02 Sep 2009 Microstock Earnings Report August 2009

August is typically one of the slower months of the microstock calendar. But this year a lot of microstockers are reporting a very solid month, particularly a few iStockphoto exclusive contributors I spoke with. My own earnings were up on last month but lower than August last year. Jack saw most agencies respond favorably to his resumption of uploading.

Jack’s Results

Jack‘s portfolios grew a little more this month – more than the previous month but not as much as his first few months. His portfolios are now larger than mine, but with little variety and no download history, his earnings are lower, as expected.

Agency Earnings US$ Sales Portfolio Size Return per Image
STR %
iStockphoto 30.46 23 91 0.33 42
Shutterstock 74.17 266 821 0.09 59
Dreamstime 32.93 40 819 0.04 16
Fotolia 7.65 15 819 0.01 9
StockXpert 17.20 41 867 0.02 13
BigStockPhoto 15.50 15 834 0.02 5
123rf 1.34 1 1042 0.00 1
Totals: 179.25 401
Avg: 21

Jack's Microstock Earnings Chart - August 2009

Observations

  • Total earnings were almost exactly the same as last month
  • Total RPI calculated on 809 photos uploaded (123rf has extra 200) and total earnings of $175.36 is $0.22 per photo per month
  • Jack is still contributing the simple studio shots from a week-long studio session last year

My Results

I’ve been using iSyndica to help synchronize my portfolios, so there’s some new additions to my portfolios at the newer agencies. I’m starting from the top selling photos and working my way down, organizing the files as I go. Looking at my three-year totals chart I don’t have much to look forward to until the end of the year.

Agency Earnings US$ Sales Portfolio Size Return per Image
STR %
iStockphoto 280.49 249 777 0.36 76
Shutterstock 159.91 220 876 0.18 94
Dreamstime 100.47 67 762 0.13 72
Fotolia 77.63 109 650 0.12 54
StockXpert 40.40 68 345 0.12 56
CanStockPhoto 60.90 7 461 0.13 29
BigStockPhoto 3.87 6 465 0.01 36
123rf 13.47 22 367 0.04 22
Crestock 8.75 9 370 0.02
36
Totals: 745.89 757
Avg: 53

Microstock Earnings Chart - August 2009

Total Microstock Earnings Chart - August 2009

1Comment
  • Luis Santos
    Posted at 17:44h, 03 September Reply

    Hi Lee! Like always I love stats and earnings reports from all possible stock photographers, and yours is on the top of the list.. πŸ™‚

    I must say that I am very happy that your are synchronizing your portfolio to agencies, I don’t use iSyndica but it looks fit πŸ™‚

    p.s: what have you done to your D90? πŸ˜›

    cheers

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