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« on: August 01, 2016, 08:50 »
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Wow. My July SS payout was the lowest since Sep 2007!  :(


« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2016, 08:51 »
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worst month this year... but somehow i expect that

« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2016, 08:58 »
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Two big single and other sales in the second half of the month transformed July.  Was heading for my worst month in years but finished just short of July last year.

alno

« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2016, 09:00 »
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Close to best month which was May. But I started about a year ago.

« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2016, 09:07 »
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Compared to July 2015:
Size of the port: +51%
Income: -8%

During that time I reached top tier. I changed my gears from semi-pro to pro. Quality of my files have definitely increased.

I don't know why I'm still in this business.  :'(
« Last Edit: August 01, 2016, 09:33 by 60D »

« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2016, 09:12 »
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Compared to July 2015:
Size of the port: +51%
Income: -8%

During that time I reached top tier. I changed my gears from semi-pro to pro. Quality of my files have definitely increased.

I don't know why I still in this business.  :'(

It sounds like you are at the point where you need to look at macro sites and sell there. It just doesn't make any sense now to invest in better equipment and improve your skills and stay in microstock.  :(

« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2016, 09:13 »
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Diabolical - 50% down on July 2015 - worst month for about three years

On the plus side it has given me the boot up the arse I needed to get cracking on other business outside of microstock


« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2016, 09:18 »
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Best month this year.
I uploaded a new photo (editorial) that sold the day I uploaded it and one or more times a day since then which was nice, though the big jump in earnings came from SOD sales and not that image. It's just nice to see new images selling steadily. My main focus has always been outside microstock, but for certain images, including some American editorial subjects, SS is my best choice for stock.

« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2016, 09:30 »
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Really bad month on SS, down something like 15% on last year even with a much larger (and better quality) portfolio.

FL and 123 are up, but not enough to make up for the decline in SS and IS

« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2016, 09:32 »
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It sounds like you are at the point where you need to look at macro sites and sell there. It just doesn't make any sense now to invest in better equipment and improve your skills and stay in microstock.  :(

I started to upload to Alamy and Getty. But I got tired of Alamy's upload system very quickly. I get better RPI and RPD at Getty. But due to some of their rules (cannot delete files, cannot modify keywords, etc.), I hesitate to send them more files.

« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2016, 09:33 »
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July turned out to be my 2nd best month this year. But that only happened in the last few days, when 3 large SODs came in. Before that, it was a complete bust. Go figure!

« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2016, 09:39 »
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July turned out to be my 2nd best month this year. But that only happened in the last few days, when 3 large SODs came in. Before that, it was a complete bust. Go figure!
It's the second best month in this year for me as well, but how is it compared to July 2015?
« Last Edit: August 01, 2016, 09:46 by 60D »

« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2016, 09:42 »
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Pretty bad month here, especialy, because I had one of the worst months for ODD sales.

« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2016, 10:10 »
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I only do footage and at SS I have had the exact same amount in $ in the last 4 months!
It is really strange, if the month starts well and I reach that sum, then I don't get anymore uploads. If the month starts very poorly, I have a big increase in the last week, just enough to reach the same exact total

THP Creative

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2016, 10:18 »
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Was going to be terrible, but 7 footage sales in one day made it acceptable. About average.

« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2016, 10:27 »
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Seems SS has become a fixed income source for many  ;)

« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2016, 10:38 »
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2 big sods and a couple of reasonable sods made it a poor month


« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2016, 10:50 »
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no big sod, as i said , it disappears almost 2 years ago.
it was as stockastic said, these big sod that rescued us each month from a disaster month.

july, again reach the same download total but earning is 50% less

does that mean ss has decreased the prices per dl ,etc??? can anyone tell me???
how do you reach the same download plateau for the past months
but end up with so much less $$$$ in earnings?

new images? increased upload  but dls is dismal in percentage to what was uploaded.
most of the earnings are from images undiscovered and the usual sellers.
you no longer need to can feed the beast to increase earnings

the mystery is my download number always stay the same (+- 10)
ie. say your dl monthly is 3160 , it comes in total  3158, 3159, 3163,3156,etc..
and they say there is no flip switch???

gyllens

« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2016, 11:06 »
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Diabolical down 50% plus. Have around 22000 files there and I really feel this is it with SS. We keep blaming the search but I am not sure anymore. Could very well be and against all odds they are losing buyers?
Like some others I will also upload much more to Getty.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2016, 11:09 by gyllens »

« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2016, 11:23 »
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Worst July since 2014

« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2016, 11:33 »
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June was my BME, July is 2nd worst after January in this year

« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2016, 11:51 »
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Diabolical down 50% plus. Have around 22000 files there and I really feel this is it with SS. We keep blaming the search but I am not sure anymore. Could very well be and against all odds they are losing buyers?
Like some others I will also upload much more to Getty.

red-  for many of us , yes ! but still someone(s) keeps saying it's his best month ever ;)

getty? you not fear their no deletion rule???
i am afraid of anything connected to istock,really!!! once beaten twice shy and now ss is
waiting with a pole shoving and lubrication job...

« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2016, 12:14 »
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Good news and bad news for July.

It was the best month this year for $$, by a small margin.

It was down nearly 18% in $$ over July 2015 where downloads were essentially the same (8 fewer)

I have a portfolio of just over 2000 images and I have added quite a few images this year after adding very few last year. The good news is that a large chunk of the new stuff is selling and getting good search position. Not surprising as remodeling is a good category. Summer is always slow, but it's a shame that lots of new images haven't boosted the download numbers (unless you count the fact that they didn't fall as a boost?)

As with other months this year, the big change is the loss of high-value SODs. I did have two hand-processed ELs this month which is probably why July beat March.

Dook

« Reply #23 on: August 01, 2016, 12:15 »
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Diabolical down 50% plus. Have around 22000 files there and I really feel this is it with SS. We keep blaming the search but I am not sure anymore. Could very well be and against all odds they are losing buyers?
Like some others I will also upload much more to Getty.
How do you guys upload to Getty?

angelawaye

  • Eat, Sleep, Keyword. Repeat

« Reply #24 on: August 01, 2016, 12:34 »
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I'm really glad I'm not alone. July 2016 has been the worst earnings month in several years. June was bad not not as bad as July. I'm bracing myself for August as Monday doesn't seem to be going very well so far ...

The only Macro site I know is Alamy. I took my 3 best sellers off micro and listed them on alamy (exclusive) and not one download yet.


 

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