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1 / Re: Contributor Ugly Dashboard
« on: February 15, 2023, 04:03 »
Yes, the new dashboard is bad and ugly, we all agree on that. SS certainly has a reason for that.
Maybe they want to encourage us to give feedback? It worked for me, I gave my feedback for the first time.

But there are also many positive things about SS that are more important than the dasboard design.
The upload is easy. The review times are currently very fast with mostly less than 24h.
The revenues are (for me) many times higher than other agencies.

I believe SS will eventually provide a nice and useful dashboard for contributors again. And until then, there is UBlock.
Also, by default I don't call the dashboard anymore but only the pages 'to submit' and 'reviewed' and 'earnings'.

2 / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: February 06, 2023, 04:16 »
Crossed $25k few days back

Great. Congrats!

3 / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: February 05, 2023, 06:40 »
My start was 2019.

4 / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: February 05, 2023, 04:53 »
I have reached the $10,000.

Pond5 THEORETICALLY allows you to set your own prices.
But first of all, Pond5 doesn't stick to it, they also sell videos for $1.80, no matter how high the set price was.
And secondly, Pond5 sales are few and far between.
Uploading videos to P5 is a waste of time in my opinion.

The jpg shows 5 video sales on my exclusive account.

General Stock Discussion / Re: This month's sales
« on: February 01, 2023, 09:34 »
My January 2023 at SS was significantly better than January 2022.
Image revenue has been very poor, on par with 2021, but video revenue has been ok, on par with September 2022.

At AS, my January revenues were about one-eighth of SS revenues.

Pond5 is too bad, I don't even need to talk about it.

7 / Re: SS continues to deteriorate
« on: February 01, 2023, 09:11 »
My earnings with images at SS were also very poor in January, at the 2021 level.
But my earnings with videos were good, at the level of September 2022.

i don't think there are many customers on artgrid. i wouldn't buy anything there.
When I search for important keywords, I only get bad videos and all the results look like they are from the same provider.
similar colors, similar composition. the same people.
no display of page numbers, there is only endless scrolling.
i totally dislike endless scrolling.

Pond5 / Re: How long until Pond5 is paying Shutterstock prices?
« on: January 20, 2023, 05:16 »
Multiple 4k sales at P5 in one day, but why can't I be happy about that?

video downloads so far this year :

P5 non-exclusive : 0
P5 exclusive : 3
AS : 2
SS : 27

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock has locked my account
« on: January 06, 2023, 08:33 »
That would be nice if it was just Santa's fault. But 2 months of no to few downloads, that has other causes, I'm afraid.

SS ran at full speed the last months of 2022. Those were the best months ever.
But since January the brake is in. It was the same last year.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock. When will sales return?
« on: January 06, 2023, 08:11 »
Thanks Roscoe.
For me, there is nothing in the position field, only a minus sign.
Maybe because I only have videos in my portfolio or because my account is only a few months old?

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock. When will sales return?
« on: January 06, 2023, 07:52 »
the rating was 1500-2000, after unlocking for 1 week the rating was 18 800....

Where can I see my rating ?

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock has locked my account
« on: January 05, 2023, 12:13 »
Please tell me after unlocking you when sales recovered?

There has been no unlocking, I have opened a whole new account.
Sales were at the usual level right at the beginning, but then fell sharply.
Strong fluctuations were also normal with my previous AS account.

What do prices mean at P5 ?

In this year i had one 4k video was sold with a premium license, for which the customer would normally have had to pay $50 + $299.
I got $27,20.

For customers the P5 upgrade could be an advantage, but i'm afraid not for contributors.

16 / Re: November earnings statement are in
« on: December 22, 2022, 05:28 »
Very worried about pond5, my sales have dropped a lot since July and if I get a sale it is for tiny amounts.
Will try to upload to my exclusive account as well, so in 2023 I will have 3 video streams, general non exclusive, content for Blackbox and exclusive content for pond5.

P5 also runs very poorly for me.
My exclusive videos even had far less revenue and lower RPD in November than my non-exclusive videos.
I have therefore ended my exclusivity and will upload the videos after the 6-month period also at AS and SS.
At P5 I upload nothing new anymore.
SS is by far the best seller with me.
The revenues at AS are still very modest, but my new account there is only a few weeks old.

Adobe Stock / How can I change the language of the keywords ?
« on: December 21, 2022, 03:28 »
How can I change the language of the keywords in Adobe Stock ?

Found the setting option.

Pond 5 Exclusive ...really exclusive sale :(  for time lapse priced HD $79 sold for $1.68

Is unfortunately normal now with P5. Have also almost only such low sales. Market place and GPP, both.
I have had higher RPD on my non-exclusive P5 account than on my exclusive account for the last 3 months.

You used to be able to disable these cheap sales, you can't do that anymore.

There are more reports about this in the P5 subforum.

19 / Re: ADAGP Payback - Docusign via Getty
« on: December 07, 2022, 10:50 »
There was discussion on the iStock forums ...

Here in MSG forum or is there still a special iStock forum? Would appreciate a link. I am thinking of uploading my videos there and I am looking for information.

Today I was switched back to the old design,

Me too. Am very glad about it.

There doesn't seem to be any way to see this month's earnings directly on your dashboard anymore.

I hadn't seen this option in the earlier design either.
But there used to be the possibility to view results of the last month.
Now if I click on 'Last Month', I have last month's results plus the results of current month. No longer the last month separately.
Seems to be a bug.

Other than that, I think this new design is very very bad. The most important information - recent sales of my images and videos - is missing. Instead, irrelevant links with huge irrelevant images.
This is not a real dashboard. I hope SS discards this design very quickly.

Adobe Stock / Re: I can't create the new account
« on: December 05, 2022, 06:00 »
Did you choose a different email address for your new account? This is necessary.

23 / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: December 03, 2022, 07:07 »
and on with the good news
received for a video

Pond5 / Re: switch from exclusive to standard account
« on: December 02, 2022, 06:57 »
Thanks, guys. I have requested the termination of exclusivity. P5 says I have to wait 6 months.

My exclusive content used to be very good, double number of clips than non-exclusive. But in the last few months the sales have been fewer and fewer and lower and lower.
Maybe the algorithm is also bad because I rarely upload anything there anymore.
GPP sales used to be particularly good. But unfortunately, there are no more GPP sales since the contract with AS was terminated.

My non-exclusive content sells a bit better. Maybe later - after 6 months - I will put all media into one non-exclusive account. There I upload constantly something new. Maybe that's better for the algorithm.
But if there are only small-priced sales and my original prices are only ignored by P5, then I might close my accounts too.

25 / Re: What a cool SS, how well he sells
« on: December 01, 2022, 06:37 »
receive for a video

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