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« on: June 23, 2019, 16:55 »
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It looks like june is going to be my worst month on shutterstock and i cant understand why?
Anyone else?


« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2019, 17:18 »
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Yup  a pretty crap month but its the same with Adobe and Alamy.

If nothing big comes up in this last week it'll be my worst revenue since Christmas 2017 and it ain't Christmas :(

« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2019, 18:28 »
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Catastrophic for me too, if nothing happens in the next week I'll be down 50% from May.

« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2019, 20:24 »
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sadly my month is looking pretty weak too. DT was running even with SS for a while this month but SS has pulled ahead - of course it used to be 6 times DT, not less than twice.

« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 22:02 »
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Catastrophic for me too, if nothing happens in the next week I'll be down 50% from May.
Exact like my situation

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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 00:17 »
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Best month ever for me. They must have been playing with the search engine.

« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 01:06 »
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For me too, a bad month
Bad for my motivation to upload new images

« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019, 05:53 »
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Best month ever for me. They must have been playing with the search engine.

I believe they are, I am seeing a very bad month here.
Congrats to you.

« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2019, 07:17 »
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Best month ever for me. They must have been playing with the search engine.

I believe they are, I am seeing a very bad month here.
Congrats to you.

Really seems like it, today it seems back to normal again (my best sellers selling), while during the poor period of the month I was getting some sales of images that mostly never sold, like someone was digging them up from their pit.
 

« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2019, 08:56 »
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i have gallery in catalog manager for each year...in 2017 i uploaded near 2300 files they have already earned in two year 2 dollar per image.....in 2018 near 2300 and they have earned 700 dollar....in 2019 already 2400 and i 'd say more creative and interesting, they have earned 120 dollar in 6 months....the declining of sales of new files is clear, sure i have still  popular images who earn money each months  but without the grow of new files is totally useless to do micro stock.
i hope they eliminate popular tabs and change with relevant or choose editorial because it's clear that nobody with a healthy mind will never look for images through new tabs due to the zillions of snapshot poorly made by thousand of amateur.
despite this in line with last year, but  i'm not surprised...my shutter stock earning in the last three years are practically a straight line with a difference in the first semester of 20 dollar and a bunch of download. i can predict july and august right from now.

stock instead sells' only new files but their red is a joke so far less than ss, as is in the middle.

« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2019, 10:08 »
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... it`s obvious that they are changing something or breaking after site updates... I will be happy with flat line, but now it feels like I`am going downhill... summer never brought declines like this, because this happened again ... last and ongoing year changes came in April...

« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 14:58 »
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It looks like june is going to be my worst month on shutterstock and i cant understand why?
Anyone else?
I personnally do the maths when the month is finished. And I never complain whatever happens.

« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2019, 17:12 »
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SS is up from the beginning of the year, but at the other hand P5 is waaaaaaay way down.
I shoot video.

« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2019, 21:06 »
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Normal month for me  ???

Today i reach 80% of last month incoming, so i think i will reach about same ammount.

« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2019, 01:54 »
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Best month ever for me. They must have been playing with the search engine.

I believe they are, I am seeing a very bad month here.
Congrats to you.

Really seems like it, today it seems back to normal again (my best sellers selling), while during the poor period of the month I was getting some sales of images that mostly never sold, like someone was digging them up from their pit.
I either seem to sell my "old reliables" or 5 year old stuff that's never sold my new content almost never sells. Looking like a mediocre though not disastrous month.

« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2019, 06:54 »
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Yesterday i had a 25 aingle seems complaining works) ahaha... acyltually in line with last year problem is therrnia zero growth dewpite the hard work. Seems im at that point and i will be there forevere. Lost any interest in creating new content. Just will clen my big backlog but wont spend any money or time in new ahooting.

« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2019, 07:42 »
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yesterday big sale today as always i could have bet 1000000 dollar, a bunch of subs nothing more....i'm sure till end of month nothing just a not the single to match last year results....last weeks random files new and last year sold pretty good...then stop, only best seller or old files.
how is this possible? i mean all agency i work for have a random path a roller coaster similar path...ss has a straight line since three years in practice.


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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2019, 08:08 »
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It is a horrible month for me too. Its hard to even look at. I agree that nothing new sells so it gives me no motivation to upload there.

« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2019, 08:15 »
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microstock in my opinion apart some rare cases of factory or people who live in third world country or very poor country compared to western hemisphere, is unfortunately not more a job to earn a living. this is the sad truth. when you have to compete with people who live in kiev or belagreade, where a shooting cost a bunch dollar and the living cost are one tenth is not possible to compete. it's like the factory who close the door in western country when china become the production at a level of cost a fraction of theirs. simply not possible to survive now and even less in 2 3 years, time to move to another occupation.

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« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2019, 08:39 »
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microstock in my opinion apart some rare cases of factory or people who live in third world country or very poor country compared to western hemisphere, is unfortunately not more a job to earn a living. this is the sad truth. when you have to compete with people who live in kiev or belagreade, where a shooting cost a bunch dollar and the living cost are one tenth is not possible to compete. it's like the factory who close the door in western country when china become the production at a level of cost a fraction of theirs. simply not possible to survive now and even less in 2 3 years, time to move to another occupation.

You make excellent points. There are still US based contributors who make  a good living at it. They are exceptional in terms of the quality and quantity of output. However, I do wonder if even some of them wouldn't agree with you if they had to start from scratch in today's environment. One of the toughest things about it is the trend line.  It is hard to be enthusiastic with a continuing downward trend.

« Reply #20 on: June 26, 2019, 08:52 »
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microstock in my opinion apart some rare cases of factory or people who live in third world country or very poor country compared to western hemisphere, is unfortunately not more a job to earn a living. this is the sad truth. when you have to compete with people who live in kiev or belagreade, where a shooting cost a bunch dollar and the living cost are one tenth is not possible to compete. it's like the factory who close the door in western country when china become the production at a level of cost a fraction of theirs. simply not possible to survive now and even less in 2 3 years, time to move to another occupation.

You make excellent points. There are still US based contributors who make  a good living at it. They are exceptional in terms of the quality and quantity of output. However, I do wonder if even some of them wouldn't agree with you if they had to start from scratch in today's environment. One of the toughest things about it is the trend line.  It is hard to be enthusiastic with a continuing downward trend.

sure some earn good money but most fo them are in downward trend i know some...you can survive only producing at cheap cost and working like a donkey, producing 10000 good images month in a factory environment.....if most of the factory are in russia and ukriane and serbia there is a motivation? low cheap cost of life and production.
in addiction in those country model are everywhere, where i live to find good model you need go to an agency who not ask you less than 300 euro shooting. when you need 4 5 for group shot, and you pay location and all , good luck.
i'm still growing this year but much less i have expected after working so hard in last two year. seems i'm stucked in the middle of nowhere.
in addiction soon most if not all exclusive of stock, we are talking about 10 20 millions file, will ditch their status because the return per download is simply falling down in stock, and stock is raising the number of download to gain status and more earning,...so another 20 millions of very good file in ss as alamy.
and we are not considering the other billions of images of people who work with instagram or freelancing, who never considered micro stock but soon due to a falling down of earning in freelancing job. and we talk about very good artist, mostly better than the medium micro stocker. still video is good but even it has limited time. a lot of factory have stopped producing photos and concentrate on video, but this will cause a collapse of video sales.
and i not even considering the fact that ss has a negative growth in the last year, an following their trend they will probably lose money in next quarter...so they need to save somewhere, and i know where they take money, advertising images with lower ranking to pay less revenue.
all pin all the future is bright

« Reply #21 on: June 26, 2019, 08:54 »
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and clearly i'm talking about earning minimum 50 60 k dollars per year. sure if i live in zimbawe don't pay taxes have some cash in bank i can live with 1000 k, eating cheap and sleeping in an apartment....i know people living in thailand with 1500 dollar...everrything sounds super till they have a medical problem and need 300 dollar day for hospital.:). so if you don't earn at least 3000 dollar please avoid telling us everything is super.

« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2019, 10:19 »
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Oh so predictable, the sales have now taken off in a hurry to make my monthly quota before the month ends.
Don't want to sound paranoid, it's actually funny.

« Reply #23 on: June 26, 2019, 10:49 »
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...well then i am moving from Austria to Serbia, i know  their food is good and cheap  :)

« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2019, 18:40 »
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So far so good, not complaining, new images are selling also


 

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