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Title: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: StockPerformer.com on June 21, 2017, 08:20
One keeps hearing that contributors are only uploading more and more and that it is impossible to keep up.

We wanted to find out how much more people are uploading and what the growth rate is. We wrote about our results right here:
https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/are-you-uploading-enough-files-to-make-money-from-microstock/ (https://www.stockperformer.com/blog/are-you-uploading-enough-files-to-make-money-from-microstock/)

Let us know what you think!
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: SpaceStockFootage on June 21, 2017, 08:31
Good stuff. Do you have a chart for average number of files uploaded per contributor, per year? That would be interesting.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: Justanotherphotographer on June 21, 2017, 08:32
Just skimmed it, I'll give a proper once over later. Initial thoughts, SS growth ties in with what I found with the graphs I uploaded of collection size vs payout size a few weeks ago (deleted now on advice of fellow forum members). Percentage increase of total collection size for each site would also be very interesting.

Good to see that as predicted IStock's collection is falling well behind the other big sites thanks to their treatment of contributors/ terrible commission rates.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: StockPerformer.com on June 21, 2017, 08:37
Good stuff. Do you have a chart for average number of files uploaded per contributor, per year? That would be interesting.

Glad you liked it!

We don't offer any contributor specific stats on our public forums. We do however have an individual ranking on our site which allows you to know your ranking compared to other contributors. You can see your ranking with respect to uploads, downloads and revenue.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: increasingdifficulty on June 21, 2017, 09:02
Good stuff. Do you have a chart for average number of files uploaded per contributor, per year? That would be interesting.

I second that.

It would be interesting to know if each contributor uploads more, or if there are just more contributors. I think everyone knows there are more uploads in total, but per contributor?

Do you have data for footage vs photos?

Anyway, interesting data! Thanks!
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: namussi on June 21, 2017, 09:17
Both Spring and Autumn represent the months when most files are uploaded. During Summer and Winter contributors are probably resting and donít upload as much.

Microstock is a global business. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. And in the tropics, there is no Winter.

Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: increasingdifficulty on June 21, 2017, 09:20
Both Spring and Autumn represent the months when most files are uploaded. During Summer and Winter contributors are probably resting and donít upload as much.

Microstock is a global business. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. And in the tropics, there is no Winter.

Sure. But 88% of humanity lives in the Northern Hemisphere.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: namussi on June 21, 2017, 09:23
Hemispherist!!!!!
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: StockPerformer.com on June 21, 2017, 09:24
Both Spring and Autumn represent the months when most files are uploaded. During Summer and Winter contributors are probably resting and donít upload as much.

Microstock is a global business. Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is Winter in the Southern Hemisphere. And in the tropics, there is no Winter.

Good point! Edited! Thanks
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: namussi on June 21, 2017, 09:25
Kudos to Stock Performer

The article has been changed within minutes of my observation.

Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: cthoman on June 21, 2017, 09:32
It kind of looks like the uploads are leveling off at Fotolia and iStock.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: wds on June 21, 2017, 09:40
Is this data only based on contributors that use Stock Performer?
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: Pauws99 on June 21, 2017, 12:17
It kind of looks like the uploads are leveling off at Fotolia and iStock.
I suspect a lot of new contributors sign up to SS and are dissapointed by the returns so don't go to additional sites.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: Shelma1 on June 21, 2017, 12:17
Nice charts. Not sure about the advice to upload when everyone else is resting. Buyers are resting then too.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: everest on June 21, 2017, 15:00
No surprise here. More contributors everywhere....high speed Internet connection have for sure helped. In any corner of the world broadband is available now. I doubt the big explosion of contributor came from the US or Western Europe. The rest of the world is just joining the game.

On the other hand, specially when I browse Shutterstock, I see thousands variations of fractals, dozens nearly exact similars and buckets of very basic vectors. There are many stockers that upload thousands/hundreds on a weekly basis :o. 99% garbage but they believe in the quantity strategy. I would never go this route but again my revenue has declined from the boom years and that might be the opposite for them so if only for revenue reasons their strategy to overload the system might be working. .....
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: Annie on June 21, 2017, 15:13
When I first started in late 2012, 'similars' were still a common rejection reason on SS, but not long after and probably coinciding with that graph, SS dropped that rejection criteria. FT and IS are still quite strict on similars.

And of course, by last year, the number of similars on SS was off the Richter scale!

Yes, it would be very interesting to see uploads per contributor stats.

Of course, SS has recently reversed that decision to allow similars, so it would also be interesting to see what happens in the near future.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: dpimborough on June 21, 2017, 17:22
Some more targetted analysis would reveal a bigger picture in shutterstock uploads.

Recent info from http://www.microstock.top/indeximg.phtml?p=01 (http://www.microstock.top/indeximg.phtml?p=01) shows that 1/3rd of the uploads come from the top 200 contributors.

The bulk of which are vectors/graphics.


The top 200 are feeding more and more images but generaly the same types happy smily business people mixed race smily families and business graphics/icons.

The report showed an interesting figure

Published: April 29, 2017

"Today 100 of authors reached 100,000 images in their's portfolios. They has 20,604,400 images in sum. It's a 15% of all Shutterstock's library 136,219,030 images"


Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: dpimborough on June 21, 2017, 17:25
It kind of looks like the uploads are leveling off at Fotolia and iStock.
I suspect a lot of new contributors sign up to SS and are dissapointed by the returns so don't go to additional sites.


Quoted from http://www.microstock.top/index.phtml (http://www.microstock.top/index.phtml)


"Published: April 5, 2017

158,847 new contributors added to Shutterstock community in period 2017/01/01 - 2017/03/31. It's 1,765 per day. Now 22,784 contributors (14.34%) from them have more 0 image in portfolio."

So lots of people are signing up but effectively doing nothing with their accounts
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: namussi on June 21, 2017, 21:15
Nice charts. Not sure about the advice to upload when everyone else is resting. Buyers are resting then too.

But.... if the algorithms favour newer uploads, you will be at an advantage.

And, if the algorithms also favour popular pix, you will then be ahead when everyone else starts uploading more.
Title: Re: Is everybody really uploading more and more? We checked and found out!
Post by: PixelBytes on June 23, 2017, 00:51
Nice charts. Not sure about the advice to upload when everyone else is resting. Buyers are resting then too.

But.... if the algorithms favour newer uploads, you will be at an advantage.

And, if the algorithms also favour popular pix, you will then be ahead when everyone else starts uploading more.

Even if newer images are favored for now, it's not much of an advantage to upload when there are way fewer buyers.  Been here over 8 years and summer is notoriously slow whether uploading or not.  Best to save your good stuff for pre holiday months when it will be seen and (hopefully) bought.