Microstock Photography Earnings – April 2009
April was a good month for my microstock photography – 22% increase of earnings in comparison to March. BME in Shuterstock, iStock (the last two weeks were great), Dreamstime, Fotolia, and 123RF. I managed to increase my average microstock portfolio from 859 to 942: 106 new pictures in SS, 70 in DT, and 46 in IS.
Microstock earnings and payments from April 2008 to April 2009
Microstock portfolio growth from November 2007 to April 2009
iStock. BME. Last two weeks were very good. Effect of Best Match 2.0 ?
DreamsTime. BME. Still on the 3rd place due to several sales in the last day of the month. Increased number of rejections: Too many shots of the same item or from the same series. Unfortunately for me, a scoop of rice and a scoop of wheat or other grain is the same subject according to DT inspectors.
Fotolia. BME. The same high rate of rejections as usual, but much better sales. It is my smallest portfolio, except IS.
StockXpert. A little lower earnings than in March. 57% from subscriptions.
123rf. BME. They usually accept everything, but, recently, requested a property release for my watercolor painted backgrounds. A complement? Am I getting recognized as an artist? Or just silly inspector?
Big Stock Photo. Earnings lower than in March, but sufficient for my monthly $30+ payout.
CanStockPhoto. I uploaded most of my pictures there, but so far I have got only a few $0.30 subscription sales.
Featurepics. No sales.
Panthermedia. I started to upload some of my microstock pictures two months ago. Submission is quite time consuming and sometimes doesn’t work. ~70% acceptance rate. 290 pictures online. So far, 2 sales, ~14 euros total.
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April was my 17th month in microstock with $4386 of total earnings.
Some other bloggers are reporting monthly earnings from microstock:
Microstock Diaries … Microstock Experiment … NiltoMil … jrtb … Driftless Ramblings … bankizdjec.pl … MeLastMohican’s Blog … Probably Due To Network Congestion
|My latest stock photos on Dreamstime|
- 13 Months of Microstock Photography Earnings:
2008 March | April | May | June | July | August |September | October | November | December | 2009 January | February | March
- A Reverse Look at Microstock Sales from My iStock and Shutterstock Portfolios
- What Sells in Microstock? My List of Picture Bestsellers
- How to Get Accepted by ShutterStock? Don’t Give Up!
- My microstock referral links for photographers:
Dreamstime, ShutterStock, BigStockPhoto, 123RF, FeaturePics, Panthermedia, CanStockPhoto.