Posts Tagged ‘istock’
Here is my all-time top-5 run-down… (I’ve had a massive stock break, not uploaded anything in about 2 years! *which also means I’ve been brewing for 2 years!)
This shows which my consistent sellers are at the main stock sites. (Grunge ahoy!)
In at number one is ‘Black Photocopy background Texture’ selling 164 times, 5093 and earning $268.68
At number two is ‘Coffee Cup coaster ring stains’ selling 119 times, 4092 views and earning $119.06
At number three is ‘CT Scan Skull Slices’ selling 116 times, 25345 views and earning $59.52
At number four is ‘Acorns from an Oak tree’ selling 111 times, 4388 views and earning $131.53
At number five is ‘Paper Airplane’ selling 97 times, 5494 views, and earning $177.12
In at number one is ‘Canvas texture Element’ selling 49 times, 1900 vies and earning $60.32
At number two is ‘Cup Stains Set’ selling 48 times, 2138 views and earning $58.92
At number three is ‘Photocopy Texture Element’ selling 39 times, 2150 views and earning $80.29
At number four is ‘Paper Airplane’ selling 35 times, 54239 views and earning $59.89
At number five is ‘Cup Stains set’ selling 33 times, 1342 views and earning $41.13
I’d do Shutterstock & Fotolia too but they don’t give image specific stats, I could do Fotolia sales and views but it doesn’t show the image earnings.
You can sort by ‘downloads’ at my Fotolia Portfolio to see the current sales & view stats and see the most popular downloads from my Shutterstock Portfolio.
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 (£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:
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 😉
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 😉
December ’08 Microstock Stock Stats, this time using Lookstat.com
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:
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.
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:
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Posted September 7, 2008on:
Double your referral rewards Sept. 1-30, 2008
You’ll be seeing double this month now that we’ve introduced double referral rewards. From Sept. 1-30, 2008, we’ll … more You’ll be seeing double this month now that we’ve introduced double referral rewards. From Sept. 1-30, 2008, we’ll pay you $20 USD every time you refer someone to become a member of iStock who then makes a credit purchase.
When you join the Referral Program, you start by selecting a site badge to post on your website. Then we track people who follow the link, become a new member and make a Pay-as-you-go or Subscription credit purchase within 14 days. As long as the new member purchases credits online and it wasn’t reversed, you will receive $20 USD from iStock within approximately three business days. Read the full details when you join the program.
Double iStock referrals in September
That’s right. From September 1-30 there will be double the reward for referrals for all members $20 U.S. instead of $10 U.S.
Sign up now, and spread your links, earn some easy money 😉