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Compared to what you were expecting, how much did you earn on SS in Jan 09?

Much better than expected. (> 15% more $)
15 (12.5%)
A little better than expected. (5% to 15% more $)
16 (13.3%)
About what I expected. (-5% to +5%)
25 (20.8%)
A little worse than expected. (5% to 15% less $)
27 (22.5%)
Much worse than expected. (< 15% less $)
37 (30.8%)
Don't want to say.
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 110

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« on: January 28, 2009, 13:34 »
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Compared to what you were expecting, how much did you earn on SS this month?

Edit: Changed title and locked voting on 3-Feb-09.

« Last Edit: February 03, 2009, 14:58 by sharply_done »


« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 13:37 »
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Was expecting many more sales than I did get. hopefully feb will be different

lisafx

« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 13:47 »
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My sales are right around average.  Not the BME, but certainly within the normal range for the past few months. 

JerryL5

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 13:48 »
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Sales were off this month, but started picking up this week so better than I expected.

« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2009, 13:49 »
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Well since I haven't uploaded anything in awhile it's been awful. Dreamstime and Istock will certainly finish ahead. This will be the first month since I started Microstock in Q1 2007 that Shutterstock will not be 1st.
« Last Edit: January 28, 2009, 13:51 by Kngkyle »

« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 14:15 »
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Much worse for me than expected.  I uploaded a fair bit of new images and never really had them take off the way new images usually do.  I dunno if they just sucked or what but .. yeah, far off.

lisafx

« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009, 14:32 »
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Much worse for me than expected.  I uploaded a fair bit of new images and never really had them take off the way new images usually do.  I dunno if they just sucked or what but .. yeah, far off.

I can agree with you about new images.  My latest several series have not gotten any sales at SS.  They must have taken out the emphasis on new images in the search engine...?

« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009, 14:53 »
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Yes I noticed the same regarding the new uploads but on the positive side my BME for on demand sales

« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2009, 14:57 »
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50% of Jan 08.  15% fewer single sales in January to December, but a nice number of OD's which make it a bigger $ month than December. 

Today has to be my worst Wednesday on record.

« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2009, 15:01 »
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as expected: +30% in comparison to December earnings with ~100 more pictures in the portfolio (+15%)

« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2009, 15:02 »
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I can agree with you about new images.  My latest several series have not gotten any sales at SS.  They must have taken out the emphasis on new images in the search engine...?

No I think the search engine stills works the same, I think it is more likely that a few long-term subscribers have left. I've always thought that LT subscribers were responsible for the new-image-download phenomena on the basis that they had already downloaded all existing images in the subjects that interested them.

Disappointing start to the year for me at SS despite 100 new uploads. Sales are projected to be on a par with December and about 24.5% of my total revenue (down from 29.6% in Jan 2008).

« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2009, 15:24 »
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Much better than expected - up 45% so far on earnings over December.
Not taking into account a much welcome EL sale.

« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2009, 16:41 »
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Better than Dec. but not what I was hoping for, especially after quite a bit of new better than average images submitted..

« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2009, 16:43 »
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May sales there have been going down for months but they are still much higher than any other site.  I did notice a bigger drop after photos.com started subscriptions.  I wonder if some of the buyers have gone there?  Pay per download sales are increasing, so hopefully they will one day make up for the decline in subs sales.

« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2009, 16:47 »
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They must have taken out the emphasis on new images in the search engine...?

Or the beast got indigestion.  :P
I expanded my port on SS by 100 (in batches of 10, twice per week) the past 5 weeks. Normally this should give a boost of 40% but not now, although the new ones constitute still 40% or so of the downloads. My conclusion is that the bias to new images still is there, but that SS in general slowed down. I think the poll in this thread confirms that. To be honest, the on demand makes up a little bit.

« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2009, 17:06 »
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In spite of regular uploading, my income stays average. No increase since June 2008!
And I know this involves everybody, because I have less downloads for one file and it is still in the top 50, even higher. A few months ago, you needed much more downloads for being in the top 50!

« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2009, 17:23 »
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I didn't expect this month to be too good but it turned out worse than I expected. OD's have been a life saver there along with regular uploads :D


lisafx

« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2009, 17:29 »
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In spite of regular uploading, my income stays average. No increase since June 2008!
And I know this involves everybody, because I have less downloads for one file and it is still in the top 50, even higher. A few months ago, you needed much more downloads for being in the top 50!

Not sure how that extrapolates to everybody. 

I have never (to my knowledge) had any images in Shutterstock's top 50.   But my sales there have increased steadily anyway - they are just more spread throughout my portfolio. 

Xalanx

« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2009, 18:53 »
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Less downloads than normal, but ok money wise, thanks to some ELs. I am uploading constantly and approval rate is somewhere around 98-100%.

« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2009, 19:49 »
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Value of sales is down around 15% since January 2008, but volume is down around 50%. They represent a share of 26% of my sales now, against 32% a year ago and 51% in January 2007.

It's a bit disappointing, but not unexpected.

vonkara

« Reply #20 on: January 28, 2009, 20:21 »
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Without uploading during holidays it's way down. Not unexpected though. But I voted the worst for showing my deception to have no choice except shooting continuously for getting a reasonable income from them. Even if you shoot pics of your cats, you need to feed the beast LOL

« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2009, 20:28 »
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Without uploading during holidays it's way down. Not unexpected though. But I voted the worst for showing my deception to have no choice except shooting continuously for getting a reasonable income from them. Even if you shoot pics of your cats, you need to feed the beast LOL

Which means that, for those of us who don't have a cat, there's no hop anyway. I knew there was a reason why I perform so badly in this business  :-[

reckless

« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2009, 13:27 »
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It started as a real bad month for me for the first two weeks, until I received an EL. That put me just ahead of what I would normally expected.

« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2009, 13:35 »
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BME for on demand sales :)
Overall, SS is the most consistent from month to month while all the others vary radically with a relatively small portfolio and almost a year in microstock.

« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2009, 13:37 »
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+46 % than in December...

For all agencies my projection is +38 %...


 

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