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Welcome back to the March 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/03/31/march-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/




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General Stock Discussion / Re: Wirestock news
« on: March 23, 2021, 10:31 »
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview, Mikayel Khachatryan, Co-Founder and CEO at Wirestock:

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/03/22/interview-with-mikayel-khachatryan-co-founder-and-cto-at-wirestock/

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Interested to know your thoughts if you believe that there's any reason to be optimistic in regards to the future of the microstock photography industry as a viable business opportunity.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/03/18/7-reasons-why-microstock-photography-is-probably-a-waste-of-your-time/

Just checked my February 2021 iStock earnings results making me even more pessimistic.

Looking forward to a fruitful discussion.

Best regards,

Alex
My question to you and anyone on this thread is this...Did you do anything different this past year to keep up with the evolving trends and to maintain a relevant portfolio? Or did you continue to shoot and submit the same kind of content you always have created? Or, did you stop or reduce your production hoping to maintain the status quo with minimal effort? No judgement regardless of your answer..there were so many obstacles to overcome as creatives in 2020.

My follow up question is this...now that we are slowly coming out of the pandemic, that's going to create an abundant supply of new opportunities in stock..businesses re-opening, families reuniting, etc. What do you have planned for 2021 for production of stock content?


-Mat Hayward

Hi Matt,

Thanks for contributing to this thread and asking these two questions which I'm happy to reply.

As you've read my post, you'll see that I took some stabs at Shutterstock, iStock and Alamy...thus leaving out Adobe Stock which is yet to been awarded the coveted Turd of the Month. This wasn't an accident as I remain cautiously bullish that Adobe Stock has what it takes to be a leader in this industry and personally, I would be more than happy to see the crown being taken away from SS, who have become a cancer in this industry.

In reply to your first question: Yes, I began creating content even before the pandemic hit in January 2020 - https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2020/01/31/jan-2020-brutally-honest-earnings-report/. I do try to predict trends with varying degrees of success. During, I mainly ventured out in Madrid and then Lisbon to capture the usual (mainly unreleased) concepts: social distancing, hand sanitizers, mask concepts...almost all sold for subs.  https://www.shutterstock.com/g/AlexandreRotenberg?searchterm=covid&sort=newest

Also, some breaking news at protests and even outside a hospital in Lisbon. I look to upload those at Alamy Live News and Shutterstock Editorial (formally Rex Features).
Always researching trends: https://www.stockstudio.io/post/covid-related-stock-opportunities-in-2021-using-google-trends-analytics-part-i

Otherwise, Ive been migrating more towards videos and book covers (Arcangel) which seem to have more longevity and higher returns than my usual bread and butter microstock photos.

Looking at my earnings stats it does seems that I rely mainly on my more established older portfolio of travel content for earnings. Newer stuff just isnt selling regularly and when it does its for peanuts. I dont usually work with models and shy away from creating studio work so its partly my fault that Im not producing content that buyers need at the moment. 

As for your second question, indeed there are many new emerging opportunities for new normal travel content and I look forward to fully taking advantage. I havent thought so much yet about what to create as it depends more about where I hope to travel, shying more away from big cities as most tourists will do. Im at the back of the queue in terms of obtaining my vaccine so may take a while before Im wanderlusting (hopefully by late-September).

Nevertheless, the concepts Im thinking about are more sociological than practical at this stage. Humans are incredibly resilient and there is an inherent need to travel and connect. There should be roaring 20s (100 years on from the roaring 1920s) once the epidemic is brought down to more manageable levels. Perhaps something related to the generational gaps, old and young mixing again mask-less and drinking beers on the street.

One concept in particular that interests me is related to those professionals that have continued to work from home during the pandemic have amassed considerable savings (no commuting nor travel and less eating out/entertainment for a year), while millions have been laid off / been put on furlough schemes which have long expired. This newfound inequality in itself could be interesting to show as stock content, somehow. Back to the drawing board.

Thanks again for reaching out to contributors and I fully support Adobe Stock in its quest for microstock hegemony. 

Alex

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Interested to know your thoughts if you believe that there's any reason to be optimistic in regards to the future of the microstock photography industry as a viable business opportunity.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/03/18/7-reasons-why-microstock-photography-is-probably-a-waste-of-your-time/

Just checked my February 2021 iStock earnings results making me even more pessimistic.

Looking forward to a fruitful discussion.

Best regards,

Alex

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Continuing on with the Stock-Wizards interview series, today Im pleased to share with you an interview with Dmitry Budnikov, Co-Founder & Lead Developer of Stocksubmitter, an app that completely automates your microstock workflow: filling, translating and storing metadata, uploading and submitting your content to dozens of microstock agencies at the same time.

https://www.brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/03/14/interview-with-dmitry-budnikov-founder-of-stocksubmitter/

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Wirestock news
« on: March 06, 2021, 08:23 »
Finally their editorial submission process is ridiculous.  They want a 15%cut but to submit you have to enter all the information individually using separate boxes for title, caption, byline Date, country, city, category (!!) and keywords.

Agreed.

Apparently they have plans to start keywording those in-house but for the time being not worth uploading editorials to them.

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Bunch of snowflakes

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Just curious why you always whip these up before the end of the month? Sure, it's not going to make a massive difference, but there is almost always a full day to go when you do them, at least in US time.

If the last day of the month falls on a weekend I'm assuming I won't have many significant sales.

You're right, I should be patient but often I'm keen to share right away!

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Welcome back to the February 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times! At least there appears to finally be light at the end of the tunnel. Seems like most of us will be able to travel relatively freely from the summer, Im already making plans!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/02/27/february-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report/

All the best,

Alex

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS sales January
« on: January 31, 2021, 15:33 »
I don't understand why peoples total month earnings are down from 1 year ago unless they just have the same image quantity as a year ago. I only upload 25 images a week but am $100 up this month from a year ago and only submit to the 5 main agencies. As long as I keep adding photos my earning increase. iStock non exclusive giving me double of Adobe and Shutterstock.

In the last 12 months I've added 521 images and 88 clips.

Images revenues are down 63% year on year, as reported. Return per down is down from 56cents/download January 2020 to 24cents/download January 2021.

Adding more content will just mean that revenue won't drop as much but it will surely drop.
 

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Welcome back to the January 2021 detailed monthly report during these increasingly strange and desperate times!

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/01/31/january-2021-brutally-honest-earnings-report-nice/

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Is Microstock still worth it in 2021?
I can categorically say no, its not worth it unless those consider it some sort of hobby. In my case, Ive relegated this side-hustle to a sort of a fun past-time to upgrade some gear once upon a time as discussed above and if theres a bit left over to spend on travel (whenever possible, hopefully soon).

Theres more money to be made picking up loose change in supermarket shopping carts or turning cans/bottles over to recycling centres for a few quarters.

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Spending even a few minutes re-uploading isn't worth the ROI to those turds

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General - Stock Video / Re: How bad is it for the rest of you?
« on: January 26, 2021, 05:14 »
Nice!

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Alamy.com / "Alamy Live News" took me 16 hours to respond
« on: January 20, 2021, 12:04 »
From applying and getting the green light, was 16 hours. By then it's pretty much old news.

How's your experience been uploading as "Alamy Live News"?

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You know... with  the convid and everything else that is going on... I wouldn't be surprised if you really did travel to the future and actually wrote that article from the perspective of 2031... :)

10 years ago if I made a post on my January 2021 earnings stating that on SS I would be earning an average of 23cents/download on 164 downloads with a port of 10,700 photos as I am, I would probably get a few laughs!  :o

On Alamy, so far this month I'm at $3 net on 12,499 images.  :o

Had any video sales this month on SS?

Yes, one for $1.92.  >:(

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You know... with  the convid and everything else that is going on... I wouldn't be surprised if you really did travel to the future and actually wrote that article from the perspective of 2031... :)

10 years ago if I made a post on my January 2021 earnings stating that on SS I would be earning an average of 23cents/download on 164 downloads with a port of 10,700 photos as I am, I would probably get a few laughs!  :o

On Alamy, so far this month I'm at $3 net on 12,499 images.  :o

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With another year / decade gone by Im happy to share with you my first monthly report for 2031 Special Edition, straight from idyllically-tropical island of Fernando de Noronha, 350km off the coast of Northeastern Brazil, where Ive been living for the past two years!

Ive decided to stay as far away from civilization as possible with no regrets. Things started to get increasingly chaotic and dystopic especially with the new Covid strains, civil uprisings, nuclear strikes, etc.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/01/18/january-2031-brutally-honest-earnings-report-special-nuclear-edition/

Happy reading and stay safe!

Alex

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Shutterstock.com / Re: SS levelling up
« on: January 12, 2021, 06:24 »

I just reached Tier 2 and on my way to riches!

First 100 images earned me a whopping $24.25.

Compared to my first 100 images in 2020, 52.7% drop ($51.64) 

Compared to my first 100 images in 2019,  46.9% drop ($45.55)

Can't wait to report on my first 250 downloads (beginning of Tier 3)!

On my way to have a steak-lunch courtesy of SS 🤨


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Before on left

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General Stock Discussion / Re: Google trends
« on: January 07, 2021, 04:32 »
Thanks for sharing :)

121
2020 is officially over and its finally time to publish a comprehensive review of the extraordinary (un)forgettable year that was, while provide a glimpse forward to the new year.

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2021/01/01/2020-year-end-review-good-bad-and-ugly/

Hope you find it an enjoyable read and useful for your own stock business.

Alex

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... If a buyer use it for commercial, contributor isn't liable at all, I think....

The issue isn't whether in the end a court would find you liable or not. That determination would be made at the end of a lawsuit. As someone licensing images for low royalties, you do not want to end up tangled in a lawsuit with all the attendant expenses.

Even if an agency would in the end be found to be the only one at fault, you can't stop someone from including you in the lawsuit.

We don't make enough money from licensing images to pay for lawyers. Make sure you check the correct boxes when uploading.

So is it appropriate to say it's more risky to upload and sell on Alamy than Shutterstock/AdobeStock because Shutterstock/AdobeStock don't leave the responsibility to determine commercial/editorial to the contributors like Alamy does?  I thought stock agencies should take those responsibility because they take money from the sales of those photos.

Best to play it conservative and tick the editorial box just in case (if you have identifiable people and/or property). If a buyer wants to license commercially, Alamy will contact you directly (as they have done many times with me) to request to lift the restriction. Then it's up to you if you would like to take on the risk...good idea to ask how much the license royalties would be to make the decision.

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General Stock Discussion / Re: 2020 vs 2019 sales comparison
« on: December 20, 2020, 15:39 »
For stills: Jan-Dec 2019 vs Jan-Dec 2020 - forecast Dec:

Adobe Stock: down <1%
Alamy: down 35%
Shuttestock: down 37%
iStock: down 5%

Average number of uploads Dec 2019 vs Dec 2020 = Growth 7.5%

Drafting a detailed year-end report.


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I never understood the logic of sharing of how much you make. You only make yourself bait for those who would just love to break into your account.  :-X

There's money to be made talking about money :)

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This is what they don't want others to see on a weekday.

Port = 10,660 images / 1,127 clips

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