How much each of your photo here on DT earns per month, on average? (Basically, your DT monthly income divided by your current number of photos.) Especially interesting if you were here for a while (more than two years). My guess is for large enough portfolios the numbers should be comparable.
Also - are you exclusive or not? I am curious to see how exclusiveness affects per photo income.
For me, the number is ~0.20$ per photo per month. I am exclusive. Some of my stuff (IT) sells ~20x better than the rest, plus my portfolio is small, so it could be well off a DT norm.
Mine is actually .3977 - not to shabby it looks like. I have a small portfolio with a few good sellers (plus I've been here slowllllly building for 3 years so some images are higher ranked which helps).
I think this way of looking at photo sales can be very helpful, when trying to figure out how to improve your photography income. The Lauriey's case is very interesting; my IT photos (paying 23x more than the rest of my photos - or whopping 1.50$ per photo per month) is another interesting case.
My impression is that most of income is coming from old uploads; at least it is true for me - I've uploaded ~25 photos this year, but only had two 0.42$ sales for them. (No IT photos though.) How about your recent (this year) uploads - are they selling poorly, compared to your last year situation?
Well, looking at my last 60 sales (3 days worth of data), here is the RPI breakdown based on year of upload (and number of images uploaded in that year):
2013 $0.004 (! I needed three digits to register my single sub sales from images in 2013 in last 3 days) 2012 $0.10 2011 $0.25 2010 $0.41 2009 $0.39 2008 $0.24
So definitely a lot of images from 2008-2011 making up the majority of my revenue. I think this simply reflects the DT level system, which tends to make images earn more over time. My 2012 sales are not that far off my 2009 sales, for example, but it only takes a couple of higher level credit sales in my 2009 data to greatly increase RPI. When you think about it, it takes 20 sub sales to make up for a single $7 credit sale - but you aren't getting those $7 credit sales unless you have Level 4 or 5 images.
I think it also explains portfolios that are small but have very high RPI. If you have a few high level images that regularly get a few credit sales, your RPI will be higher than most. It is a lot harder to maintain that uploading 50-100 image a month for 5 years. From what I have seen you can have high revenue with lots of images, high RPI with few, but it is the rare individual who achieves both. And the unlucky photographer who achieves neither!
What Brad said is supported by some figures which could be called 'what if I would come to DT 1 year ago?'.
For each definite day one can compute (1) number of images uploaded for last 365 days and (2) number of images that was uploaded for last 365 days and sold for last 365 days. Dividing first number by second one gets a factor that shows the role of last year in sales.
For my portfolio the factor is as follows:
0.43 (for the REAL first year - Nov 27 2010...Nov 26 2011) 0.33 (for the period May 18 2012 ... May 17 2013) 0.19 (for the period Aug 23 2012 ... Aug 22 2013)
So, during my first year on DT I uploaded 216 images which gave me 92 sales during mi last year. During my last year on DT I uploaded 368 images which gave me 71 sales during my last year.
According to me, this shows that 'last year images' worked twice more effective 2 years ago. In fact, the decrease is even stronger given that quality of my last images is definitely higher compared to the first one.
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