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General Stock Discussion / Re: Free Keywording Software
« on: November 23, 2009, 22:37 »
Windows 7 is now available.  Perhaps if you joyfully abandon Vista....

I had this happen and the sales were not only to different customers but they were on different continents.  It must be fairly common for it to have happened to me, as I gave up on all this a while ago and never had many sales anyway.

The market is flooded with writers who will write articles for $5 or $10.  The barriers to entry are very low for writers, and there are a lot of English speakers out there who will work for next to nothing, especially those living in less expensive countries.  I spent a year in Thailand and Malaysia doing some of this kind of work.  It's amazing how much more $10 is when it will feed you well for two days, or house you for two days.

Some of the sites pay an upfront fee and keep all revenue, some have a royalty deal, some share ad revenue, and some pay nothing and only share ad revenue.  So if I put an article on something like HubPages and nobody clicks on any ads there, or nobody buys from Amazon or whatever, I get nothing.  But if I write something that stimulates some sort of purchase activity on a regular basis, I get regular income.  

There are a lot of sites out there that pay less and, of course, screen less.  This looks as if it is attempting to get some professional writers.  This is a refinement of a market that has been around for years and years, new because it is attempting to add some quality control.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia V.2
« on: June 24, 2007, 06:09 »
No uploads is not a little niggly.  It is a major function that should work.  Has anyone tried to get paid yet?  I read that doesn't work either.

I used to be in IT.  This was very, very badly managed.

Crestock.com / Re: I knew it! Congratulations Eco!
« on: June 24, 2007, 05:53 »
The photo is absolutely brilliant!  Congratulations!

General Stock Discussion / Re: Photos purchased on multiple sites
« on: February 25, 2007, 01:52 »
So much for the place I looked for the numbers a couple of months ago.

General Stock Discussion / Microstock - for pros or hobby photog's
« on: February 25, 2007, 01:47 »
I suppose I should say why I think microstock is a place mainly for amateurs.  I think that as time goes by, and the number of images increases, the number of sales each individual gets will decrease.  Not too fast, because the market is growing, but I still think sales per person will slow.  In the meantime, the agencies will make it more and more difficult to get images on to the sites.  Eventually the time needed to develop and maintain a portfolio will increase to the point that it is not economical for anyone trying to earn a living from photography.  They will abandon microstock for niches where they can earn a higher hourly rate, leaving microstock to the people who do it for fun or to pay for a new lens, the ones that are thrilled every time they sell an image.

My half-cent's worth.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Economics...
« on: February 25, 2007, 01:36 »
Several photographers have posted here about still getting sales from old 2 megapixel shots.  If an image meets the designer's need, and high resolution isn't an issue the designer will buy it, and probably be grateful not to have to downsize.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Photos purchased on multiple sites
« on: February 22, 2007, 10:32 »
Someone once bought the same image from me on Fotolia in two different sizes.  Why not just buy the bigger size and downsize?

If other sites besides Fotolia told you who bought the images, it might be easier to resolve issues like the one posted here about an image being used in a newspaper with a huge circulation.

Of course, some of the licenses give ridiculously high limits, like one million.  There isn't a magazine in the US with a circulation of one million.

General Stock Discussion / Microstock - for pros or hobby photog's
« on: February 22, 2007, 10:25 »
I'm one of those amateurs Rinder writes about.  And I think that microstock really is a place for amateurs rather than professionals.  And when I occaisionally post here, he comes right back at me.  That is what I like best about his contributions, not the advice, but that he responds and is passionate about his responses.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Tear Sheets - Post your finds here
« on: December 21, 2006, 08:20 »
There was just a Supreme Court ruling about tranformational art that allowed the use of a photograph.  There was another one a few years ago that made an artist pay the photographer.

One of the key issues is whether the artist has made things available before, etc. etc.  Puttin an image out there for sale means you are giving up a lot of control. Since the stock license agreements are pretty loose, it's probably legal.

Dreamstime.com / Re: Is DT for sale?
« on: December 21, 2006, 07:56 »
Apparently designers get stuck into a couple or three sites they like and stop looking around because it is too time consuming.  Or so several have said in posts.  So if a site can lure a designer, the hope would be that desiginer would like the site and use it forever.

I have a travel blog at blogger with adsense on it, and I mentioned stock photography in a post and within minutes my blog had a dreamstime ad for free photos.  Maybe they are after the markets that aren't professional designers, the bloggers and the people who do training and presentations, and just want something to spice up the dry stuff.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia free section to Pixmotor
« on: June 20, 2006, 16:05 »
I presume that was sarcasm.  I have no insight,  With insight I would be able to figure out my rejection e-mails.  And I'd have more than two sales.

I found this info on a post in the forums.  Someone asked, an aswer was given, and then the transfer notice was dropped in the middle of the answer.  A bit strange, I thought.

At least the payment strategy for free images makes sense to me.  Unlike some things on the microstock sites.

Adobe Stock / Re: Fotolia free section to Pixmotor
« on: June 20, 2006, 00:52 »
The free section seems to be back.

The payout system is interesting because it is based on the number of dfferent visitors that download your photos as a ratio to the number of different visitors to the free section that day, then that ratio is used against that day's share of the pre-sold monthly advertising income.  So a 31-day month with the same amount of ad sales will have less to pay out per day than  a 30-day month.  And three downloads from the same visitor only get you one visitor credit.

It sort of makes sense.  As a come-on for new buyers, the number of new buyers counts.  And advertisers are interested in the number of visitors, not the number of downloads.

Off Topic / Re: Paypal woes
« on: June 20, 2006, 00:40 »
Setting up bank accounts in some countries is a lot harder than it is in the US.  Some require weird things like reference letters.  I think US banks require money, an address, and a tax id.

Adobe Stock / Fotolia free section to Pixmotor
« on: June 17, 2006, 23:05 »
I just found a statement on a forum at Fotolia stating that the free section has been moved to a site called Pixmotor.com.   For the time being, or something like that.  I went to Pixmotor, and there are no ads at all.  Just a search box on the home page.

I asked on their forum, but thought I'd check in here.  Does anyone know anything about this?  Photographers made money off of DLs from the free section based on the ad revenue.  No ads, I presume no revenue.

Any thoughts?

StockXpert.com / Re: "Too many similar images"
« on: June 07, 2006, 12:54 »
There are those who purport that one should always spread one's similar shots out over several uploads anyway, to avoid encouraging the inspector to cherry pick.

StockXpert.com / Re: "Too many similar images"
« on: June 07, 2006, 12:52 »
Maybe it's just bad wording for 'we have too many of these'?

Adobe Stock / Re: fotolia down again?
« on: June 05, 2006, 18:14 »
Seems to be OK now.

Adobe Stock / fotolia down again?
« on: June 05, 2006, 18:04 »
I just got my first sale, saw the e-mail pop up and wanted to just go and stare at it for a while.  But I can't get into the site (fotolia us) and neither can my brother.  Did my sale break it?  If so, my apologies, but I'm still happy.

Have you tried going to the site as if you were a buyer and seeing what prices are like?

Why take the time to delete photos?  Just leave them there and forget about it for a while, and spend the time you would have spent deleting photos into something fun.  Like keywording?

Computer Hardware / Re: Backing up your photos
« on: May 11, 2006, 22:22 »
At least any photo you have uploaded anywhere has multiple backups.  If you are on five sites, there are five copies, and all of them will probably have several generations of backups.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Slow sales?
« on: May 09, 2006, 16:29 »
How can you have images on Shutterstock if you haven't been accepted? 

CanStockPhoto.com / Re: Uploads Temporarily Canaceled
« on: April 26, 2006, 12:21 »
The upgrade is complete.

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