Glenn Nagel Photography | Microstock Earnings through April

Microstock Earnings through April

May 19, 2018  •  5 Comments

My monthly microstock earnings were $1,064 for the month of April. This is the third consecutive month of earnings over $1,000. Year-to-date earnings through April, 2018 exceed the year-to-date earnings from April, 2017 by about $120.

Shutterstock posted another good month with earnings surpassing $700. Big Stock's revenues of $3.75 were the highest in more than a year! 

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

Shutterstock applies an algorithm to determine the most "popular" images in a portfolio. The computation isn't clear, but certainly takes into account how many times the photograph has been downloaded in recent times. This photograph of the historic sign welcoming visitors to Fresno, California is currently a top seller within my portfolio:


Elliott Bignell(non-registered)
(On Flickr, I mean.)
Elliott Bignell(non-registered)
Hi, Glenn, That's a great start, thanks. There are a couple of things about my keywording that I might be able to improve based on what you've said. The idea that overall sales-to-date feed into the algorithm is a suspicion I also have. I have experienced "critical mass" effects in different sharing sites - a few years ago I suddenly topped the leading photos every day for a couple of weeks, after which their algorithm "bans" you for a while to keep variety n the selection. As a designer I'd probably point customers to proven contributors, so that makes sense. So it's the long game!

Great portfolio and blog. I've linked to my Shutterstock collection this time for anyone who is interested. Hope this does not offend.
Glenn Nagel Photography
Thanks Elliott. For starters, it takes some time to build momentum with the stock sales. It seems that the more photos you sell, the more likely that other photos within your portfolio will sell as well. I'm guessing that the number of pictures that a photographer sells enters into the search engine formula so that images from that portfolio appear higher up in a search.

Most of my stock portfolio includes editorial images from my travels around the United States...cities and architecture. I also upload quite a few nature photographs--landscapes and animals. Regarding's the usual advice. It's important that photos are of high quality--sharp, well composed and properly exposed. It's critical that the files include descriptive and enough keywords. I try to make sure that keywords cover information such as: indoors vs outdoors, how many subjects in frame (or "nobody"), day vs night, colors, is it a full body portrait, horizontal vs vertical, selective focus?, etc.

Elliott Bignell(non-registered)
This is so impressive. I'm only just starting to move my shots to microstock sites, but I am 0xFF00 with NV. I have about half as many shots on Shutterstock yet you seem to be earning 100 times as much based on my short experience. My legacy work is nature, photography and some travel/cities, which is all I am really interested in shooting, yet the disparity seems huge even if the material is not the big seller. Any tips you don't mind sharing?
best seller an editorial image. amazing!
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