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Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for April 2012

Recent image at MyStockVectors.

April was another good month and May seems to be starting out fast. Hopefully, this trend continues. I’m still down from my heights of 2010, but my numbers are pretty comparable. All it took was two years.

Clipartof was my top agency again with 28% of my passive income. Shutterstock was a distant second at 17%. My own site,, came in 5th at 11%. Dreamstime (13%) held onto third and a surging 123RF (11%) just snuck past my site.

Other things to note: I passed 6000 images at MyStockVectors. Only 2000 more to go to hit my goal of 8000 by the end of the year. Toon Vectors had its first sale. Hopefully, there are more to come.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for March 2012

It seemed like all the agencies I participate at did pretty well this month. The result was that it was my best earning month in a year. Clipartof passed Shutterstock for the second time and was my top earner.

My own site,, was my 4th best earner this month. Dreamstime just barely edged it out. I created a few new series of images at my site and ended the month with over 5800 images.

New characters from the Armored Animals series.

Other than that, there is not too much to report. Canstock had a solid month and I did some custom work through Drawshop’s interface (which seemed to work fairly well). Feel free to add a comment below or post a link to how your March went.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for February 2012

February is always an interesting month because it’s usually a couple days shorter than the other months. Sometimes those extra days make a difference and sometimes they don’t. This year it didn’t seem to be a big factor for my earnings. I was still hovering right around the $2K mark (which seems to be about average after I eliminated iStock.

Things of note this month:

Clipartof continued to push Shutterstock for my top agency. Veer leapfrogged several agencies to end up as my number three earner. They seem to do that every so often, so I’m not going to read too much into it.

My own site was a bit sluggish in the sales department in February, but I completed a lot of new and great (at least I think) illustrations. I also got my Affiliate Program up and running. I’d like to get more of an ad campaign going and get the word out. If only it was as easy as buying a few Adwords ads. I guess if it was, then everyone would be doing it.

I hope everyone had a great February!

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for January 2012

January is in the books. It was a solid month, but down from January 2011.

Shutterstock was my number one site again with 28% of total earnings. Clipartof was my second best earner, but they were kind of slow this month. Hopefully, things pick up there in February.

I had a good month at my own site, It was my number three earner at 12% of my total earnings. I added 600 images there, so that might have helped.

Overall, I’m excited about this year. I think I have a good game plan for increasing my revenue. Hopefully, it works out. Anyway, one month down in 2012. Only eleven more to go.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for November 2011

November was the worst month of year as far as earnings. I guess ditching iStock, Fotolia and others finally caught up with me. Clipartof had another solid month, but nowhere near where it was last month. Other than that, not too much to report.

I guess I’ll have to reevaluate my position about limiting the agencies I upload to for next year. I haven’t uploaded to Dreamstime or Shutterstock at all this year. They’ve had pretty stable earnings, but obviously aren’t growing. I’m still holding out hope that my own site makes up the difference at some point. I guess only time will tell though.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for October 2011

There’s a new sheriff in town and its name is Clipartof. Clipartof was my number one earner this month at 30% of my passive income. I hope this trend continues too. I’ve sacrificed a lot of agencies (and income) this year in an effort to clean up my house, so it’s nice to see some of that starting to pay off.

Speaking of sacrifices, this was my first month without iStock. That income will be missed, but I think it was the right thing to do. That said, I was actually fairly surprised that my income was as good as it was. Still nowhere near where it was, but with Clipartof stepping up, I’m optimistic about the future.

Hopefully, some of that optimistic future lies with my own site, I had a fairly solid month there. I can’t say my 50% off sale brought in a ton of business, but it definitely attracted some past customers to take advantage of the sale. Repeat business. Yay!

The only other news this month was about Drawshop. After a solid month last month, their site spent most of this one offline. So, they ended up with zero sales for the month. Oh well. There’s always next month.

Feel free to share how your October was below. 50% Off Sale!

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Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for September 2011

September is done. It was a pretty decent month. I’m still nowhere near my record months of last year, but my income is stable. That said, I deleted my portfolio at iStock this month, so that should set me back a little more.

It’s a shame these agencies just keep changing their policies to give contributors poorer deals. Oh well. All I can do is what I’ve been doing this year. Eliminate the sites that don’t work for me, and concentrate on the ones that do. Hopefully, that will shape the industry or at least my income for the better.

Speaking of better paying agencies, I had a really great month at Drawshop. It seems like most of it came from one buyer, but hopefully the trend continues. Other than that, I don’t have too much to report.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for August 2011

August is over and another month is in the books. A pretty average month as I continue to try to grow my stock library ONLY at agencies I think pay fair commissions like Graphic Leftovers and Clipartof. Also, I’ve continued to build my portfolio at my own personal store, I’m over 3800 images there and traffic seems to be increasing lately. Hopefully earnings will start to increase as well.

The only other big news this month came from the bombshell that iStockphoto dropped at the end of the month. Basically, they announced that they were going to force independent contributors to have their content mirrored on the partner sites like Thinkstock and Frankly, I’ve had about enough over there. Between the insulting royalties, falling sales and forced partner programs, I think I’m ready to pack it up and leave. I just don’t see the point anymore.

It’s a shame because iStock was the first site I joined back in 2006. There are still a lot of things I like about the site, but the negatives are just adding up too fast. That and the company seems to have a clear direction that isn’t contributor friendly. Oh well, I guess it happens.

Passive Income and Microstock Earnings for July 2011

So, I’ve been told that I need to get off my lazy butt and write my July review. OK, so nobody actually said those exact words, but I think that was the gist. Anyway, here we go…

July was a solid month. My numbers are still lagging compared to last year, but I’m hanging steady after ditching Fotolia and stopping uploads at Dreamstime, Shutterstock and iStock. I’ve mostly been concentrating on my own site and I’ve definitely been busy creating new content there. As far as numbers there, it’s been a steady stream, but I can’t seem to break into the next level. I’m sure I’ll eventually figure it out, but it’s going to take time.

Other than that, not much to report. I experimented a little with increasing my prices on the sites that allow me to adjust them. Overall, it didn’t have the punch that I wanted. So, I guess I’ll have to continue to tweak them or adjust them back down.

Well, that’s July. I’ll just keep plugging away for August with new work and promotion. Speaking of promotion, feel free to become a fan of my stock art Facebook page.