01 Sep 2007 Microstock Earnings Report August 2007

Based on last year’s results I was expecting August to be better than July. I read that August is the slowest month of the year, but not for me this year. Earnings increased slightly on last month finishing just below US$500.

I uploaded approximately 20 new shots taken around London and the markets this month.

Agency Earnings US$ Portfolio Size Per Photo Percentage
iStockphoto 178.14 611 0.29 36%
ShutterStock 144.90 582 0.25 29%
Dreamstime 89.34 527 0.17 18%
Fotolia 26.61 441 0.06 5%
BigStockPhoto 21.50 212 0.10 4%
StockXpert 19.00 69 0.28 4%
123rf 6.27 108 0.06 1%
LuckyOliver 4.20 130 0.03 1%
CanStockPhoto 3.50 363 0.01 1%
Crestock 1.25 58 0.02 0%
Totals $494.71 1.27


  • Earnings per photo is down substantially, telling me I’m uploading photos that are selling below my average. This is contrary to my intention to shoot for quality over quantity.
  • Many contributors are vocally abandoning Fotolia due to dropping earnings, but mine seem relatively stable in fourth place
  • Unlike the preceding two months I didn’t score an extended license sale at LuckyOliver this month resulting in a dramatic drop in earnings
  • BigStockPhoto generated record earnings this month, despite the fact I haven’t uploaded any new photos for a long time. Perhaps it’s time to resume.

Microstock Earnings Chart - August 2007

  • victoo
    Posted at 11:53h, 01 September Reply

    Why you have only 69 photos in Stockxpert? I think this issue dramatically decrease your total monthly revenue…

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 16:09h, 01 September Reply

      You are correct. I’m addressing this as a matter of urgency. I started with them more recently than most of the others, but they are clearly producing great earnings per photo.


  • David Franklin
    Posted at 06:56h, 02 September Reply

    Surely you’ve reached the 30c level at SS by now?

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 08:26h, 02 September Reply

      Yes David, long ago. That figure is the average per photo income, i.e. the total income divided by the quantity of photos. It’s just a coincidence that it works out to 25c.


  • Perrush
    Posted at 18:30h, 05 September Reply

    At least someone who is showing his real numbers with the actual amount. Takes a little courage to do that …. (although I wonder why :o) )

    I haven’t made them public on my site. But for the reader who can read between the lines … … there are a few hints :o)

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 20:07h, 05 September Reply

      Hey Stefan,

      It’s not courage. I’m not pretending to be anything I’m not, so there’s nothing to fear.

      As to why, it allows people to compare. People considering microstock can compare their portfolio to mine and get an idea of how much they could potentially earn. Existing microstockers can make month-to-month comparisons to compare trends and growth.


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