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« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2012, 04:41 »
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I'm having a very strange experience with that Elena.  I tend to have  one or two sales on new files straight away, and then they just stop and become slow and sporadic, but the older stuff keeps churning out sales at a regular rate.

Exactly same here too..!


« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2012, 10:26 »
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By "new files" I mean images accepted within last couple of months. I had some small sales right away, but then the images just disappeared from my sales stats. I guess I am used to gauging the sellability of the image by it's Shutterstock sales, since they used to get picked up so quickly. So I am looking at the stats and thinking - well maybe these images just won't do well, but then they sell and sell on other places like Fotolia. I just looked at my history of accepted images on SS and I think it's fair to say that anything submitted this year still didn't find it's way to the regular sales. 
Well... agencies go through search algorithm changes, ups and downs in sales, mass rejections and so on... what can I say - it's good to be non-exclusive:)

« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2012, 10:42 »
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some batchs for me nothing sells fast on SS and others have some sales right off the bat. I know one thing for sure it's not like it was a couple years ago when I was feeding the beast.

Wim

« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2012, 10:50 »
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I'm having a very strange experience with that Elena.  I tend to have  one or two sales on new files straight away, and then they just stop and become slow and sporadic, but the older stuff keeps churning out sales at a regular rate.

Exactly same here too..!

+1

« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2012, 11:39 »
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New images for the most part aren't doing much for me, either.  For the past 3 months, earnings from new images was about 6% of the 3-month total, over the past 6 months about 5% (didn't upload much for a while last fall), over the past year 30% and over the past 2 years 58%.  I've been trying to time my submissions to see whether acceptance (assuming a 5-day review period) on Monday or Tuesday versus later in the week makes a difference but so far have seen no effect - it doesn't matter when they get accepted. The boost from new images seems to be gone, at least for the kind of images I am making.

« Reply #30 on: May 08, 2012, 12:21 »
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My recent batches accepted during last month are not selling at all on SS.  They do sell well on all my other agencies. What's your experience - do new files have a chance of making it on SS these days? I still have very nice overall sales there, but it's all my old portfolio...

I find it is simply getting tougher everywhere for new images to attract early sales but that's hardly surprising with 20M images now on-line. SS is still the easiest place to get those early sales though (unless your image gets selected for the 'New Images' slot on FT which almost always guarantees multiple sales).

« Reply #31 on: May 08, 2012, 12:58 »
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I spoke too soon - Just had 4 batches approved and I sold about 12-15 images from them  ;D hope it continues.

« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2012, 10:52 »
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My recent batches accepted during last month are not selling at all on SS.  They do sell well on all my other agencies. What's your experience - do new files have a chance of making it on SS these days? I still have very nice overall sales there, but it's all my old portfolio...

I find it is simply getting tougher everywhere for new images to attract early sales but that's hardly surprising with 20M images now on-line. SS is still the easiest place to get those early sales though (unless your image gets selected for the 'New Images' slot on FT which almost always guarantees multiple sales).

On the bright side images will be "old" for longer than they are "new"  ;D  I'd much rather have sales longevity than a few quick sales and then nothing

« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2012, 11:45 »
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Sometimes they sell so fast that I think its the reviewers who are buying them.
But thats unusual.

back in the days, when you uploaded a batch... you had sales on them, and the sales continued.
and still do.
from these old photos.
That was the good old days back in 2007.
Now only striking images sell.

RT


« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2012, 13:08 »
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@ Elena

Pretty much the same experience on SS as you. Re FT when they started that 'new images' page I used to get one in there out of nearly every batch, guess I must have fallen out with someone because I haven't had one in the collection for ages, new files can disappear to never be seen again  :-\

wut

« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2012, 15:05 »
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I'm starting to see it too. In the last 65 days I've uploaded 5 series and only 1 is selling well or better said, like new series used to sell (on average). And that 1 series is making me 3x more at IS, while my sales at IS were always just about 2/3 of what SS were. The older stuff sells, I've missed my BME by a lousy 5$. But it makes me a bit worried and nervous, thinking this trend might continue. I don't have a large port to rely on, in fact I'm the process of making it. Well just a few thousands away :) . But you do catch my drift, don't you...My sales will start fading in time if new stuff won't start selling like it used to. But I doubt they can afford for their library to become outdated (since only old stuff will keep on turning up in the search results)


 

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