Earnings from Stock Photography – April 2016
Is this an April Fools Joke or what – earnings in April were down to a new low and Shutterstock, normally one of my more reliable agencies, failed to even reach $750 this month – ending at just $736. The last time I had earnings so low at Shutterstock was in February 2013 – over 3 years ago, when I had just 3664 images online at that agency compared to 5800 now. I don’t know if the buyers are voting with their feet and going to other agencies, but not a good sign for me!
Overall I just managed to scrape over the $2000 mark – ending at $2274. Zoonar normally adds sales for April at the end of May, so I will end up a bit above that, but it hasn’t been that good a month for me. I was searching for some bright spots but they are few and far between!
Canva continued its progress – a best ever result of $212. Pond5 came back with sales of $136.75 with 3 videos sold. It always reminds me that I ought to do more videos! Finally, Fotolia/Adobe stock was very good with a best ever of $203. Just 12 months ago in April 2015, I sold $44 on Fotolia, so that is definitely a brighter spot. 123RF did OK as well with sales of $175 in the month. It definitely shows that spreading images around different agencies is a good approach as you can at least benefit from the changing competitive environment.
I hope your month was better!