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1 / Re: Commission lowered to 20%
« on: May 26, 2021, 14:50 »
And I was thinking about starting to upload to them again. I guess they helped me to decide.

General Stock Discussion / Re: recommended video sites?
« on: May 23, 2021, 03:15 »
I don't earn much from videos, but here is what I would recommend:

Motion Array - if you are OK to sell high quality work in subscription program for cents. But even with not much videos there, they are my #1 earner when it comes to videos only.

MotionElements - gets me occasionally a small payout.

123RF / Re: 123RF: Images not reviewd for over a month
« on: May 23, 2021, 03:00 »
It's easy to upload to 123rf, but I stopped uploading there a couple of years ago because my sales became almost non-existent.

More and more sites are implementing new subscription systems, especially Envato, Canva, Istock/Getty, in which RPD goes down drastically and sales volume goes up. Can we call this "nanostock"? And what do you think the future of nanostock or however-you-call-it is - is it necessarily bad or it can successfully replace microstock similarly like microstock replaced macrostock with lesser RPD but higher and steady earnings for most, despite some people being strongly against it when it was arriving?

I think it's not about RPD being as high as possible, I think it's about total earnings being as high as possible, and to achieve that we need optimal model and optimal prices. The question is where are that optimal prices and with what model? Is this new "nanostock" trend closer to optimal, or is it bellow optimal?

I'm not talking here about percentages which stock agencies get, that's the other subject. I'm talking purely about the trend of lower RPD and higher sales volume.

Canva / Re: Canva announcement
« on: May 18, 2020, 06:08 »
No explanation why they need more and more time, no respect for their own deadline. I guess they will start to pay us as IS / Getty, if not latter.

1. for me and for a lot of people sales are going more and more down. Used to be so alive and undisputed #1, but not even close anymore

2. reviewing is the absolute disaster

3. submitting vectors is a joke

Will SS continue this path and eventually become dead / dying agency, or will they change their current ways and become the #1 earner again?

7 / Re: May sales drop dramatically?
« on: May 11, 2020, 03:09 »
May almost dead for me. And the whole this year so far SS is worse for me than the previous 2 years.

Canva / Re: Canva announcement
« on: May 11, 2020, 03:01 »
Why do they need so much time lately to calculate and pay our earnings?

9 / Anyone still submit vectors to SS?
« on: April 24, 2020, 15:35 »
What is your eps file size (do you reduce it and how)?

How do you submit artboards (saving with the "use artboards" option checked is forbidden now)?

Is SS worth all this hassle when it comes to vectors?

10 / Re: Is this January especially low for you?
« on: January 21, 2020, 08:41 »
Terrible month on SS for me, almost all sales are subs, no SODs, no video downloads, what the * is going on?

11 / Re: December 2019 Royalty Stats report
« on: December 20, 2019, 09:46 »
I wouldn't be surprised if payments are also delayed.
And calculated wrong.

12 / Re: December 2019 Royalty Stats report
« on: December 19, 2019, 19:29 »
Is anyone else getting the "unexpected error" instead of the message about importing?
I'm getting them alternating.
Oh the fun!!!
(Couldnae run a menage)

Magical Christmas spirit is here, brought to us by Getty / Istock.

13 / Re: December 2019 Royalty Stats report
« on: December 19, 2019, 19:18 »
Is anyone else getting the "unexpected error" instead of the message about importing?

14 / Re: December 2019 Royalty Stats report
« on: December 19, 2019, 17:35 »
Good timing in the year for such a screw-up. We all feel more Christmasy now.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Secrets of successful marketing?
« on: December 15, 2019, 11:01 »
Sometimes it's also a matter of sheer luck, of being at the right time, at the right place, with a unique, quality product or concept that people didn't know they needed. Or having the right connections in your network to spread the word quickly among the big names out there.

Most people don't have access to that, so most of their ideas or products will fade into obscurity.

Knowing the right people makes the huge difference. And if you don't know them, I guess it's very difficult to connect with them. If you are someone completely anonymous, I guess connecting with some of those people would require that you pay them for their favors / services, because otherwise they will just ignore you. Hopefully that's not the only option available, because it seems very difficult and too expensive.

General Stock Discussion / Secrets of successful marketing?
« on: December 15, 2019, 08:12 »
This subject relates not only to selling stock direct or making a new successful stock site, but also to succeeding with any king of content - site, blog, forum, video, etc, with which people can try to make money on the internet.

1st basic generic crap I see on the internet is "content is the king - just have the good content and the money will come (automatically)". Wrong. Even the best content in 99% will not do anything alone because it will mainly stay invisible. So how to make your content visible and how to attract people / buyers to it?

2nd generic crap I see repeating all over the internet is "share your content and write about it on the social media, that is so awesome strategy and it so works". Wrong again. People on the social media couldn't care less about what you are doing (unless maybe if we talk about the closest circle of people). People are inert. People don't want to spend time, energy or money on something which is not already established. So how in this circumstances to get people really interested and invested in your non-established name and content? How to become established?

little more "advanced" and insightful, but still crap advice I see on the internet is to invest into paid ads on google and facebook. Still wrong. Many people who tried this reported that it doesn't work, and why would be when vast majority of people don't like seeing ads, some of us use ad-blockers, and there is still a story about really reaching out to people and gaining their trust - seeing your spamming ad obviously won't achieve this.

We all (should) know that the difference between successful and the rest on the internet is proper marketing. It's also familiar that successful people usually don't share their secrets. But 1. someone at least moderately successful will maybe decide to share something useful, and 2. the rest of us together can try to figure at least something out.

So the question is - what are the real working secrets of marketing your content? Instead of wasting our time on usual generic crap advices, what are we really supposed to do in order to succeed?

It will arrive but text here:  'We have some exciting updates coming up for our Shutterstock contributors. These will help our customers get to know you a bit more and enable you to better showcase your great work!

We cant share any details beyond that (for now) but we highly recommend you take another look at your Shutterstock Portfolio page.

Make sure you have an updated (larger) profile photo, add your website plus any social media handles, and tell us more about yourself by updating your tagline and creating a bio. You also might want to get your image and footage sets tidied up - especially the footage ones *hint hint*.

Go give your portfolio page some TLC and stay tuned for some exciting updates coming your way!'

I find this news

18 / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: October 14, 2019, 14:46 »
Some posts about reviewers don't having time and training do have a point, but 1 second and a common sense is enough to see when images are not even close to being too similar.

Off Topic / Re: SS filling in data and driving me crazy!
« on: October 14, 2019, 12:47 »
Seems like SS tracks their users on their site. Hopefully they'll stay away from tracking their users elsewhere.

20 / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: October 14, 2019, 11:15 »
since the similar policies i have probably 0,5% rejected for being similar..maybe you should review better your content.
Then I guess maybe other agencies who accept and buyers who buy that "similar" content should review their needs better.

this has nothing to do with similar content...
If all other agencies accept something but SS doesn't, than SS (reviewers) definitely took it too far. "Similar" is a relative term which should be adjusted according to the needs of buyers which SS clearly didn't do. And no, my content isn't even close of being "too similar".

21 / Re: Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:48 »
since the similar policies i have probably 0,5% rejected for being similar..maybe you should review better your content.
Then I guess maybe other agencies who accept and buyers who buy that "similar" content should review their needs better.

22 / Shutterstock reviewers are idiots
« on: October 14, 2019, 09:57 »
Pard my French, but I just have to let it out.

They reject left and right even images with good selling potential for being "similar", and when something gets rejected, there is no use to resubmit because 100% of rejected images just keep getting rejected for the same reason.

I don't think this is that much due to SS's policy itself, I think it's more about incompetent reviewers. They are not just incompetent, they are f*cking idiots.

I feel better now, but these idiots will remain being idiots and they'll just keep rejecting left and right without using their brain even a little.

23 / I'm having horible month on SS
« on: August 20, 2019, 04:34 »
SS is pretty much every month my best earner by far. Every August on SS was pretty solid for me.

This month so far SS is barely my 2nd earner, probably 3rd (depending on how is my August on IS).

I guess this month is my turn to get bamboozled by SS's algorithm.

Saturation 10% - that really made me laugh.

The thing is whether or not will poster frame be used as the thumbnail is up to each individual program. For example, poster frame is the thumbnail in Adobe Bridge, but it isn't in Windows.

If you ask me, everything should just use the poster frame instead of making it's own interpretation. That would be better for everyone.

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