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Microstock Photography Earnings – January 2009

1 February 2009 2 Comments

I was busy with shooting and submitting pictures to microstock in January. I didn’t have time to write anything in this blog, although, I have a few posts in a draft including summary of 2008 years and goals for 2009. “Volumewise” my strategy for 2009 is simple: focus on my three top agencies (Shutterstock, iStock, and Dreamstime), 100 accepted pictures per month in SS and DT, and all upload slots filled in IS.

I managed to increase my average microstock portfolio from 605 to 698: 104 new pictures in SS, 107 in DT, and 53 in IS (delayed reviewing of December submissions). My earnings went up 26.5% in comparison with December and/or November. I had only one extended license from Fotolia in January.

microstock earnings January 2009
Microstock earnings and payments from January 2008 to January 2009

Shutterstock is providing now 57% of my microstock income. It is the only agency demonstrating clear growth in my earnings during last 6 months. It is great, but I would prefer more diversification. 10% of SS earnings come from on demand downloads.

A number of downloads in IS is going up, but earnings are going down. Small sizes and low payments are dominating my sales. A similar tendency is visible in Dreamstime. I had BME in January there concerning the number of downloads, but the earning didn’t reach the BME of November.

My other four agencies, FT, BSP, SXP, 123RF are showing more turbulent fluctuations from month to month. The combined earnings from them during last three months: $59, $48, and $66. No sales in Featurepics in January.

agency portfolio size downloads (EL)

earnings % earnings


815 594 $215.12 57.8%


534 59 $56.20 15.1%


676 48 $35.10 9.4%


545 25 (1) $21.85 5.9%

Big Stock Photo

755 23 $18.00 4.8%


805 39 $14.50 3.9%


759 25 $11.66 3.1%


796 0 $0 0.0%


Some other bloggers are reporting monthly earnings from microstock:
Microstock DiariesMicrostock ExperimentNiltoMiljrtbDriftless Ramblingsbankizdjec.plMeLastMohican’s BlogProbably Due To Network Congestion

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