Sunday, March 1, 2009

February 2009 earnings


For the time since I started microstock, my earnings were lower by few dollars compared to the same month last year. On a positive side, I had my first sale and Cutcaster and two new sales at YAY.
A good surprise came this month from midstock agencies taking a bit more than 25 % of total earnings including Panthermedia with 32 euros sales in total. Total earnings with midstock brought this month earnings above the $ 300 mark. I found Panthermedia to be a consistent seller in term of sales and type of pictures sold so I encourage to submit there and see what pictures of your portfolio they accept like I did.

PantherMedia - Fotocommunity und Bildagentur für lizenzfreie Fotos

Compared to February 2008 in ():

Total earnings: $ 238.33 ($ 239.18)
Pictures sold: 435 (379)
Average $/dl: 0.55 (0.63)
Global RPI : 0.46 (1.06)

Microstock one by one

Shutterstock . Less than 30% of microstock earnings this month way down compared to February last year. It is the first time since I joined Shutterstock that I did not reach a payout.... Only 2 OD sales this month

Istockphoto. Earnings slighty better than last month with a RPI of 0.16 the highest of all the microstock agencies

Fotolia.Number 3 only because I sold a bunch of old and ugly pictures for 0.5 credit each

Dreamstime. One of the most consistent agency this past months in term of earnings and very close to a BME. Above average rejection rate this month though.....

Stockxpert. Earnings are in the normal range this range although a lot of sales came from subscriptions.

A lot of action in low earners this month: 4 BME to report at Crestock, Yaymicro,Cutcaster and Scanstockphoto.
123RF and BSP joined the rank of the low earners this month but all of them made a non negligeable 15 % of earnings. . I had my first sale in 7 months in CSP as I uploaded my entire portfolio there after the Fotosearch acquisition.

Lookstat screenshot


Microstock blog NiltoMil said...

I did the same thing with Fotolia (sold a few old images for creds) and Canstock (dumped my whole portfolio there).

Hm, strange figures though - I was expecting to see you have over $100 on SS - whether by OD, sales or an EL helping you out. SS is ALL about traction and momentum though. Dreamstime and Fotolia seem to "season in" and take awhile to get started but then keep kicking tail! I got my first $19.80 sale on Canstock so that was great!

Here's to a March for the ages! :)

Rahul Pathak said...

Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great March!



Marek said...

Did you upload your entire microstock portfolio to Panthermedia or selected images?

I have about 100 pictures there with a first sale last month.

Laurent said...

@NiltoMil: no much OD and EL to help me out this month on SS , still waiting for a 1st fotosearch sale
@Rahul: Thanks look to have a better graph next month
@Marek: Just selected best shots, maybe less stock oriented i.e not many isolated objects