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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!)

iStockphoto

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,Β  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

Dreamstime

In at number one is ‘Canvas texture Element’ selling 49 times, 1900 vies and earning $60.32
Canvas Texture Element
At number two is ‘Cup Stains Set’ selling 48 times, 2138 views and earning $58.92
Cup Stains Set
At number three is ‘Photocopy Texture Element’ selling 39 times, 2150 views and earning $80.29
Photocopy Texture Element
At number four is ‘Paper Airplane’ selling 35 times, 54239 views and earning $59.89
Paper Airplane
At number five is ‘Cup Stains set’ selling 33 times, 1342 views and earning $41.13
Cup Stains Set

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.

Just a quick note to say that my Mostphotos.com portfolio is now deleted.
It seemed a waste of space, I rarely checked the site and never sold anything, better to delete my account. At least Yaymicro has sold 1 image.

Here’s the Lookstat graph for February ’09, Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and iStockphoto:february09-earnings

As far as actual banked payouts go, I’ve cashed out $304.95 with a $100 pending payment from iStockphoto, I think their new payout schedule has slowed down the cash-out procedure… Annoyingly this makes my payments graph miss out iStock for the first month since July ’07 though next month with look nice for it!

iStockphoto, no real surprises just steady away iStock are accepting way more than Shutterstock or Fotolia at present, I’ve had my second batch of Dollar Bin notifications from iStock… Fingers crossed that their second chance sells a few.

Fotolia was interesting with its 2 email updates, its nice to be told about changes so hopefully they are learning that its good to keep their contributors up to date in a timely manner… I would say ‘an accurate and timely’ manner but the details of their update were, and some still are, a little sketchy/ misunderstood/ lacking real insight into how Sales will work in their Free API etc. I think their second email pretty much sorted out the Fotolia Exclusivity πŸ™‚ Sales here have been picking up this month and I’m due to turn Silver status very soon πŸ™‚
Regarding the Free API, I added around 80 images to it and made an initial 40 Credits to my balance, I’d think that Zero-Selling old files going for free won’t effect my regular sales and would act as some extended marketing possibilities, though I’ll believe it when I see it πŸ˜‰

Shutterstock reject 102 out of a 103 batch… the very same batch has been fully accepted at Stockxpert (also selling) & Canstockphoto, with BigStockPhoto and 123RF have accepted the bulk of this batch, iStock are still accepting-rejecting-and-selling images out of this batch uploading takes longer at iStock with their 20/week limit, Dreamstime accepting a good portion of them too.
The 1 image accepted at Shutterstock and the 102 rejects were questioned with support and I was given the chance to re-upload about 3 more shots… but quite frankly its not worth the hassle of looking through the files and uploading again… their loss!

Dreamstime is a steady ticker, credit and subscription sales are always good and new referrals every week is no bad thing… other than the review-queue limits recently I have no problems with Dreamstime. Things are pretty fair and clear, new files sell, old files sell, their referral links on each and every image are really handy for bloggers and personal websites, generally a fair image review process that give files a good chance, their Image ranking system that increases the price / payout for good selling images works a treat without devaluing your work.

123RF has been picking up after a slow start to the year, no problems here either.

Stockxpert is as consistent as ever, only issues being their lack of answering forum questions and their old referral system that is still broken on the stats page.

Canstock, BigStock, Crestock… nothing much to report… fingers crossed Canstockphoto is getting better with their new beta portfolio section, worthy of the upload time, and just checking now another nice $19.80 Fotosearch regular sale πŸ™‚

Mostphotos, Yaymicro… nothing… no report… no action… no sales… (sorry guys… but its true!)

And last but not least, *chuckle* I had a massive payout from SnapVillage…. $0.30 with no PayPal fees! Wow!! I’ll be looking forward to a Veer Marketplace invite or copy-over or something πŸ˜‰

Lookstat have released another feature:

“We just released a new feature that allows you to view thumbnails of all the images that sold over a particular time period, from all the microstock sites we support. You get to the feature by clicking on the β€˜Earnings’ link on the Dashboard above the Top Earners thumbnail strip.

You can filter the list by site and you can click on any image to get that image’s sales history. It’s a simple addictive feature and we hope you enjoy using it. Feedback, as always is welcome.

(Also, we hear you loud and clear re: getting more sites into the system. Fotolia is coming soon!)”

http://blog.lookstat.com/2009/02/05/new-lookstat-feature-view-all-images-that-sold-at-all-microstock-sites-in-one-place/
I’ve merged the first two pages of image thumbs to make the image below, looks pretty cool…

lookstat-new-feature
Click on the pic for a bigger version!

Pretty funky stuff guys, things can only get better with more agencies added πŸ™‚
*note: looking at the thumbnails its pretty easy to see that there are a few image matching problems across the sites*

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˜‰

Poppy Seed Cake Texture
Β© 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 πŸ™‚

I like the way this site works, its pretty sensible and works logically, the upload procedure works well and editing image details is simple.
This is how the profile page looks, Its pretty concise and usable:

The Image portfolio page is just as easy with albums for organisation that work by drag and drop, and looks like this:

I have just completed uploading my portfolio of 1324 images, all accepted due to there being no inspection procedure to go through (the closest acceptance to that was 979 images at CanStockPhoto).

Earnings and referrals
Royalty-free images: earn 50% of the total price, which is €12.50 per sale.
“We offer you 1 Euro for every sold image by a referred photographer and an additional 1 Euro
for every image bought by a referred customer. This means you can earn up to 2 Euro every time a transaction is made between your referred friends”

All there is to do now is organise a few albums and site back and wait…. we shall see!


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