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This is news to me, its the first sale I’ve had marked like thisΒ  “Credit for Photo Sale by reseller”…
Could this be how the Fotolia Free API works??
The Pics below:

Fotolia Sale by Reseller
Details FSBRS
futureworks
http://futureworks.co.kr a Fotolia Reseller in Korea, is a Flash website, but I couldn’t spot how to purchase images.

The recent Fotolia new letter:
“COMING SOON: FOTOLIA’S FREE CONTENT API

The first website based on the Fotolia’s free content API will soon be released! The site will drive traffic to Fotolia and is a fantastic opportunity for Fotolia’s contributors to get additional visibility amongst stock photography buyers.

Fotolia’s extensive API infrastructure (partner, Business, Developer and Reseller) has already shown their capacities in driving qualified traffic on the Fotolia website. We’re confident that this new API will do the same.

As a backgrounder, Fotolia’s free content API is based on free contents and unsold files. This API will be used by Fotolia to attract more stock imagery users and to invite them to buy additional imagery on Fotolia. That means: more traffic, more buyers and more sales. As you already know, you can add your unsold files to this program and get a half credit for each file added. Your file will be still offered on Fotolia.com at the standard price, while at the same time, being offered for free through the API.”

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January’s been pretty good, a couple of nice surprises in the form of a $100 referral and $25 Extended license at Dreamstime, and January as a whole feels to have been a busy sales month.
CanStockPhoto has had some Fotosearch sales, one nice ‘Fotosearch regular sale’ brought in $19.80 and a trickle of subs sales from Fotosearch… looking more promising that CSP has for ages! (ever before!)

I’ve actually managed some uploading, and I’m still at it, I’m going to have to do some overnight (un-metered) uploading or I’m going to bust out of my ISP’s 15Gig/month limit an I’ll start getting charged more (Β£1/Gigabyte).
Considering that I’ve got myself a new project, of Beer brewing, I’ve done quite well with the keywording and editing this month, I have a batch of 103 waiting to go up to a couple more of the sites and lots of already approved images at Stockxpert though iStock have rejected quite a few of the first 20. Also I have another batch of 28 which is edited, keyworded and ready to go, iStock is going to take a while at 20/week in the queue and I notice that Dreamstime has set a 25/day limit on adding to the inspection queue too.

I’ve stopped uploading to Mostphotos and YaY Micro for the moment as its going to be counter-productive if nothing actually sells there!

Here’s the Lookstat graph:
jan2009-lookstats
Lookstat’s new feature is pretty cool, its an image specific stats function that lets you drill down through an individual file and check out its sales over time. Obviously this is only across iStock, Shutterstock and Dreamstime at the moment but from what I read over at their blog we’ll soon have Fotolia too… Quite an exciting prospect being able to cross-reference the sales of a particular file on all these sites and see their true full earnings, fingers crossed for Stockxpert next πŸ˜‰

All-time earnings averages pie chart:
all-time-averages-a-month
The Leader board looks like this:

  1. iStockphoto
  2. Shutterstock
  3. Dreamstime
  4. Fotolia
  5. StockXpert
  6. 123RF
  7. BigStockPhoto
  8. CanStockPhoto
  9. Crestock

Dreamstime just edging ahead of Fotolia, which is probably due to good referrals and an Extended License sale at Dreamstime and the exact opposite at Fotolia.

All in all I have cashed-out $483.30 in January, which is above my current average of $401.65, not a bad first month to say we are in this (bogus) Recession!

We would be creeping out of recession if people would just start to spend again, so come on folks go buy the thing you were thinking of buying but just holding off to wait and see what the financial climate does. Spend wisely and save, but remember to spend, pay off those debts too!
Though I do like the USD-GPB exchange rate at present, watching the exchange rates can net you a few extra monetary units in PayPal with a bit of balance swapping or cashing out πŸ˜‰

Time for a brief stock update…
Fotolia

I’ve been reading up on exclusive images at Fotolia and Dreamstime lately and decided that I’m going to start submitting exclusive images to DT & FT…
I’m going to try filter off a few from each batch of stock images to be exclusive at DT and FT and have another bunch of files that will just be uploaded everywhere as they usually would be.
FT especially it looks a good deal and with the ‘exclusive to fotolia’ box ticked you get to increase the base selling price from 1 to 2 which should double the earnings on an accepted and selling image *fingers crossed eh!* πŸ˜‰
So as long as some images that I submit get through the inspection process it should be much better than going exclusive-only to just one stock site and limiting distribution of my images at differing price points and credit structures.

The Exclusive info on FT says the following: (I’m currently at Bronze level) (there is a bit of the following tables cropped off in the page, sorry about that, but the main info is still there).

Number of Files Downloaded Symbol Level
Less than 100 White
Between 100 and 1000 Bronze
Between 1000 and 5000 Silver
Between 5000 and 10000 Gold
Between 10000 and 50000 Emerald
Between 50000 and 100000 Sapphire
Between 100000 and 500000 Rubis
Above 500000 Diamond

Exclusive

  Maximum Sales Price
Contributor Ranking[ ? ] Contributor Commission % XS Standard S Standard M Standard L Standard XL Standard XXL Standard XXXL Standard Vectors Extended
  Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images
White 50 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 20
Bronze 52 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 50
Silver 54 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 21 100
Gold 56 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 150
Emerald 58 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 35 200
Sapphire 60 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 42 200
Rubis 62 7 14 21 28 35 42 49 49 200
Diamond 64 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 70 200

Non exclusive

  Maximum Sales Price
Contributor Ranking[ ? ] Contributor Commission % XS Standard S Standard M Standard L Standard XL Standard XXL Standard XXXL Standard Vector Extended
  Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free Images Royalty Free vectors Royalty Free Images
White 33 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 20
Bronze 35 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 50
Silver 37 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 100
Gold 39 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 150
Emerald 41 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 200
Sapphire 43 3 6 9 12 15 18 21 21 200
Rubis 45 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 28 200
Diamond 47 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 35 200


Dreamstime says the following, which in my opinion is a little harder to follow:

Level Version Earnings from Registered Users Downloads
Non-Exclusive Exclusive
Level 1 Small size $0.50 per image $0.60 per image
Medium size $1.00 per image $1.20 per image
Large size $1.50 per image $1.80 per image
Maximum size $2.00 per image $2.40 per image
 
Level 2 Small size $1.00 per image $1.20 per image
Medium size $1.50 per image $1.80 per image
Large size $2.00 per image $2.40 per image
Maximum size $2.50 per image $3.00 per image
 
Level 3 Small size $1.50 per image $1.80 per image
Medium size $2.00 per image $2.40 per image
Large size $2.50 per image $3.00 per image
Maximum size $3.00 per image $3.60 per image
 
Level 4 Small size $2.00 per image $2.40 per image
Medium size $2.50 per image $3.00 per image
Large size $3.00 per image $3.60 per image
Maximum size $3.50 per image $4.20 per image
 
Level 5 Small size $2.50 per image $3.00 per image
Medium size $3.00 per image $3.60 per image
Large size $3.50 per image $4.20 per image
Maximum size $4.00 per image $4.80 per image

Royalties rely more on the actual image sales and the level of a particular image, so this doesn’t sound as good an option as FT… An interesting experiment all the same.
Fotolia is always going to be my best referral site with its earnings equal to that of my image sales. Dreamstime is a slow burner with referrals but can come up trumps now and again when a referral buys a credits package.

On another note, I’m pretty much decided that I will no longer upload new images to BSP or CSP as their earnings are tiny and payouts infrequent, I’ll leave my images online all the same. No point wasting the time it takes to upload and categorise my images.

The tables below shows current earnings on a per-site basis giving accurate daily and monthly averages, images sold, online totals and length of time being a member.

Stock Average / Day Average/ Month
     
Istockphoto 1.69 USD 51.31 USD
CanStockPhoto 0.11 USD 3.48 USD
BigStockPhoto 0.23 USD 6.92 USD
Fotolia 1.07 USD 32.71 USD
Dreamstime 1.48 USD 45.11 USD
Shutterstock 2.36 USD 71.97 USD
StockXpert 0.83 USD 25.28 USD
123RF 0.21 USD 6.38 USD

Current Royalty Free stock earnings for each site.

Stock Earnings Totals
   
Istockphoto 1,013.12 USD
CanStockPhoto 53.95 USD
BigStockPhoto 107.38 USD
Fotolia 503.96 USD
Dreamstime 699.57 USD
Shutterstock 884.36 USD
StockXpert 378.80 USD
123RF 74.78 USD

Sales and Images online totals.

Stock Sales Images Online
     
Istockphoto 1558 573
CanStockPhoto 87 717
BigStockPhoto 156 592
Fotolia 441 632
Dreamstime 822 614
Shutterstock 2983 580
StockXpert 335 671
123RF 140 686

The total length of time in days that I have been submitting images to the sites.

Earning Days Stock
   
601 Istockphoto
472 CanStockPhoto
472 BigStockPhoto
469 Fotolia
472 Dreamstime
374 Shutterstock
456 StockXpert
357 123RF

My current league table is as follows:

  1. Shutterstock – for sheer volume of sales
  2. iStockphoto – my current favourite, though longest running, earner
  3. Dreamstime – surely this place is going to be nipping at the heals of istock soon
  4. Fotolia – is getting better and more reliable earner, quite possibly the best for referral earnings too
  5. StockXpert – steady earner, great upload features
  6. BigStockPhoto – Slow trickle
  7. 123RF – an equally slow trickle but showing more promise due to the length of time I’ve been submitting
  8. CanStockPhoto – drip…….. drip……………… drip………………. Obviously not a place where my images sell! Nice place, shame about the lack of sales

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Its been a while since i posted anything to do with stock images, and I’m in a major need to update my online stock image report from my spreadsheet. This I shall get around to soon-ish, erm honest! πŸ˜‰
For now though I am going to dip my stock toe in the water of 4 other Royalty Free sites and see if the water is Hot, Warm, Cold, or bloody freezing!

For this experiment I shall be using the following to sell my imagery wares to the design community:

stock photos, royalty free stock photography, photo search
Kinda cool quirky site… ever-so polite approval system.


Fairly easy submission process, lets see how it goes.

Lacks a referral scheme but its a pretty usable site.

View my royalty free stock photography gallery on ImageVortex.com
Lacks a sensible (so far as i’ve read) referral scheme, they don’t want to accept my images yet as its not to their ‘style’, quite possibly the ‘Bakers Dozen’… Number 13 bread roll I dropped on the floor and the dog licked it.

These 4 sites are obviously going to take a back seat to my others so don’t expect any instant results! πŸ™‚

Wiped watercolour texture
Β© Photographer: Pdtnc | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Old Photo Album Scans (inc Clipping Paths)
Β© Photographer: Pdtnc | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Ploughed Field Furrows
Β© Photographer: Pdtnc | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Painted Canvas Frame Element
Β© Photographer: Pdtnc | Agency: Dreamstime.com

πŸ™‚ Its been a while since i posted something, so here’s some random stuff from my Dreamstime stock.

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! πŸ˜€ 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  

stocktotalsspreadsheet.jpg

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