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I know i went back to level 1 January but allthough the number of sales not much different than last years January, im getting way too many 1 dollar 2 dollar 3 dollar sales since January 1
Did something changed about sales policy of SS
Any similar situation out there?
I also mainly create videos.
I didn't have any videos on SS in January 2021, not until August. That's why I can't compare.
But I see a gigantic difference compared to December last year.
Now in January my portfolio was in weekend mode for the first 9 days. Only then there were a bit more downloads, but much less than in December. Mostly for a few dollars between $1,- and $4,-, but also one for over $10,- and one for over $20,-.
RPD for my video sales last year is $10.06

My AS portfolio was also in weekend mode for the first 9 days of January, but then it took off very well right away. Fewer downloads than SS but already 3x as many earnings so far.

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 deals and more deals and less sales
« on: January 09, 2022, 02:55 »
Actually it's always been less sales on SS vs P5,

Went from $3500/month on P5 alone (editorial) to about $400/month as of April 1 2019 when lightning struck and people all of a sudden stopped buying .

In another forum topic you wrote that before 2019 you had up to $160.000,- income from stockfootage per year.


Great point although before April 1 2019 happened I was making $140k to $160k/year when you added up my P5, SS, and videoblocks revenue, and I've read that others did much better in stock before the agencies cut pay and started doing direct deals with distributors and buyers leaving us with a few one-off sales.

Your stories do not match.
You are the only contributor so far who went from $160.000,- to $0,-, I haven't read a similar story yet.
Even if you went from only $3.500,-/month to $0,-, that is also very unbelievable.

My downloads at SS have declined alarmingly.
None of my best sellers have been sold yet.
My portfolie has been in weekend mode for 7 days.
Also at AS things are unexpectedly very bad.
Nothing is going on at P5 so far, but that's nothing new. I've always had very few DL there.

Shutterstock.com / Re: First full year of the "levels"
« on: January 04, 2022, 03:59 »
Its about the talent not uploading, sure your going to get the odd person who will continue too, but overall the bigger picture is, the majority of creative people are not going to be uploading and this will in time have an impact, I predict (and it is the Season for predicting) that five years from now Shutterstock will be a mere shadow of what it was five years ago.
When I started in 2019, SS was number 1 for the majority of contributors in terms of revenue and downloads.
And that is still the case today. Still the majority of contributors write that SS is the 'best horse in the race'. Also with me.
SS are the best sellers. There is no downward trend to be seen.
Anyone who wants to make money must logically be with the number 1 agency.

Pond5 / Re: Pond5 deals and more deals and less sales
« on: January 04, 2022, 03:17 »
and in searching around to find out what's going on at PA media/Alamy I found this, so you're Pond5 content is being given away on Alarm, I'm sure you get a little "incremental income" for it somehow, don't ask because I don't know. 

P5 does not give anything away. P5 has a deal with Alamy.
And I think this is similar to the deal P5 has with Adobe : GPP, Global Partner Program.
That means Adobe customers can buy media from P5 on Adobe's website. These sales are named in the P5 account with GPP license. We get the payout every third month.

Went from $3500/month on P5 alone (editorial) to about $400/month as of April 1 2019 when lightning struck and people all of a sudden stopped buying .
If you were making $3500 a month at P5, you should be making at least as much or more at SS. Why are you whining about your bankruptcy?
And what about all the other agencies? Are they not selling your media anymore either?
You uploaded your media to several agencies, didn't you? Haven't you?

... because this is really great and exciting news, your content will be pooled together with many other contributors in this program and we think there will be many as this is an exciting new way to earn incremental income and you will receive this incremental income based on the percentage of the average of all the contributors commissions from clips that sold in this group so if the average sale was for $15 you will get a percentage of that which is divided by the number of contributors in the pool.
It sounds like that when you talk about P5 and their membership program.

So I said, so I am going from 50% commission to a fraction of a penny per unknown sales volume divided up among everyone?, he said yes but this is great news because you are going to be earning incremental revenue.
If it is P5, then the revenue from that pool is not a fraction of a penny. The RPD for my videos is about $12.00 (non-exclusive) and about $17.00 (exclusive).
And I have many more sales from this pool than regular sales.
Without the revenue from this pool, I probably wouldn't be supplying P5 anymore. The regular purchases are far too few.

I think the main stock sites need to explain to stingy buyers the advantages of paying for content instead of going to the freebies.

I don't think that's necessary.
First, buyers know that free images are not necessarily safe images. They are afraid of penalties.
And secondly, and this concerns professional image buyers, it is embarrassing and shows a lack of success when the website is decorated with free images that have already been used thousands of times on other websites.

Don't be so negative.
Instead of a new camera lens, some of you could give yourselves a positive thinking seminar. ;D

Shutterstock.com / Re: New Look on SS pages?
« on: December 20, 2021, 11:55 »
Isn't less information sometimes better tho?, if it's all about content content content these days maybe info like fps etc could throw off some customers?.  also, maybe they are copying the free sites, after all the free sites have some way of staying in business with no revenue.......hmmm.
Did you forget the sarcasm smilie?
I think so.

If I were a buyer, I would not buy where there is not enough info.
Dreamstime doesn't have fps info on footage either. I would never buy footage there. When I had a look at the website and some videos, my first impression was : totally unprofessional.

Perhaps the new SS designer is an 'undercover' brought in from a competing business.  8)
But I hope everything will be fine.

Shutterstock.com / Re: New Look on SS pages?
« on: December 20, 2021, 06:31 »
The new look looks unprofessional. From my point of view.

Some media info for footage is missing, like the fps info. Has it been deleted or just hidden?
And the title is half hidden. You have to scroll down a bit first and then unfold the text if you want to read the full title.
Instead, the buyer is offered other videos, right next to the object of desire, which are not relevant at all.

I mean, the new look is almost as bad as the look on some free content sites.

Shutterstock.com / Re: does SS do not like anymore new photos???
« on: December 20, 2021, 06:19 »
how hard is it to subtract 1 number from the total?
Quite simple, if you have to subtract only ONE video a month.

Shutterstock.com / Re: does SS do not like anymore new photos???
« on: December 19, 2021, 02:49 »
both, but 99% images.
there's a breakdown in the 'earnings summary' for 'cart sales'
Then you take the image sales and subtract the video sales out yourself, manually?
I was hoping to get a listing in SS's system that shows image and video downloads separately. So that I can see the RPD.

Congratulations Dumc!
I had received in October 90,-$ for a picture.
That was also a joyful surprise.

Shutterstock.com / Re: does SS do not like anymore new photos???
« on: December 18, 2021, 10:33 »
my SS port this year has had RPD of $.60-.80 each month ...
You create images and videos?
In SS account there is no way to see the downloads and income of pictures and videos separately? Or is there?
I have not found anything in my account.

Shutterstock.com / Re: strange behavior of the 'to submit' folder
« on: December 03, 2021, 06:32 »
.... anybody have any sale from US?
Six of my downloads from the last 20 are from the USA.
But only Videos.

Adobe Stock / Re: Adobe Stock Sales are so slow this days
« on: November 28, 2021, 12:09 »
I am very happy with my sales on Adobe Stock.
This month is the best of all.
Likewise with Shutterstock, I'm having my best month ever there too.
I'm uploading new media almost every day.

Pond5 / Re: Sound effects
« on: November 28, 2021, 11:37 »
Have you entered your name? The author's name is mandatory when submitting audio.

Shutterstock.com / Re: strange behavior of the 'to submit' folder
« on: November 27, 2021, 07:39 »
So it's not a browser problem then.
I guess SS will fix it if they think it's necessary.

Otherwise, SS sells very well for me this month.

Shutterstock.com / strange behavior of the 'to submit' folder
« on: November 26, 2021, 04:25 »
Hello all

For a few months now I have noticed that the 'To Submit' folder is not working correctly. Especially the display of the media count. Most of the time it is set to '1', although there are much more media in the folder.
And yesterday I noticed for the first time that about 50% of my media in this folder disappeared on the 8th day after uploading. Just as if they had been deleted by the system.
Supposedly they are supposed to disappear only after 21 days. That's how long SS gives us to submit.
Or has the deadline been shortened to 7 days?

Are you guys having the same or similar problems?

Newbie Discussion / how can i delete my account?
« on: August 16, 2021, 04:40 »
how can i delete my account?

all my posts were made invisible by a moderator.
i think there is something wrong with this forum.
that's why i want to leave.

Hi all,

I'm still pretty new to the forum. Have only 10 posts.
Yesterday I saw that 2 post of another user disappeared in a thread I opened. I am now having a conversation there with just me.
The thread does show 5 posts from the outside, but when I go into the thread I only see 3 posts, all three from myself.

Also, yesterday a post of mine was not published in another thread.

I am a bit irritated. Is there an explanation for these strange occurrences?

Dreamstime.com / Re: Im sorry about Dreamstime
« on: August 13, 2021, 07:57 »
I am not sorry about them.
Very unprofessional site. After revealing real contributor name, without any notice for artists, I deleted my account.

What? Real name is visible on the web?


Yup. You can read about it here.

Dreamstimes Identity Crisis

And what about Dreamstime now? Have they overcome their crisis?
I looked at some profiles of contributors and saw that some used a pseudonym.
Has the requirement to use a real name been lifted?

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Pond5 / - - -
« on: August 08, 2021, 05:23 »
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For comparison, the following situation from real life:

In a city there is a store (the 1) that sells expensive goods under a name known for best quality.
This store (the 1) gives its goods to another store (the 2), which mainly sells food.
(There are huge crowds in food stores almost every day. It's a gigantic marketplace.).
The store (the 2) sells the goods of store (the 1) for half the price and under unknown name.
This is standard in real life. I assume that this is known to everyone.
Does store (the 1) compete against itself when it gives its goods for sale to another store (the 2), which sells these goods much cheaper?

The store (the 1) uses two markets to sell its goods. At least two.
That's the reality. So it has to be profitable. Otherwise it would not be a reality.

In the stock media business, there is also more than just one marketplace.

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