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Author Topic: Shutterstock Performance May 2014 - Good, Bad or Indifferent?  (Read 8145 times)

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« Reply #50 on: June 02, 2014, 18:30 »
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In terms of income:
+51% compared to April 2014
+312% compared to May 2013

In terms of downloads:
+40% compared to April 2014
+256% compared to May 2013
Wow. That's heading in the right direction. Congratulations :)

Thanks!


Goofy

« Reply #51 on: June 02, 2014, 18:57 »
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BME!!!

SS Rocks!
[suspicious][/suspicious]

What happen to your Dog icon?  8)


« Reply #52 on: June 02, 2014, 23:21 »
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Up 200% from April (which was WMY), just $3.00 under my BMY, and significantly up from May 2013. Good volume and earnings.

« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2014, 14:41 »
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Record month

+290% from May 2013
+155% from April 2014

It helps that I had two sales that must've been ELs of some sort (huge earnings per each clip)

« Reply #54 on: June 03, 2014, 15:09 »
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Record month

+290% from May 2013
+155% from April 2014

It helps that I had two sales that must've been ELs of some sort (huge earnings per each clip)

Those are nice numbers.  I'm curious how long you've been at this, and how your portfolio increased during the same periods.

In general, I think it's only relative newcomers to microstock that can see growth like this.  If you started just a year or two ago, and today you have several times the port size of the year you're comparing, then huge increases are the norm.

But once you've been at this five years or more, growth typically falls to zero, or into negative territory.  It becomes impossible to keep your head above the tide of new competitors flooding the market, and you start realizing that growth is unsustainable.

Does any microstock veteran have a different experience?

« Last Edit: June 03, 2014, 15:11 by stockmarketer »

« Reply #55 on: June 03, 2014, 19:08 »
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Does any microstock veteran have a different experience?

I can think of one that starts with a D and ends with V

(from previous discussions here at MSG)

« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2014, 02:11 »
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Pretty happy, best month since August 2012. Encouraged by increased sales at SS, Alamy and P5.

« Reply #57 on: June 04, 2014, 02:27 »
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Happy, best month, which is sweet as i havent had time to upload anything for quite some time. Had to take a day job... Got to pay those bills...

« Reply #58 on: June 04, 2014, 02:34 »
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Could people put portfolio growth percent also when putting comparisons. That would be awesome!

« Reply #59 on: June 04, 2014, 06:34 »
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SS sales slowly drifting down for me  :(. About 10% below May 2013 and about 5% below May 2012 !! I don't have upload stats at the ready, but surely my content there is steadily up, probably 400+ image each year.  With SS fast acquiring the leadership position in micro stock, perhaps its time they revised up the contributor share to at least keep us up with inflation...

« Reply #60 on: June 04, 2014, 06:44 »
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Admit, May was bad, there was no nice surprice.

Those don't happen to often for me either, but I was lucky in May. I would say that every other month I get a juicy morsel, then it's the $35 kind of sale. All I can say is that at least shutterstock is changing the microstock experience for contributors in a more positive manner than all the rest of their competitors. And I can only hope it lasts or gets better. The one thing they need to keep their eye on is continuing to yield a POSITIVE BUYER EXPERIENCE.

« Reply #61 on: June 04, 2014, 11:28 »
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Record month

+290% from May 2013
+155% from April 2014

It helps that I had two sales that must've been ELs of some sort (huge earnings per each clip)

Those are nice numbers.  I'm curious how long you've been at this, and how your portfolio increased during the same periods.

In general, I think it's only relative newcomers to microstock that can see growth like this.  If you started just a year or two ago, and today you have several times the port size of the year you're comparing, then huge increases are the norm.

But once you've been at this five years or more, growth typically falls to zero, or into negative territory.  It becomes impossible to keep your head above the tide of new competitors flooding the market, and you start realizing that growth is unsustainable.

Does any microstock veteran have a different experience?

Does this mean you finally hit the wall?
You talked about producing images in niche subject matter and what not to avoid the wall for the past few years. It seems like your experiencing a slow down of sorts.

« Reply #62 on: June 04, 2014, 11:31 »
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Oh and to contribute to this thread, the sales have been getting better and better every month for me.

« Reply #63 on: June 04, 2014, 12:47 »
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Record month

+290% from May 2013
+155% from April 2014

It helps that I had two sales that must've been ELs of some sort (huge earnings per each clip)

Those are nice numbers.  I'm curious how long you've been at this, and how your portfolio increased during the same periods.

In general, I think it's only relative newcomers to microstock that can see growth like this.  If you started just a year or two ago, and today you have several times the port size of the year you're comparing, then huge increases are the norm.

But once you've been at this five years or more, growth typically falls to zero, or into negative territory.  It becomes impossible to keep your head above the tide of new competitors flooding the market, and you start realizing that growth is unsustainable.

Does any microstock veteran have a different experience?

Does this mean you finally hit the wall?
You talked about producing images in niche subject matter and what not to avoid the wall for the past few years. It seems like your experiencing a slow down of sorts.

Yes, I feel like the wall has hit me.  I've ramped up my uploads, but with more contributors joining everyday, it has become impossible to keep up.

Last I saw, there are 20,000 new images uploaded every day at SS.  I could be the best in the world at what I do (I'm not) and I would still drown in all this ever-growing competition.

And yes, I'm in niches and am constantly looking for new ones, but I'm seeing new copycats stealing my ideas every day. 

I once had a rosy view of microstock.  Now I see my days in it are numbered.

cuppacoffee

« Reply #64 on: June 04, 2014, 12:54 »
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I remember the days when, as a buyer, I would look at every image returned by my search before buying one. Now there are too many results on common subjects to bother to look at every page and image quality has improved so much that you can usually find a "good enough" image in the first 3 or 4 pages. Niche subjects are a different story but those are becoming more available too. Search placement is everything.


 

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