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Its time for another royalty free stock image update covering iStockphoto (iStock), CanStockPhoto (CSP), BigStockPhoto (BSP), Fotolia, Dreamstime, Shutterstock, StockXpert (SXP), and 123RF.
I’ve been working out some very accurate averages for selling my Royalty Free Stock on the various sites, its all to do with this and this 1 year = 365.242199 days which is a pretty accurate length of a year. The amount of time I’ve spent playing with a spread sheet and figuring out how to do what i wanted to do! 😀 Its passed the time.
As you can Clearly see Shutterstock is in the lead by a long way giving almost half of my stock earnings followed by iStock and Dreamstime. I must say Dreamstime is becoming more and more consistant lately and will be giving iStock a run for its money!

Join Date Earning Days Stock Ave Earnings / Day / Month  
31 Oct 05 348 Istockphoto 1.78 USD 54.17 USD  
9 Mar 06 219 CanStockPhoto 0.14 USD 4.16 USD  
9 Mar 06 219 BigStockPhoto 0.17 USD 5.14 USD  
12 Mar 06 216 Fotolia 0.42 USD 12.88 USD  
9 Mar 06 219 Dreamstime 1.24 USD 37.87 USD  
15 Jun 06 121 Shutterstock 3.40 USD 103.58 USD  
25 Mar 06 203 StockXpert 0.57 USD 17.44 USD  
2 Jul 06 104 123RF 0.16 USD 4.99 USD  
Total Days 1649 Total USD 7.89 USD 240.23 USD  




Here’s some more information for the Photographer wanting to get into Royalty Free Stock market selling, i’ve been doing a little more playing with my spreadsheet and have worked out some averages for each of the listed sites below, check the Pie Chart to see which RF Stock seller makes the most:


Its quite a shift in Pie since my last little chart which only showed my total earnings sliced up across the 8 different sites.
I wish I had listened and started up at Shutterstock to begin with, for the simple speed of sales and amounts which far out-weigh any of the other sites. Here’s the actual numbers too: (see Key below for more info) *You may have to open the image in another window or save it to your computer as this blog chops some of it off*


Numbers = total images sold per site
$ / Image = Average earnings per image sold

iStockphoto, CanStockPhoto, BigStockPhoto, Dreamstime, StockXpert, Fotolia, Shutterstock, 123RF – A Microstock Update.

This is my little micropayment stock update:
In the screen grab picture below you can see whats going on in my little Royalty Free Stock Image world, the biggest cheese is still iStockphoto, but coming on close behind is Shutterstock.
Stockxpert is still the best average payout per image followed by Fotolia and then Dreamstime, Shutterstock being the lowest payout per image, but it makes up for it in amount of sales.
In order of slowness of sales (slowest first):

I’d say I get a steady trickle of sales from iStock and Shutterstock, though Shutterstock is better when you are consistantly putting up new work, iStock ticks over by its self better (money wise).
Referrals at Shutterstock are starting to show a few $$ here and there, a little from Dreamstime, and a little from Fotolia too, everywhere else is, so far, non-existant! (So click the blooming links and sign up Grrr! Ha ha ha)

I’m just trying out so thats probably why I have no sales yet, I’ll give it time and it will take me a while to get all my stock images online.
I’ve kicked Gimmiestock out altogether, nothing ever sold, the site has a slow review time and a painfull system of uploading images.

If you are looking for ease of upload, go for StockXpert, it has to be the most user / Photographer Friendly of the bunch, being able to set image properties to groups of images at the same time is a total time saver.
Istock might well be one of the worst sites for uploading, but if you use one of the image manager programs they offer it can streamline your workflow there.

Advice is to always keyword and caption your files off-line in Adobe Bridge (or other image management program that supports embeded data).

If you are after Free Royalty Free Shots for your designing pleasure, Fotolia and Dreamstime would be my recommendations as they always have fresh images for you to grab, just click one of my links and sign up 😉

So then….
I’ve been keeping track of my sales of stock images with a little spread sheet, working out the averages etc
Here’s my list of stock sites with the average payments per image sold:
Its interesting to see how they perform against each other even if some of them have had very little sales, iStockphoto has been my longest running so takes the biggest slice of the pie below, followed by Shutterstock my shortest running!!
In 8 days Shutterstock made the same as iStockphoto made in 3 or 4 Months from starting submitting stock, though you have to realise that you’ll only ever get 25c per image from Shutterstock
Dreamstime, currently comes in 3rd place followed closely by Fotolia, then comes Stockxpert (the highest average payout per image!). CanStockPhoto and BigStockPhoto are crawling along behind. 🙂

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