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General Photography Discussion / July 2009 earnings breakdown
« on: August 01, 2009, 02:45 »
Ok these are my dollar earnings for July 2009

SS 37.9%
DT 17.7%
FT 16.5%

BS   7.5%
IS    7.5%
123   5.8%
StockXpert   3.8% *
FP     1.9%
CanStockPhoto   1.4%

Actually for my pound earnings FT should be #2 as a FT credit is worth 75p and a DT credit is worth about 60p. DT have been in a downward trend since April.

* worst month here in the last 18 months I had opted out of sub sales nearly a year ago so the Jupiter unlimited photo.com switch to iStock shouldn't have made a difference.

Sales at FP were dead until yesterday I noticed our cut is now 50%

General Stock Discussion / June 2009 earnings breakdown
« on: July 01, 2009, 02:26 »
This used to be favourite time of the month counting up all those $, now its quite depressing.

SS 36.7%
DT 19.9%
FT 14.3% WM-08

IS 8.1% WM-08
123 5.8% WM-07/08
BS 5.2% WM-07/08
StockXpert 5.1%
CanStockPhoto 2.7%
FP 2.2%

I only have 18 months of stats to look at but overall it was the worst month in the last 18 months with the exception of December'08.

Mine has risen to 19.8% and sub sales are decreasing every month.

I presume the rest of you are seeing a similar trend?

General - Stock Video / Footage now on sale at Fotolia
« on: May 01, 2009, 02:56 »
Supposedly they have 8,230 movie clips. I thought they would have waited until they had a few more.

I also thought they would be more PAL friendly with their strong user base in Europe but HD 1080 clips are only available in a downsized NTSC version.

If anyone works out how to browse within a footage portfolio let me know I want to check what they actually accepted of mine.

If anyone has a sale speak up!

Shutterstock.com / SS Earnings breakdown 1Q 2009
« on: April 01, 2009, 12:18 »
I think I may have been reading too many reports on the credit crunch if I am referring to Jan-March as the 1Q (1st quarter) anyways

         Mar      Feb      Jan
Sub  74.6%  68.1%  72.8%
OD   18.3%  14.8%  15.3%
EL     3.2%     9.8%   3.3%
REF   1.0%     1.1%   1.1%
CD    0.3%     0.1%   0.2%
VID   2.6%     6.2%   7.3%

So March wasn't a great month for footage but those on-demand sales are getting impt

General Stock Discussion / March 2009 earnings breakdown
« on: April 01, 2009, 05:11 »
SS 38.1%
DT 18.5% 2BME
FT 16.1% BME
BS 7.5%
IS 7.1%
123 5.7%
StockXpert 4.2%
CanStockPhoto 1.9%

Not bad overall disappointed with StockXpert

Adobe Stock / Fotolia reviewing submitted videos
« on: March 28, 2009, 04:19 »
I had my first acceptance e-mail on Friday 27th March for a clip which was submitted on 30th of January.

It seems they intend to sell both Pal and NTSC versions I submitted a PAL version. Does any other site do this?

The big question when will the videos go on sale???

General Stock Discussion / Feb 2009 Earnings breakdown
« on: February 28, 2009, 17:26 »
SS 40.0%
DT 18.1%
FT 12.6%
StockXpert 7.8%
IS 7.1%
BS 5.5%
123 5.2%
FP 2.4%
CanStockPhoto 1.3%

Actually the total was just 5 dollars less than Feb 2008 plateau

Started uploading vids to Pond5 so hopefully they will appear in the list in March.

Updated my Microstock footage guide and my Microstock photo guide

1 hr Paparazzi documentary

Unfortunately I think only UK residents will be able to view it.

Quite interesting big bucks + high stress

General Stock Discussion / January 2009 earnings breakdown
« on: January 30, 2009, 10:44 »
Updated Sunday morning another depressing month at the big sites  :'(, overall total lowest monthly dollar income since Feb 2008 (excluding December 2008) at least it was higher than Jan 2008  ;D

SS 43.1%
DT 15.8%
FT 13.4%

IS 7.9% *

123 6.1%
StockXpert 6.0%
BS   5.8%

CanStockPhoto 1.2% #
FP   0.6%

* a pleasant surprize actually selling here again they were #7 in December 2008
# mainly affilated sales

Well at least the US$ = almost 70p (UK) instead of 50p 6 months ago

Well the 31st turned out to be quite a busy Saturday except at IS

Dreamstime.com / NEW DT earnings stats in a spreadsheet
« on: January 18, 2009, 15:49 »
For all you stats junkies  ;D

Now on your uploads and earnings page at Dreamstime you can download an zipped excel file (which will also open with "open office calc")

There are multiple sheets listing your files in chronological order only

with DLs, views and total earnings.

The first sheet lists all your accepted files then subsequent sheets list all the files accepted in a particular month of December 2008, November 2008 etc with DLs, views and total earnings up to 31/12/2008. If you scroll down to the bottom of that sheet you can see how many files you uploaded that month and how much they have earnt until 31/12/2008.

Also if you know the month of a particular shoot you can quickly check to see what files were the earners. There are no thumbnails just the image ID and the title but with the former you can see the image in question.

General Stock Discussion / December 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: December 31, 2008, 13:36 »
Now updated Looking forward to some proper download numbers in 2009  ;D

SS 43.9% WM08#
DT 19.1% 2WM08
FT 12.0% WM08

123 7.4% *
BS  6.1%
StockXpert 5.3%

IS 4.0% @
CanStockPhoto 1.2%
FP 0.9%

# actually more earnings than Dec 2007 despite having only 75% of the DLs of Dec 2007
* better than November
@ the downward spiral continues

overall worst month of 2008  :'(

final breakdown for the year 2008 same order at the top though the middle section is shuffled. Curious to see will IS bounce back next year

SS 44.7%
DT 16.9%
FT 11.1%

StockXpert 6.6%
IS 6.5%
BS  6.3%
123 5.9%

FP 1.6%
CanStockPhoto 0.2%

General Stock Discussion / Christmas day Downloads?
« on: December 26, 2008, 18:41 »
Just wondering did anyone have any?

For myself

SS 14 subs (3 referred) *
DT 1 small (7 referred)
FT one sub one XS (5 referred)
123 1 sub
StockXpert 0
BS 0

* actually more DLs than two Saturday's this month (December really does suck)

Not sure what is more sad downloading on major holiday or checking to see.

Shutterstock.com / mouse over previews at SS
« on: December 12, 2008, 13:59 »
same feature that FT have had for a while

Now at SS once selected, when your cursor passes over an image thumbnail in the search results a large watermarked thumbnail appears.

It may increase sales when the thumbnails doesn't do their images justice.

General Stock Discussion / November 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: November 28, 2008, 05:44 »
Now is the winter of my discontent.

Usually I experience a summer slump and December sucks but otherwise a gradual increase throughout the year however I seemed to have peaked in September 2008 and the a downward spiral starts again.

Updated figures

SS  44.3% 3WM08*
DT  17.5% 3WM08
FT  14.3% 2BM08  ;D
StockXpert  6.8%
BS    5.5% 2WM08
123  5.4% WM08
IS    4.8% WM08 no surprise
FP   1.4%

3WM08 3rd worst month 2008
2MB08 2nd Best Month 2008

* actual number of 25/day DLs at SS lowest since February 2007

Only bright spots the exhange rate from $/ is still good for microstock earnings in dollars and VAT (UK sales tax) was reduced today (1st December) to 15% (from 17.5%) so my dollar earnings will go further I expect December will suck as usual so fingers crossed for 2009

Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock on Demand sales in October?
« on: November 02, 2008, 08:49 »
If you want to comment on whether the percentage/total increased/decreased from last month which seemed to a better month for some people, feel free below.

For me
August 3% of SS earnings from OD sales
September 9.1% of SS earnings from OD sales
October 9.3% of SS earnings from OD sales but less $$

Shutterstock.com / That Shutterstock poll - what did you think?
« on: November 02, 2008, 08:33 »
I am referring to the poll that was sent by e-mail from SS with the chance to win a graphics tablet.  ;D

I saw from another thread quite a few contributors wanted a crack down on contributors spamdexing their images.

I suggested more comprehensive stats well at least being able to click on an image and find out how many DLs and DL/month.

What other things did you suggest/moan about?

I see they were floating the idea of a keywording service like DT have.

General Stock Discussion / October 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: October 28, 2008, 08:21 »
I know I am very early but I like to start this thread.

Updated Saturday morning

SS 45.5%
DT 17%
FT 11.5%

IS 7.6%
123 6.0%
BigStock 5.3%
StockXpert 5.2%
FP 1.8%

Well I suspected it was not a best month at any site and overall a rather disappointing month, I think I overachieved in September. I usually see a steady increase after the summer slump until Christmas.

The only bright note is that the exchange rate for US dollars to pounds has changed in my favour, hopefully the dollar can remain strong until the agencies send me my money.

Any suggestions which sites to check?

ebay for CDs for sale

other stock sites especially if you don't contribute.

Any other suggestions??

General Stock Discussion / August 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: August 31, 2008, 02:20 »
Well hopefully its the end of the Summer slump slightly down on July overall.
I don't expect many sales on a Sunday on the labour day weekend so here goes.

SS 44.7%
DT 17.6% BME

FT  8.6%
StockXpert 8.1% BME #
IS 7.6% BME *

BS 6.7%
123 4.6%

FP 1.7%
CanStockPhoto 0.3%

# disabled subscriptions
* a few video sales helped

General Stock Discussion / July 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: July 31, 2008, 02:41 »
OK July is over so I post my final figures

SS 46.3% BME
DT 16.0% BME*
FT 11.5% BM2008

StockXpert 6.8% BM2008
IS    6.4%

123 5.8%
BS   4.6% WM2008

FP   2.8% BME

CanStockPhoto 0.1%

overall BME for microstock

* Highest number of DLs at DT ever but lots of subscriptions.

BME best month ever
BM2008 best month 2008
WM2008 worst month of 2008

Strange how differently the sites performed on the last day of the month some sites virtually no sales but the busiest day of the month at others

Figures have been updated as June is over

The summer slump seems to have begun at some sites but not others so a fairly average month overall.

SS   47.2%
DT    17.7% *

FT    8.4% #
StockXpert 7.2%
123 6.5%
IS    6.2%
BS   5.9% #

FP   0.6% #

* BME at DT by 22c
# worst month of 2008

For any of you with a video camera I have recently made a webpage comparing the three principle sites selling footage

Micro Stock Footage guide

General Stock Discussion / May 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: May 31, 2008, 14:03 »
SS  44.8% BME
DT  16.4% BME
FT   11.1%

BS    7.1%
StockXpert  7.0%
IS     6.5%

123  4.7%
FP     2.1% BME
SPM  0.2%
CanStockPhoto  0.1%

Actually less downloads at Shutterstock than usual but the earnings/DL increased plus extended licences and a run on footage clip downloads brought up the total.

The subscriptions at StockXpert seems to be cutting into my earnings

General Stock Discussion / March 2008 Earnings breakdown
« on: March 31, 2008, 07:31 »
A bit early but I won't be able to start this thread at the appropriate time

SS  42.7%

DT  16.2%
FT   13.0%

StockXpert  7.7%
iS      7.2%
BS     5.8%
123   5.8%

FP     1.5%

Not a bad month but less than February, I am sure Easter is partly to blame

General - Top Sites / February 2008 earnings breakdown
« on: February 29, 2008, 15:03 »
Sorry I couldn't wait to add up my numbers, now updated

SS 46.2% BME
DT    16.5% BME

FT 9.5%
StockXpert 7.0%
123 7.0%
IS    6.3% BME
BS   6.0%

FP   1.2%
CanStockPhoto 0.3%

Overall BME.

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