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Shutterstock is like THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN with Fotolia a steady second place.
January was my worst month in 2012 but 2013 turned out fine.

47.8 % Shutterstock
26.8 % Fotolia
07.0 % Dreamstime
06.8 % 123RF
05.2 % Canstock
02.5 % Veer
02.2 % Bigstock
01.5 % DepositPhotos
00.2 % Stockfresh
00.0 % GLStockimages
00.0 % Alamy

Off Topic / Re: Survey Monkey - Microstock Ten Questions
« on: November 30, 2012, 00:59 »
Yeah, kind of tricky to fill out. I tried to answer them the best I could. The ranking thing was tough. I'm not on a lot of those agencies, and I wanted to use Other for 1 and 3.

You should have able to select more than one "Other" or "0".
Now you have agencies with a rank that I don't submit to.

My sales are pretty well all over but I've noticed that certain images sell better in different parts of the world.
The SS map is great and wish other sites had something similar.


I think your problem is simply this : a watched pot never boils

I agree, with Canstock it's better if you don't hold your breath waiting for sales.
They eventually surprise you positively. Visually the site is looking good these days.
In addition to being a contributor I've also downloaded from them.

80 / Re: New upload system buggy as hell
« on: November 27, 2012, 08:40 »

It used to work perfectly. Don't try to fix what ain't broken, SS!

So true....

I made it on the second try a little over a year ago. My first attempt consisted of my best selling photos on other sites. I was disappointed and really didn't know what to do next. After a few months I came back with ten vector images - all accepted.

Suomenkielinen keskustelu / Re: Ketn suomesta?
« on: November 23, 2012, 09:16 »
Miss pin maailmaa vaikutat?

Yritn lyt suomalaisia sen takia, ett hiukan phkilytt nm jenkkien verokaavakkeet. Perustetaan juuri nill hetkill yritys, jolle kuvatulot siirtyy. Thn asti tulot tulleet "individual" periaatteella. Eli jos vaikka sattuisi trmmn johonkin jolla on yritys kytss kuvatuloille.

Mutta onhan se muutenkin kuulla toisista suomalaisista :)

Kyll, terveisi tyhuoneelta tlt Ertorin laidalta (Herttoniemi).
Oma toiminimi jo 20 vuotta - graafikko.
Niss microstock kuvioissa on selkempi olla vain henkil.
Tulot kuitenki laitan kirjanpitoon kohtaan "Veroton myynti (Royaltit)".   

83 / Re: Has DT gone over to the dark side
« on: October 24, 2012, 01:48 »
I've got a Level 0 image on DT that was downloaded as an EL on SS last week.
On DT's scale its SS sales add up to a Level 3 image. I've got quite a few images that are selling
elsewhere but are dead at DT. Could be search placement or buyer demographics?

"fill her up and check that oil you know it could be the distributor and it could be your coil"
Tom Waits

84 / Re: anybody else having poor sales
« on: October 19, 2012, 00:50 »
This is my BME on DT but I have the feeling it won't last.
Please prove me wrong.

Off Topic / Re: Mary Ellen Mark talks about being a photographer
« on: October 15, 2012, 05:15 »

Off Topic / Re: Spend your life doing what you love
« on: October 12, 2012, 06:05 »
That's was Mr. BeHereNow.

It's been a while since I heard Alan Watts speak at U of Toronto 1972.
Wow that's 40 years ago and still basically doing what I did then.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Wow. Have you guys seen this.
« on: September 25, 2012, 02:31 »
Mudplucker is naive but honest.

88 / Re: SS DL not updating
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:21 »
Yeah, I just sent them an enquiry before coming on to MSG.
The images appearing on the map as Latest Sales aren't being registered in Earnings Summary.

I never include any text, just because it looks crappy to write "Sample Text"


90 / Re: the new DT
« on: September 15, 2012, 04:14 »
The new DT but still the worst reviewers in the business.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Veer- High Rejection Rate
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:00 »
I've around 90% acceptance rate at Veer. No complaints.
They're my third best earner after SS and FT.

92 / Re: Sunday's sales
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:21 »
If you've ever worked in advertising or design you'll know that Sunday is the day when the phones don't ring and there are no meetings. When the heat's on it's the perfect day to catch up.

123RF / Re: Very, very slow start!
« on: September 08, 2012, 01:28 »
Slow start?  I'd say no start, dead, nothing, a big zero so far this month.

Illustration - General / Re: Gradient
« on: August 31, 2012, 01:00 »
No, no one actually saves a files in this form. Its a bug in Adobe Illustrator which I also face many a times.
You apply a normal radial gradient and after saving the file in eps10 when you again open that file it breaks the gradient in many parts.
Getting these types of gradient is not good as it makes your file lot heavier and un-editable.

I've had this happen as well. You can miss it if you don't reopen the eps10 file.
I try to use blends instead of radial gradients to avoid the problem.

Newbie Discussion / Re: Your Fotolia absolute position ?
« on: August 30, 2012, 02:27 »
Overall rank 13,600
7 day rank 2,610

100 files online and a couple of hot sellers. Wish I had more.

96 / Re: number of dlds per month at SS
« on: August 25, 2012, 08:24 »
I got into SS in October of 2011, second attempt.
I currently have a protfolio of 94 images and averaging around 125 to 150 downloads per month.
As of today day 113 for August. My images are mainly vectors SS rejected most of my background images.


Off Topic / Re: The Olympic Games. Do not go to the UK !
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:01 »
That's funny.  I hope it all goes well, even though I'm not as interested in the Olympics as I used to be.  There's too much money being made now, it was much more fun when it was mostly for amateurs.  I wish they would get rid of the opening and closing ceremonies and just concentrate on the sport.

I'm sure the athletes have a good time.

Veer / Re: Dashboard Issues?
« on: July 16, 2012, 07:25 »
I haven't been able to access my Veer Dashboard in almost a week. I've tried from different computers, and even from different networks. If I go to "Workspace", it's fine. But if I click on Dashboard the wheels just spin until I get a Timeout Expired message.

Anyone experiencing similar issues?

Same here, but now it eventually appears. I go for coffee or pick up the guitar.

I do both photography and illustration. My meager sales on GL have been a 50% split been the two but the photos that have sold have been quite GRAPHIC.

The new MacBookPro with Retina display could be a major improvement.
I personally will never go back to a desktop machine.

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