Did you ever think about how much time you spend just by uploading your images to several microstock sites? I did and after that I decided, that I need some system, which will save me some time. The iSyndica service is one of the solutions – once you have account on this service, you will upload your files just to this one website (the upload there is quite quick) and after that you can easily distribute your images to all microstock agencies, where you are selling.
Well, June 2009 was my best month ever on microstock! To this article I also added one „history“ graph, showing my earnings for nearly three years in microstock. You can see, that the earnings are bigger and bigger – that’s because I’m not lazy and my portfolio is growing.
In the middle of the May I made a decision, that I will post my microstock earnings here on my blog. Actually I don’t want to post here my my earnings in dollars (I don’t want to boast about my earnings), but I want to show the trends – if the earnings are going up or down (I’m quite stable in submitting). The graphs also show you, what are the best microstock sites for selling images – that’s the reason, why there are 2 graphs – one showing the money and another showing number of submitted images.
In the past, Fotolia accepted vector illustrations only in SVG format (most of the other microstock agencies require EPS format – version Illustrator 8). But now you can sell your vectors in EPS or AI formats (version Illustrator 10, but 8 should be good enough too), that is a big improvement! The pricing system is also changed – the price depends on the complexity of the artwork.
Every microstock contributor knows, that some themes are selling much better in some months of the year – and those are seasonal themes, like Christmas, Easter, Halloween… You should start selling those several months before – for example with Christmas themes you should start already in August (November is too late – most of the designers works on Christmas cards already in summer / autumn and they need fresh photos).
So you want to sell your photos, bitmap or vector illustrations, flash, footage or audio on the internet and earn some money, but you don’t know where and how to start – right now you are in the right place, I will try to help you in this article – it should be a detailed guide for selling images.
I posted here right answers for iStockphoto photographer Quiz and now I’m doing the same for vector illustrators. The quiz is quite easy, but for somebody who is not native English speaker, it can be a bit hard – so here are the right answers (remember – you should still read the Stock Illustration Training Manual, because there is a lot of important information, which will help you with acceptance on iStockphoto).
Did you get this message when you uploaded your first sample illustration on iStockphoto and you are sure, that you ZIP your EPS file? Don’t worry, the problem is not in your file (probably).
The quiz is quite easy, but for somebody who is not native English speaker, it can be a bit hard. So I prepared the right answers (but you still should read the Stock Photographer Training Manual, because there is a lot of important information, which will help you with acceptance on iStockphoto).
If you want to get accepted on Shutterstock site, you have to send them 10 pictures and 7 of them must be accepted. If not, you may try again after one month. Why is it so important to get on Shutterstock? Because Shutterstock is the best microstock site for photographers and graphic artists (check the list of other microstock sites).