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December ’08 Microstock Stock Stats, this time using Lookstat.com

lookstat-dec-08-stats

Current supported sites are iStockphoto, Dreamstime & Shutterstock, with Fotolia, 123rf & Stockxpert to follow.
December has been a slow month for sales with the only real event being an Extended license sale at Dreamstime, iStock worked hardest and Shutterstock sold most but made less money! I’ve been pretty slack with uploading, editing, and keywording for a good part of this year maybe I should make a new years resolution to get my finger out! 😉 Lately I’ve had computer problems and had to upgrade spending over £500 on Mobo, CPU, RAM & PSU (Acronym city!!!) and I’ve spent a good bit of time on my really old PC and installed ubuntu and had a good play around in Linux for the first time… *Maybe this is the way computer operating systems ‘should‘ work, its been enjoyable finding that almost everything I need is contained within the Ubuntu environment, albeit running on a slow-as-old-AMD Athlon system. I’d encourage anyone who uses a computer for general stuff to concider installing Ubuntu linux.

Back to Stock, here’s the Lockstat view of my stock History on the current three sites:
lookstat-stats-to-date
No referral earnings will be in these numbers (Adding my referral earnings to these stats would bumb them up quite a bit).

As for features I’d like to see in Lookstat:

  • Track an individual files’ sales history
  • Show the Sell Through rates for each site
  • Average Monthly figure for each site
  • Specify an exact date period to show stats
  • Further site additions of Canstockphoto, Crestock & Bigstockphoto

Now, the question… “Would I pay for this Service” ?

Not sure, it is interesting to see whish files sell the best, but for the most part I find it easy to keep my own little spreadsheet to keep track of my sales and site stats. If I was to pay for it, the amount would have to be low enough so as to be offset by an hour of my time earch month with my own spreadsheet.

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istocksilver

Its taken from 31st October 2005 untill now for me to get to Silver status, and in that time iStock has earned me close to $3000, 23% of my total stock earnings. If I got my act together and uploaded and shot more specific work it would have been quicker. iStock has been the most consistent earner out of the sites I submit to, exclusivity is tempting but not really an option anymore for me as I submit to too many of the other micro sites and it would prevent me selling istock rejects.

Here is a line graph of how my file sales have gone over this period:
istockfileroyalties
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This evening we got our 14 varieties of chilli into the propagator…
2008sown.jpg

We’ve used the www.thechileman.org Growing list to log our new sown seeds.
The list goes as follows:

CAYENNE
Species: Annuum
Origin: French Guyana
Heat: Unknown

CAYENNE THICK
Species: Annuum
Origin: Unknown
Heat: Unknown

HABANERO GOLDEN
Species: Chinense
Origin: Unknown
Heat: Extremely Hot

HANOI RED
Species: Annuum
Origin: Vietnam
Heat: Medium

HOT PIXIE
Species: Chinense
Origin: Unknown
Heat: Medium

JALAPENO
Species: Annuum
Origin: Mexico
Heat: Medium

JALAPENO PURPLE
Species: Annuum
Origin: Mexico
Heat: Medium

AJI OMNICOLOR (PI 215739)
Species: Baccatum
Origin: Peru
Heat: Hot

GUINDILLA VERDE
Species: Annuum
Origin: Spain
Heat: Sweet

PRAIRIE FIRE
Species: Annuum
Origin: Unknown
Heat: Medium

ROCOTO RED (ROJO)
Species: Pubescens
Origin: Peru
Heat: Extremeley Hot

SANTA FE GRANDE
Species: Annuum
Origin: USA
Heat: Medium

SCOTCH BONNET YELLOW
Species: Chinense
Origin: Unknown
Heat: Very Hot

SUPER CHILLI
Species: Annuum
Origin: Unknown
Heat: hot

*thanks to thechileman site for the listings 🙂


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