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  1. Yep, and when AS responds to that my next contributor email from them should go something like this; Dear Foodio, We have some exciting news! The unexpected response to our recently introduced free collection has been so overwhelmingly positive that we have decided to broaden the scope of the collection to include all of your portfolio assets including video. In order to address our customers ever increasing demands for freely accessible high quality content and expand our own customer pool we are also announcing that our paid library will be phased out entirely between January 1, 20
  2. Wilm, I agree that the sums referred to in the contributor emails are nothing more than a carrot meant to entice participation, but I'm curious why you think this is anything other than what it looks like at face value? Surely if Ad were only looking for internal use content specifically for their software products then why not just promote it as such? I think it's certainly part of the equation in being able to market their products with a built in library of free content, but keep in mind that Ad does some heavy promotion on one particularly popular free site, and they have been doing so for
  3. I understand completely. Ultimately it's up to each of us to decide what is best for us. Judging by the amount of positive contributor reaction to this though I can't see how that unpleasant feeling can ever get any better.
  4. Maybe, maybe not. One thing is pretty clear by now though, the more free images made available by others that are similar to the ones making you money now, the less likely you will be to sell your own at any price going forward. At the same time, the more of your images you give away that are similar enough to another contributors marketed images, the less likely they will be able to sell those going forward. Everyone contributing to the aggregate demise even though it might initially have the appearance of being positive on an individual level. The macro of micro. What baffles me most I think
  5. Reading this thread I can't help but think that I am watching the last nail being driven into the coffin of microstock right before my eyes. This time though it's the contributors themselves doing all the pounding. I just can't say it as politely as Wilm, but for all of you who have been complaining about royalty cuts and lack of fairness and transparency in the industry, or harping on about the sheer contempt with which agencies treat contributors...well is it any wonder? If you are willing to literally give your work away by proxy through one of the largest and arguably wealthiest corporatio
  6. I don't see a lot of square format uploads here on SS, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if the ones that are here actually do well. I've spent the last year during Covid shooting almost exclusively for social media feeds, and out of necessity I've found myself re-learning how to compose like I did back in my 6X6 days. So much so that now I catch myself automatically trying to compose for the square crop no matter what format I'm shooting. I've even taped off the screen on my digital studio camera to make it a little easier. The point is that the social media market is very competitive and th
  7. Crazy talk. It sounds like you are suggesting that the algorithm plays favourites and that search results are skewed based upon some kind of portfolio performance metric. We know that can't possibly be true because all of the most knowledgeable forum experts here have discounted that for years. Forum heresy just to consider it out loud. LOL. That would also mean that portfolio size has relatively little to do with success if the proportion of popular images in your portfolio is at a critical mass high enough to boost your overall performance metric. That would also imply that taking your time,
  8. @stevemart - Things are not always quite what they seem. If you look closely you'll see that the templates are not actually free...they are part of FP's premium licensing model. AKA subscription. Dig a little deeper and you'll also find that many (the better ones IMO) don't actually include the image. For that you have to go to (you guessed it) AS and pay for it. AS has been API partnered with FP for a long time now. Wouldn't be at all surprised if they had a deeper relationship. @oleschwander LOL. Over a million downloads for $5,400. Worst case scenario with SS even today would be $100,
  9. Honestly Wilm, I'm baffled by your drop. If I recall correctly we used to be uncannily similar in terms of overall performance. I guess my time is probably coming too.
  10. For me February started strong and more or less maintained. My numbers are 1001 downloads this Feb vs 846 last Feb. In terms of revenue though only a slight (very slight) increase. The new normal it seems.
  11. No, I think it's me that's confusing things. I'm thinking of it in terms of percentages and not levels. I can't keep track anymore.
  12. So far for me it's not a complete disaster. I reached level 4 January 20. I had 4% fewer downloads in January 2021 compared to January 2020 but overall revenue was down by 31%. The quick math shows me that as expected the majority of that decline was in subscription sales with the diminished return from SOD, OD and Enhanced offset somewhat by better video performance this year than last. This month (so far) I am on track to equal or better last February both in terms of downloads and revenue even though I was level 5 before the change. Go figure. I will also add that I have never been a p
  13. Transitioning to a completely subscription based model is the end game isn't it?
  14. I'm at level 3 now and expect to be level 4 by the end of the month. So far this week as well as the end of last week things have been looking up slightly in terms of higher value sales...but still very far off where they were in 2020. We shall see.
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