13 months after
It has now been 13 months since I entered the world of stock footage as a contributor.
These are my numbers.
The agencies I upload my footage to are:
- Storyblocks (1200 videos selected)
- Pond5 (1290 videos selected)
- Shutterstock (1100 videos selected)
My sales and net earnings on Storyblocks are:
Unfortunately, on that agency, I have had just a single sale and I don't think it is worth it anymore.
During this year, as a contributor on Shutterstock, I made $193.85:
- $16 with stock images
- $177 with stock footage
With this agency I have earned $366.01, thanks to 21 downloads of stock footage.
So, my total income on all agencies this year was $652.19.
Considerations on sales
$652.19 in a year is not much.
There are Shutterstock contributors who earn that amount of money in less than a month, but I can tell you why it is not so bad. With this money, even with ten times as much, I know that you can't live in a Western European country, and that's why I have a stable job that allows me to live.
You don't have to focus on the amount earned, but on its potential. In the microstock business, you need to sacrifice and have patience to achieve good earnings – at least two years of work.
Let's take Pond5 as an example, which is the agency that has always provided most of the earnings for video makers who create stock footage.
My 1200 videos were uploaded in two batches:
- 200 videos the first two months
- 1000 videos when I came back from South America, 6 months after I started uploading
Of course, it didn't take me a year to create my portfolio, only a few months. Much of my collection has only been online for a few months, or even a few weeks.
An interesting fact is that, in the last few months, I have always sold at least one video per month:
And, although not being very important, even the graphs of visits to both the videos and my contributor page are increasing continuously:
But what kind of content is better to sell?
To understand, you have to use the fantastic tool that Daniele explains on his course, along with your intuition.
As far as I'm concerned, with great joy, I've sold several videos of my trip to South America. But you don't need to go on the other side of the world to sell some videos.
Shooting videos of your cat
Among my best selling pieces of stock footage are videos I made at a friend's house of his Maine Coon cat, a very particular breed of cats of which there is not much content online.
By the way, by clicking here you can see my portfolio on Pond5.
Obviously, producing 1200 videos online in such a short time was not easy. You need:
- a method (which I learned thanks to Daniele Carrer)
It means spending all your free time producing videos. This is the hardest part of the job, especially when you already work eight hours a day.
How to find the time to produce stock footage and stock images
To become a successful producer, I cut all the distractions from my life:
- I deleted my Facebook account (and let me tell you how cool it is!)
- I reduced the time I spend on the news (ten minutes a day, and always in moments such as when I'm on the bus or during work breaks)
- I reduced the time I spend on Netflix (now I only use it to get inspiration to produce, thanks to the documentaries they have)
- I stopped playing online games
Now, my days are definitely better, even though it's not easy to go home after work and go directly in front of the PC to edit videos or type keywords.