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Some of their products are good as a tool.
Personally I upgraded to Macbook pro to edit videos for YouTube as my old Windows laptop wasn't powerful enough.

I use ipad for browsing around. But I won't touch any of their iPhone which are crap after a while and overpriced.

I use Huawei P40 Pro. Which I'm very happy, apart that doesn't have Google service.

Apple is a company just do a bit of features and are asking for triple price.

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Congrats, but  I think you taking everything too close to your heart. Its just a business, there isnt any anniversaries or good side and bad side. Take as much money as possible, but be ready for everything to go bust, and is contributors being dumped. Im upset that I havent started earlier. But I dont take anything too close to heart. We are expense and we might  be replaced in the future, same applies to a lot of industries.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 03, 2024, 10:36 »
But if yours is already longer on the market, and sold quite a few times (due to lower competition at that time) then the newer one will generally end up lower in the rankings, get less views, and yours will have the advantage. Right? (Of course, all depending on competition and saturation, as the algorithm mixes new content with established content. Niche markets are easier to break into than highly saturated area's of the market)

But now you are talking about something entirely different.  Yes, an older clip that has been successful and sold multiple times does have an advantage. But that has nothing to do with the overall size of the contributor's portfolio or how long the contributor has been a contributor.  That is the myth I was trying to dispel.  Please read my earlier post again, and I hope you can understand the difference.

But to address the point you are making, don't assume that the best-selling clip last year of a toddler eating spaghetti is going to continue to dominate year after year.  The algorithms are constantly trying to promote newer clips to keep the content fresh on the site.  In my own case, many of my clips that used to sell almost every day hardly ever sell at all anymore. Why is that?  Well, it is because other similar clips have probably pushed them off their pedestal. That's what competition does. And it has nothing to do with the size of the contributor's portfolio.  My point is that it is never to late to get your feet wet.  If you sit on the sidelines and say "it's too late", then you are guaranteed of 100% failure.

I must have been misunderstood or not have made myself fully clear. I'm with you regarding the size of a portfolio not influencing individual asset ranking. I don't believe that purely the number of assets you have influences the individual ranking of those assets. I mentioned the advantage an older asset can have because @Faustvasea also mentioned competing against well established assets, and up to a certain point he's right about that. And yes, new assets are mixed up in the search results of a customer, so if the new one matches the quality and content the customer is looking for, it will get sold and will keep on getting views to generate more sales. Until it is outcompeted again. Of course, competition is still increasing, and I have the feeling (no hard claim) that libraries are growing faster than customer demand which means it gets more difficult to break into certain niches. So I understand why some contributors start making weird assumptions about rankings.

I think we're on the same page, but nobody really knows how the algorithms work. The only agency I know of giving some transparency about their algorithm was Indivstock, and they are very small and irrelevant. Yet they have a rather complex algorithm in place with a lot of bonus or punishment factors for content ranking. Portfolio size was not of any influence, but popularity in general was. (data from 2022)

+ 3.00% Artist bonus in general as well as keywords and titles of images predominantly without "spam" keywording, also title.
+ 2.00% Artist bonus in general as well as portfolio mostly popular.
+ 2.00% Artist bonus in general as well as portfolio mostly "outstanding".

That's what I was trying to say, portfolio size and the time being on the platform really matters. I think is the same case with each platform , instagram, YouTube . I would personally do the same, I will promote the old contributors and let the new one struggle or provide something really unique.

At the moment I only contribute videos to AS and P5, but as I said, I am certain sure that the new contributors have less chance to make same amount of money as the old contributors.

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Envato / Envato acquired by Shutterstock
« on: May 02, 2024, 06:17 »


Seems they have been sold

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Hi there,
 
We hope this email finds you well.

Were reaching out to share some exciting news. Envato has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Shutterstock, a leading global creative platform. This agreement is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of this calendar year. This agreement marks a significant milestone in our journey, and we wanted to take a moment to let you know what this means for you, our Authors. 
 
Most importantly, Envatos commitment to empowering creatives will continue. The services and support you have come to expect from us, and the relationship we have with you, will remain.
 
We see this as a pivotal moment in Envatos journey and are excited for the future. We have confidence in the alignment of values and the strong strategic fit that underpin this upcoming union between Envato and Shutterstock.
 
We will continue to keep you informed of any important updates that come with this transition.
 
Finally, we want to express our gratitude to you, our authors, for your continued support and dedication to the Envato community. As we move forward, we will continue to listen to the needs of our creative community, build innovative products, and create an environment where your creativity can thrive.
 
If you are interested in finding out more about the agreement, head to the media statement.
 
We look forward to shaping the future of creativity with you.
 
Thanks,

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 02, 2024, 05:10 »
Thanks a lot, really appreciate your help. I've seen your portfolio, and I think even If I would have good metadata, I won't be make big money, your videos are way superior than mine.

And other people's videos are way superior to mine.  It makes no difference. :-)

You cannot predict what customers are looking for.  If you have subject matter that is in demand; if you shoot, edit, and grade it competently; and if you have excellent metadata, you will succeed.  That is the recipe for success.

I will have to focus more on quality and metadata. I only sold a video for the first time on pond5. But I have very small port of 800 clips. Obviously I wont compete with people that has 10k+, and being longer on the market.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 01, 2024, 16:12 »
Thanks for heads up, I have started stock last year, and I am using Ai description and Keywords, there aren't big money in stock, so don't want to sink too much time. Any advice for a newbie like me?

Actually, there is good money in stock. Maybe not as much as a few years ago, but still plenty profitable for the amount of time I invest into it.  The best advice I can give you is to do your own metadata.  You have to put in the work if you want the rewards. There are no shortcuts.

Thanks a lot, really appreciate your help. I've seen your portfolio, and I think even If I would have good metadata, I won't be make big money, your videos are way superior than mine.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 01, 2024, 12:35 »
Thanks, I thoughts you use Ai tags or description using apps like Xpiks or other similar apps.

AI is crap for stock.  In my experience, it can't tell the difference between a smokestack and a rocket; between a goldfish and a salamnder; between an airplane and a cross.  I could go on an on, but anyone who relies on AI is leaving money on the table. If buyers cannot find your images, then they cannot buy them. Simple as that.

BTW, we don't get paid for images or clips because that is the fun stuff most people would shoot for free. We get paid for the boring drudgery work of creating metadata. More than anything else, that's what separates the the successful from unsuccessful.

If anyone honestly thinks AI can replace a human for creating effective metadata, I will challenge that person to show me some examples.

Thanks for heads up, I have started stock last year, and I am using Ai description and Keywords, there aren't big money in stock, so don't want to sink too much time. Any advice for a newbie like me?

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 01, 2024, 07:54 »
Are you using any app for your metadata, if you dont mind me asking.

No, I am not aware of any app that will ease the burden of metadata.  It is something you have to do manually if you want good results.  Like I said before, without great metadata you're just wasting your time, no matter how good your clips are.

I do, however, have a custom Apple Numbers spreadsheet that stores all my metadata and significantly makes the submission process faster and easier. It uses auto-fill from similar clips, counts the characters in my description and alerts me if I go over the limit; shows the number of keywords and alerts me if I have too many or not enough; segregates editorial clips; etc.   It helps, but still hate doing metadata.

I can average 12 clips per hour doing the ingest, editing, color grading, export, and all metadata.  5 minutes per clip.

Thanks, I thoughts you use Ai tags or description using apps like Xpiks or other similar apps.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: May 01, 2024, 03:31 »
like many,I know you from the days of the SS forum,excellent work,congratulations!  :)

I don't think anyone who starts producing videos and uploading them to SS today,will ever be able to achieve these results.

I seem to remember that until a few years ago you used to make over $30k in a year.

luckily there is Adobe,otherwise microstock would have no future!

No, I'm not making $30K per year at Shutterstock, but the earnings keep rolling in month after month with virtually no effort on my part. And quite a few newer clips that I've uploaded are making good money now.  I have had a pretty busy last couple of years with regular work and have not had the time to upload very many new clips.  I'm still out shooting regularly because I enjoy it, but doing the metadata is another story.  I've got a backlog of about 5000 4K clips that are all edited and graded.  Will I ever find time to do the metadata and get them earning some money for me?  I don't know.  Too busy with other work to even think about it right now.  Metadata is the bane of my existence.   It takes time to do it well, and if you don't take that time, then why upload at all? Without good metadata it is just a waste of time.



Are you using any app for your metadata, if you dont mind me asking.

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Shutterstock.com / Re: Shutterstock is an embarassment
« on: April 30, 2024, 16:52 »
I am happy to report I have now crossed the quarter million dollar earnings threshold at Shutterstock.
That's an average of $27.06 per download.
That's an average of $23.80 per video in my portfolio.
The earnings just keep rolling in.

How many images you have in your Port?

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Adobe Stock / Model release
« on: April 18, 2024, 11:27 »
Hi. I'm after some help. Can any point me to the right direction how I can fill the model release for people in Adobe. I have downloaded the form, but slightly confused. Thanks

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That must be frustrating. I have around 6k files on Alamy and had first sales this month. Didn't knew that they are that bad.

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Pond5 / Re: exclusive with pond5
« on: April 15, 2024, 07:14 »
unique means that the content is that speciel because only you offering it, in that case customers are willing to pay a premium price if its exactly what they need, because they cant get it anywere else.

Thanks, I'm still thinking. Because I sold more videos on Adobe than P5, and to be honest, i had my first sale with them last week, basically in 1 year time 1 sale.

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Pond5 / Re: exclusive with pond5
« on: April 15, 2024, 06:09 »
I went exclusive with Pond5, and it was the best thing i could have done. Because i make much more now, than i ever did before.
And the reason are the high prices, i sell clips at 299$ so that made all the difference for me.
And nobody steals your content at that price thats for sure.
So higher prices and the higher commission for being exclusive on Pond5 leads to a very high profits per sold video.
Wish you best of luck

May I ask how many files you have in your port?

Sure, i have soon 2500 clips on Pond5 exclusive, just make sure to upload new content regularly.
Here are my last sold files, i will test higher prices in the future as well, but so far 299$ works great for me, if you have somthing very uniq, you might even go to 500-700$ range.
Interesting to know. What you mean by unique?

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Pond5 / Re: exclusive with pond5
« on: April 14, 2024, 16:48 »
I went exclusive with Pond5, and it was the best thing i could have done. Because i make much more now, than i ever did before.
And the reason are the high prices, i sell clips at 299$ so that made all the difference for me.
And nobody steals your content at that price thats for sure.
So higher prices and the higher commission for being exclusive on Pond5 leads to a very high profits per sold video.
Wish you best of luck

May I ask how many files you have in your port?

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Pond5 / exclusive with pond5
« on: April 14, 2024, 14:07 »
Hi. so I AM considering going exclusive with pon5 with around 900 clips. the question is, is it worth it? I had my first sale with them this month, and thinking to get the most money from my video.



I did sold more videos on AS, but they have different prices, so each time the sale was different. Thanks

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Anyone on RobertHarding?
« on: April 07, 2024, 02:29 »
Blackbox has a gigantic community wih people regularly posting their income. Makes it very easy to see that serious uploaders are slowly getting into fulltime income territory with thousands of dollars a month.

Does Robert Harding have a huge, active contributor community with thousands of people?

Well, I don't know. But with the low sales, I can't see the future giving my content to the middle man. Like blackbox, or wirestock, I've seen some people including YouTubers promoting blackbox, but to be honest I don't think that will work in long run.

That's why I wanted to know if Robertharding works the same.


I like to manage everything myself.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Anyone on RobertHarding?
« on: April 06, 2024, 16:11 »
Why don't you ask Robert Harding for guidance what they would ike to have from what you can provide? If they are a smaller agency, you might benefit from direct contact with the team.

Congrats on being accepted.

Seems they are the same as blackbox. Not sure whenever it's worth the time to upload or no.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Anyone on RobertHarding?
« on: April 06, 2024, 14:09 »
Hi check Alexandre's webpage https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com

I've seen on his website, but not sure whenever is worth to upload or no. Seems like individual website that distribute images on other agencies.

Maybe the guys can write some feedback about that agency. Sadly, don't know how to tag him here
I think he already write about that, check his web, he is also here just I think he is on trip at this time

Thanks, I haven't found that, probably will PM him.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Anyone on RobertHarding?
« on: April 06, 2024, 06:01 »
Hi check Alexandre's webpage https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com

I've seen on his website, but not sure whenever is worth to upload or no. Seems like individual website that distribute images on other agencies.

Maybe the guys can write some feedback about that agency. Sadly, don't know how to tag him here


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I've been on P5 for a year, neve sold anything. 700 clips. But I have sold some videos on Adobe
. Makes sense if you have huge portfolio. But with smaller ports, better to diversify.

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General Stock Discussion / Anyone on RobertHarding?
« on: April 04, 2024, 10:57 »
Hi. I H have been accepted on Robertharding. The question is, is it worth the time and upload on this agency? Seems very smallish one. Thanks

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General Stock Discussion / Re: My March 2024 sellers
« on: April 04, 2024, 08:26 »

Very informative. And I see you are very close to monetization.

If you want some CC as I am doing YouTube myself , here are below:

- Edit you YouTube channel, link, so you can get better credibility.
- Add some images, and some b rolls on your videos, as it's getting boring a bit.

Overall, very good video.

Thank You  Faustvasea, I appreciate your respond, I appreciate your helpful ideas.
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No problem. If you need any help, feel free to PM. :)

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Multiple accounts used to be freely allowed, but when people started using them to bypass upload limits new rules were introduced. You can have multiple accounts if you want to independently track different asset types, for example vectors versus photos, or Gen. AI versus non-Gen. AI, but you cannot have multiple accounts for the purpose of bypassing upload limits. If you have Gen. AI in more than one account that will be considered as trying to bypass upload limits and you risk having your accounts suspended or terminated.

Is that still allowed nowadays? Interesting how practical it is.

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Never heard of people having multiple accounts for different content types, not sure if that is even allowed on Adobe. I am only aware to open a new account when you are over 1 million files or an account for a special media group - only video, only ai

It would be crazy difficult to reach a good ranking with several portfolios, each has to work itself up by itself?!

I would never be able to create enough content.

I have no intention of spamming Adobe, I usually upload around 50 files a week, trying very hard to increase that.

There is no chance of me having 30k files on Adobe in 2 years.

But for a full time living from ONLY Adobe I would probably need 30k files.

But there are other agencies and other media types.

So to reach a full time income over 3-4 years is certainly possible with the right content.

But not only ai and certainly not only Adobe.

Don't think it's worth having multiple accounts.

Personally now I am on 3k files on Adobe. But planning to have 10k images and 1 k in videos by end of this year.

Will focus more on macro and aerial shots, maybe add some FPV and time-lapses.

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