Microstock Earnings through December

January 01, 2017  •  2 Comments

My microstock earnings approached $800 for the month of December. Earnings for the year amounted to just over $12,000 (or $1,000 per month). This represents a decline in earnings relative to last year of more than $1,300. This decline would have been even greater if I hadn't added Fotolia into the mix this year.

It's the first time that my annual stock earnings fell year over year--and that's despite an ever growing portfolio. More than anything, this speaks to the state and future of microstock photography. Supply continues to outpace demand when it comes to stock photographs.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings to date:


Glenn Nagel Photography
I suspect that things will get tougher in the upcoming years when it comes to microstock earnings...
My December was awful as well. While my total earnings did increase in 2016 over 2015, I was coming from a much lower base and a smaller portfolio, so that the percentage growth in my portfolio size managed to drag my total earnings up.
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