24 Jul 2008 Gold at iStockphoto
Yesterday I sold my 10,000th license at iStockphoto which qualifies me for Gold canister level. I registered there in April 2005, so it took me three years and three months – which is relatively slow progress even for someone doing microstock part time.
My current portfolio has 740 photos for an average 14 sales per photo, though only 73% have sold once or more. My top selling photo has sold 765 times and I have 15 photos which have sold more than 100 times.
If I were an exclusive iStockphoto contributor I would be receiving a raise in my commission from 30% (at Silver level) to 35% (at Gold level). As I’m not exclusive my royalty at iStockphoto remains at 20%.
However, this milestone doesn’t go unrewarded. My upload limit increases from 20 to 25 photos per week with the current upload limits. The silver canister icon on my profile is also replaced with the gold one you can see above.