Many readers may know that I have images at several microstock sites. But I'm certainly not active. I hadn't uploaded any images to them in ~6 years. But I continue to have residual sales, and tend to earn $300 - $350 a year. Not bad for no (additional) effort.
No uploads in 6 years, until today, that is. I decided to try this image, from today's snowstorm:
It will be interesting to see if any of the sites accept it (they tend to be BRUTAL accepting photos, my success rate was around 1/3). And if so, if it gets any sales.
So, how about the 2013 in review??
Well, as I mentioned, microstock isn't anything that'll lead me to quit my real job... Total sales in 2013, 424 images, $333.57. Those of you thinking about microstock, note the pathetic $0.79 / image. Microstock is a big-volume game. I know some folks who have been pretty successful, but only by uploading lots and lots of photos...
So, $333 in "free money". Which sites are the best for me?
Shutterstock - 62.5% of income
iStock - 33.4% of income
123RF - 3.1% of income
Fotolia - 1.0% of income
I'm pretty sure that's pretty typical of the past 7 years.