Moving forward, I will be posting my monthly microstock earnings later in each month. Beginning this month, iStock stopped reporting earnings on an ongoing basis. Instead, iStock will provide a report of earnings on about the 25th of each month for the prior month's activity. So, rather than post earnings early each month, I will be sharing this information on approximately a one month lag.
Excluding iStock, my earnings for the month of January amounted to $952. For the four agencies that reported earnings, the amount in total is comparable to the prior year. Every indication points to iStock making a dramatic decrease in its commission structure--to the point where it will no longer make sense for me to upload images to iStock. It's a shame for photographers, but the microstock industry is heading in a downward spiral for compensation for contributors.
Following is a summary of my monthly earnings to date (excluding iStock). I will provide another update later this month once iStock reports January earnings: