Friday, April 30, 2010

April 2010 earnings breakdown

Overall better than month ago but far from BME. Good news is that SS made new record and dominated results this month. Second time this year I got BME form SS which is really good start. Let's look at other top 5 guys. 123RF came second. Great result in comparison to last year but after BME in January it cannot repeat its success and it is going slightly down every month. Still much better than others. Fotolia grows, slowly but steadily. It is enough be be third. Surprising result form CSP due to one Fotosearch Medium Regular sales. It happened after a month of no activity. DT is really down. Something is going on there, I got unusually high rejection rates and almost no growth in sales. IS on the other hand seems to grow. It is still 1/15th of what SS does but it is way better that last year. I wish ThinkStock result were posted faster cause it is now almost half of normal IS sales.

Apr Apr/mar
SS 63.91% 135.89%
123RF 10.12% 76.13%
FT 8.71% 159.99%
CSP 5.10% 4700.00%
DT 5.09% 50.32%
IS 5.08% 84.18%
BS 1.45% 80.00%
CS 0.54% 120.00%

[caption id="attachment_618" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="April 2010 Microstock"]April 2010 Microstock[/caption]

Let's look at 2010 trends:
[caption id="attachment_619" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="April 2010 Microstock Trends"]April 2010 Microstock Trends[/caption]


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Steve Jobs email response generator

It looks like somebody figured out that all this recent email responses from Steve Jobs are generated by a bot :-)

[caption id="attachment_615" align="alignnone" width="265" caption="Steve Jobs Email Generator"]Steve Jobs Email Generator[/caption]


Monday, April 19, 2010

Three extended licenses sold in one day

Never happened to me before. It looks like somebody needed photos of California missions :-)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Mission San Luis Rey de Francia"]Mission San Luis Rey de Francia[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Mission San Luis Rey de Francia"]Mission San Luis Rey de Francia[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Mission San Francisco de Asis"]Mission San Francisco de Asis[/caption]


Friday, April 16, 2010

Zoonar and Polylooks content offer

The first 200,000 images to be uploaded to Zoonar and then also accepted as image content for Polylooks will receive 0.15€ per image! Your images are provided on a non-exclusive basis, that means you can still make them available through other channels/platforms There’s only one condition to get your cash is: The photographer details that you give to Zoonar will be passed onto Polylooks image portal. Also the images are to be sold on a royalty free basis. The offer will end as soon as 200,000 images are accepted by Polylooks. You will be able to follow the daily update of the running total by visiting the Zoonar website.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Register with Zoonar

  2. In your Profile area, click to accept the partner "Polylooks"

  3. Upload your images with the cost-free Media Manager from Zoonar

  4. Activate ‘Royalty Free Licence’ for all your images

  5. Assign clearance to your images that have successfully passed the Zoonar editorial check

Zoonar & Polylooks



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

W3 Total Cache for Wordpress

After reading article about Wordpress Caching on Tutorial9 I decided to give it a try on my blog. Recently I was experiencing visibly slower page load after installing few SEO related plug-ins. Based on article's conclusion I choose W3 Total Cache and it seems to speed up my blog at least 10x.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Katyn - Polish Pearl Harbor

This post not going to be about tragic plane crash of Polish President's Tu-154. Media all over the world already covered it better than I could. I am going to write exactly about media coverage and exposure it brought to Katyn Massacre. I find it very ironic that President Lech Kaczynski tried to hard to make world aware of this tragic historic event which took place 70 years ago. I would not say that his efforts were very successful until he died in the same place in another tragic event. Now whole world knows that he was flying there to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. I guess not many people outside of Eastern Europe knew about mass murder of 20,000 people done by Soviets who invaded Poland in 1939 together win Germans. Some people in Poland start saying Katyn is cursed place for Poles but it's no longer hidden. It's just sad that only another tragedy could bring it to world's attention.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

27-inch iMac or Cash Giveaway Promotion on Pond5

Pond5 is giving away cash prizes daily, plus additional daily cash prizes at NAB. And they are giving away a 27-inch iMac. No purchase necessary, just log in (sign up for free account) each day to be eligible for that days drawing. You can read official rules here.

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Google changes name to Topeka

Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google.
The unusual move is a response to Google's new "Fiber for Communities" program. Google is going to install new Internet connections in unannounced locations, giving those communities Internet speeds 100 times faster than those elsewhere, with data transfer rates faster than 1 gigabit per second. Mayor hoped the proclamation would catch Google's attention. Guess what, today Google officially changed it's name to Topeka to honor this gesture. No info on which municipalities are chosen to participate in our experimental ultra-high-speed broadband project.

[caption id="attachment_588" align="alignnone" width="558" caption="Google has officially changed our name to Topeka."]Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.[/caption]


March 2010 earnings breakdown

Overall it was 14% less than previous month in which I got two BMEs established. First think you may noticed is no data from StockXpert. They are gone. Images are left in void. No time-line is given on when images are going to be transferred to Getty's new site ThinkStock. We got new top 5 now. IS takes missing spot which means that 10% of my income has gone and is going to be replaced by site that generates 3%. On a bright side, 123RF and DT seem to be growing slowly so maybe over time they would compensate for a loss of SXP. FT is dormant and IS is low as usual. Surprise on this month chart was created by YAY. They accumulated all third-party sales from last year and put it as one big sale on a random picture. Very bad, no information which images were sold or how many times. All others are dead or barely alive.

Mar Mar/Feb
SS 52.24% 79.69%
123RF 14.77% 93.05%
DT 11.22% 206.50%
YM 8.96%
FT 6.05% 132.54%
IS 3.99% 66.89%
BS 2.01% 111.11%[ad#adsense-1]
CS 0.50%
Veer 0.14%
CSP 0.12% 10.71%
Total 96.67%

[caption id="attachment_584" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="Microstock 2010-03"]Microstock 2010-03[/caption]