It’s been more than two years since I wrote How to make $200 from Shutterstock, iStockphoto or Fotolia?, my most read post up to date. A lot of little changes happened in those two years that add up. The libraries in all agencies have grown bigger, maybe even doubled in size. And my personal focus had shifted from microstock to premium agencies where images are being licensed for $20 or $50 or sometimes $500 each. And I picked up a lot of other tasks to make money here and there. Now I wanted to see how those changes impacted the statements I had made in that article above two years ago.
From Zero to Hundred Dollars a month with microstock images
Microstock analytics tool StockPerformer(*) has started a new tool: Rankings! As they explain in their blog post on this new feature, users can now see live and in real time how their portfolios perform in comparison to the other users that opted in to the anonymous system.
New feature at StockPerformer: Ranking
The new feature may be considered as fun to a certain extent but I think you can draw actual conclusions based on the data with some imagination. If it will help you improve your results is arguable but over time you might at least develop a sense on how your portfolio is improving (or not) compared to the market.
In an email sent out to contributors earlier this week, Getty has announced the next steps in what they call their Unification project, including a major change that might get lost in the series of messages on how the integration of iStock into the Getty IT platform proceeds:
Starting August 20th (or shortly thereafter), and after Unification, you will need to submit a request to deactivate a file. Please note that we will only consider deactivating files for legal or similar justifiable reasons as it provides a negative experience for customers when files are suddenly unavailable for license.
(English speaking friends will find some info at the bottom of this post 😉 )
Normalerweise schreibe ich diesen Blog in englisch. Heute ausnahmsweise ein deutscher Blogpost, denn diese Nachricht ist (zumindest vorerst) nur für Leser aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum interessant: In wenigen Wochen erscheint ein neues Buch auf dem Markt, und es wird meinen Namen auf dem Titel tragen. Continue Reading →
I’m seeing the question “How many images do I need to make $ xxx?” in different variations being asked over and over again by stock beginners. I think, it is an important and good question because it shows that the contributor does not see stock as “just uploading my vacation snap shots and get rich” but the causality between his efforts and the results. So I’d think we shouldn’t bash people for asking this question, even though it has been asked thousands of time in the past.