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01/31/2007 02:05:26 PM · #1
Hi,

Newbie in here. I've just started selling stock last year, got a couple of hundred submissions to bigstock, dreamstime and fotolia but I'm just not making enough money (microstock is so frustrating). Need to find somewhere else i think.

Anyone wanna make a quick buck and send me some referral links???

Here's a couple of mine if anyone wants em too:
Bigstock
Fotolia
Dreamstime

Cheers

Tony
01/31/2007 02:15:16 PM · #2
Here's one for Shutterstock
01/31/2007 02:15:27 PM · #3
My Shutterstock
01/31/2007 02:16:59 PM · #4
Is shutterstock any good?

By the sound of it they have no particular policy to police the use of images. I also read somewhere they even send em out on cd so clients can use em at will.

Dunno if i like that
01/31/2007 02:19:20 PM · #5
Shutterstock is my best earner so far but here's one for Fotolia if you prefer.

ETA:
The CD thing is a backup option for buyers at SS. They pay the photographer an extra .05 for each image put on CD.

ETA again: sorry it looks like you already have that one!

Message edited by author 2007-01-31 14:23:52.
01/31/2007 02:20:17 PM · #6
Lucky Oliver

They're just getting started, but it seems like their heart is in the right place. I've made a few sales here.
01/31/2007 02:29:05 PM · #7
Do you get referrals for alamy?
01/31/2007 03:50:34 PM · #8
ShutterStock
Dreamstime
BigStockPhoto
IStockPhoto
CanStock
Fotolia
Lucky Oliver
01/31/2007 04:21:30 PM · #9
Originally posted by gringo154:

Do you get referrals for alamy?


Alamy won't even bother with you if you're in microstock at all, so if you're looking for micro referrals, I'd forget about getting one for Alamy.
02/01/2007 06:01:05 AM · #10
Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Originally posted by gringo154:

Do you get referrals for alamy?


Alamy won't even bother with you if you're in microstock at all, so if you're looking for micro referrals, I'd forget about getting one for Alamy.

Alamy don't have a position on microstock contributors; in fact the only agency to take a position that I know of is PD (an attitude which frankly would put me off dealing with them even if I didn't do micro..)
02/01/2007 06:21:30 AM · #11
Originally posted by gringo154:

Is shutterstock any good?

By the sound of it they have no particular policy to police the use of images. I also read somewhere they even send em out on cd so clients can use em at will.

Dunno if i like that


I don't know where you get that idea from. In fact they are the only microstock site (that I know of) that offers images for editorial use only. And as someone said, cds are backup of images people have already paid for and come at an extra cost.
02/01/2007 06:52:55 AM · #12
I always love to post my referral links...

Fotolia

Shutterstock

123rf.com

dreamstime
02/01/2007 09:29:08 AM · #13
Originally posted by ganders:

Originally posted by karmabreeze:

Originally posted by gringo154:

Do you get referrals for alamy?


Alamy won't even bother with you if you're in microstock at all, so if you're looking for micro referrals, I'd forget about getting one for Alamy.

Alamy don't have a position on microstock contributors; in fact the only agency to take a position that I know of is PD (an attitude which frankly would put me off dealing with them even if I didn't do micro..)


Plenty of info about Alamy's "you deal in microstock, so no way" rejections in this thread.
02/01/2007 11:14:39 AM · #14
Originally posted by karmabreeze:



Plenty of info about Alamy's "you deal in microstock, so no way" rejections in this thread.


I think you're confusing them with Photographer's Direct. I don't see any mention of anyone being rejected from Alamy because of their dealings in microstock in that thread. Maybe you can point out specifics?
02/01/2007 11:49:53 AM · #15
Here is a link to my Shutterstock referal page. I'm guessing I'm a little late to the party here, but what the heck, I'll throw it out there anyway.

Message edited by author 2007-02-01 11:52:05.
02/01/2007 11:51:43 AM · #16
also be sure to check out Microstock Group for microstock discussion :)

Message edited by author 2007-02-01 11:52:04.
08/08/2007 03:27:09 PM · #17
A lot has already been said and a lot of links posted. I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents for what it might be worth.

I am using multiple stock sites to take the most advantage of the time I spend shooting, editing, and keywording my photos. I am with the following sites (and my links to them):

ShutterStock
Fotolia
iStockPhoto
Dreamstime
Big Stock Photo
Stockxpert

I have been with all of these sites for about a year and a half. The following are my general impressions of them for me.

Shutterstock – This is by far my best earner. This is due to the large number of downloads I get from them and income that comes through referrals. I highly recommend this site. They are easy to upload to and reasonably quick on reviewing pictures. To become a contributor, you need to submit 10 files for approval. If they approve at least 7 of them, you are in. If you don't make it, you can try again, but you need to wait 3 months, so do the best you can the first time and hopefully everything will work out. Photo approval difficulty rating: 4.

Fotolia – This is a great site also. I also highly recommend this site. They are my second biggest earner through image sales and referral revenue. Upload is easy and review times are also fast. They are relatively new on the scene, relative to the other sites on this list, but they have quickly become a serious player. I think they will continue to be a great place to sell. Photo approval difficulty rating: 2.

iStock – Another site that I am happy with. They are currently third on my list of earners. They might be higher if they paid for referrals, but they do not. Uploading to this site is quite an effort and very time consuming. You must upload one picture at a time. Picture reviews are good in that they seems to provide the most valuable and consistent feedback when they reject a submission. You must apply to the site by submitting a few photos. If they don’t’ feel what you submitted quite fits what they want, they will ask you to give them a few more samples. Hopefully, it will take no more than a try or two. This site take more time but it is worth the effort. Photo approval difficulty rating: 5.

Dreamstime – Many have reported good earnings on this site in the forums, but this site is just OK for me currently. Uploading is easy and it is easy to become an approved contributor. Sales for me vary a lot from week to week, but in the long run, sales seem to be pretty consistent. This site is worth submitting to if you submit to several. If you are just going to do one or two, this might not be one of the sites. Photo approval difficulty rating: 3.

Stockxpert – This is a nice site. Some find it difficult to get photos approved. I find it is hit and miss. Sometimes I get a lot rejected and other times I get a lot accepted. Some have mentioned that they do not want travel photography, but sometimes they are OK with it. I guess it just depends on the pictures. Uploading is easy. Review times are extremely fast and you do not need to categorize if you do not want to. Photo approval difficulty rating: 4.

Big Stock Photo – This site is slow and steady for me. They are easy to get into and probably are the easiest to get photos approved. Upload is easy. Photo approval difficulty rating: 1.

I am using a few other sites too, but they are so slow for me, that I don’t feel they are worth mentioning. A site can be so slow on sales that I don’t even feel it is worth the time to upload to the site and categorize my pictures.

Message edited by author 2007-08-08 15:30:03.
03/18/2009 03:16:17 PM · #18
Hello,

As i seen from all of you, here is my referral link for one of the best paying sites of this kind:
//www.surfjunky.com/?r=alexstoia

It's free to sign up and collect your money...and it's very easy to use
03/18/2009 05:27:13 PM · #19
Originally posted by alexstoia:

Hello,

As i seen from all of you, here is my referral link for one of the best paying sites of this kind:
//www.surfjunky.com/?r=alexstoia

It's free to sign up and collect your money...and it's very easy to use


And its a scam.

Surfjunky
03/24/2009 09:21:13 AM · #20
This is mine for shutterstock:

Shutterstock
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