31 Mar 2010 This Month in Microstock – March 2010

Some interesting developments in the microstock market this month.

Website Redesigns

123rf did a substantial website redesign this month, as did Bigstock, both on the same day.   Both updates included new logos and Bigstock also included a minor name change.

Microstock Charts

Amos Struck and I launched Microstock Charts, a free service for microstock contributors to track and (eventually) benchmark their earnings and other metrics.   Amos later launched a handy news aggregator service called Microstock News, this time partnering with everyone’s favorite Italian microstock blogger, Roberto Marinello, of mystockphoto.org.

iSyndica adds Release Management

Well on the way to automating the entire submission process with a few key agencies, iSyndica released some handy tools to manage model and property releases. Log in to your iSyndica account to check it out.

Vivozoom Boosted Affiliate Program

The Vivozoom affiliate program commission increased from 5% to 15%, with recurring commissions for 1 year.

Fotolia Selling Free Photos

Fotolia added payment options to their free photo website PhotoXpress. Paying customers get higher download quotas for the free image collection, but also limited downloads of the “Premium Collection” – images from Fotolia. Subscription prices are slightly cheaper at PhotoXpress than at Fotolia.

  • mystockphoto
    Posted at 10:42h, 31 March Reply

    Hey Lee,
    thanks a lot for the kind words 😉

  • Holgs
    Posted at 03:39h, 01 April Reply

    Quick off the blocks this month Lee!

    This caught my attention: “Fotolia selling free photos”. Are these the same photos that they’re rejecting from the main site and not paying contributors for?

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 03:44h, 01 April Reply

      Gotta love the scheduled posting functions.

      My understanding is that photos that contributors allow to be added to the “free section” at Fotolia are available for free via PhotoXpress – and always have been.

  • hfng
    Posted at 05:32h, 01 April Reply

    Thanks for the updates!

  • Amos
    Posted at 08:03h, 01 April Reply

    Hello Lee, thanks for the mention 😉 partner!

  • Christopher Futcher
    Posted at 22:50h, 01 April Reply

    Microstock Charts looks good.

  • Ann
    Posted at 00:24h, 02 April Reply

    I like Microstock Charts, Lee. Thanks, again.
    Suggestion: Having the lines plunge to zero as soon as new month starts gives chart a “crash & burn” vibe most of the time.
    Perhaps you could have each site’s line frozen at last complete month (unless stats are added mid-month) – moving neither vertically nor horizontally until a new complete month.

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 15:14h, 02 April Reply

      Thanks for this suggestion Ann. I’ve added it to the feedback forum citing you as the source.

      • Ann
        Posted at 15:25h, 02 April Reply

        thanks, Lee 😀

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