Microstock Statistics and Refinement

My micro stock journey started over a year ago now and so I thought it was time to review, do some spring cleaning and streamline my process some more.  I have two aims in looking at my over all and individual images statistics, one to save time and two to increase the quality of my images rather than the quantity.

First off the statistics:

Sales:

Company: % of income % of sales
Shutterstock
iStock Photo
Dreamstime
Canstock
Bigstock
Fotolia
123RF
Deposit Photos
Photo Dune
Pond5
YayMicro
 32%
23%
12%
9%
7%
7%
6%
3%
1%
0%
0%
 35%
24%
7%
3%
10%
11%
5%
4%
1%
0%
0%

One of the reasons I am looking at this is to save some time.  I have found the process of uploading and categorising usually takes longer than the photo shoots themselves.    Seeing these numbers makes it easy for me to cull off some sites.

The other side of what I am doing is refining my portfolio.  After “being in the business” for a year I have learnt a lot.  I have developed in my style and understanding of the type of photography that I like to create and I have a better eye for the quality of the images.

When I first started out I was pushing my self for numbers, thinking that will make more sales.  In reality half of those old images I took haven’t sold where as many of the new ones are more suitable to the marketplace.  At the time of writing this I have over 200 images online, but only 60% of them have made any sales.

This year my aim is not only to see my portfolio increase but my standard as well hopefully increasing my percentage of images with sales.  I hope when I review my progress next year there will be less “wasted time” and a statistical improvement reflecting my growth in photography.  Watch this space 2016.

If you are reading this because you are starting out in the stock or interested in how sales go you might be interested to know that the two sites with no sales are also the sites with the my highest acceptance ratio of my images.  So even though I will now probably close those accounts they were helpful to me in running through my images to see what would be accepted before going on to some of the stricter sites.

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