Earnings from selling photos and videos online
The September results are in and the big question is whether I managed to maintain my record of beating the earnings in the same month in the previous year? The answer is yes – for the 16th consecutive month I have increased earnings over that same month. I’m not sure how long I can keep this up, but it is a worthwhile goal! To be honest, there is not much that you can do to impact sales in any particular month – the only real action we can take is to continue to upload good saleable images and videos on a regular basis. If there is a secret to success, it is that.
What made this month so good – with total earnings at $3315 – was the great video performance. Fully $564 from videos in September.
As you can see from the graph, that is way above any previous month. Why so good? First of all, I had a great month on Shutterstock with total video earnings of $255, including $102 for this simple shot off the back of a cruise ship going across the Atlantic:
Adobe Stock was great as well with $220 of earnings including $85 for this one of a local coal power station:
The cruise ship did pretty well with two other sales from that trip on Adobe including a simple sunset over the side of the ship for $70:
My macro shots of opioids did well again – most of them taken with the Edelkrone Surface One. Definitely a good investment! So videos do take a lot more time, have a steeper learning curve, but definitely are an interesting adventure that is paying dividends.
Overall, I continued to add new images – on average I have over 10,000 images on most of the sites:
In terms of earnings on the different sites, Shutterstock was good with these video sales to end just over $900. Similarly Adobe really benefited from the videos to reach a new record of $576 – way above any previous total. It is interesting to think how that site has changed from the old Fotolia days – when I even stopped uploading for quite a time because they were just rejecting so many of my images back in those days. iStock was pretty good (I report August earnings for September) with $453. Pond5 picked up with a few videos to end up with $209.
I didn’t really have any really high still photo sales in the month although Pond5 came through with a sale of one of my “artificial sea” images of Miami for $49:
I did have a sale of this small church on Maui on Shutterstock for $30. It is the burial place of Charles Lindbergh, the pilot, and it just goes to show that these photos of out of the way places may not sell very often (13 total downloads!), but they can still make a reasonable amount from time to time:
It also shows the importance of properly and carefully describing these scenes so that they come up with the likely searches.
Finally, a quick look at the quarter totals:
This shows quite graphically the drop in the summer months – lets hope the wave shape now continues into Q4 and onwards!