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« Reply #75 on: April 03, 2011, 22:59 »
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Yeah I did see weird stuff happening - most popular pages sometimes have a God-awful images included <snip> Or some set of portfolios that clearly doesn't include mine:)



This is obviously the case...after all Mike Ledray's shots "Sell like hotcakes"  ;)



WOW!
Me mentioned by some unknown random person on here
Thats so cool!




lagereek

« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2011, 02:03 »
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Contrary to many people, I think shutterstock has a great search algorithm.  I think there is nothing more frustrating than on other sites where you upload a pile of photos you put a lot of work into, they end up on page 10 of the search results and never see the light of day.

On shutterstock, new images are put on page one when they get a few sales, as well as previously proven best sellers.  If the new image is really great it will stay on top with the best sellers.  If the image wasn't so hot, it won't last long on the top and will sift to the bottom.  I think the shutterstock method at least gives new images a chance.


Agree!   the SS search is by far the best one, I think they are using the most popular but also giving prefs to new files which makes it sustainable in fact. Its very strange that many other agencies havent caught on to this since it generates money.
The IS, best match, for example is far too concentrated on simple generic stuff, kind of what we in the film days used to call the "chocholate-box" agency style, hence it really doesnt generate money and DT, well they insist on showing massive series in many searches.

« Reply #77 on: April 04, 2011, 10:24 »
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I have to say that I finally saw an increase in sales on Shutterstock. After sitting at the same level for 3 years in spite of adding lot of new images the sales jumped up, especially this March. I hope the trend continues! :-)

lagereek

« Reply #78 on: April 04, 2011, 10:32 »
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I have an increase of around 40% just over the last year. SS, is at the moment my most stable agency. Its a pitty they dont have an exclusivity option.

helix7

« Reply #79 on: April 04, 2011, 12:06 »
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I have an increase of around 40% just over the last year. Shutterstock, is at the moment my most stable agency. Its a pitty they dont have an exclusivity option.

SS is far and away my most profitable agency. But even with that in mind, I'd never go exclusive with them or anyone else. I think we've seen enough lately of how exclusivity can backfire on contributors, and how agencies can abuse exclusive contributors' loyalty.

I had my best month in almost 3 years at SS in March, despite not uploading a single new image. Whatever it is they're doing over there to keep the buyers clicking, it works.

« Reply #80 on: April 04, 2011, 12:22 »
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Shutterstock is far and away my most profitable agency. But even with that in mind, I'd never go exclusive with them or anyone else. I think we've seen enough lately of how exclusivity can backfire on contributors, and how agencies can abuse exclusive contributors' loyalty.

I had my best month in almost 3 years at Shutterstock in March, despite not uploading a single new image. Whatever it is they're doing over there to keep the buyers clicking, it works.

Same here. I've just had a massive BME at SS following several months of fairly steady growth. Most of the growth is coming from an ever-increasing number of PPD sales. Together with BigStock the 'Shutterstock Group' now account for over 38% of my microstock income. As far as I'm concerned they have taken over from Istock as the most dominant agency and the trend from my data suggests that the gap is only likely to get wider.

« Reply #81 on: April 04, 2011, 13:25 »
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I remain skeptical as it's also the time of the year when loads of images are being purchased.

At least I see two peaks in a year, one of them being now and then starting in September to December again after the summer slump.
Although this mileage may vary for others.


 

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