The listeners' questions
Is it possible to have two different accounts in the various microstocks? If so, is it convenient or are there any contraindications?
How to open two accounts in the same microstock
It depends on the microstock. Many allow you to do it. Pond5, for example, allows you to do this in case you want to sell only a part of your collection in exclusivity, earning 60% instead of 40%.
You have to consider that many agencies ask you for a copy of your identity document when you sign up, so if they don’t allow you to open a second account, you need someone who opens it for you. And hopefully pay you the royalties that your photos and videos generate. So it all becomes risky as well as complicated.
I do not see any convenience or contraindications in doing so, except, in the latter case, that you waste time, and since there are no advantages in my opinion, it makes no sense to open a second account.
This was kind of the typical question of those who have time to waste. Sorry to say it, but this is a new era of Daniele’s politically incorrect communication.
Photos accepted by one microstock and rejected by another
I've been following you for a while. I discovered microstock thanks to you, and I am getting into it because I would like it to become more and more my main job. For now I have only uploaded 40 stock images and 6 videos. I'm not really scary as a competitor.
I learned with great pleasure that you wrote a book and I have already bought it!
I am "hungry" for knowledge. I have not yet purchased your course, not because I do not believe it is valid—indeed, I am sure it is—but because at the moment my budget is limited; I have a boring job as a permanent employee that doesn't satisfy me at all, but it pays the bills and the rent.
I am writing to you because questions arise and perhaps they can become a starting point for your podcast.
The question is:
Is it possible that the same images sent to various agencies are accepted by some and rejected by others?
I uploaded some images to Pond5 and Shutterstock, and while the first rejected them, because you could see a logo on a backpack in the distance, the second accepted them (even with commercial license).
It is absolutely possible; indeed, I would dare to say that it is the rule.
I also go beyond your doubt: I know people who have photos or videos rejected by an agency, submit them again, and the agency accepts and even sells them. It all depends on the guy who judges your photo when you send it.
It is quite obvious that some microstock can accept your content and others do not.
You said you have a boring job. I don’t think you can go to Google and claim to be hired just because another company has already hired you.
Is it worth it to track sales in microstocks?
I wanted to ask you for advice on how to manage and keep track of the various contents I upload: I ask you because I would like to have a sort of "list", perhaps done with Excel, to get the statistics of my stock images and my stock footage.
Maybe a column to know where they have been uploaded, one for the keywords, etc.
I don't know if it's just a waste of time, but I would like to set the job right from the start.
It is an immense job to do what you want to do. It certainly has advantages, but the time you waste doing so it is by far poorly spent considering the extra data you can have.
You now have little content uploaded. Try to see things from my point of view, which is perhaps something you can achieve: I have more than 10 thousand clips online. If I had set up a system like the one you have in your mind, it would have taken years to fill in the Excel sheets and maybe I would have half of the clips uploaded with far less earnings.
At the most, you can use the dashboards of the various agencies to get an idea of your best-selling content, so you can work on that data when planning what to photograph and shoot. That of Pond5 is fine, for example.
And then you can also use an earnings trackers when the money starts coming in, like Microstockr.
Your competitors' sales statistics
Is there an opportunity to see how much competitors' photos are selling?
No; fortunately, your data and those of any other contributor belong to you. I say “fortunately” because I love my privacy. That’s why I hate social networks, but we’ll talk about this in a later episode if you like.
Only the contributor himself and the individual agencies on which he has uploaded his stock footage or stock images know the selling statistics.
However, you can find which contents have the most sales without seeing the amount or earnings they correspond to.