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What SS Tier Are You In?

< $500
41 (27%)
>= $500 and < $3,000
48 (31.6%)
>= $3,000 and < $10,000
35 (23%)
>= $10,000 and < $25,000
26 (17.1%)
>= $25,000 and < $50,000
2 (1.3%)
>= $50,000 and < $100,000
0 (0%)
>= $100,000
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 140

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PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2008, 05:40 »
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Correction. IStock simply cannot match the earnings from the top 6 combined... for you.


« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2008, 05:42 »
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I am in top level...over $10,000

« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2008, 05:56 »
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I am about 750 from the 3000 and it should take me about three to four months to reach 3000, when everything was as it used to be.  With the current downloads I'm afraid it takes twice as long. This month is my Worst Month Ever. Half the downloads of last month so far. I'd  rather have no raise and the same downloads as I used to have. I guess the buyers must have run away very quickly with the new prices. Hope this will not stay this way..

Contakt

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« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2008, 06:02 »
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Correction. IStock simply cannot match the earnings from the top 6 combined... for you.

No it's not just me! It's basic mathematics!

If, say for argument sake, you've got 500 decent shots in your portfolio and submit those to the 6 top sites; if those shots are good enough to do well on istock they're good enough to do well elsewhere and that's where the figures don't add up.

Say I was getting on average $1.00 per sale for going exclusive on istock and all the others $.30 cents. Now multiply that .30c x 5 and you'll see where I'm coming from.

PaulieWalnuts

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« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2008, 06:22 »
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Everybody has different performance accross the sites. And it's not the average amount per sale that needs to be calculated but the total earnings breakdown.

Assuming all things being equal (you have the same 500 decent shots accross all sites), when IS becomes at least 60% of your earnings, the exclusive raise you get will make up for the remaining 40%. This doesn't even take into account the supposed sales boost you're supposed to get from other factors.

For almost the past 6 months, IS has consistently been in the 60-70% range for me which is why I'm waiting to see what happens with this subscription deal. My lockdown to other sites also ends in June so exclusivity makes absolute sense for me (as of today). If I went exclusive today, I could be earning the same or more as what I do now and not need to deal with all of the BS of all of these other sites.

Now back to our program already in progress...


« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2008, 10:39 »
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Still in the < 500 tier, but less than $40 to go!  I'm looking forward to the 8 cent bump in the next 30 days.

« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2008, 10:53 »
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I reached top tier within 1 year.... they need to add new levels beyond $10000 which they will probably do at some point.

« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2008, 12:23 »
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Bottom rung of the ladder and struggling to climb.  :-[

« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2008, 19:25 »
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I'm in the top level....over $10,000

lisafx

« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2008, 19:29 »
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I agree with the others who feel there should be another level above 10K.  Maybe 20K or 25K? 

To the OP, it might be interesting to add a 25K level to the poll and see how many of the 21 (and counting) responders who are over 10K would fall in that category.

(not me unfortunately...)

« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2008, 19:57 »
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To the OP, it might be interesting to add a 25K level to the poll and see how many of the 21 (and counting) responders who are over 10K would fall in that category.

This is the second request that I have had for this.  I wasn't sure if it would work, since people have already voted, but I decided to give it a try anyway.

For anyone that originally stated that they are in the >= $10,000 bracket, you can now change your vote and choose the appropriate bracket.

Microbius

« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2008, 14:16 »
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I am in the top tier, happy with the raise.
 Very unhappy with SS's attitude towards it's contributors, it's running of it's forums, it's business plan (or lack thereof), it's marketing etc. etc. but at the end of the day, no skin off my nose, if they lose customers we'll make the lost income back on the sites they lose them to!

lisafx

« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2008, 15:48 »
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To the OP, it might be interesting to add a 25K level to the poll and see how many of the 21 (and counting) responders who are over 10K would fall in that category.

This is the second request that I have had for this.  I wasn't sure if it would work, since people have already voted, but I decided to give it a try anyway.

For anyone that originally stated that they are in the >= $10,000 bracket, you can now change your vote and choose the appropriate bracket.


Thanks for updating the poll :)
Wish I could change my vote, but not there yet......

« Reply #38 on: June 03, 2008, 17:03 »
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I just got approved there so I'm just happy to finally be "in the race" at this point ;)

Mark


« Reply #39 on: June 03, 2008, 18:41 »
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Over a year in, and only half way to the $500 mark.  Looks like I'm gonna have to try harder.

« Reply #40 on: June 04, 2008, 03:29 »
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Passed the $500.00 barrier at the end of May! Been with SS since July last year.

Ed ...

« Reply #41 on: June 04, 2008, 09:54 »
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Not even anywhere close to the first $500. I started uploading photo to IS in March this year.


« Reply #42 on: June 05, 2008, 08:23 »
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I am in the 3000 - 10000 tier. It will be a long time until I reach the 10000! :)

Same here, I just sailed past 3,000 five days ago - based on my current sales it will now be years rather than months until I hit 10,000 so there's very little incentive to go all out and get to the next payment increase. Next years raise will have come and gone before I get anywhere close  :D

I'm a recent newbie to the $3k tier, and am having some difficulty getting stuff accepted right now (acceptance rate of only 28% in May, I think), but that swings back and forth and I will just keep uploading as I am able to.

I disagree with the incentive comment, tho.  When I started out with this 3 1/2 years ago, I had no hope that I would ever see a single payout - yes, I thought it would be just another photo portal with no sale, or even a scam.  I would have never dreamed that I would reach $3K in revenue already (most of which has come in the last 2 years)!  Had I even had a CLUE that would be feasible, I would have uploaded much more earlier on....but I digress.

The increase for EL's has been my prime motivating factor.  The way I see it, if I can improve my images to the point where I am getting more consistent EL's (I average about one/month - sometimes more, occasionally none), then that next tier will be achievable fairly quickly!

Of course, everyone wants to make more money, and I am no different - and of course, we try to micro-analyze the natural fluctations in the industry, but I'm on this ride to stay!

« Reply #43 on: June 05, 2008, 10:10 »
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I'm in >10000. And really pity there is no more high tiers..


 

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