I’m very late this month – my apologies! I was off on yet another trip to take stock photos – this time to Southern California. Not as many images to process as my last trip (which I haven’t finished yet), but I now have another 823 to process and eventually keyword the selected images. One thing you need to understand about this business – it is actually quite a lot of hard work going through every image, choosing the ones that might be suitable for uploading, processing them and then keywording and describing each one. Think of it as a job – not a hobby. You must get those images properly keyworded if they are going to earn their keep!
But enough preaching! How did I do in October? Not too bad. My overall earnings came in at $2793 – a bit down on last month, but still pretty respectable. Here is my normal monthly chart showing earnings in each month compared to previous years:
What were the highlights this month? Shutterstock keeps its position as my number one agency with $725. For the first time for a long time, I had no enhanced license sales, but got $201 from single sales in the month. However, there is a real up and coming agency pushing for the number two position with Adobe Stock coming in with $398. It is interesting to compare the results in 2017 with previous years to show just how much this agency has improved from the old Fotolia days. I have certainly added more images, but it is growing steadily, which is hard to say for any other agency:
Speaking of images on line, I have continued to add images each month. Here is my graph for three typical agencies – Zoonar has been getting all my images, which is why it now has reached 10,395! It is hard to remember taking so many images, never mind keywording them all!
On the other agencies, Canva made a great advance in October, earning $192 after many months around $120 or so. I did sell one of their extended licenses in October which is worth $35. I don’t believe I have sold one of those before. Strangely, it isn’t one that I think is my best shot by a long way, but it obviously met the needs of the buyer:
Getty/iStock was a bit disappointing this month – dropping back to $369, but I had another good month on Alamy and Getty (via Corbis) which earned a total of $482.
Overall, here are my earnings by agency in October:
Now, back to processing those images again!