Earnings from Stock Photography in August 2017
Another month end comes round. Is it just me, or is time speeding up? Anyway, this month is following the usual trend – add more images, earn the same money! I still think it is a viable way to earn money, it is just different to what it was a few years ago when adding more images resulted in a growth in earnings. Now it seems like the time spent on adding more images results in a continuation of earnings – more like a normal job I suppose where you work each day and get the same amount of money each month.
For the month, I ended up with $2573 compared to $2267 last month. As August is generally a pretty poor month, this is not too shabby and the historic analysis tends to bear this out:
As you can see August is traditionally one of the lowest earning months in the year as many buyers are on vacation, but this month for me broke with that tradition. In fact, if I look at the trend of months, each month this year has been higher (or close to) than the previous ones.
A quick analysis of the earnings for the first 8 months of each year shows:
Perhaps if this continues through the next 4 months I will get to a new record in earnings? I could do with a big Image Brief win!
I’ve continued to add new files, both from a trip to the UK as well as some more studio shots:
As a result, the files in a typical set of agencies now looks like this:
Highlights this month were a performance on Shutterstock similar to July – $765 and iStock got back into its more regular swing with earnings of $405 compared to $372 last month. Adobe Stock continues to perform well for me, with a new monthly record on that site of $361.
If I plot the return or earnings per online image with Adobe Stock, I get a good looking graph that continues to go up – probably the only site that is showing this sort of performance.
123RF did OK as well, with $117, Canva improved a bit to reach $124 and I ended up with $108 on Zoonar although due to some reporting delays on their site this is a combination of earnings from July as well, I think. As I outlined in a previous post about Alamy zooms and searches, I sold a number of files on Alamy in my own account to result in a total from Alamy/Getty of $259 in net earnings.
The next four months are normally higher earnings ones in the stock photographers calendar, so lets keep our fingers crossed!