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Saw this post on FB shuttterstock worldwide contributors, legit author.

I didnt get any, wondering if this is a broader thing.

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Just to show, SS dont care about how big you are! If you violate Terms of service...youre in trouble.

I feel bad for Pat and BB (not getting into weather BB is the place to go to or not)
The guy tries his best to run a clean operation.

Im also glad to see that SS takes things very professionally. 900K clips, gone, I think its temporary.

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Pond5 / Check your earnings (surprise).
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:57 »
Nothing in 10 days, generally super low sales recently but thats an entire issue by itself.

Checked my earnings today after a call from another contributor telling me a block of random sales showed up with no emails.

And bam ! 10 sales.
So...check your sales.
10 random sales at once, no notification and after a long dry period.

A bit strange.

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Shutterstock.com / May sales drop dramatically?
« on: May 08, 2020, 01:26 »
8 days into May and its a whole new world of nothing for me. Its not too early to call because my clear bar is a minimum 100$ in sales every day on SS Alone, including weekends and holidays. Im aware of the new sub model and understand the impact on my earnings. But what I dont understand is the massive Drop in number of sales, its like everything stopped.
During Covid19 March and April sales kept coming and I assumed that with the new sub plan my earnings will take a hit but not my downloads and definitely not that bad.

Im on Stockperformer and I can tell that the entire market is taking a hit because even with my super low numbers my ranking is still in the top 25%, I learned to trust Stockperformer because even in my Best months I was still ranked at 82% meaning bigger earners were with me.

So whats going on? Is it because of Covid-19 slowdown? People are just not buying? Lack of budget?
Algorithm changes wouldnt pull everyone on Stockperformer down (the way I see it).

I would love to hear your thoughts about it, am I missing something?

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Shutterstock.com / Is this January especially low for you?
« on: January 15, 2020, 23:34 »
I am seeing very low numbers in SS P5 and AS.
With 11K clips, 7K photos and on full income for years but this January (half way) looks very low.

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VideoBlocks / Storyblocks closing the Marketplace section
« on: August 08, 2019, 04:09 »
I was good for a couple of years

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Shutterstock.com / BME/WME
« on: July 24, 2019, 13:09 »
Apologies, deleted.

VideoBlocks / Introducing the Member Library Partner Program
« on: July 09, 2019, 09:12 »
For the past five years, weve been hard at work trying to marry the needs of our members and contributors with the Marketplace. Our vision was simple: contributors get 100% of what they earn, and our members get great content at a fair price.

But for our members, this was anything but simple. Understanding what did and didnt come with their subscription was complicated. It restricted their ability to play freely within projects, and we received overwhelming feedback that the Marketplace wasnt for them. At the same time, we tried balancing the needs of contributors with price increases and Marketplace visibility improvements.

We knew we could do better.

Thats why Storyblocks is proud to announce the launch of the Member Library Partner Program! Its easy to understand. Its unrestrictive. And its all in support of the Storyblocks mission: Helping a new generation of independent creatives to create more moving stories. Its a great way for contributors to reach a new market of storytellers full of YouTube creators, freelance editors, and hobbyists. And its an opportunity for our members to tell their stories without a big Hollywood production budget.

What is the Member Library Partner Program? Instead of paying for clips a la carte in the Marketplace, our members pay for a subscription to access content in our Member Library. We then create a Member Library Earnings pool, which we divide among all contributors who participate in the program based on how much of their content is downloaded.

You can learn more about how the Member Library Earnings pool is calculated here.

Over the past eight months, weve been piloting the Partner Program and have proven that it can work for everyone: contributors, members and Storyblocks! Contributors on average are making 3x the amount that they ever earned through the Marketplace, and over 90% have chosen to stay in the Pilot Program.

The best part? Anyone can apply to join, theres no commitment period, and your content remains non-exclusive so you can keep earning everywhere else you distribute content. If you try the Partner Program and arent happy with your earnings, you can leave anytime. Its your content, and you should be able to earn any way you can.

Starting today, our focus will be the Partner Program and we want you to share in its success! To learn more and apply, check out the details on our site.

Learn More

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Shutterstock.com / Keyword tool not working for me
« on: December 10, 2017, 00:41 »
Am I missing something? It won't copy the keywords from the suggestion tool + I can't paste keywords from a word file...not on Safari and not on Chrome:

Any help would be much appreciated.

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iStockPhoto.com / 50$ minimum commission per clip?
« on: May 26, 2017, 12:30 »
Got this email today...

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Pond5 / Commercial/Editorial option gone?
« on: April 22, 2017, 01:13 »
Can't find it...and they force a lot of my clips as Editorials while they are super commercial in all the other sites.

Any idea what's going on?

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Shutterstock.com / DELETED
« on: February 26, 2017, 09:05 »

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Pond5 / From 20-30 sales a month to zero
« on: February 05, 2017, 00:44 »
For the past 2 months, not a single sale on P5. I understand the holiday season and all that, but zero clips? They are all "online", 1200 clips and priced hd-60 and 4K - 120 or so.

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Pond5 / Pond5 EL for 149$
« on: September 28, 2016, 11:57 »
Any thoughts?

Thinking of uploading with links to my portfolio in the discription...Smart? Dumb?

iStockPhoto.com / EL for non exclusive...
« on: August 11, 2016, 11:32 »
Got one orange bar, reported in my August sales. Used to get them only via pp or 360 or I don't know how.

Isn't it only for exclusive?

Shutterstock.com / Spamming issue/Email - Solved
« on: July 01, 2016, 11:03 »
Got an email from SS stating that no action from my side is required

Anyone else?

Shutterstock.com / Got the "Spammy" email
« on: June 30, 2016, 14:23 »
I NEVER ever spam my titles.
Could it be due to the fact that I changed a few of my editorial captions to "Circa, Circa...." For files I did not know the correct location of? (Knew the country but not the city).

If this is a bad thing or spamming, I ask the forgiveness of my fellow contributors.

Please help me out with this, I hate spammers! Don't like being considered as one.

Dreamstime.com / DT is Dead??? Not for me!!!
« on: June 28, 2016, 02:27 »
I made 4.58$ this month!!!
The other sites gave me Hundreds of dollars and up to 1200...but hey, 4.58 from DT.  That's a cup of coffee to drink while I'm counting the money from the other sites.

Adobe Stock / Strange acceptance / rejection emails
« on: June 17, 2016, 12:58 »
Been getting notifications for files that were accepted and rejected a year+ ago.
Anyone else seeing this?

Adobe Stock / Overall ranking from 1200 to 3000
« on: May 18, 2016, 03:25 »
I'm happy with fotolia. Somehow this month my sales tanked... From 20-30 sales a day and a couple hundred dollars a month, I'm now at 0-4 sales a day and will be lucky to get 100$ (including videos) at the end of May. Is it my turn to be on the poor side of the search or what?

Dreamstime.com / 500 files...3000 files, same income
« on: March 29, 2016, 04:43 »
3years ago and today...same earnings.


Yeah...SS will make me rich!


General - Top Sites / Print rights & commission
« on: March 06, 2016, 04:50 »
So, I went to the post office today, and while waiting I noticed a stack of pamphlets with my stock photo...I asked the guy that works there and he said its in every branch. I never had an EL for this photo...is this an EL kind of thing or a normal sub covers it?


Shutterstock.com / Approved photos not showing up in catalog
« on: February 04, 2016, 00:01 »
Hi, 24 hours after the review...they are still not in my catalog. Anyone else seeing this?

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