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My personal record: DELETED W/O reading another Istock bullsh.. : 0,5 second

SS new world record: review time 15 ( fifteen) SECONDS
And of course: Rejected (well known bull sh.. reasons)

DepositPhotos / LOGIN to DP from Android phone not working
« on: April 24, 2016, 04:45 »
LOGIN to DP from mobile phone (ANDROID) not working for me.
Login to all other agencies no problem.

Just me?


Shutterstock.com / SS and Payoneer prepaid card?
« on: February 24, 2016, 01:08 »
Any news about Shutterstock Payoneer prepaid card?
It would be ok, agree?

Shutterstock.com / SS footage review time ?
« on: November 27, 2015, 01:53 »
Good old times when footage review time was one day, maybe 2.
And now over one week and still in review queue.

Shutterstock.com / SS FTP video upload very very slow !
« on: November 19, 2015, 04:46 »
I have very slow footage upload on Filezilla - for SS only !
Normal was 7-9 mbit/s, last days is 0,04 mbit/s.
On my side is everything ok (POND upload is 8-10 mbit/s)
Anybody else?

123RF / Strange, no sales in 5 days???
« on: October 25, 2015, 03:43 »
Last 5 days NO SALES.
And usually I have every day some sales on 123 (except Sat, Sunday).
Anybody else ?

Alamy.com / How many photos do You submit in one batch?
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:48 »
how many photos do You submit to ALAMY in one batch?
For now I have 100 % acceptance (new on Alamy) but I know that one bad photo in inspected batch means that entire batch will be rejected.
Do You submit photos from same shooting in one batch?
Or You submit  in batch different photos?


CanStockPhoto.com / Where is Duncan?
« on: October 20, 2014, 06:33 »
Yes, where is Duncan?
Is he still CS boss?

New CS:
No replies from Duncan, support team...
No sales (photos)
No fast reviews as before (everything is stopped)
Everything only processing, processing...
No stats
On CS forums only complaining

Any good news from them?

Pond5 / POND 5 - Earnings?
« on: June 17, 2014, 00:45 »
Last 30 days I have the worst month on POND 5.
How do You sell videos since April, May?

Is our MSG site really fallen so low, that must advertise just everything what sponsors want?
Canstock advertises that waiting sucks, review time under 1 day.
This is a big lie!
Review times are longer than a week!
And sales (photos) are from month to month lower !

Sites that no longer exist / Clipcavas bye bye
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:25 »

Depending on your outlook and feelings toward us at this time, this email may come as good or bad news. I would appreciate if you read through and consider the information I am giving you. In any case, I will work for you, we all will, and together we will put things right. In the following, I am sharing with you my thoughts on where we are, what we have been doing in the past couple of years and what we need to do in order to be around for the next few years also. When you have had the chance to ready through, please take the time to think about it, and read it again. I am sorry it is such a long email, but I felt it was important to be somewhat thorough in this matter.

It is no secret that we have been in hard weather for a long time now, and in the past four months it grew worse. We have been unresponsive to you, both on email and in social media, our payments to you have been consistently delayed and overdue, and our failure to take action has caused speculation, anger and mistrust towards us. Of course, this is all our fault and doing, and something that has only served to add to an already high level of strain. Also, it is something we are very unhappy about ourselves, and adds some flavour of shame to the mix. Being in a position to risk loosing all your hard work and efforts from six long years of development is probably every entrepreneurs worst nightmare. Personally, I can testify to that.

So, how did we come to this point, and what have we tried to do about it?

First of all, our main challenge started taking effect a little over two years ago now. Suddenly, and over a period of only 24 hours, we lost about 80% of the organic traffic to our product pages. Because this organic traffic normally accounts for 80% of our revenues, it takes little effort to figure out what this did to our sales levels. Such a BIG drop in organic traffic relates to algorithm changes made by Google vis-a-vis how they perceive the quality of our service and content. Google continuously makes such changes to improve their search results and we got stuck in one of their filters. We have since cleaned the site for everything we could think of, mapped our incoming links to try and weed out bad ones, started blogging and working to offer higher quality content, but to little avail. Unfortunately, we have not recovered yet. At the moment, we are just waiting, and thinking. We do have a fair idea of what to do next, but this also requires resources to spare, and that is something we have been short of for a while.

Secondly, and because of the drop in organic traffic to our main product pages, we have worked hard to increase our conversion rates to get as much effect as possible from the traffic that we do get. I would say this work has been a small success. Even though we have not managed to regain the same level of relevant traffic, we have managed to regain our sales levels over the past two years. I think that is promising. In the mix, it is important to convey that this recovery would not have been possible without your continued support, nor without also spending a lot more money on advertising. So, while we have re-gained our previous sales levels, we have also greatly increased our spending on ads. I suspect we are not alone in this either. Other agencies are, or have probably found themselves, in the same position. Although our paid marketing is highly efficient at the moment, I find it problematic that we are having to compensate for the loss of organic traffic by way of paid marketing like this, especially since the main benefactor of this spending is the same party whom we previously relied on for the said organic (free) traffic. Still, we are continuing our effort to figure this out and regain our trust with Big G and only the future will show how this goes.

Thirdly, and this is an area I really have mixed feelings about, we have been required to cut back on a lot of costs. The part I find to be the least welcome is to have to fire part of our staff. Or, we did not really fire them, we helped them find new jobs so it would be easier on all of us, but still. Being forced to let people with great skill and knowledge go is just stupid, especially when you are trying to build a sustainable and smart business, and if we could have done anything to prevent this we would have. That said, it allowed us to spend more money on marketing, cover other costs that were rising, buy additional time to continue development and also regain some trust in the eyes of our shareholders. On the downside, it put an additional strain on the people that were left, with more to do and less time in which to do it.

Fourth, and as a consequence of reducing our staff and the workload my colleagues and I are now required to handle, we have also become less responsive. I guess this is both a mix of being under a lot of strain for a long time and being in a position of insecurity about the future. Responding to requests you are unsure if you are able to fulfil, while also being in "a state of emergency" for a long time, does something to a team and each person's level of motivation, commitment and personal sentiment. All our staff have had to give up on large parts of their salary in the past year to make this work too, and we are just now starting to see some signs that we might work under more normal conditions once again. Personally, my salary was short of 30k last year, which for a 150% workload is both tough and surely short of being able to support my family of three up here in Norway (where cost of living is rather high). Granted, I could have relocated elsewhere, but that is not really the issue. So far this year, I have yet to receive any salary at all, but I firmly believe in us and know our fortune will change for the better soon. So why do I share this with you? Well, I realise that many of you are probably in a similar position, partly relying on your sales with us to make a living. You put in a lot of effort to produce your works, and if you do this to support your life and families you also depend on agencies such as ours to put food on the table. This aspect of our business, and the fact that we are so delayed on payments, makes me feel really bad about the current state of affairs, and to me this is the worst thing about the predicament we are in right now. If it is any comfort, I do swear and promise this will be set straight for all of you - you will get what we owe you and business will return to a normal state so we may start earning your trust again.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we got some HIGHLY WELCOME news last night. This news awoke the fighting spirit in us and opened my eyes to the future once more. It seems the current and ongoing cloud wars between Google, Amazon and Azure (Microsoft), is pushing the prices of cloud computing even further down. Our rising storage requirement in the past years has come to a level where it has caused us major cashflow problems. I think we have shared information about this with you before, and even though we have taken steps to cut costs on many areas, while also having to increase spending on others (like marketing), we have not been able to do anything about the storage costs. It has been growing steadily, and still is. But now, like a miracle, AWS have decided to reduce their pricing by an amount that reduces our monthly storage bill by a whopping 50%. This is nothing short of amazing, and to us it is truly a lifesaver. If Big G put us down, Big A is now lifting us back up again - thank you! If the announcement had not been so close to April Fools Day next week, I would be jumping in my seat just now, so I will keep my calm for now and wait until I see our next bill. Then we will know for sure.

The future? Were are we at, right now? What have we actually managed to do in the past few months? Given the strain on our staff, we have had to sacrifice some tasks and prioritise others. To be plain, we have taken the most care to make buyers top priority. This has been to the detriment of your very own questions, queries and concerns about payments, portfolios and wanted features in the past months, and for this we all apologise to the greatest extent possible. I do feel it has been right to thing to do under the circumstances, even if this is something we were not happy about. Not surprisingly, the amount of clips sent for approval has dropped significantly at the same time. That is to be expected of course - who would want to upload more work if they did not feel confident they got paid for their efforts and ensuing sales? In any case, this has made it possible to reduce the approval queue to practically nil. So, at the moment, there is no approval queue and clips are released for sale within a couple of days after they are sent for approval.

Furthermore, over the past eight weeks, we have silently moved all our servers into the cloud. We did this to increase speed and also to reduce cost. Our previous hosting agreement was expensive in comparison. Already, we see a positive effect on both speed and sales from this, and that is good news I think. Finally, I have been spending most of my time trying to secure additional funding or new strategic industry partners for us, both to cover rolling monthly deficits, to strengthen our team and sales, as well as be in a position to invest for the future. I am sorry to say I have been unsuccessful in this so far, but it could be that we no longer need to focus so much on this anymore. To me, this is a very welcome thing and it will make it possible for me to spend most of my time on the core of what we do, by developing new features and making us perform better. In the end, I think this is the best approach for all.

We are now at the stage where we can take some steps to be able to cover our costs, establish a sustainable business and repay our debts to you in the following months. This does not come without some changes though, including unwelcome sacrifices on your part. These changes involve the following, and I will list the ones that I believe will affect you the most first:

1. Producers shares of sales will be set, once again, to 40%, effective from tomorrow. This will remain in effect for 12 months, after which we will raise it back to 50%. In addition to reduced storage cost, this is the most important step we can take to rebuild our position from where we are today.

2. We will start repaying royalties owed to you at a faster rate, starting in 14 days from today, so that we can catch up with the backlog and get to a point where we can continue our working relationship under more normal conditions. As soon as we have been able to cover this debt to you, and our running costs are covered by our share of sales, we will revisit and introduce direct payments so we do not end up in this position again. I suspect this whole process will take up to six months to complete, starting from today.

3. We will introduce one additional price level at 2x the current price level (i.e. you will be able to price parts of your portfolio at double the price of what they are today.) This could be relevant for those of you that have clips in Limbo, or need to modify your prices for other reasons. We will start development for this in two weeks time from today, and it will take three weeks to complete because we have a lot to do, so it should be ready in 5-6 weeks from today at the most.

4. We are going to clean up our database and producer profile somewhat, again, and this involves the following changes:
a) All Producers with less than 10 clips in their portfolio (on either status) will be downgraded to regular users and any remaining clips will be deleted. We do this to reduce the load on support and because we suspect these producers are not very active in any case.
b) An clips with a CLIPID<580000 (i.e. lower than ID 580000) that have NOT BEEN SENT for approval will be deleted from the database. This covers any unpublished clips uploaded more than 12 months ago. If this affects you, the only way for you to avoid this is to add the metadata and send them in for approval within 7 days from today (unless you already have made some agreement with us up front, like some of you have). From now on, any clip that is older than 12 months AND which has not been modified after upload OR sent for approval, will be removed from the database automatically.

5. All producers with 50 or more approved clips will be allowed to publish their clips directly without delay. We will also add a new reporting function to the individual clip pages to allow for additional and public control. If we find that the option to publish directly is abused we will either revoke this option individually or delete your account without further notice and any payments owed will be discarded, so make sure you still provide high quality metadata and release information. Published clips will still be moderated, but this way of doing it will save some time on our side for those of you that consistently provide good quality works and metadata.

6. After the above changes have been completed, we will offer you a new tool to import your .csv files and match them to your uploads, so that adding metadata and building your portfolio will be faster. This will be available within 4 months from today.

7. New producers will be vetted and cleared manually, like they are now, before they are allowed to submit works for approval, and we will start approving new producers in about 1 months time.

8. As soon as time permits, we will get up to date on our blog and social media, in order to make the most of the clips we already have to offer. I suspect this will be possible in 3 weeks from today.

9. As an extra effort to rebuild our confidence with you, we will start running a monthly campaign which will be exclusively for Clipcanvas Producers, with decent and useful prizes that may help you in your work. This will start 4 weeks from today, and you will receive an invitation with details on how it works at that time. We see this as an opportunity to interact with you in a more direct way, so that we may try to re-establish some sense of community in our relationship.

To conclude: We have been, and still are, in a tight position. Given the new pricing structure from AWS, and the changes proposed above, including reducing the royalty split to 40%, we will be able to cover our debts to you and become profitable over the next 3 months. Please stay onboard so we can work through this.

As a final remark, again and on behalf of all of us, I want to apologise for our unresponsiveness in the past months. No matter what you think of this letter from me, or what your reaction may be, I want to assure you that your work is always still safe with us and we will set everything straight regarding your payments. You will get it all, no matter what you decide to do. We mean you no disrespect in any way, we only want to make this work for all of us.



Boring !
Nothing new !

Pond5 / Pond5 payments delayed !
« on: March 19, 2014, 13:13 »
Normal were Pond5 payments on 15th every month.
This month nothing.
Support replied that payment will be in 24 hours.
But this reply was before 3 days.

iStockPhoto.com / How many IS exclusive contributors quit ?
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:06 »
It would be interesting to know how many exclusive contributors quit IS exclusive status this year.
Any info?
And You?

Dreamstime.com / DREAMSTIME VIEWS
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:03 »
I dont believe in DT views stat.
For example: one  photo theme with 5 pics, one pic has 25 views, other 0.
Same keywording...

Not a big problem, but fair play is fair play, agree?

BTW, DT on top of Middle Tier - NEVER !

Same story again and again, I know.

DREAMSTIME Earnings rating  15,5
Top Tier, ha ha

Not for me and my stock friends.
Since June are DLs dooown.

Microstock News / You Buyers, come back on work, NOW
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:56 »
You buyers, come back on work, NOW.
Holidays are over.
Start browsing, buying...

Pond5 / Official question for POND5
« on: April 04, 2013, 02:19 »

You know that Your review times are unreasonable long.
Compared to some TOP and MIDDLE Tiers unlogically long.

Your support is ok and fast but review times are a big problem.

Beside merging with other agencies are You doing on this problem too ?

Thank You in advance for Your reply.

iStockPhoto.com / IS New exclusive earnings rating ???
« on: February 13, 2013, 04:31 »
What is this 216.2 ???
Maybe will be better if we also know 2011 or 2012 numbers.
My photo friends (exclusives) have ALL big selling drops.
About non exclusives I really do not want to talk - last weak almost nothing nada zero.

And still 34.7 ?

Pond5 / POND5 any support at all? No answer on "TICKET"
« on: February 11, 2013, 09:15 »

Good ?

Bad  ?

No response at all ( in my case)

iStockPhoto.com / I feel so happy today
« on: February 08, 2013, 07:44 »

The greatest stock agency ever awarded me with 0,10 $.
Thank You, thank You.
I have left really small portfolio, but they are so persistent...
They really want to sell my photos.
How kind of them  ;)

iStockPhoto.com / Happend something dramatical after FEB 2nd?
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:13 »
Happend something dramatical on and after FEB 2nd ?
Did I missed something ?

Pond5 / has POND5 support at all?
« on: February 04, 2013, 11:24 »
Before almost 3 weeks I submitted some videos. After 10 days I asked them about approval.
No response.
And no approval after 3 weeks too.

Well known problem or just me....?

I am searching for a shirt-pocket RAW camera with STOCK quality sensor/lens.
Any suggestions?
I have "googlt" a lot, found some models, but for us  "stockers" are important some parameters which are not mentioned in rewievs, tests...
User comments please.

Thnx in advance.

iStockPhoto.com / IS Earnings Rating ???
« on: January 29, 2013, 07:58 »
We are talking so much about IS, ....

but look at Earnings Rating on right: it is higher and higher...

What is this now ?

Maybe only contributors with crowns do better job?

I am in contact with some friends (IS non exclusive contributors) and almost all have in last 10 days slower sells.

New best match?  Oriented on IS exclusives maybe ?

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