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« on: November 02, 2013, 12:01 »
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I have 218 referred contributors to SS and only 4 of them got accepted! Out of those 4, 3 has given up with initially accepted images. So, only 1 guy is remaining, he also has less than 60 images after almost a year. Would you believe, I have only made $1.24 from those 218 referred contributors! Anyone has better stories?


« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 12:21 »
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I don't understand the concept of recruiting competition.

« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 12:22 »
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Nice to know that this is a total waste of time.   :)

« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2013, 12:28 »
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I don't understand the concept of recruiting competition.

Do you also reject the idea of giving advice or critiques to other microstockers?  Do you go in the opposite direction and offer misinformation in an attempt to sabotage others?  Why would you participate in a forum that when used as intended provides aid and comfort to the enemy, if you view every other submitter as competition and at least a potential threat to your income?

Which is all separate from the idea that when done well, referral programs can augment your income with others' success.  My only problem with it is that the referrals I've had mostly failed to produce images and income.

« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2013, 12:34 »
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My only problem with it is that the referrals I've had mostly failed to produce images and income.

On top of that, you won't receive anything after two years which is really discouraging.

EmberMike

« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2013, 12:38 »
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I don't understand the concept of recruiting competition.

Referrals used to make people a lot of money before SS changed the terms of the deal. Now it's pointless, but in the past, there was good money in it. I made about $10k on referrals at SS.

« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 12:39 »
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Some people must have made a fortune - if Yuri was referred, then I guess someone would have been making something like $100 a day for years on end for doing absolutely nothing. So if you struck lucky or recruited ferociously it could have been very worthwhile.  However, most people who picked up on my referral links didn't even pass the test, let alone bring in much cash.
The two year rule is a real dampener.

« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 12:44 »
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The two year rule is a real dampener.

Referrals used to make people a lot of money before SS changed the terms of the deal. Now it's pointless, but in the past, there was good money in it. I made about $10k on referrals at SS.

I agree. With this 2-year-rule, there is no point of referring anyone to SS anymore.

Lev

« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2013, 12:46 »
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« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 13:47 by dolgachov »

« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2013, 13:06 »
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referral story on micros is over.

unless you own MSG ;D

Ron

« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2013, 13:08 »
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Some people must have made a fortune - if Yuri was referred, then I guess someone would have been making something like $100 a day for years on end for doing absolutely nothing. So if you struck lucky or recruited ferociously it could have been very worthwhile.  However, most people who picked up on my referral links didn't even pass the test, let alone bring in much cash.
The two year rule is a real dampener.
His dad referred him allegedly, said by dad himself.

Lev

« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2013, 13:08 »
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« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 13:47 by dolgachov »

« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2013, 13:11 »
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referral story on micros is over.

unless you own MSG ;D

even if you do.

don't you make me go and get my calculator ;D (1 click away!)

Lev

« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2013, 13:14 »
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« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 13:48 by dolgachov »

« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2013, 13:18 »
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For all the talk about crowd sourcing and "hundreds of thousands" of stock photographers, the number of people who do stock successfully on a global scale is extremly small.

Stock needs a very special combination of skills and having prior experience in Photography isn't even necessary.

That is why the real competition will always be very small and the people who know how to do it a very valuable resource.

Good stock artists don't grow on trees.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 13:41 by cobalt »

« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2013, 13:20 »
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no worries. whatever belief makes you happy.

makes me happy? it doesn't pay my bills so I don't think of it, its just my opinion, no need to be arrogant.

(so we don't forget you had 5 figure monthly income from referrals a few years ago)
« Last Edit: November 02, 2013, 14:01 by luissantos84 »

« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2013, 13:25 »
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...the number of people who do stock successfully on a global scale is extremly small.

Are you one of those? just asking  ;)


« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2013, 13:32 »
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Follow my progress and tell me in two years what you think ;)

« Reply #18 on: November 02, 2013, 13:36 »
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« Reply #19 on: November 02, 2013, 13:39 »
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I am documenting my indie journey on my facebook page. Many people kept asking me for information and this is the easiest way to do it.

MichaelJay is documenting his journey as well. I've added some links to his Blog from my page.

However, The most interesting new indie to follow is probably Sean Locke.

There are many other blogs and pages out there where people report earnings and experiences.

« Reply #20 on: November 02, 2013, 14:09 »
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For all the talk about crowd sourcing and "hundreds of thousands" of stock photographers, the number of people who do stock successfully on a global scale is extremly small.

Stock needs a very special combination of skills and having prior experience in Photography isn't even necessary.

That is why the real competition will always be very small and the people who know how to do it a very valuable resource.

Good stock artists don't grow on trees.

I'd totally agree with this except for the word "artists".  Skill, professionalism, commercial acumen, yes but no more artistic than a good software developer - of course there are some exception but how much stock, in general,  would you hang on your wall?

« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2013, 14:28 »
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I'd totally agree with this except for the word "artists".  Skill, professionalism, commercial acumen, yes but no more artistic than a good software developer - of course there are some exception but how much stock, in general,  would you hang on your wall?

If the guy at Subway is a sandwich artist, then I get to call myself one too.  ;D

« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2013, 03:08 »
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... most people who picked up on my referral links didn't even pass the test, let alone bring in much cash.
Same here. 99% of my reffered gave up, one men is uploading something, sometimes... Every time I spent my time on teaching new people and they just give up. To much work for them, to hard to get in, to hard to do that all work (learn english, take good photos, select them, keyword, upload... ).

And people say microstock is easy money :D

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2013, 03:55 »
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And people say microstock is easy money :D

Yes it is for microstocks

« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2013, 04:15 »
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... most people who picked up on my referral links didn't even pass the test, let alone bring in much cash.
Same here. 99% of my reffered gave up, one men is uploading something, sometimes... Every time I spent my time on teaching new people and they just give up. To much work for them, to hard to get in, to hard to do that all work (learn english, take good photos, select them, keyword, upload... ).

And people say microstock is easy money :D

One of those who failed the test was a retired professional studio/product photographer who actually "failed" me for my lighting of glass objects and gave me a really useful one-to-one tutorial on how it should be done.


 

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