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On the heels of an unexpected $70 SOD I have finally crawled over the $10,000 lifetime earnings threshold today. 

I just reached 84,000 DLs and should have 10k photos very, very soon. My first DL was on 12/12/2012. Seventh anniversary coming up.     For those who are interested whether you ca

Some stats for those, who are interested: - More than 10% of the total downloads from 1 image only. - 5 bestsellers (= 0,4% of my port) made 20% of the total downloads. - 20 most sellin

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On 6/15/2019 at 12:46 PM, Darcy Perkins said:

Following up from this,

I've now hit 8 downloads for June (14 days in), making also my best $ month

To follow up, I finished on 17 downloads for June, and obviously maintained the best $ month title at that point.

Currently, with two days left of July I am sitting at 16 downloads but with nearly 3x the $ value of the 17 downloads from June, obviously making July by far the best month for total $ value.

I have noticed that (so far) downloads can come in waves - some days I get 4, others I get zero. I'm averaging 0.56 downloads a day which isn't huge, but I'm pleasantly surprised by the average $ value per sale.

I have also hardly uploaded anything at all over the month of July - not sure if this makes any measurable difference to performance of existing uploads or not. I will start uploading again a bit more consistently for August. I think 1,000 total photos in the port is a good and achievable goal for this month.

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12 hours ago, Darcy Perkins said:

Just hit the $35 threshold a day ago, after about 2-3 months of actively uploading on a casual basis. I've decided to put my payout limit at $300 though, because $35 into my account won't really make much of a difference to me. Lets see if I can hit $300 by the end of the year...

Just leave it in PayPal if you prefer, then it’s there for a new lens or whatever.

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40 minutes ago, Leonard Whistler said:
  • My Shutterstock milestone is reaching my first  Minimum Payout of $35.00.
  • As you can see from the chart below my downloads really picked up during the last 5 months.
  • I have 414 images in my portfolio.




Congratulations on your first payout.
What conclusions do you draw from this result for your future submissions?

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Despite the number of downloads slightly lower than the previous months, thanks to some excellent "Single & other" downloads, this will be the first month since the year and a half that I am active here, where I reached the minimum payout, in fact almost reaching double of the minimum threshold.
I already know that in the coming months I will hardly have the same luck, but it is a great satisfaction!



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Took my largest sale today.

First time seller (uploaded a few months ago), and an editorial at that, and my first "enhanced"

$19.80 I nearly fell off my chair!

(Since taking the photo, the building has been partially knocked down and rebuilt, so thought it might make a 0.25 sale or 2 with local media, was not expecting nearly $20. Ironically, it sold on the other side of the world rather than local)

Goes to show you never know what the customer might want. This is about 3 minutes stroll from my house, so shoot local, you might be the only person shooting it. 


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