Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Microstock

I've seen people complaining that not many microstock photographers are posting their statistics online, so seeing no reason not to, here are mine.

Month Downloads Revenue Uploads
Mar 06 1 $0.27 3
Apr 06 4 $2.00 1
May 06 7 $3.80 25
Jun 06 30 $11.60 14
Jul 06 63 $24.60 42
Aug 06 90 $38.80 44
Sep 06 93 $42.20 7
Oct 06 104 $53.20 2
Nov 06 82 $33.60 14
Dec 06 101 $54.25 3
Jan 07 169 $113.56 36
Feb 07 191 $136.01 10
Mar 07 217 $206.49 10
Apr 07 223 $198.59 11
May 07 160 $123.25 0

1535 $1,042.22 222


Of course, May isn't over yet but you get the idea. It's pretty obvious that I need 1800 more uploads. Well, probably less, because as you build your portfolio, you clue in to what sells, and also become a better photographer. Another factor is the growth of the site itself, with more and more buyers joining everyday, each photo will perform that much better for you.

It's getting to the point that I can request a cheque about every two weeks or so. It's turning out to be a nice addition to my day job cheque which, although larger comes just about as often. It's like getting a $1.25/hour raise. www.istockphoto.com is a good way to find inexpensive stock photos as well as a good way to make a few extra dollars.

-Gary

1 comment:

Lee said...

I hear you Gary. I did a search a little while ago and found only a handful that divulged their earnings. You can see my latest microstock results, and my article on why nobody displays their earnings.

Looks like you're on a winner with iStockphoto. The challenge now is to continue that trend! Good luck.

- Lee.