Sunday, October 3, 2010

September 2010 earnings


As expected, sales picked up as often microstock sales reach a peak in September and this month was not exception being  a BME in both Photo and Audio. Compared to last year at the same period, microstock photos sales are up  30% which is in line with the increase of my portfolio size.
Photos is still the main earner with 86%, following by video (11%) and audio (3%). A lot of things happened this month: Isyndica distribution platform is closing down:(  This service will be greatly missed and I want to thank personally Sebastien and Hugo for their hard work and for having raised new standards in media distribution platform technology.
Another big news this month, is coming from Istock which decided to cut down commission for non exclusives from 20 to 15% . I personally stopped sending pictures to Istock 4 months ago now and I do not plan resuming uploads there. If you are an exclusive contributor and looking to give up your crown I can recommend the following five agencies: Shutterstock, Dreamstime, and  Yaymicro (interesting 3rd party program) and  Stockfresh (a venture from previous Stockxpert's owners).

Reporting by media

  • Photo
Shutterstock finished far ahead of all  sites with a record number of on demand sales, finishing close to  a BME. Second  was Fotolia, only few cents from a BME and 3rd  was Veer  helped by three extended sales. Istock was number 4 with a dramatic decrease in earnings of 100% compared to September 2009.On a positive note I had my first sale at Alamy this month, hope more will follow:)

Isyndica Analytics screenshot

  • Video
Pond5 had a BME with sales making most of my video earnings this month.However, no sales at Revostock, Shutterstock and Clipcanvas....

  • Audio
Audio represents only 3% of total earnings but had its BME this month with 4 sales at Pond5 and 1 at Revostock.

As usual, stay tuned for more blog updates in October and in the meantime, you can follow my daily updates on Twitter. You can also join my facebook photo page here.

1 comment:

Xavier said...

thanks for sharing your stats. Because last news from istock, I´m reconsidering contributing there, too, but for the moment is my second agencie in revebue, very close to shutterstock.