I heard that for traditional stock, you get a few sales a year, with each getting you from a few hundred bucks to a few thousand bucks. For microstock, you get a few bucks, or just tens of cents for each sales, but you have more sales for each photo each day. It was discussed somewhere in the internet that on average it is about a few dollars per photo, for both traditional & micro stock.
I think for newcomer microstock expose your picture to more sales then exclusive site unless You are well known photogs. Advantage of free marketing and cheap publcity for your photos to make your leap forwards to pros.
Think of concepts and work towards it.
I submit to as many sites as possible although there is a trade of between time spent uploading and categorising and the income derived from some of the smaller sites.
An interesting new site is this: http://albumo.com/affiliate-referral/1365/home
They are offering US$25 to everyone who uploads over 250 images. If you upload over 1000 then they will pay US$0.10 per upload on all images over the initial 1000.
Otherwise for me, my top five are:
No apologies for the referral links - it's all part of this game!!
I searched for a popular subject in it: rose and came up with 2,820 images with the most download files having only 1 download. Similar search in istockphoto yields 3,333 downloads.
They have to show me better results.
They have to start somewhere. They are holding out until there catalog hits 200k and then they will launch. Quite sensibly they are waiting until they have a critical mass of images before launching but from what I have seen of the site, it is user friendly and could do very well. Apparently they have a large budget for marketing too.
There a article in ST Digital Life on pg18 onthis and CS was mentioned too
Just to confirm a few things...
From what I've read in the thread so far... I can upload the same photo to different microstock sites?
Another qn: If I put a photo on microstock sites, can I still use it in competitions? Or sell to other pple?
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