2012 onwards.

Does anyone else concur? I'm wondering if it is due to istock taking a downwards plunge in general or did they change the best match algorithm again? Maybe my keyword style is now working against me. Maybe it's a combo deal of many factors.

 So on top of the 15% reduction from Dec onwards, I've had another 15% drop in the last two weeks.

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iStockPhoto.com / 999
« on: March 22, 2013, 08:28 »
iStock announced today that upload limits for illustrators have been lifted to 999 per week. The reason for lifting this limit to 999 is that nobody comes even close to the current upload levels. So, why would you then lift them to 999? What message are they trying to send?

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