01 Jan 2008 Microstock Earnings Report December 2007
Earnings were very low in December with the festivities having a clear impact late in the month.
I started a serious uploading campaign in December, uploading to all sites except Fotolia due to the optimization experiment (detailed below). Fast reviewing agencies are already selling the new photos, while others still have them in the pending queue.
I only received Extended License sales (3) at Shutterstock this month.
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The Fotolia Optimization Experiment
Early in December, I ran my optimization experiment at Fotolia to see the impact on sales of re-ordering my keywords. To be fair, I only re-ordered the keywords on my top 80 selling photos, and most of this work was done in the second week of the month.
Despite these weaknesses in my experiment, Fotolia was one of only three agencies to earn more in December than in November (Crestock rose $1 and BigStockPhoto rose $1.50). However, the increase was only a few dollars, and still lower than the figure for October.
It seems that reordering your keywords – if you haven’t done so already – has a positive impact on your sales. In my case, the impact was minor, but my portfolio is also quite small.
I was hoping that my Fotolia earnings would jump up to a similar level as Dreamstime and iStockphoto like other contributors experience. Perhaps my photos don’t have the performance track record to rank well yet. If so, such a dramatic change will take a long time.
- Shutterstock earned me the same as November, Dreamstime earned just below their average, but iStockphoto dropped substantially
- iStockphoto earnings were lower than last December!
- Shutterstock convincingly consolidated their top position
- Total per-image earnings dipped under $1