Stock photography is not a get rich quick scheme. Neither is it a get rich slow scheme. In fact, unless you’re extremely dedicated, it’s pretty much a ‘If I’m really lucky I may be able to afford a cup of coffee this month, or at least put a small deposit on a cup of coffee‘ scheme.
So for now, I continue to upload the odd photo to Adobe or WireStock simply because they have a higher chance of picking up 10 or 20 cents there than they do just sitting on a hard drive.
Stay tuned for my next exciting update somewhere around 2024
Sales are still decreasing, only one through Eyeem / Getty this month and a few through Adobe. Eyeem seems to have been a bit erratic since they put their tiered payment structure in, but it’s more probable that my sales have dropped along with the quality of photos I’m uploading. Garbage in, garbage out 🙂
January was pretty good – sales from Getty, Eyeem Market, Bytedance (?), Adobe, and Alamy (!). This is the first time I’ve heard of Bytedance, another Eyeem partner, and the first time I have sold anything through either Alamy or Eyeem’s direct Market.
After January being pretty good, February was rubbish with two small sales through Adobe. This is the first month in several where I haven’t sold anything through Eyeem’s Getty partnership.
Next month Eyeem will be bringing in their tiered payments system where high-value sellers receive a higher percentage of the sale. I have just managed to squeeze into the 35% category – better than 25% but far short of the holy grail of 55%.
A number of people in the Eyeem Facebook group are complaining about the payment structure and threatening to remove their photos and close their accounts. Hopefully, they all do, I’d rather be a small fish in a shrinking pond than a small fish in an expanding one… 🙂
Getty sales pretty much the same images as last month but slightly better prices. Golf ball and tee sold twice, loudspeakers sold for a reasonable amount (slightly better than the 50 cents or so I often receive), and the obligatory Pinned Map sold once again.
Having had quite a few PicFair advertisements polluting my Facebook stream over the last few months, I decided to give them a go about a few weeks ago. I should note that the entirety of my Facebook stream is pretty much polluted by default, but PicFair somehow managed to stand out a bit amongst the flotsam and jetsam. A lesser pollutant in a sea of drivel.
Possibly due to Google’s algorithms, I’ve been seeing a log of articles on the importance of key wording over they last few weeks. There seems to be a large number of articles that stress the importance of keywords to successful sales of stock photos.