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Damn! a stock related topic with no beer!!! Whatever next!!!
With brewing, and learning more about brewing coupled with mortgage / house extension plans I’ve had no time what so ever for stock. Not even picked up the camera for something creative since about October last year, shocking I know!

Here, go click the referral link http://yaymicro.com/register.action?referredBy=pdtnc ;)

Description:
Stock Photo: Light at the end of the Tunnel, old railway tunnel, natural lighting from tunnel entrance.
Keywords:
architecture,brickwork,dark,darkness,gloom,light,natural lighting,nobody,railway,tunnel,underground

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:
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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 ;)

Here are my search engine terms that have brought people to my ImagePushing blog from the last 30 days ending today, its a summarized list and only includes keywords or tags that are present on my blog. It can be interesting to see what terms have been used to get to my pages, and maybe this can help me keyword my blog posts in the future *note: I won’t be keywording the images at their source with all the tags found in this way as that would maybe not go down so well with places like istockphoto etc.
This list also shows up the failings in my portfolio, I have little to no business & model released shots, and is something I should try and address, I think it would benefit me substantially.

imagepushing-screenie

Search Views
paper plane 163
grunge texture 105
antique background 78
old background 66
old backgrounds 64
antique backgrounds 62
christmas card backgrounds 54
grunge background 50
dirty paper 47
old texture 42
textured backgrounds 41
texture background 41
old paper background 37
christmas background 36
stained paper 34
how to make a paper airplane 34
old paper 34
textured background 33
old paper texture 32
grunge textures 32
grunge paper 30
aged paper 28
parchment background 28
old parchment 27
old textures 27
texture backgrounds 24
decorative design 23
christmas card background 23
grunge backgrounds 22
tea stained paper 22
christmas texture 20
free motion backgrounds 20
ancient background 19
swirls background 19
paper texture 18
illustration vector 18
gold background 17
worn paper 17
background textures 15
book border 15
old book texture 15
photocopy texture 15
design swirls 15
coffee mark 14
graphic decoration 14
christmas colours 14
grunge art 14
swirls art 13
coffee stain vector 13
background old paper 13

Poppy Seed Cake Texture
© Photographer: Pdtnc | Agency: Dreamstime.com
Making me a whopping $20.83, the files’ first sale and someone wants to print a load of them or something!
Description:
Stock Photo: A scan of some poppy seed cake, scanned at 1200dpi
Keywords:
abstract, background, baking, cake, element, organic, poppy, seed, structure, texture

Woo :)

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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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Looking at the ease of upload and getting images online I thought this place would be good to have a go at.

There is a good write-up at www.microstockdiaries.com so I won’t write much more untill I see some results after I get my full portfolio online.

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


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