Back in the Seventies and Eighties I founded and ran several Fleet Street photo agencies specialising in stock images of celebrities from pop stars to politicians. These were syndicated to the National and International press and Television. These days I am active in the Microstock world and this blog charts my journey as well as, hopefully, providing inspiration and ideas to others. Image buyers should also find this blog useful with links to my portfolios and regular updates on new uploads. Unless otherwise stated all images are my copyright and may not be reproduced or copied. Comments are very welcome but will be reviewed before publication. Enjoy your visit. Regards, David.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

January Updates:

After the Christmas slowdown, the new year got off to a flying start. Best month ever on Shutterstock with 72 downloads ($22.94) and a BDE of 14 downloads. Meanwhile, another milestone as my SS portfolio passed 700 images.

Over at Dreamstime I had 13 downloads ($9.64) bringing my total sales there to 52 since joining.

Bigstockphoto continued its flurry of sales with a further 5 downloads (most of which were my archive politician images -the General Election is coming soon in the UK so I am expecting my political images to show an increase in sales).

Istockphoto brought 4 downloads ($3.10) of which two were my first sales on "Partner Programme" site Photos.com.

And Yay! Finally had another sale at Yaymicro (o.5 Euros). Well it all helps! What was pleasing was that it was one of my Editorial images (Poll Tax riots in London). So hopefully my Editorial there is starting to get some attention.

Nothing yet from Mostphoto, but I've only uploaded 23 images to them so far so no surpise there. British site Picturenation also zero but they have only been back online for a couple of weeks. However, lots of new images accepted on PN with some lightning quick reviews (including my fastest ever approval -about 30 seconds after submission! They were obviously reviewing my batch as I was adding captions and submitting. It started to feel like a bit of a race at one point).

Meanwhile at 123RF my trial Editorial submission got reviewed and all were accepted (11). There was a delay there as I wasn't previously signed up to them. Turned out that they were not set up for people joining with just Editorial images. One of their people was posting on the Microstockgroup.com forum so I queried why mine were still waiting approval. Pleased to say that they dealt with it within a day or so. Looking forward to uploading a load more ahead of their forthcoming Editorial launch. Regards, David.

4 comments:

David said...

Looks like a great start to the year there for you.

From what i have seen mostphotos sales are few and far between but 'yuri' is on there so figured i might as well be too. :)
I like their new,, more refined, upload system too.

Must be nice to get all those downloads on SS. I love seeing a download.. even when it's only 15/16pence. :)

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Thanks David, I resumed uploading regular small batches to SS throughout December (I'd been concentrating on DT recently)-so I think we are seeing the "Feed The Beast" effect!. No idea if Mostphoto will be worthwhile. I'll probaly be concentrating more on the 123RF editorial for now. I know what you mean about seeing the DL's. I can't resist constantly checking SS if I'm home! Regards, David.

David said...

A nice little plug-in if you use firefox is here:

http://www.stockphotoideas.com/shutterstockbar/

It displays your SS stats in the bottom of the browser window. Been using it a month or more and it works nicely.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Thanks David, I don't use Firefox personally, but I hope others find your link useful. I must admit, I think it would take away the sense of anticipation I get each time I log into SS (but that's just me!). Regards, David. (BTW In the "old" days it used to be opening the post each morning that had the same excitement).