Fri - August 1, 2008

Microstock Photography Earnings Report for July 2008



microstock photography earnings July 2008

In July, I put less effort into microstock than in the previous months. I spent a week on vacations participating in the 3rd Missouri River 340 Race - kayak and canoe race race from Kansas City to St Charles. I took my cameras with me for the race, but I was shooting just for fun and paddling was my main focus.

iStock which was always my solid #1 performer went down last month. I hope it just a summer trend. Fortunately, Shutterstock with one EL took over and showed pretty good performance. So, my total microstock earnings in July went up with IS and SS providing 78%.

Other agencies are trading places in the remaining 22% of my income. DT and SXP looked the most promising in July.

As in my previous month report I added actual payments from microstock agencies to the plot of total earnings above. July was a good month concerning payments. In August I expect payment only from SS.

agency portfolio size downloads (EL) earnings return per image sell-through rate % earnings

Shutterstock

311 284 (1) $98.75 0.32 78.4% 51.1%

iStock

279 63 $51.95 0.18 34.1% 26.9%

DreamsTime

255 21 $15.05 0.06 18.8% 7.8%

StockXpert

298 15 13.00 0.04 4.3% 6.7%

Big Stock Photo

300 5 $5.00 0.02 - 2.6%

Fotolia

246 9 $4.94 0.04 - 2.6%

123rf

324 10 $4.47 0.01 - 2.3%

FeaturePics

258 0 0.00 0.00 - 0.0%

total

407 $193.16

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