My Journey into Microstock August

What can I say about August, except…WOW

August 2013 was my Best Month Every… by a long way.   August is supposed to be slow, but my sales at Shutter Stock were the best I have ever achieved…( even thought I have not even been at this for a year.)  Basically I made over $1 a day and had Income per image of about 0.05.  These are rates that I did not expect to reach for at least another 6 months.  I am happy about the progress at SS.

As for the other stores?  I am wondering if I should even bother with them.  I have such slow and flakey internet connections, and the return on my time is so limited that I only seem to upload to others when I have nothing else to do..not very often in my life.

Goals for Sept.

Shutter Stock ( SS ) I just barely posted another 100 images to SS in August, ( now at 600) and I would like to keep that up for Sept. but, with the start of a new school year and other projects I am not going to set this as a goal.  I do need to keep feeding the beast ( I suspect that part of their search control “rewards” contributors who continue to provide images)

Istock (IS)  This is my second priority for uploading, but the results have been less then stellar.

My own sites stockimages.glennspecht.com, and People Images require constant care and feeding of images.  If I thought short term, I would be very unhappy with these sites, but I have to think long term.  If the Symbiostock network proves itself then these site could be very useful….

spread sheet:

 

# accept Stock editorial Jan Feb March April may June July August
Shutter Stock 600 306 294 $8.50 $4.50 $14.74 $7.88 $10.01 $17.76 $16.48 $33.38 $33.38
28.96% 0.0800 0.0340 0.0285 0.0406 0.0327 0.0556 18.13%
iStock 154 151 3 $3.14 $6.26 $1.40 $2.52 $26.75 $2.93 $0.84 $2.54 $46.38
7.43% 0.0200 0.0300 0.2450 0.0105 0.0056 0.0165 25.19%
123rf 369 352 17 $0.43 $3.29 $0.44 $0.22 $0.95 $1.93 $0.70 $1.51 $9.47
17.81% 0.0052 0.0019 0.0014 5.14%
Canstock 173 173 0 $0.75 $1.75 $1.00 $1.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $4.50
8.35% 0.0050 0.0058 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 0.0000 2.44%
Dreamstime 172 172 $0.35 $0.70 $0.00 $0.00 $2.34 $0.00 $0.35 $3.74
8.30% 0.0050 0.0000 0.0000 0.0136 0.0000 0.0020 2.03%
fotolia 34 34 0 $0.25 $0.25 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.05 $0.00 $2.55
1.64% 0.0603 0.0000 1.38%
bigstockphoto 111 92 19 $0.50 $1.00 $1.25 $0.00 $2.75
5.36%
2072 1732 340 $13.07 $16.40 $18.28 $11.62 $38.21 $25.96 $22.82 $37.78 $184.14
percentage of total income 7.10% 8.91% 9.93% 6.31% 20.75% 14.10% 12.39% 20.52%
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