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.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

PictureNation sales

Since their return online I have been busy uploading my backlog of images and, of course, hoping for some sales. Pleased to report three Editorial sales in the last week. A Medium resolution of the ever reliable Margaret Thatcher (netting £4 commission) and two Small web resolution sales of La Toya Jackson and Mohamed Al Fayed (netting £0.40 each). Hopefully, this is a start to more regular sales here as PN push their marketing now that they are back. I have a lot of archive British politicians images online with them and I'm hoping the forthcoming General Election here will generate some sales as commentators look back to previous elections (as they tend to do). PN's new lower rates (which they brought in shortly before going offline) make them much more competitive with the Micro sites whilst still offering photographers a better than Micro commission. At 40% they pay £0.40/£4/£6 for small, medium & large res sales. They also now offer Extended Licences which pay £14/£20/£30 respectively. They also have a referral programme but (rather dissapointingly) only for referring buyers and not new contributors as most of the Micro sites offer. I'm hoping that they'll look at that in the future. Regards, David.

6 comments:

David said...

I did email them about the lack of referral links for contributors (instead of buyers) but didn't get any feedback from it.
Hopefully it's something they will sort out in the future as i am starting to get quite a few clicks on my referrals for other sites.

I agree it's the right time for and your type of images with an election coming up soon!

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Hi David, I guess it's more buyers they want most rather than more contributors. I'm always a bit surprised the big established sites pay referral commission at all. I would have thought there are more than enough people wanting to get their images online. As yet my referral links have had zero results! Good luck with yours. Regards, David.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

As a follow up on the referral subject -I did get my first one at Dreamstime in March (through this blog I assume). Their profile mentions Scottish landscapes so I had high hopes for some dramatic images. Sadly, three months on, they still have a zero port there. Obviously I don't know if they haven't uploaded anything or if they have not had anything accepted yet. Looking forward to seeing their images when they do! Regards, David.

Anonymous said...

How can i get people to buy my images? Haven't had a single sale yet. Thanks.

David Fowler (newsfocus1) said...

Hi Anon! Wish I had an answer to that. Of course, it all depends on how many images you have, how good they are and what they are of. For me, I tend to sell either my archive political images or British things like Hastings pier (only ever had one sale of a foreign travel image -despite these doing well on the micro sites). It goes without saying that the more sites you can get your images on the more sales are likely. Just past my 2000th sale at Shutterstock last month. Good luck! Kind regards, David.

Anonymous said...

Thank You! :)