September 2010 Sales Report

With the loss of iSyndica, doing these monthly sales reports is gonna be a major pain-in-the-ass.  But I vow to keep on keeping on.

Also, a little bit of great news… For the month of September this site averaged 244 unique visitors a day dropping as low as 82 but with well over 1000 when I make new posts.  So I’d like to thank everyone for stopping by and I’ve got a lot more info coming… Plus I’m working out a way to give back to all of you (some kind of contest, I’m still working out the details).

September 2010
Agency Clips Sold Portfolio Size
Pond5 66 (+0) 1105 (+6)
RevoStock 4 (-7) 321 (+0)
ShutterStock 4 (-5) 148 (+0)
ClipCanvas 1 (-1) 231 (+4)
MediaStock 0 (+0) 78 (+0)
Can Stock 0 (-1) 46 (+0)
iStock 0 (+0) 17 (+0)
Fotolia 0 4 (+0)

September was a pretty busy month for me with other projects.  I signed on as Director of Photography on a web based TV show and I got heavily involved with several other projects outside of stock.  I did manage to shoot about 100 new clips and render out about 20 new animations, but I haven’t had time to upload them.  With iSyndica shutting down on the 10th of October, I’m taking a few days off of my projects to get the clips edited and syndicated out everywhere before the 10th.

iStock announced a major cut in pay for most of their artists in September, I’m sure  you’ve heard of it.  As a result a lot of exclusives at iStock have dropped their exclusivity and started uploading to Pond5, Revo and other sites.  The result is MUCH slower review times on most of the major sites.  Since the pay cut doesn’t take effect until January of 2011, a lot of iStock exclusives are wait until then to drop their exclusivity, so expect review times to get even worse in January/February.

Pond5’s wait time is up to 3 weeks right now and they’re not reviewing clips every day (or even every business day), so it could get worse before it gets better.  Also, it appears that they read my comment about their lack of curating and decided to ‘punish me’ by removing all of my clips from their front page bin.  It’s probably hurt my sales as things seem a but down from last year and from reports by most of my friends that their sales for the first week of October are gangbusters.  I’m not happy about the lack of sales, but the lack of them curating is going to hurt even worse down the road.  The more clips they approve that are simply copies of what’s already online is going to hurt buyers as it becomes impossible to find exactly what they need through a sea of copycats.  Especially with all of the keyword spam going on there.  At least ShutterStock, iStock and other sites actually curate the keywords too.

Let me unequivocally state that I LOVE POND5.  It’s my favorite site, not just because it’s my highest source of revenue, but because they still treat artists as partners, not servants. at the end of the day, they prove that you can have a fair relationship with artist and everyone can make money.  My complaints about them are simply because I love them and I want to see them improve.  It’s the same reason I complain about my step-daughter chewing with her mouth open, or not saying please.  Pointing those things out so that she can fix the problem makes her a better person.  Pointing out Pond5’s faults so they can fix them makes it a better site.  Sadly, it doesn’t seem like they see it that way…

RevoStock was super dead last month, not just for me but for a number of my friends as well.  Maybe it was because I didn’t upload anything… But I doubt it because all of my best selling clips on Pond5 are also on Revo.  They just don’t appear to have a good base of buyers.  The good news is they enacted a new method for sharing revenue between artists.  So, two or more artists can collaborate on a project, then one artist uploads the project and sets up sharing with the other artist(s).  That is an AWESOME new feature and if they would promote it more, I think they’ll see a major upshift in quality submissions.  I created a clip using some footage loaned to me by a friend and I’m about to upload and test out this great new feature.

It’s definitely the beginning of Fall here in Kansas.  The pollen count is going nuts from all the dead foliage, the temperatures are near perfect during the day and the skies are mostly blue and clear.  Perfect for getting outside with my camera and shooting some footage.  I just need to make time for editing and submitting, otherwise it’s pretty useless just sitting on my memory cards and/or hard drives.

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