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Everything posted by balajisrinivasan

  1. My personal favourite keyword tool is - https://imstocker.com/ Gives you many good options and uses many MS sites for its database.
  2. If that's the case, I don't know whether to feel happy or sad. Because like I said in another post, I have over 150 downloads and haven't made even 30 dollars yet. If I'm earning so little from so many sales, it's better if my port is switched off and these sales don't happen at all.
  3. I've had over 150 downloads since June. Even if they were all subs, with the old rates, I would have had a payout by now. But my earnings are well below the payout limit and it looks as if I'll need many, many more sales for it to go over. That's how terrible the new rates have been for me.
  4. My advice would be, don't crop, reduce noise and export in a lower resolution (6 to 8 mp). It might go through. I've had quite a few ISO 3200 images accepted. This, for instance...
  5. By far the slowest month this year. I mean, I have more sales on IS for godsakes. Wonder if something's up.
  6. As far as non-MS sites go, there are plenty of Print-on-demand sites. The most popular is, of course, FAA which you might be familiar with. There's also Society6, Zazzle and Etsy but I found all of these quite frustrating having not sold a single picture on any of them. They seem to require different strategies to sell than the simple "submit and wait" process we have in MS. But some people appear to have a lot of success with them.
  7. That's the exact same reply I got... twice But yeah, like @Alexandre Rotenberg said in the other thread, gotta have a radically different approach with this. Will keep trying. At least they aren't snooty and invite you to keep applying with different images. Sounds like the place is run by some good people.
  8. Now that's a powerhouse I can get behind. All we have in our times is Tony & Chelsea Northrup doing "youtube content" 😕 That said, what a fantastic thread this is. Probably my favorite in all of SS. Learned so much.
  9. Slow start in terms of downloads (9 as opposed to 15 after the first week in July) but thanks to an OD and a couple of nice 73 cent subs, better than July in terms of dollars. Can buy a cup of coffee I think.
  10. Haven't tried the 20 images thing yet. Will probably do that once I've seen a few hundred book covers and figure out what sells. Oddly enough, even though I read a couple of books every week, I have no idea what the covers look like.
  11. Yeah, Alex and Steve are my go to people for microstock tips and stats (bought both the books they wrote). Easily the most useful content for MS. I did follow up on Alex's suggestion for the book cover thing but got rejected by Arcangel twice 😕 Maybe I just don't have the images they're looking for or I'm not submitting the right images. All the best, Deb, hope you get approved!
  12. All the best making 500$ on 2 cents a download on IS and 2 downloads a year on DT!
  13. If you're new to SS and selling images, even a 100$ month is a pipe dream. You need to have a seriously good video port with high quality videos to ever stand a chance of making over 100$ consistently. But if you're spending so much time shooting high quality videos for 100$ a month, might as well get a job in a production house because you'll make more for the same work. Stock photography is at best a side gig and should never become your primary source of income.
  14. I cut an AV for a big corporate client earlier this year with footage taken entirely from Pexels and Videezy (client's choice, not mine). It was nine minutes long and I was amazed at how we could find everything they wanted on there.
  15. It would be interesting if someone made a movie with actually free stock clips without watermarks.
  16. I'm hoping the slowness is due to the technical problems with the database updates last weekend.
  17. Awesome! I've seen all the seasons. Who is he on the show?
  18. Everything's "fair" in capitalism and war, especially from the point of view of the capitalist.
  19. Cover of a very academic sounding text published by the Oxford University Press. Not sure if I've been credited somewhere in the book. Got 2.5 dollars for this 😔 https://global.oup.com/academic/product/susceptibility-in-development-9780198854739?lang=en&cc=in&fbclid=IwAR39s0YoOdA2QS788qQMx_nIdisICbpEi-y-czO82M1nF01LezO4ldGRvBs#
  20. Maybe the AI who reviewed these images is still learning.
  21. It's kind of difficult for me to judge whether it was an outlier because my account here is still only 10 months old. But there was a steady growth in both downloads and revenue till mid-March and then it crashed downwards because of you-know-what towards the end of March and April. But May was a clear uptick and my revenue was more than February (which had been my best month till that point). In July, I had more downloads than ever before but my revenue was the second worst this year (after June).
  22. I made less than half the money with 79 sales this month than I did with 61 in May. Tells the story. Trainwreck.
  23. I think it's an entirely different language they speak in. Probably easier to learn mandarin.
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