Microstock Earnings through April

May 23, 2017  •  3 Comments

My monthly microstock earnings came in at $938 for April. Fotolia earnings exceeded $100 for the third consecutive month. iStock earnings bounced back after a disappointing March. Shutterstock earnings fell dramatically--posting the second lowest monthly earnings in a few years.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:


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3.Glenn Nagel Photography
Hi Aldemar,
I have about 5,500 images now on Shutterstock and about half that many on iStock and Dreamstime. I have less than 1,000 on Big Stock and Fotolia.

I don't have any exclusive images and I share most images across multiple agencies.

Best of luck to you...Glenn
2.Aldemar(non-registered)
Thank you for posting this, it really encourages me to improve and to upload more content. I just started with a portfolio of about 300 photos in Adobe stock, Shutterstock, iStock, Dreamstime and Eyeem and this month I had some sells which confirms that this market is still alive and moving. I have 3 questions:

1. How many photos you have in your portfolios?
2. Are some exclusive?
3. Do you upload the same photos to all agencies?

Regards,
Aldemar
1.Nils(non-registered)
It's interesting that your iStock earnings are kind of the opposite of mine: a strong March with both February and April earning about half of March's total. But your Shutterstock experiences reflect my own: a continuing decline in earnings per image. In my case I am able to keep my total earnings constant by increasing my portfolio size, but that's only because I am coming from a lower base than you.

I am starting to upload more heavily to iStock, Fotolia and Dreamstime, using Stocksubmitter to streamline a process that previously was simply not worth engaging in. Now I can spend 20% more time on the submission process to submit easily to multiple agencies. But that's still just a process of fighting diminishing returns per image by increasing the number of images.
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