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Studying the database and file age

When we are starters at micro stock, one of the things we must do to learn more about stock image industry is to study the database to see what is uploaded, what sells better, what are the current trends and so on.

This cannot be achieved in one day or a week, it is more a continuous work we all must do while we are shooting, editing, drawing, uploading, keyworing and doing all other necessary work.

One of the errors I have made when I started was to assume that images with some or many sales were the best ones in the database and draw some (wrong) conclusions of it.

Althought most of those images have proven their value, there was one point I have missed: their age on the database. An old image has more chances of being sold more times because back then there was less competition and, for that reason, a less quality image would have more chances of being sold.

So, I have decided to compile a rough "age on the database" table for the files based on their ID number, at least since I started uploading. If you were here before me and wish to contribute with older data, please let me know.

12/12/2011 - 22344722

01/02/2012 - 22517434

01/31/2012 - 22996753

02/29/2012 - 23538410

03/30/2012 - 24008818

04/29/2012 - 24536425

05/30/2012 - 25025929

06/29/2012 - 25481639

07/31/2012 - 25888380

08/29/2012 - 26306396

09/28/2012 - 26773604

10/30/2012 - 27362013

11/29/2012 - 27828024

12/28/2012 - 28241858

01/30/2013 - 28715398

03/03/2013 - 28932429

02/28/2013 - 29319141

03/29/2013 - 29917383

04/29/2013 - 30483966

To make it simple:

Jan/12 - 23.000.000

Feb/12 - 23.500.000

Mar/12 - 24.000.000

Apr/12 - 24.500.000

May/12 - 25.000.000

Jun/12 - 25.500.000

Jul/12 - 25.900.000

Aug/12 - 26.300.000

Sep/12 - 26.800.000

Oct/12 - 27.400.000

Nov/12 - 27.800.000

Dec/12 - 28.200.000

Jan/13 - 28.700.000

Feb/13 - 29.300.000

Mar/13 - 29.900.000

Apr/13 - 30.500.000

On a side note: the submited files were about 500.000 per month in 2012, and since 2013 they are about 600.000.

This way, you can check the file age on the database with a glance. Images older than 25.000.000 should have some sales. Recent

images like above 28.000.000 with some sales are hits for sure (like the one with the man and magnifier illustrating this article).

Photo credits: Alphaspirit, Celia Maria Ribeiro Ascenso.

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May 22, 2013


Thanks, good to know. :)

May 16, 2013


Glad to know it is also useful to you :)

May 16, 2013


I frequently use your blog to check for the upload times :)) I actually think about printing it out.

May 15, 2013


True, Amsis1, the accepted images per month is lower than the submited, but I did not took that on account, because the authomatic number of the images remains on accepted and unnacepted images.
Thank you for pointing that out to unaware readers, I should have mentioned it.

May 15, 2013


This is true but be careful also to the fact that the number of submited images does not correspond to the accepted/online images ...

May 09, 2013


You're welcome, Silvastrings.

May 08, 2013


Thank you so much, my eyes have been opened! Great stuff.

May 03, 2013


Thank you Elianehaykal :)

May 03, 2013


A very useful blog :)

May 03, 2013


You're welcome Parkinsonsniper. :)
Just maturing some thought a little more.

May 03, 2013


This is what I call "service" :)) thanks a lot.

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