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Gaurav Aryal

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  1. Very bad start of the month with just 4 downloads, each for 0.10$. February was one of the best months ever. I had a single download for 22.11$. I also received second ever payment crossing 35$ threshold. I have a small portfolio. After bad news of June, I stopped uploading. I explored few other sites but none of them made a good start. I even opted out of some while I am continuing on a few ones. AS is also not seeing any downloads recently. Pulled out of DT and IS. No downloads on DT and dismal rates on IS despite of hard works are main reasons to unsubscribe. IS had some good download
  2. I dont see any rating in any of my photos. May be my country is not supported by thsi feature. this is also the first time I am hearing about rating.
  3. I reached the first ever payout limit of $35 this month. I had total sales of $4.55 including 1 OD, 1 S&O and 1 sub of $.65 in August and reached a total of $ 38.86. Augustwas comparatively better than June and July. I have a small portfolio. With some recent sales, I was increasing my portfolio of 200 photos. Then, the June happened that did not give any further motivation to upload anything for 10 cents I am from a developing country and any foreign currency earning is good. However, .10 sales is not worth anything. I think SS has started payout process as the current earning is ju
  4. As far as I understand, Google will only display a badge that says the image is licenseable. A potential buyer who finds a particular photo interesting will know that the image can be licensed, then clicks on the image which opens the actual licensing page eg Shutterstock or any other stock photography sites. I don't think there will be different pricing or the royalty we receive as contributors for that. Only way we benefit would be that a potential buyer can reach to our photographs more easily from search engine and make a purchase decision. If the potential buyer decides to purchase
  5. I was thinking in the same way. I am no expert but these are the thoughts that crossed my mind. 1. Return the old prices for now. May be increase it down the road. 2. Make stricter QC rules and set higher standards. This will limit oversupply and help increase the the overall quality of content. Then increase the price for buyers for higher quality content, this will further lead to better pay for contributors, and higher income ratio for SS. 3. Make the contributors all exclusive. If they are paid well, they dont have to upload elsewhere. When they are incentivised, they will
  6. It seems like a sad and bitter truth. We contributors are at stake yet very few seem to be troubled. It seems some contributors stopping contributing wont easily make a dent on SS. May be 1k, 10k or 100k contributors will stop uploading or disable their portfolio. There will still be around 1 million of others who wont probably care. If 100k buyers leave, then that will make a difference to SS, that is less likely to happen with so many contributors globally giving away photos for almost free. This is what SS sees and therefore wont care either. There will always be contributors who will conti
  7. I am on 31.11. Today I got 0.10 sale It will take forever to reach my first payout. Encouraged with some recent slaes, i was thinking of growing my portfolio. This is a shuttershock
  8. Shutterstock makes a living out of the blood, sweat and tears of all the content creators. For all the hard work, investments and efforts made by photographers and creative artists, SS was paying them a lot less than what we deserve. Now, all of our works are further devalued so that they can earn more from what we upload. Shutterstock must have forgotten that its our work for which they make their profit from. If we can make them rich we can bring them down to the streets. I stand with all of the contributors and ready to disable my contents, although I have a tiny portfolio which I have just
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