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« Reply #25 on: January 23, 2015, 17:05 »
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My sales on Shutter are really weird lately - one day it's an X amount, the next day it's 2*X amount. And the next day it's an X amount again. It's been like that all January (so far). Kind of a yo-yo thing... a little bit unnerving. Used to be way more consistent.


« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2015, 18:41 »
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i wouldn't say sinking deeply but it is slow after an amzing dec.
my accounting buddies say it's slow in jan for business usually finish off their budget in dec.
then submit a new budget in jan or they get to know how much they can spend , usually
late jan. but also depends on fiscal yr, if it means anything for us  ??? :o
-me? i am thinkng maybe i was lucky someone had excess leftover to spend
and found use for my work in dec so i got a real wonderful dec.
-but now i am expecting more, and it seems like hell :P

as for rinderart comment old stuff forgot selling... i think maybe it is good news for you,
like someone said in another thread, something about if they churn their inventory
they won't need anymore new work from us.
which also mean we will get a revival with our forgotten section of work.
not sure but maybe is hopeful. but sure thing, new work is not encouraging.

« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2015, 22:37 »
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Well this week was absoultely horrid for sales on ss. Almost all subs, 2-3 ods and zip on videos. These are the kinds of weeks where i get very worried and discouraged. They are happenning more and more on ss
« Last Edit: January 24, 2015, 08:46 by Mantis »

« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2015, 23:46 »
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Whole month looking pretty bad for me.  Are people still hangover from New Years?

Semmick Photo

« Reply #29 on: January 24, 2015, 10:22 »
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My sales on Shutter are really weird lately - one day it's an X amount, the next day it's 2*X amount. And the next day it's an X amount again. It's been like that all January (so far). Kind of a yo-yo thing... a little bit unnerving. Used to be way more consistent.
Been saying that for a long time, together with a few others (Duncan), its a returning pattern and I am no longer worried about it. Agree its a lot more erratic than 2 years ago, but I just look at what the figure is at the end of the month to draw any conclusions. There's people in the Doom and Gloom thread on SS screaming murder for the whole month and at the end you seem them reporting a BME.

« Reply #30 on: January 24, 2015, 10:43 »
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My sales on Shutter are really weird lately - one day it's an X amount, the next day it's 2*X amount. And the next day it's an X amount again. It's been like that all January (so far). Kind of a yo-yo thing... a little bit unnerving. Used to be way more consistent.
Been saying that for a long time, together with a few others (Duncan), its a returning pattern and I am no longer worried about it. Agree its a lot more erratic than 2 years ago, but I just look at what the figure is at the end of the month to draw any conclusions. There's people in the Doom and Gloom thread on SS screaming murder for the whole month and at the end you seem them reporting a BME.

I am worrying because those gaps are getting bigger. I've accepted that they happen but what I am seeing is the time between peaks and troughs is widening. So we should be worried in my opinion.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #31 on: January 24, 2015, 12:03 »
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I am not experiencing these  long gaps... Yet

« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2015, 09:27 »
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Bad month for me as well, December was much better, but that is misleading because of a few SOD-s. Now only subs, and gaps...

« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2015, 12:49 »
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I had 2 decent weeks there this month, but the last one was back to holiday levels.

« Reply #34 on: January 26, 2015, 12:53 »
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Just to put things in perspective, i am currently this month $400 behind last month with five days to go. I will have to have some pretty good days this week to even get close to last month. The interesting thing is everything is slow on ss this month, including videos. But it is a cyclic business and for me the cycles get wider and wider each six months or so.

« Reply #35 on: January 26, 2015, 13:38 »
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Last year (2014) my January sales were just fantastic. Much better than Nov., Dec., and Feb. around. In 2015 it's tragic.

Same here.... jan 2015 disastrous for me.... it will be the worst month in years.  :(  :-\ :-\ :-\

« Reply #36 on: January 26, 2015, 14:11 »
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yes, i wonder too Mantis...5 days left and unless some single big 85,105 dollar earning happens it looks like a dump >:(
the gaps of 00 days are getting more, and i am beginning to look at my activity earnings
with a little cynical look. as someone said, if u remove the single large sales, it really does not look like ss is doing better... actually worse.
maybe they should spend less time pleasing shareholders and more time getting more or newer clients.

do we look out for the dude running away with the bank soon, like our old friend sh*t istock???

« Reply #37 on: January 26, 2015, 14:45 »
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yes, i wonder too Mantis...5 days left and unless some single big 85,105 dollar earning happens it looks like a dump >:(
the gaps of 00 days are getting more, and i am beginning to look at my activity earnings
with a little cynical look. as someone said, if u remove the single large sales, it really does not look like ss is doing better... actually worse.
maybe they should spend less time pleasing shareholders and more time getting more or newer clients.

do we look out for the dude running away with the bank soon, like our old friend sh*t istock???

my monthly sales graphs have always been  jagged sawtooth mtns - differences of 30-40% from previous month either way; little seasonal variation.    but the running averages tend to be smoothly upwards trending.  so looking at any single month or 2 gives little information.

also, my sales don't have any connection to whether I'm uploading or not -- sales are similar whether I'm home and adding 500+ images a month, or traveling and adding none.   in past year a higher % of sales on ss have come from 'recent' additions, but overall sales still cover a wide range of middle demand sunjects (travel, nature, backgrounds, etc)

« Reply #38 on: January 26, 2015, 15:08 »
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December was $300 down on the previous December, January is some 700 downloads down on last January. In short, it is disastrous, and probably time to find a different job. These kinds of sudden losses are hard to deal with, when you rely on the income to pay the bills. One expects variations of maybe + or - 10-15% but my downloads/income this month will be down by approx 35% on Shutterstock.

Soon Shutterstock will only have artists from poorer countries, as the rest of us can't live on the income we receive, and will be forced to use our talents elsewhere.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #39 on: January 26, 2015, 16:44 »
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Jan 2014 and Jan 2015 are now exactly the same with 4 days to go. So its not a big difference, but still more than last year. I am hoping to get some 500 fotos online in the next couple of weeks. See if that helps.

« Reply #40 on: January 26, 2015, 17:17 »
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January started really slow but things heated up on these last 2 weeks.

Some strange days though, like a couple of sundays selling twice as much as monday.

« Reply #41 on: January 26, 2015, 17:33 »
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yes, i wonder too Mantis...5 days left and unless some single big 85,105 dollar earning happens it looks like a dump >:(
the gaps of 00 days are getting more, and i am beginning to look at my activity earnings
with a little cynical look. as someone said, if u remove the single large sales, it really does not look like ss is doing better... actually worse.
maybe they should spend less time pleasing shareholders and more time getting more or newer clients.

do we look out for the dude running away with the bank soon, like our old friend sh*t istock???

This is true for me.  My sub sales at SS are 1/2 of normal 2014 avg and if it weren't for the SOD's this would be "just another" micro stock site. Whoever said this is correct.  Long term, will SS be able to sustain these big licenses or with the competition find a way to dilute them like they have the whole industry?


« Reply #42 on: January 26, 2015, 17:38 »
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hm, intresting, my story is diffrent, sales are the same every week, there is no volatility at all. ok christmas and new year week was half  :)
« Last Edit: January 26, 2015, 17:52 by Cesar »

Rinderart

« Reply #43 on: January 27, 2015, 00:48 »
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I wish it was mandatory for those who post that we can see there ports and how many Images they have to at least get some idea about credibility in Posting Numbers.

People Saying your Up Could mean Your getting 10 Sales a day compared to 5.

Uncle Pete

« Reply #44 on: January 27, 2015, 09:25 »
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Oh you mean credibility and real people, willing to stand behind what they write. Yeah, we all saw how that went over when Leaf hinted at it. Supposed to be a "professional" forum? But it's loaded with anonymous posters and people who don't want to be identified.

To be fair, someone with 200 killer, desirable, well produced and excellent shots with a message, will beat someone else with 2000 crummy, average, photos that are just nice pictures but have much less market demand. So "How Big Is Yours..." doesn't play for making anyone more credible?

I wish it was mandatory for those who post that we can see there ports and how many Images they have to at least get some idea about credibility in Posting Numbers.

People Saying your Up Could mean Your getting 10 Sales a day compared to 5.

« Reply #45 on: January 27, 2015, 10:30 »
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it is the same to me, low sales and much more rejection from ss, maybe something is happening in their business.

ShadySue

« Reply #46 on: January 27, 2015, 10:48 »
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I wish it was mandatory for those who post that we can see there ports and how many Images they have to at least get some idea about credibility in Posting Numbers.

People Saying your Up Could mean Your getting 10 Sales a day compared to 5.

Who would willingly give away their ideas to the copycats?

« Reply #47 on: January 27, 2015, 11:17 »
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As i read this in is a flashback to about 4 or 5 years ago...... Reading the iStock posts and watching my 6500 plus port sales drop in the same way many are describing above. 
Anyone see a graph charting photos for sale online overlaying a graph showing sales? I suspect the lines are diverging rapidly.

Semmick Photo

« Reply #48 on: January 27, 2015, 11:19 »
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Maybe I spoke to soon, yesterday was slow, today slow is a massive exaggeration. Its been a long time ago I had this few DLs at the end of my afternoon.

« Reply #49 on: January 27, 2015, 11:26 »
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Who would willingly give away their ideas to the copycats?

Sue is right. If someone comes here and share his numbers you don't really need to see his portfolio to guess which kind of images he produces (of coarse you must be aware of your work). Of coarse if someone says that he has 20dw/day with 1500 img he's doing good images.

Personally i don't make any good or high value images and i know my numbers (3/4 downloads day with 600 img)
if someone says that he has 90 donwload/day with 1600 a good start would be in believing him.... Then you have two options:
1-try to get there with a "market reseach" and better shots
2-Don't care and continue in your standard work without whining :)


 

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