Since I did a half way report earlier, I thought I’d revisit this and see how it turned out with the whole year of data.
Just a recap, I chose these 6 agencies because they typically earn me over $100 a month, so that seems like as good a bar as any to judge them all by. Also, I eliminated 123RF from the results because I deleted most of my portfolio there. My over 100 bucks micro sites include: Clipartof, Shutterstock, MyStockVectors, Dreamstime, Can Stock Photo and GL Stock Images. Now that I’ve introduced all the players, it’s time for the stats.
Top Earners (% of Total Earnings)
1. ClipArtof (27%)
2. Shutterstock (20%)
3. MyStockVectors (12%)
4. Dreamstime (10%)
5. GL (7%)
6. Can Stock (7%)
The percentages changed a little, but the order pretty much stayed the same. GL ended up jumping Can Stock, but not by much. These agencies ended up at 83% of my micro income. That fell a little bit from the 90% I had at the half way point, but 123RF probably accounts for some of that.
Most Downloads (% of Total Downloads)
1. Shutterstock (55%)
2. Dreamstime (11%)
3. Can Stock (6%)
4. ClipArtof (6%)
5. GL (3%)
6. MyStockVectors (1%)
Not much change here either. Shutterstock was still the big winner as far as number of downloads. But, number of downloads still didn’t translate into the biggest earner. I guess that’s why I’m a big defender of keeping track of RPD.
RPD (Average Royalty per Download)
1. MyStockVectors ($16.73)
2. ClipArtof ($7.94)
3. GL ($4.32)
4. Can Stock ($1.91)
5. Dreamstime ($1.81)
6. Shutterstock ($0.70)
No too many changes here either. Everybody stayed in the same spot.
Well, I don’t know if anything new was revealed in adding the last half of the year numbers. I suppose my numbers are skewed too because I have way more files on sites like MyStockVectors and Clipartof than the rest. But, that has been my strategy over the last 2 years. Basically, the idea was to build up at sites that reward me the most per sale, and cut back or eliminate the sites that pay me the least per sale. So far, I’ve been happy with the results, and I had my best year this year. Hopefully, that continues. I just wish there were more sites that met my criteria to sell at.