01 Nov 2007 Microstock Earnings Report October 2007
Wow! This month’s figures are a mess, and in a good way. I had a run of extended license sales from both Dreamstime and Shutterstock in the first half of the month. Dreamstime produced five, three of which were on the same day and for photos with a similar theme. I had four at Shutterstock, all within the first 15 days. This pushed my total earnings passed my all time monthly record of $551 set last month. My new record is $698.59.
If I could realistically expect the run of extended license sales to continue consistently, then I’d be excited about being so much closer to achieving my goal of $1,000 per month by the end of the year. I purchased a new lens this month which will help make shooting easier and give slight improvements to the quality of my shots. I’ve also been busy inputting IPTC data into my older photos ready to bring all my agencies up to the same quantity of uploaded photos. So I’m still committed to achieving my goal.
I did some uploading of new photos late in the month, but they’ve only started to become available in the last few days. For that reason, I’m using the portfolio size figures from the start of the month in my earnings calculations.
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- Total per photo earnings is up 21%, approaching $2. I expect this will come down considerably as I make my portfolio sizes uniform across agencies
- Due to the extended license sales, Dreamstime and Shutterstock both broke their records
- For the first time ever, iStockphoto was only my third biggest earning agency
- I would have broken my Dreamstime record even without the extended license sales, but Shutterstock would have been slightly down on the previous month