Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 9:04AM
down, down, down...
Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 10:44AM
Posted By craftvision:
Nobody is uploading I guess, files get inspected in matter of hours these days. In my opinion, majority of people are disheartened by November results...
(Edited on 2012-12-05 13:27:44 by craftvision)
Posted By vandervelden:
I'm uploading files which are, as craftvision says, being inspected within hours - the strange thing is that the 'stats' queue shows 80,000+ images waiting.
Uploads are not down at all. They're stable and where we would expect them to be at this time of the year.
The fast turn around is due to a 'pre-Xmas blitz' the photo inspection team is currently doing. We want to bring the queue down as low as possible before people break for the holiday period. Inspectors get to eat turkey, drink beer and open presents too.
Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 4:14PM
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 2:52AM
Last week of november I was very happy, it gave me hope of things starting to go better, than the darkness again.
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 8:36AM
horrible horrible horrible...
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 8:42AM
Very very bad - sales halfed since sep
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 8:51AM
Posted By CHBD:
Posted By slobo:
Posted By EricFerguson:
@CHBD: This is a good point. Is there any consistent practice in this thread for how to deal with the fact that a lot of numbers for the month don't come in until substantially into the next month? Surely some of the first posts in this thread are artifically low, simply because the stats page hadn't updated yet
except that most of those people keep their own (accurate) record.
How do you know what sold over at Getty in the month of November ?
Getty sales are supposed to show around 21st of each month. I had months with no Getty sales and the best month was less than 5% of iStock royalties. I don't do PP but I hear that royalties are marginal. Besides, none of those should count as iStock sales because they aren't.
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 8:56AM
down down down...what a nightmare. I'm down over 50% for November vs last year. I'm not sure what's going on here. I hope for things to turn around.
Posted Sat Dec 8, 2012 2:09AM
horrid... just horrid. good thing i played my cards right this year. titanic is the best way to describe it. was the best of it's kind and now, we've hit the iceberg... a slow and cold death. game over
(Edited on 2012-12-08 02:10:31 by manley099)
Posted Sat Dec 8, 2012 5:20AM
horrible for me as well, downward spiral last few months
video sales have almost come to a halt as well
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:57AM
OK… how to word this without offending anyone…
I am an AMATURE! Created a small portfolio on here to learn (and offset some of the cost of my hobby)… I realize what is going on here is WAY more important to many of you. (Infringe on what makes my livelihood, and I most likely will not be a nice person about it… I understand that)
But, my involvement with this site waned a few years back (couldn’t get anything past the inspectors, which was fine, (as far as learning goes) so I quit submitting… Recently got some studio lights which I think allow me to make some quality pics with my old equipment (no IS lens’s and what not) I always felt this site was one of the ways to assure an amateurs only marketed a base level of quality! (I don’t want to provide inferior photos or cut anyone’s prices (If I wanted to do that I could take “Senior Pictures” and make a killing for delivering sub-par pics!)
Guess what I am getting at, is I am confused by whatever the hell is going on here… Everyone seems up in arms… And to those of you who depend on this site to provide any form of substantial income, I can understand that… My own little, minuscule portfolio has not seen a download in several weeks (compared to a couple of downloads a week)
Most disconcerting is the fact, my most recently uploaded files have not seen more than three views in the last couple of weeks… (I realize quality of a portfolio is subjective) but the reality is most files I upload see at least a dozen views in the first week…
What the hell is going on with this site?... Am, I in the wrong place? Should I look somewhere else to market my images and learn a bit?
Was really hoping to increase the quality and size of my portfolio on this site, but am beginning to wonder if it is worth the effort (learning and financial aspects…)
Again, I have to wonder, what the hell is going on…
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:13AM
> my most recently uploaded files have not seen more than three views
the view counter is broken.
to all your other questions: i wish i could give you an answer. but as it stands, many of us are wondering the same thing.
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:16AM
heartbar the site have few problems. Among those is broken view counts so don't rely on those. Also the lowered downloads can be result of many factors. Recently chanages in BM are believed to cause major drop in sales of long standing contributors.
There is no evidence that there is the case and IS claims thay have not changed it that much ...
So there is much tension in the air and we'll see what happens next. Stay positive and shoot pics even if you don't upload them
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:43AM
Thanks for the responses… I am going to keep shooting, critiquing, and networking with local photographers in an attempt to improve my skills… just liked the idea on this site every one of my pics had to go before an impartial inspector… I DO NOT WANT TO PUT SUB-PAR WORK OUT THERE! And from what I see others doing in the local market… I know it would be easy to do. That being said… a person has to see some point to their work… If I don’t see some uploads (or I guess some views (hope they fix the damn view counter: how hard can that be?) I will look elsewhere to further my endeavors (and I don’t really want to do that! DAMN It!)
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:03AM
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:05PM
Worst month of the year, one third of the earnings on the best month of the year. The last three months have seen the number of downloads cut in half. And they are one third of what they were last year.
Please Istock, get back into fighting shape!! What if prices are too high for buyers (compared to the competition) so theyre going elsewhere? From what I've gathered in the forums, Best Match and Zoom failures could also be to blame?
Is Istock too big a ship to turn around??
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:23PM
Posted By MarsBars:
Is Istock too big a ship to turn around??
Too slow, if anything.
Posted Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:05PM
This November was 30% of my income as recorded 2 years ago. Truly disappointing to lose over 2/3'ds of my income.
(Edited on 2012-12-10 17:05:58 by StanRohrer)
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:37AM
Instead of requesting payment every week I will now request payment every three weeks... This will make my paydays remain the same as in the good old days of 1.5 years ago. Sad ......
Posted Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:07AM
Just to join the "party": i have not seen such a low weekly "paychecks" from iStock in a long, long time like it was past few weeks/months. My sales were/are declining constantly for last few years (code word: "new and improved system"...). What bugs me even more is the silence from big wigs at iStock! Not a word of explanation or encouragement either here or in direct emails... I guess it took Gettys a few years to "kill the spirit" and sales of former competition seen in little Canadian company called iStock... Getty won! Should we start looking elsewhere?...