April 1 Report on Earnings from Stock Photos
What a month – $9,650 earned from the sale of stock photos and videos in March 2019!
OK – I did give the game away in the title this month…this bit was an April Fools joke (sort of…)
Back to earth with a bang, although not that much of one. March did turn out to be a great month for me in both photos and videos with a total of $3663. Easily my best month ever and beating April 2018 by around $170. The more eagle eyed among you will have noticed that this graph is subtly different from the one I published last month in that January and February results are actually higher than in previous years. I have some files through a small agency that managed to get them into Corbis and then they were absorbed into the main Getty library. The same files are under their account in Alamy back from the days when placement in their results could be managed if you knew how best to keyword them for best position. Anyway, cutting this history short, I now get quarterly reports of earnings and I just received the Q1 results – $599. So I added $200 to each of the three months in the quarter rather than try to work out in which months the sales actually occurred. I will have to do that going forward as well, so each quarter the previous months will show an increase.
Having said all that, the month was good. I will concentrate in this post on the results and then do another one on the best sellers and the agency highlights.
Just for new readers, here are my online file counts to compare the numbers against:
As this is the end of the quarter, I can also add the quarter results to show you how the different agencies have been growing over time:
What is interesting in this graph is that the 2014 – 2016 years were very flat (or negative) for me. However, from the low point in Q3 2016, the growth has been steadily upwards. Yes, I have added more files, but it is still a nice trend to see. I do maintain a history of the earnings I get from each online file. I remove video from this and so this is earnings per online photo strictly. I also take an average of the files on Shutterstock, iStock and Adobe to work out the average number of files for this calculation. Not a pretty picture, but there are small signs of a leveling off of the slope!
But what drove the earnings in March. There was good activity on all the sites, which I will talk about more in the next post. But a key driver was video:
The March results reached almost $600 and surpassed the previous best in September last year. It would be nice if this was a little more consistent, but I will take each month as it comes!
Just as an alternative way of looking at this, here is a graph of video and photos on the same chart:
This does give a bit of scale to the results. Video is important, but generally not a massive part of each months results. That is perhaps not surprising given I have 11000 images and just less than 500 videos, but it does show how much some well focused (!) videos can make. Again, more in the next post!
That probably covers the highlights for the month. Lets hope that March is the start of a busy year in the stock photo and video world!