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Adobe Stock / Strange statistics from Fotolia
« on: October 19, 2015, 00:47 »
Over the weekend I had my first day without a sale @Fotolia and only one little subscription purchase in two days. You could say that it's just bad luck, but at the same time my images' view count tripled. So .... views up and no sales? :o

Adobe Stock / finding extended license sales
« on: February 05, 2013, 10:17 »
I have one image that has been used as a book cover and I checked on all sites but Fotolia and it was not sold as an EL elsewhere. Apart from going through all the downloads in the 'sold files' page and looking for that one particular sale is there a faster way ?

3 / shutterstock payout announcement wrong amount?
« on: February 01, 2013, 13:00 »
I just received the usual e-mail with payout confirmation from SS and the total sum is missing a significant amount (about 30% of my gross earnings, so nothing to do with the tax withholding). Has anything similar happened to anybody.

admin edit: fixed the subject to be more descriptive.

4 / any tips&tricks for keywording
« on: January 09, 2013, 11:44 »
Keywording is by far the most annoying thing for me. Since all off my IPTC-saved keywords get imported to Alamy as 'comprehensive keywords' I just cut and paste one by one all the words, but it's a very slow process. Anyone found a way to speed this up ? I have another 90+ images waiting .... :o

Adobe Stock / FT rank ... again
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:39 »
Since the original thread about FT rank turned into a general discussion about Fotolia I was wondering if it would be possible to create some kind of weekly anonymous poll for FT rank, to get some kind of a graph/trend line to see how individual  earnings correspond to the 7 day rank.
My guess is that the graph will look something like that :

With a bit more variation in the top contributors of course, since we're dealing with the real world here, not a mathematical model.

Would that be technically difficult to do? Users would just post two numbers - 7 day rank and the amount earned in the last week. The graph would be calculated based on the data points.

6 / Balance carried forward vs. Cleared balance
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:52 »
Why oh why does Alamy use this strange system and there's a 45 day waiting period for all earnings to get 'cleared'? This month in particular I'm way over the payout limit, but probably won't get my money in October since the earnings from August aren't cleared yet. I don't think any other site does that. 

Image Sleuth / Goodfon
« on: July 05, 2012, 04:18 »
Somebody posted this on the Shutterstock forums, but I guess it's worth reposting here
Another "sharing" site with wallpapers. Lots and lots of copyrighted images, many available in high res.
I found one of my images downloaded over 7000 times.

Adobe Stock / Did Fotolia lowered commisions on subs?
« on: May 22, 2012, 15:41 »
I'm 'silver' at Fotolia and I've just noticed that my subscription earnings went from 29 to 28 and 26 cents. I just checked the FAQ section on pricing and commissions and it clearly says c29 for a non-exclusive contributor. Also some of the normal credit purchases went down to something like 22.5% instead of the generous 25% I should be getting.
It's funny that in 2008 when I started I was getting more per download than I'm getting now being half my way up to gold.

Cutcaster / Issues with uploading
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:41 »
I was about to add around 1000 images to Cutcuster and encountered two issues. One is that some of my files seam to loose their IPTC data during the upload process (more or less about 10% of images). Second thing is that I have about half a thousand images 'stuck' in the FTP folder. I can see them in 'my folder' when I connect via FTP, but when I look at 'my uploads - overview' they weren't processed for some reason.
Normally the upload process would be very fast .. just submit, submit .. .and I'm done. This two issues slowed me down unfortunatly. ;)

I'm in the process of choosing a site mainly as a cloud-based online backup for my pictures and videos, but with the possibility to sell my work directly (so at least the fee will pay for it self). I was wondering if anyone did a comparison of those different sites as far as earnings potential. I'm talking about sites like smugmug, photoshelter, zenfolio, avid images ... I wonder if one needs to do a lot of their own marketing to bring sales or is it possible to get some sales without any additional effort apart from uploading.

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