05 May 2007 Why Doesn’t Anybody Show their Microstock Earnings Online?
In a recent link to one of my articles another industry observer commented on how from all the people who post and blog about their microstock statistics, nobody actually posts the amount they’re earning. Hmm….
As a commercial venture, this blog lives to provide value to readers, whether they be existing microstockers or people considering becoming microstockers.
There’s obvious value for existing microstockers in being able to compare their income. They can compare portfolio quality and quantity against earnings to see how they’re performing relative to me. I’ve always stated that I’m not a professional photographer – I don’t even claim to be good, yet – so there’s no shame in it for me.
There’s also clear value for people considering starting to sell their images online. They can compare their offline portfolio, or indeed their photography skills, to mine and guage how much income they’re likely to make. This will either encourage them to start selling their images online, or indicate that it’s not for them. Either way, they have an expectation that they didn’t have before. That is good value.
So if there’s value in it for readers, why doesn’t anyone post their amounts? I’ve given it some thought and done some research and can only conclude one thing. Many people are uncomfortable talking about or hearing about income levels for a variety of cultural and social reasons.
What about me? I thought about it and concluded that I wasn’t publishing my figures because I thought that’s just how it was done. So in the absense of a good reason to keep them to myself, I’ve decided to start revealing my amounts in order to increase the value I’m providing on this blog. Watch my future posts.
As for other people revealing how much money they’re earning selling their photos, I did find someone else who publishes their figures. Two in fact:
LarynandJanel – microstocking as an ‘experiment’ with marked success
Probably due to Network Congestion – has some good statistical analysis on his blog
Found another – a microstock earnings update on someuseless.info blog back in February 2007.