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Thanks for those most interesting statistics, Wilm.

2012-2020: Number of contributors 40X

2012-2020: Number of images          15.6X

2012-2020: Number of downloads    2.5X

2012-2020: Number of customers     2.6X

The way I look at those stats is, what are the chances of a potential buyer seeing your newly uploaded and approved image on the first few pages of 'NEW'? In the old days your new image could be found on the first couple of pages of 'NEW' for days after it was approved even in the most popular categories. Today, that image in 'NEW' is been&gone from the first page within hours. In a couple of days, it's already beyond page 10; and unless it sold, never to be seen again. That is no longer an opportunity to be seen and get sold....that's just a lottery and the only guaranteed winners of a lottery are those that organize it!

Started mid-2012 and 71% sold at least once. Interestingly, among all the images that sold only once only 2 have sold for 10 cents!

My 3 top sellers have sold 4,000, 2,500 and 2,000 respectively and all big sellers date from 2012/2013.

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I'm not sure if you had seen my post in another thread, Charles, so I'm copying this in here as well:   2012:  23 million images 76 million ("paid") downloads 40.000 cont

I like stats! I'm 25%

Although its incredibly rare, very occasionally SS can still throw a good one out.  Sadly the $0.10s dont really make up for it.  

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1 hour ago, Ernie Cooper said:

Interesting question. As of today, 35% of my portfolio has sold, with 13% having sold only once. So, 38% of the images that have sold, have sold once. At the other end of the spectrum, I have one image that has sold over 200 times. Keep in mind that I have only been selling stock for 2 years. I have a small (under 800) and specialised portfolio. 

Impressive port indeed.👍

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2 hours ago, Ernie Cooper said:

Interesting question. As of today, 35% of my portfolio has sold, with 13% having sold only once. So, 38% of the images that have sold, have sold once. At the other end of the spectrum, I have one image that has sold over 200 times. Keep in mind that I have only been selling stock for 2 years. I have a small (under 800) and specialised portfolio. 

Yes, specialized. But brillant!

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1 hour ago, stevemart said:

Thanks for those most interesting statistics, Wilm.

2012-2020: Number of contributors 40X

2012-2020: Number of images          15.6X

2012-2020: Number of downloads    2.5X

2012-2020: Number of customers     2.6X

The way I look at those stats is, what are the chances of a potential buyer seeing your newly uploaded and approved image on the first few pages of 'NEW'? In the old days your new image could be found on the first couple of pages of 'NEW' for days after it was approved even in the most popular categories. Today, that image in 'NEW' is been&gone from the first page within hours. In a couple of days, it's already beyond page 10; and unless it sold, never to be seen again. That is no longer an opportunity to be seen and get sold....that's just a lottery and the only guaranteed winners of a lottery are those that organize it!

Started mid-2012 and 71% sold at least once. Interestingly, among all the images that sold only once only 2 have sold for 10 cents!

My 3 top sellers have sold 4,000, 2,500 and 2,000 respectively and all big sellers date from 2013/2013.

That's right, Steve!

The algorithm is designed for new images. Everybody has to ask himself whether it is still worth investing a lot of time (and possibly additional costs for models etc.) in an image. With shutterstock, it is no longer worth it from my point of view. 

And with me, it's like with you. Almost all bestsellers are from the earlier times. I have only one four digit shutterstock bestseller with over 2000 downloads that I uploaded in 2017. The others are from 2014 or older. 

It is definitely still possible to make images that sell well. But today it's hard to get more than triple-digit downloads with one image. Because then ideas or styles are copied and the images gradually disappear.

Anyway - My shutterstock statistics look like this:
10% of my images I have not sold at all.
10% of my images I have sold only once.
12,5% of my images I have sold more than 100 times.

And I would never be able to do that again if I started over here. The conditions are no longer there.
 

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Perhaps it is time to add a few more words.

Doug Jensen has always calculated hard. He puts the time it takes to make one of his videos in relation to what he can earn from it. I calculate differently than he does, but in principle what he does is right.

I have a hunch with a lot of the images I deliberately make for microstock that they will be used. It was the same with the image that has sold more than 2000 times here since 2017. But there are also at least 8 hours in it. Probably even more - it‘s a cgi.

Today I don't want to invest that time anymore, because it's just not worth it. I just do not get a reasonable hourly wage together anymore. It's frustrating, but I can't change it.
If I lived somewhere else, where the cost of living is significantly lower, I would think differently. But here, our laws prevail. And they say that the cost of time is no longer worth it.

So I upload almost nothing anymore and just let microstock expire.

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SS has spared me the disappointment of tencent and teencent sales by having downloads drop off a cliff this month! 😢 Haven't even made $1/day this month yet. A couple of sub-$ SODs and not a single ODD so far.

Wilm. Your percentage of 100+ downloads is much higher than mine. I have only 5.3%  of 903 images that have sold 100X or more. Only 4% has sold for a total of more than $100 (lifetime).

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6 hours ago, Fercast said:

31,5% of my portfolio (202 out of 640 images) has sold at least once. Been here for two years, and about a year ago I was only at a 12%, which is a good improvement I guess. Still, long way to go until I make some solid money. 

Have a look at your macro photos. Nice!  31,5% isn't bad.
Your Black european housefly (Musca domestica) is another. namely a fly from the family Tachinid flies, Tachinidae.
Here I have a few on my website. I don't know which one is yours.
If you want to know, ask on Dipteraforum. There are a few specialists in this family. (Theo Zeegers,  Chris Raper)

This fly another fly from the family Tachinid flies, Tachinidae. Beauty!!

Ah...

this one is a Corizus hyoscyami. Tribe Rhopalini. Subfamily Rhopalinae. Family Scentless Plant Bugs (Rhopalidae). Information on my site.

 

While I'm at it...
The poor prey is a hoverfly Sphaerophoria. The species Sphaerophoria cannot be identified from this photo.

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9 hours ago, stevemart said:

SS has spared me the disappointment of tencent and teencent sales by having downloads drop off a cliff this month! 😢 Haven't even made $1/day this month yet. A couple of sub-$ SODs and not a single ODD so far.

 

Seems that moanin' in the mornin' helps. Got my first ODD of the month today.

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1 hour ago, Wilm Ihlenfeld said:

I can still remember a day when I had two downloads for $120 each. Unfortunately, that remained an exception for me. But maybe you'll be lucky and there will be more!

Sadly the rest of the day earned $6.

..including 3 x $0.25 video sales.

 

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Just now, Predrag Jankovic said:

@Former_Poster Congratulations on the big sale and let there be many more! We would've taken you at your word, though, you didn't have to go to the trouble of making a screenshot and smudging the thumbnails.

Thumbnail smudging is to protect the images.

If you look on the SS facegroup groups its full of people asking about and looking for popular images who when finding them will steal them and resell.  Or at least try to copy them.  

Its a very popular "theft" technique.

 

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22 minutes ago, Former_Poster said:

Thumbnail smudging is to protect the images.

If you look on the SS facegroup groups its full of people asking about and looking for popular images who when finding them will steal them and resell.  Or at least try to copy them.  

Its a very popular "theft" technique.

There a thief does not have to check all topics on the forum.
You can click on a topic on Shutterstock and see what's at the top. You can easily find successful contributors. Shuttershock is now extra helpful to the thieves, by (deficiently) indicating which images are very popular.

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2 minutes ago, Thijs de Graaf said:

There a thief does not have to check all topics on the forum.
You can click on a topic on Shutterstock and see what's at the top. You can easily find successful contributors. Shuttershock is now extra helpful to the thieves, by (deficiently) indicating which images are very popular.

The top doesnt always mean that.  The algorithm is extremely odd.

If you read the FB groups its full of people asking what images sell, if someone has a good sale they get 100s of requests to post a link to it and/or portfolio for "inspiration" and it usually ends up stolen fairly quickly.

The issue is flagging specific images.  People think it's a get rich quick scheme.  Its good business, especially in the Indian subcontinent.

Its also why although most people know who i am, i dont have my actual portfolio linked any more.

 

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For example. I search for 'fruit', find an image that looks good. And yes there is word high. Click on the contributer and yes a lot of images, which I can use as a thief. And Shutterstock confirms my suspicion that they sell well. https://www.shutterstock.com/nl/g/natis76
Ten seconds of work. Then as a smart thief I'm not going to look at all forum topics. 

Sorry. I hadn't read your answer yet @Former_Poster   I can imagine that because you are successful you are extra careful. Still, I think the stealing happens more often as I indicated. Even when I think of all the reported thefts.

I think my example found in ten seconds sells very well. Looking awesome!!

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You're neglecting the individual image effect.  Have a lurk on the various SS facebook forums and you'll see what i mean.  Lots of them look for specific images or individuals who personally report success to steal off.

Obviously SS makes theft easy in various ways from bugs to allow stealing, so crazy cheap and free images and then to not checking uploads against existing for duplicates.

 

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9 minutes ago, Former_Poster said:

You're neglecting the individual image effect.  Have a lurk on the various SS facebook forums and you'll see what i mean.  Lots of them look for specific images or individuals who personally report success to steal off.

Obviously SS makes theft easy in various ways from bugs to allow stealing, so crazy cheap and free images and then to not checking uploads against existing for duplicates.

 

I already expanded my previous answer. I understand your caution. We answer at the same time every time. 🙂
I find Facebook useful to congratulate people and to see how my distant family in Australia is doing. But other than that I'm not a fan of Facebook.

That's the advantage if you don't sell much. They can watch me. 😁

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