DEPOSITPHOTOS.COM PROMO VERIFIED

Several Microstock startup agencies have offered a compensation for submitting pictures. I have tried several of them and while I have a nice $20-$50 in my “account” I have never actually earned enough to get paid.DepositPhotos.com sent my first payment yesterday. DepositPhotos.com seems to be a rather solid microstock startup. Competing with popular stock agencies likeDreamstime, iStockPhoto and Fotolia will not be easy. Their marketing people tell me this is a “large and serious project”. I am not sure what that means, but I am impressed with the site. Impressive web design is not enough to sell images. It takes a lot of marketing and hard work (trust me, I tried and failed). Deposit Photos has done two things which has quickly brought their image total up to near 1 million images: Contributor Program – DepositPhotos will pay you $0.20 for every single original photo you upload for sale to our library, up to 500 photos. They will pay you when earnings have reach $50 or 250 accepted photos. Referral Program – DepositPhotos will pay you $0.05 for each approved photo your referral uploads for sale in our library – for up to 1000 photos! You can make a good amount of money before the agency actually starts selling images. Now this kind of earning can’t last forever and eventually they have to start selling images, but it makes the hours required to upload images a little more palletable if you know there is some compensation involved. I have uploaded images to probably 5-8 agencies that I still haven’t got a first payment from. Its all a guessing games as to which will survive.  I was wrong about Lucky Oliver, I was sure they would On the compensation side, Deposit Photos offers a Fotolia like compensation scale: Take a look at the reviews for DepositPhotos, write a review if you are working with them. For a more casual look, check out the dedicated DepositPhotos forum topic. Or, if you are in a hurry you can jump straight to their...

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STOCKXPERT STOPS SELLING

StockXpert was acquired by Getty Images, the owners of iStockPhoto a while ago. In a rather predictable move they announced that they would be closing direct sales on the site starting February 11th, 2010. What does this mean for photographers? Well consider it a consildation of accoutns and one less place to upload images. Buyers are being directed over to iStockPhoto and they are even allow to transfer their credits. From this post on the forum it appear that photographers can either transfer fund or email StockXpert for a payout. As for your earnings you can either transfer then to your iStock account by logging back into your account and then follow the guidelines to do so. If you don’t want to transfer to iStock or do not have an account there, email customer support and ask for a complete payout. I suggest you only do so after Feb 10 in case you get more sales until then. Accounts at StockXpert will still be actiave and the place photographers receive earning for Getty’s ThinkStock project. If you haven’t already setup a iStockphoto account, view iStockphoto reviews or signup. Have questions? They have a forum topic going about the issue or post you comments and questions here on Microstock...

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SNAPVILLAGE SHUTS DOWN UPLOADS

Last week I recevied the following email from SnapVillage. It seems that we will have to take a little break from sending images there. I have not uploaded much seeing as I get very few downloads (none actually in the last 2 months). Hopefully their new Veer Marketplace will find a little more success. The next stage requires that we stop accepting new uploads to SnapVillage. We have scheduled this to happen on Friday, May 1. This means you can continue to upload images through April 30th, but after that you’ll have to hold on to your images for a few weeks while we transfer the rest of the SnapVillage content over to Veer Marketplace. While we can’t take new uploads, you’ll still be able to access your SnapVillage account as you always have and during this transition, SnapVillage buyers will continue to be able to license your...

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WIN A $50 GIFT CARD

We at Microstock Forum know that things have been a little slow around here recently. We are going to be adding some new agencies to the agency review list, but need you help to make this a worthwhile resource for photographers and illustrators: WE NEED REVIEWS! We are giving away a $50 gift card to B&H Photo to get them. Not just any review will do, we need thoughtful reviews of the ability of people to make an income and have a enjoyable experience working with the different agencies.So yes… we are giving away a $50 Gift card to B&H Photo to try and drum up a little excitement. Where are the reviews? View the Agency Review List. You must be logged in to ad a review to the list. The rules are: You will get 1 point for each thoughtful review you write. All points will be entered with the username for a random drawing. The winner will be notified by email. If no response is received within 48 hours and alternate winner will be selected. You are limited to 1 review per agency You must actual be a member of the agency you review and have uploaded photos (hopefully with some accepted) We reserve the right to not approve any review that we think is not susbstanitive, including hateful remarks or things such as “XXXXX agecy sucks!” without suffecient evidence to make the review helpful to others. Only one account per person, don’t start 15 accounts and write reviews on each one. The contest ends July 15th, 2009, so get those reviews in there...

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