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Update from DP support:

The images were downloaded under the Extended License.
We have finally integrated the option to make the Images under Extended License unavailable for the Partner sales.
So please let me know if you want to disable the option - Partner Sales.

2,64$ for an EL, even been sold trough PP? No, Thanks.

I would suggest that we should all send an email to disable these type of license trough PP.  Who knows if they change their mind..

Since MSG update I can not see new replies on my own topic...

Anyway, thread subject changed, to all members be aware of this new issue.  I'm not against "Partners Programs", but I'm not interested have my images "offered" anywhere.

Mine still missing. Maybe "gauge minimum value" is too high?  ;D

Yaymicro / Re: Yay Distribution Deal With Alamy
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:57 »
After YAY response, i'll give a try. I have 1080 files (YAY) vs 475 ( Alamy ). They will work to avoid duplicate files.

Yaymicro / Re: Yay Distribution Deal With Alamy
« on: September 05, 2012, 14:47 »
Smell like.. hmmm. "creatives images".

Will keep it "off" until further explanation about that particular partnership.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Return of Sales- Deposit Photos
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:45 »
Probably is some kind of one of their several "experiments"? ( Like I get regarding another DP issue here )

Anyway, should be agency supporting "subs" refunds, mainly because the way they work ($$$) for them.

Ah... have You check your balance?  I ask because there is at least one agency that,  report by email some refunds and forget the obvious.. :D

General Stock Discussion / Re: 123RF Commission Change
« on: August 28, 2012, 07:59 »
My "goal" was 40%, but I need some kind of "divine intervention"...

The "sales boost" that I was expecting never happen,  like was on FT, SS.

I should have worked, instead believing on statistics.

Yesterday, I got the following sale:

ID de Ficheiro: 8413425
Nome de Ficheiro:Modern House
Tamanho: EL4
O Seu Lucro: $2.64

Now, knowing that with 44% of royalties, one EL4 gives around 22$ each, I went to their online chat ( fast by the way ), and report that situation.

Today, they reply me about it:

Depositphotos is constantly searching for the new ways of image selling in order to let the contributor to earn more.
Currently we are testing the Image selling by credits to our Partners. So these sales will be shown at your account as Partner sales.
The commission to the contributors will be provided according their levels - 55-52%.
In case this testing of Partner Sales is successful, we'll integrate the functional to unable this option "Partner Sales".

In fact, in sales report I've something like that:

Now, I'm "puzzled" with such situation:

- They are testing without any warning? And will have opt-out option only after "testing"?
- Look to earnings column, I would be happy, because that partner sale gave me a bit more that a XL standard, but still wondering about "Extend License report"... Without knowing who is their partner, no one can check the prices/options to get an conclusion about royalties. At least is my conclusion.

The only thing it's certain, isn't pixmac. They still refusing accepting my files from partners, even from 123RF... ::)

This happens to someone else? 

Shutterstock.com / Re: SS Facelift
« on: July 25, 2012, 18:12 »
SS Siteboost doesn't work with that "new thing"...  :-\

Already happen to me:

- SS: Some images with that rejection. I've upload them again without any problem and all got accepted. By other side, as I said in another topic, had a entire batch stuck there, and the solution was delete all images and upload them again. Some weeks ago I've notice that a bunch of duplicated images appear online on my port...

Sporadically, got some images with upload error on: SF, YAY, BS ( notice when opening them for keyword editing ), but they are a "special" section.


And at least one property release  ;D

Nice one!

123RF / Re: Uploading disabled?
« on: July 13, 2012, 03:46 »
It's working here ( and yesterday I could upload some Editorial stuff ). Somehow I managed to get it online during some periods of the day.

Big change here.... just 4 top sellers on first page. All others images are from same "new" batch's, including one entire serie of 10 images ( Editorial ), all without any sale so far.

Regarding sales, I've notice that:

- Regularly I sold old files ( one was  the first images I got accepted LOL )
- Between best sellers daily sales, ii'm getting sales over news files, but sequentially by batch date.

I think that such change is a good way to ensure that, all files, have a higher chance to get sales ...  ::)

I could hate them a bit more ( FT ) , but... I'm paid in EUR  ;D

But all that happiness vanishes each time I raise money from paypal...

General Stock Discussion / Re: Fotolia Rejections
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:00 »
Despite the fact i'm not uploading to any agency recently ( more than two months ago..  working on new subjects ), the last batch on FT went thus:

- Subject Serie A: All refused
- Subject Serie B: All accepted
- 1 Isolated object: Accepted

Guess what happen when DT reviewed it... (too similiar bla bla... )

Therefore, and given the criteria for each agency, I no longer worry about the rejections and their reasons, exception made to those about some technical issue ( almost near zero ).

Returning to FT, i'm not in a hurry to upload new files, because i'm selling old files only... too old by the way.

Yes ( both 32 and 64 bits ), even if we talking about version 1.


123RF / Re: Where to find pending images?
« on: July 05, 2012, 16:08 »
After You upload via FTP, You must go to the following page:


And click on "Click here to process your uploaded files"

After that will be here:


StockFresh / Re: A call to arms - Support StockFresh
« on: July 05, 2012, 09:57 »
I tried the other day to add a stock link to my portfolio and  got flagged for spamming

Because of that, I link my Flickr images to a blog page ( could be a website ), and from there I can link to any agency.

or maybe the "buyer" take if from Flickr  ;D

Yes, but actually abusers can take them from anywhere, with or without watermark.  Waiting for someone serious that understand how things works regarding image use... for that reason i will let always a link to any agency  ;D

BTW, is quite normal to find some sites "hot-linked" to Flickr images...

StockFresh / Re: A call to arms - Support StockFresh
« on: July 05, 2012, 05:37 »
I tried the other day to add a stock link to my portfolio and  got flagged for spamming

Because of that, I link my Flickr images to a blog page ( could be a website ), and from there I can link to any agency.

Shutterstock.com / Duplicated Images
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:34 »
I don't remember if I've reported here, but I have an idea that happen with more users:

Some several weeks I got some images "stuck" on "review queue". After talk with SS support, the solution was delete them and upload again. Problem solved.

Today, while hanging over my gallery, I find several images duplicated. All images duplicated belong to the same batch that was deleted. I've already report this issue too support, but for those that had same problem with "review queue" would check for duplicated files.


Has planned since 2010, everything goes everywhere, with the unique exception:

- None Editorial Content for PM ( until they understand the meaning of such type of content.

I've stopped a bit on uploading ( working in another content type ), and when I start uploading will be a bit more selective.

I averaged 29 cents a download on SS last month. (and I'm happy)

Not everyone has 2000 - 4000 images and not everyone is part of the top 5% of microstock, like many of the people here are.

While the blog may be looking at the dark side, and ignoring the success of some, remember that 50% of the people who get accepted (ignore the thousands who never pass that test) Never Reach Payout! It's a tough business, there's no free lunch.

x2 With a bit more monthly average  ;D

And each day I believe that only those 5% ( with few exceptions ) are entitled to tell anything ( and anywhere ) about any matter in the microstock industry. 

Not mean that I agree with everything he says, but after reading the entire text, did not see nothing new that I have not already seen written by the big "guys".

Cutcaster / Re: Cutcaster down?
« on: June 30, 2012, 04:05 »
Down here too ( PT ) .... Should appear again with a new look and news ideas.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Repeated Sales of Single Image
« on: June 29, 2012, 13:22 »
I've just noticed that all my daily sales were OD exclusively... not even one sub. Haven't none "repeated", but mostly "series" ( Editorial ).

Thought was another matter under discussion.

Anyway, only 2 or 3 files with an monthly average of  8~10 downloads ( just in SS , because on overall that files goes to 15~20 downloads  one of them start lowering average After submitting a similar ( 5 per month min. ) .


iStockPhoto.com / Re: hahahaha oh iStock
« on: June 26, 2012, 14:32 »
Managing a huge agency like this is a complex task, and then you have banks, credit cards, and many more variables. It's not a joke, I actually think that in this respect Istockphoto does its best. One can argue about their royalty rates, but they are very honest about it. That's my experience at least.

I understand Your point of view, but making two mistakes followed, by the values ​​that we saw, do not give us a lot of trust. Excluding some exceptions, for that cents, I would prefer live without knowing about it. There a plenty of "bugs" that would help a bit more contributors, if already solved, than a tiny royaltie % adjusment.. that never happen.

And isn't IS exclusive... Something similar happen to me on SS ( downloads not reported correctly ), and they  "effectively" solve the problem.


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