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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 (£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 😉

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 😉

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Yet another stock agency… Looks a good clean, easy to use site, no fuss, easy on the eyes, navigation is all sensible, hopefully it will appeal to the hardcore image buyers out there.

Various permutations of the referral link (the second one is my portfolio):
http://yaymicro.com/register.action?referredBy=pdtnc
http://yaymicro.com/search.action?search.photographer=pdtnc&referredBy=pdtnc

To quote YAY from their press page:

Background

YAY Micro is an affordable provider of digital content. YAY offers photos, illustrations and vector files to customers all over the world. The parent company, YAY Media AS, is located in Oslo, Norway, and was founded by Linda Johannessen, Jan Ole Kjellesvig and Roger Bystrøm in January 2008. YAY Micro got their first images March 7th. The response from photographers and artists have been positive, and by launch June 2nd YAY Micro had over 200 000 images in their database. Over 1 000 photographers and artists have signed up.

Our vision is to be the leading digital content provider.

YAY offers both creative and editorial content

At YAYmicro.com you will find great creative and editorial images. Building an editorial database is a priority, and new images are added every day. Freelance photographers, citizen photographers and agencies deliver fresh red carpet images to YAYmicro.com.

Our goal is to be the first microstock agency to fully incorporate editorial content in our offering.

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Weird that I should get my first ever subscription sales at iStockphoto and Fotolia on the same day.

At iStock I sold this:
Photocopy Texture
“Wednesday June 25, 2008, 02:24 PM – Large @ $1.90”

At Fotolia I sold this:
Letterpress Type
“Wednesday 2008-06-26 03:45 pm – Large @ $0.31”

Hmmm, there is a bit of payout difference there!

get this…

Friday morning my earnings at Fotolia were about 85 credits, when I got home from work at looked they were at 135 credits.
I cashed out $100 at this point leaving 35… then just a few hours later my balance had shot up to 72 credits again.

Loads of +3, some +4.5, and a few +7.5 Referral credits, and a flurry of smaller credits… Blooming amazing.

Fotolia has always surpassed any of the other sites on referrals, but today was just mad!

A little self promotion now and again works, just spend 20 minutes occasionally pushing your referral links 🙂

Some of my recent Exclusive Images at Fotolia:
www.fotolia.com/id/7649106
Black hand prints and Smears background © pdtnc
www.fotolia.com/id/7729840
Grungy old leather book cover texture © pdtnc
www.fotolia.com/id/7728490
Coffee Coaster Rings © pdtnc

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!* 😉
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.


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