The year 2013 was ok for us. Total revenue increased by 11.8% although sales were down by 13% and total number of uploads were down by 30% Looking forward to 2014 a year we hope will bring us all good fortunes in this business. :))
DG OS HSM, Canon EF 24-70mm f / 2.8L II USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f / 4...
There are three rules in real estate, which are location, location, location. In stock it's commercial, commercial, commercial. Results may vary from portfolio to portfolio but fail to do any one of the three, you decrease your chances to improve.
2013 ended for me with increase in sales and revenue. Compared to 2012 it lacked consistency, as I had two months, where revenue was down to too few sub sales and then months with high credit sales.
December made the difference (though, I was not expecting much of it) - BME with highest sales, number of downloads... I have also sold my first video and had my first images in DT assignment (accepted).
My uploads are not more than 5% in last 4 years. I see ups and downs of sales every months, but magical DT is keeping my average revenue almost constant in last 3 years. I mean it's good and is not letting my moral down. Hopefully, I'm going to start uploading soon again.
Revenue reported to 2012: +7% Online files (reported to my whole portfolio): +67% (no mistake, 67%! lot of work)
As Wisconsinart said, I failed to do any one of the three rules or all of them :)
I'm afraid to do the REAL calculation: Revenue MINUS time involved, electrical energy, model payment, taxes (yes, I pay taxes, 15% in my country), gear repairment or new gear (only a small tripod in 2013), health degrade (eyes in special) etc.
Having just finished my second year at Dreamstime, i'm still pretty new to this but 2013 vs my first year was fantastic for me. Managed to upload 2.4 times more photos than I did in 2012. Was blessed with 5 times more sales and 7.4 times more revenue than in 2012 and my average RPD went up from $1.83 per image in 2012 to $2.67 for 2013. To be fair, it probably took me all of 2012 to learn enough to get some photos into the microstock world, or maybe it just takes time for the images to 'get seen', so I didn't really have anywhere to go but up.
As far as "Commercial, commercial, commercial" goes, I probably only got as far as "Comm". Will have to work on that more this year. Were I to calculate real income (-time, ect) as Alvera suggests, I'm probably in the minus earnings lol.
Regardless, Looking forward to another great year!
Thanks to all your posting, I can see a pattern - looking backward to my early years 2009-2010-2011: the revenue and sales graph was ascending big time. From 2011 till now, flat line with a very small plus tendency. It seems that only good photographers & stock businessmen like Wisconsinart can keep a small-medium portfolio and make huge increase in revenues, 60% from one year to another.
So, I see that for first 1000-2000 images the increase is amazing, after this the flat line appear... Of course, not enough data to make a rule. People with big portfolios are not allowed to post in this forum?! :-)