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:


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
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?

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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