01 Feb 2009 Microstock Earnings Report January 2009
January’s results put 2009 off to a great start for me, despite many fellow microstockers reporting less-than-pleasing results.
The Relevance of Earnings Reports?
Given my very low uploading rate over the past six months and my extremely slow earnings growth, I’m considering more than ever the relevance of my earnings posts. The initial idea was to demonstrate what is possible for a part-time hobbyist to earn with the microstock market. However, I’m hearing from more and more photography enthusiasts who are finding it very difficult to get started. In light of rising quality standards, this is understandable.
The comparison is still useful for some people, but I’m looking into ways I can broaden the use and relevance of monthly microstock earning reports. Stay tuned.
Here’s my figures for January 2009:
|Agency||Earnings US$||Portfolio Size||Return per Image
Total Earnings Chart:
(figures include small amounts of earnings from agencies I don’t report)
I also earned $21.15 from CanStockPhoto thanks to the FotoSearch deal – two 30c subscription sales and one $19.80 regular sale. According to FotoSearch, not all CanStockPhoto photos are available through the FotoSearch website yet. They’re encouraging contributors to continue uploading to CanStockPhoto in order to access this new sales channel. Other microstockers have reported many more FotoSearch-generated sales than me.
- Shutterstock and Dreamstime demonstrated the necessity to feed the beast by failing to recover to pre-festive season levels
- iStockphoto obviously recovered very well, recording my third best ever result. New metrics enabled on the iStockcharts.de website indicate I’ve benefited from the last algorithm update to the best-match search result
- StockXpert seems locked in at around $40 per month from me. Again, no uploading likely contributes to the absence of growth for me here.