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  1. 6 hours ago, Firn said:

    I am at position 13.150 right now, but I don't know what position I was in May 20. I think something around 18.000-20.000? I just checked and my download number for Jan-May 20 was actually lower than Jan-May 21, but my earnings were more. So I would conclude that the position ranking is considering download numbers instead of earnings, thus my improved ranking despite lower earnings. But it doesn't make sense that you have dropped in position despite more downloads. I can't make sense of this position system.

    I just saw that I slipped down 10 places in the overall ranking again.

    March 3 — 1,740
    March 31 — 1,750
    April 19 — 1,760
    03 May — 1,770
    May 09 — 1,780

    The intervals are getting shorter and shorter. A lot of contributors are passing me by.

  2. 32 minutes ago, Firn said:

    I am at position 13.150 right now, but I don't know what position I was in May 20. I think something around 18.000-20.000? I just checked and my download number for Jan-May 20 was actually lower than Jan-May 21, but my earnings were more. So I would conclude that the position ranking is considering download numbers instead of earnings, thus my improved ranking despite lower earnings. But it doesn't make sense that you have dropped in position despite more downloads. I can't make sense of this position system.

    Firn,

    that just means that 1,760 contributors on Adobe Stock have more total downloads than I do. And last year it was just 1,600.
    Fictitious numbers: If I had added 1,000 downloads in this year period, these 1,760 contributors would have added more than 1,000 downloads. They simply performed better than I did, even though I was able to improve my numbers.

  3. 16 hours ago, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

    This delicious wine is excellent value for money, Annie! Whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon from Rosemount Estate is also very tasty. They do that well in your home country.

    I have already checked 4 agencies. This is how it looks for my income in the period from January to April compared to 2020:

    • shutterstock –12.7%
    • AS +58%
    • 123rf –10.5%
    • DT + 22.9%

    Whereas the figures for DT are so bad for me by now that it's actually not even worth the effort to recalculate. Maybe that's also the reason why I thought things had decreased there. I should stop uploading there – it's not really worth the time.

    Deposit +2%

    iS –5%

    Canstock +5%

  4. 2 hours ago, Firn said:

    Adobe was doing well for me until around middle of last year. Like with all microstock sites I take part in I kept expanding my portfolio and my earnings keep rising. With small income sites the rise was obviously less noticeable, but Adobe is, or was, one of my top 3 earners. For a brief moment it was even my best earner.
    But then something seems to have changed for me on Adobe. My earnings keep stagnating for months and then the trend started to be even going downwards. More than on any other agency I seem not to be able to rally sell new content. Most of my sales are from files I uploaded 2 years ago. It's difficult on all sites to get new content noticed, of course, but most noticeable there. For example I had good  success with my Halloween and Christmas dog photos on SS and iStock and even on some smaller sites like Dreamstime some of them made it into the Editorial Choice collection and sold more often than other photos. On Adobe? Not a single one of them has sold, not even once. It's like I upload my new content there into a big black hole. This month Adobe is doing so poorly for me, that it's now in the same range as the small micro sites for me. Strangely enough, while my earnings there don't rise, my overall Adobe rank keeps rising. So Adobe keeps telling me I keep slowly but constantly getting "more successful" then others, even though the trend is clearly downwards. 

    This also seems to have stayed mostly unnoticed on the SS forum, but Adobe recently announced an unlimited-download plan where contributors don't get paid per download, but from a shared pool with all other contributors whose images have been downloaded with unlimited plans, meaning, the more images these customers download (without additional costs), the less money we get. 😑

    I had great hopes for Adobe, but not anymore. I am doing well on SS and iStock, but unless something changes with Adobe, it might not even be worth my time in the future.

    Hello Firn, 

    For me, it's the other way around. Since May 2020, I have dropped from position 1,600 to position 1,770 in the overall ranking. And this, although my download numbers have improved significantly compared to last year.

  5. 2 hours ago, Milleflore Images said:

    Yes, Aussies are well known for their red wine. 🙂

     

    Well done on your AS sales, Wilm. I can see why you would do very well there providing beautiful graphic resources to designers and their software users.

    A decline of 12% on SS could be a natural one, considering all the global problems of the past year. Or it could be something else. I think if one is within 10 to 15% of last year, then considering everything, new rates included, then thats a good thing. 

    Others that I know say they now make more on SS, despite everything. And that is reflected in what they shoot. On the other hand, I can see why contributors who have a high percentage of editorials in their ports (which is not your case, of course, Wilm) may suffer the worst decline, due to the majority of their type of buyers (newspapers and such) who purchase the large 350 or 750/10c commission packs. 

    But I think the most interesting thing is that it all boils down to what we shoot and whether we choose to upload or not. Its always up to the individual, and there is no right or wrong, just choices. I was angry at first with the whole new rates scenario, but now I am hopeful and can look forward to doing what I love most - researching, planning and shooting the things I love to shoot. And that to me is the most important thing.

    I think its also important for people to realise that its not totally out of their control. We  always have choices. Feeling out of control makes one feel angry, helpless or despondent. And that's the worst possible thing for the creative type person. 

    Hello Annie,

    I can't really explain the increase in revenue with AS. I uploaded very little and probably just got lucky with the algorithm.

    In general, I have the advantage that I not only produce stock images, but also permanently buy stock images. In a few segments I know where there is a need. I see the niches where there is hardly any supply for me as a buyer.

    I've been very listless lately in terms of producing. I also had a certain "Covid fatigue". And I've had a lot of work. I don't want to make excuses for my laziness, but there was a lot to take care of on the side.

    To put it in Doug's words: I didn't plant enough seeds during the last year.
    I would know quite well what I had to produce to increase sales. And at some point it will start again for me. In principle, it's like you describe with the research and analysis. I just have to get myself up to work on it again. And I have to admit that the new revenue structure at shutterstock was also a major motivational brake for me. But there are still many other agencies and fields of activity.

    Have a nice weekend,

    Wilm


     

  6. 7 hours ago, Milleflore Images said:

    Rosemount! Yay! Not only is it an Aussie wine but it's from my home state, South Australia, as well 🙂

    I will have to get busy and upload more - LOL - just to make sure you get to enjoy the wine. 

    Nice weekend to you too, Wilm. 

    This delicious wine is excellent value for money, Annie! Whereas the Cabernet Sauvignon from Rosemount Estate is also very tasty. They do that well in your home country.

    I have already checked 4 agencies. This is how it looks for my income in the period from January to April compared to 2020:

    • shutterstock –12.7%
    • AS +58%
    • 123rf –10.5%
    • DT + 22.9%

    Whereas the figures for DT are so bad for me by now that it's actually not even worth the effort to recalculate. Maybe that's also the reason why I thought things had decreased there. I should stop uploading there – it's not really worth the time.

  7. 10 hours ago, Milleflore Images said:

    I had a few surprises after doing my first 4 months analysis and I thought I might share them here. They have given me more hope than I first imagined for this year. I must admit that I was worried that microstock is dead, but to my surprise its not.

    These are my percentage sales increases and decreases for January to April 2021 compared the same period last year. They are for dollars earned, not number of downloads.

    These agencies were all up:

    iStock up by     30%

    DT                      91%

    Alamy                83%

    FAA                    98%

    P5                       391%

     

    These were down:

    SS Videos          -66%

    123RF                -46%

     

    The rest were roughly the same (within 10% to 20%) as last year:

    SS Photos

    Adobe Stock

    DepositPhotos

     

    NOTES

    Despite climbing up from L1 to L5 for SS photos, I have earnt about the same as last year. A big surprise for me. The reset hasn't affected me, dollar wise. 

    I have made a lot more large SOD photos sales on SS this year.

    P5 is doing particularly well this year compared to last year, with some really good 4k and video EL sales.

    DT is also doing much, much better recently.

    SS video sales is my biggest problem and that's due mainly to the video subscription packs that they brought in last May. I don't have enough of the type of clips that are exempt from these subscription packs (ie high quality establishing shots that are purchased for movies, documentaries, TV, etc).

     

    My recommendation to others:

    • Keep uploading high quality unique work. Don't downsize your photos. I used to but I don't anymore. Larger size photos are more inclined to sell for large SODs and ELs. Only downsize to assist with problematic conditions such as fog, rain, or waterfalls, etc, in your photos.
    • Quick Tip that was given to me when I first started: To overcome focus rejections, find the sweet spot of your lens. How To Find Your Lens' Sweet Spot: A Guide to Sharper Images (digital-photography-school.com)
    • I only have about 200 editorials in my whole portfolio of photos. My Game of Thrones illustrative editorials have performed exceptionally well download-wise, but their RPD is much, much lower than my other best sellers. 
    • I do NOT have a Pareto Principle port where 20% of my port yields 80% of my income. I shoot things across the board and keep changing from year to year. I have a wide range of best sellers. And I do not shoot the same thing year in/year out. 
    • I do a lot of research to find new subjects that are not well covered here. For the last few years, I mainly research social media to find content ideas that are very popular there, but not well covered by microstock contributors. 
    • I have always aimed to provide images that stand out on crowded search pages, with good dynamic range to catch the buyers' eye. 

     

    @Wilm Ihlenfeld Wilm, in case you're interested, its been almost exactly a year since I hit 90k DLs, and have now 2,500 to go to reach the big 100k. (Covid and economic downturn last year hit my DLs quite a bit.) But as I promised you will be the first to know when I get there. 

     

     

     

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    Hello Annie,

    of course I'm interested!
    When you hit 100,000, I will go to the shop around the corner, buy a bottle of Rosemount Estate Shiraz from Down Under and toast your success and good health in the evening! I promise!

    The statistics you showed are interesting. I'll compare my numbers on Monday as well. But I'm already sure that the opposite will come out for me regarding DT.

    I wish you a nice weekend,

    Wilm

  8. 2 hours ago, Former_Poster said:

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    Almost like the old days.  But with a reduced RPD.

    I'm sure the rest of the month will got to hell though

    Congrats, Former Poster! 

    There seem to be great people living in Bristol! Unfortunately, none of them has stopped by my place yet.


    May has been a disaster for me so far.
    The downloads are only just below those of May 2020 and 2019. But so far only small stuff, in terms of revenue. A quarter compared to the competitor.

     

  9. 14 hours ago, Former_Poster said:

    As commented elsewhere there's a really suspicious profile for a number of reasons cropped up.

    It seems to be very near the top of searches for all kinds of topics, has large amounts of keywork spam duplicates and it seems some stolen images.

    A lot of them appear to be flipped with saturation increased of images elsewhere from other users.

    https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/winter-mountain-snow-camp-scene-camping-1780718078

    appears to be stolen from this guy:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/cheafmundl/49652681852/in/dateposted/

    His keywords are:

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    Its a very strange account with the number of things appearing close to the top on so many topics and cant all be keyword spamming.

    Anyway, have a look at his portfolio and see if any of your stuff or elsewhere appears there.

    Quite a few of duplicates/flicked duplicates of his own images in the port too - maybe thats helping to game the system.

    Almost all the images went live in a 1 month period mid 2020.

    Some of the images in this portfolio look familiar. We had already talked about some of these images over a year ago.

    The images all have a resolution of 2,500 x 1,600 px. That's the size that the "free" wallpaper sites provide the images in.

    Here is an image from the portfolio:
    https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-photo/sand-desert-dunes-dead-dry-tree-1763580224

    Here is the same image in much higher resolution:
    https://www.shutterstock.com/de/image-photo/valley-dead-trees-namib-desert-dedvley-451640893

  10. 3 hours ago, Oskars Kupics said:

    Hey, I am completely new to stock photography, started out of curiosity and so far 2 weeks uploading 110 pictures online 0 sales. Is this normal? Maybe I should upload different content? 

    Some of your photos are really beautiful. The photography, so the craft, is not your problem.

    But, as Firn has already written: The keywords are crucial for every search engine, for every database and therefore also for Microstock – almost more important than the images themselves.

    If you upload a photo of the Teide on Tenerife, then the keywords must also include Tenerife, Canary Islands, Pico del Teide, Teide, volcano, landscape.

    An oleander is an important symbol in the north for the south, for Mediterranean landscapes. The word oleander must be in the keywords, especially if it is in the foreground of the image. If Bellagio is seen with the Alps in the background, there must necessarily be Italy, shore, lake, Laggo di Como, Como, Alps, Mountains and so on.

    You have to invest more time there. Anyone looking for a picture of Lake Como or Tenerife can't find your pictures. And therefore not buy them!

  11. 53 minutes ago, Steven Tritton said:

    Thanks Wilm! It'd be like the breakfast of champions. :D Hope you get some good downloads this month!

    Thank you very much Steven! 🙂

    Unfortunately, May has started miserably for me. But I have the advantage that I can actually only improve. Worsening is hardly possible!

    Have good sales and stay healthy,

    Wilm

  12. 5 hours ago, Steven Tritton said:

    A video download this morning with an RPD of $67.62 is a good start to the month on an otherwise awful Monday morning I'm having (not stock photography related).

    Congrats, Steven! You should start every morning with a download like this! 😄

  13. April 2021 was better than April 2020.
    All agencies added up, I had 100 downloads more – statistical noise. In terms of revenue, it's a 30% increase.
    Only for shutterstock it is a plus of 27,6%, for the competitor it is a plus of 76%, because there April 2020 was extremely bad.

    Compared to March 2021, however, I have a few hundred downloads less overall. And accordingly also significantly less revenue.

     

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  14. 1 hour ago, SaliVit said:

    Is this a new way for the SS not to pay money?  

    When our systems detect fraudulent transactions or other illegal activity, we rescind rights to fraudulently obtained assets and reverse related transactions. If your assets are affected, corrections may need to be made to your account, including earnings adjustments and corrections to your download count.

     

    Did the SS have little money after the price change for the authors 01 june 2020 and they began to look for an excuse to reduce payments to the authors?

     

     

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    I guess there was no Financial backup for the credit card that was used by the buyer of your image.

  15. 1 hour ago, Milleflore Images said:

    That's fantastic, David!  And well deserved too. You have a great port with beautiful photography.

    ...

    @Wilm IhlenfeldThanks Wilm for your comments above. 🙂 

    It took me 4 years to get that photo. lol.  Here in Adelaide South Australia, we have many inner suburban streets lined with these beautiful purple flowering Jacaranda trees, and every year I would drive my husband crazy for us to go out and drive around all the streets in their November flowering season, to get the right shots.

    I put a GoPro on the car bonnet, to get some driving-under-the-canopy video shots, and also jump out of the car to take the stills. But every year, I just wasn't happy with the shots. Either the weather wasnt right, or the trees weren't fully in flower, or we missed the best display - or it wasnt a very good season for the flowers to bloom as well as possible.

    But then finally the November before last, I got the shots. It was a spur of the moment thing "come on, lets just try one more time" - and they have sold extremely well on all agencies. Also had several POD sales for them on FAA. 

    Your ambition and the time invested have definitely paid off, Annie!

  16. 1 hour ago, stevemart said:

    Ha,ha! Had me fooled because although I realised it was a nom de plume, I thought your name was Anne and because you're in Oz, you had gone for the combination of Anne + antipodes (pronounced antipodees)!! The name used by Northern hemisphere inhabitants (Brits) for the the continent at the opposite end of the globe. 😄

    Had you been an Australian living here in NL, I think you might have gone for Anne van Oz! But now I'm being really silly.

    This is exactly what I had thought, too! 😀

  17. 5 minutes ago, David Calvert said:

    I always try to remain positive that I will get a decent amount for my shots - and that happened here last week. One buyer bought 5 of my shots, and I received $137.00 for each of them!

    Wow, David, incredible. I never heard about a success like that. Congratulations!

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