Not a great month! Sometimes this business can really knock you back, but I think the message is to just ignore the fall and get back on the bicycle! I did spend some time wondering if the work of uploading was worth the hassle, but am now back keywording and processing as before. So, what happened? Shutterstock was extremely slow in February – especially later in the month. I particularly noticed an almost complete lack of the Single downloads that can really make a difference to a month’s earnings. Just $17 worth in February compared to $160, $156, $119 in Nov, Dec and January. I did get $175 of Enhanced downloads, which was a bit below the norm, but the end result was that Shutterstock came in at just $700. iStock was pretty poor as well – a great month (January reporting in February) for the partner program of $105, but just $150 for the normal iStock sales. There are apparently volatile threads on their forum about falling income on that site. Alamy then gave me a present (!) – a refund of a $165 sale that had happened a couple of months back. Although I then had a number of smaller sales in February, this just brought me back to zero for the month. All in all, no site did particularly well, and so I ended the month at $1580. Of course, that isn’t bad, but after a run of $2000 months, it doesn’t feel great! As I said though, you need to get back on that bicycle and start pedaling again! Luckily I had a lot of files to finish, after trips to Hawaii and Rome in January and one to St Thomas in the Caribbean in February, so I can’t really say that this business is being bad to me personally. I’ve worked hard this past week to get all those images on-line – including finishing about 400 images that were stacked up on Alamy awaiting keywording, and so I’m hoping March will get me back on track.
Here are my graphs – not much change in files on-line in February as most of my images were uploaded in the final week. 100+ removed from iStock because of the Getty/iStock deal, so largely, my files were similar to the previous month. However, for the record, here are the end Feb totals:
Growth in Earnings next – quite a break in the pattern, but perhaps March will bring it back!
The monthly earnings chart for each stock site:
And, finally, a percentage of earnings from each site – useful to spot trends (let me know if you can spot them!!)