Thursday, 3 January 2008

Back from travels

I am back from my travels and enjoying a bit of R&R before I start my new job later this month.

I am currently staying at a beach house that doesn't have a phone line, let alone internet so I haven't had a chance to look at how things have gone over the past couple of months. Hopefully I will get to do that shortly.

In the past 5 months, I have travelled to 4 continents, 20 countries, crossed the artic circle, crossed the equator a multitude of times by various forms of transport (plane, boat, truck) and taken over 7,600 photos and seen many more millions of amazing things.

Over the next few months, I plan to start editing photos to get up online with the hope of doubling my Microstock earnings. After that, and with little prospect of travel in the next few years (have to settle down at some point) I will slow down on microstock,just focusing on NZ scenery and icons (though I dont think there is much of a market for this stuff).

I will get up my performance figures for November and December shortly. Then once I get back into regular life, I will resume regular posts with news and opinions on what is happen in Microstock.

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Tuesday, 1 January 2008

December Microstock Results

A combination of the Christmas holidays and a lack of Christmas photos has resulted in my worst month Janurary. As I have been away I haven't been in contact with others but I assume it is common for a drop off to be felt during the Christmas period. It will be interesting to see what happens in Janurary.

Below are percentages for the month to show how I have been going:

24% shutterstock
16% dreamtime
8% Fotolia
18% istockphoto
5% bigstockphoto
10% 123RF
18% StockXpert
2% Featurepics
0% LuckyOliver

Hopefully over the next few months I will start uploading photos again. I have noticed shutterstock has dropped of a bit which is a common occurance since new photos tend to feature higher in search ratings.

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