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I often mention Alexa Rank to make a comparison among microstock agencies, as you can see in Stock Agencies page. In this post I want to show another tool that can be used to follow the trends in the stock photo market, Google Trends, that lets you compare the world’s interest in some particular topics.  You can see how often they’ve been searched on Google over time. Google Trends also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and in which geographic regions people have searched for them most. First comparison, a big traditional stock agency as Corbis with the three biggest microstock agencies (value 1 is referred to iStockphoto). As you can see, in a few years the indexes are similar, after 4 years of fast growth of the microstock business. Click on the image to see the full Google page. Google Trends Corbis vs microstock sites Second gr... (more)

Eastern Europe (Micro)Stock is rising up

Eastern Europe (Micro)Stock is rising up   © Sebastian Czapnik | Dreamstime.com With a title that wants to paraphrase a stock market index trend , I’m going to point out 2 different news that are showing the expansion of the photographic microstock business in the Eastern Europe, also considering that Dreamstime is headquartered in Romania, Microstocksolutions has offices in Hungary and Romania, Pixmac has recently launched the Polish site and certainly other microstock activities are well hosted there.               Microstock Agency PantherMedia Announces Expansion To Po... (more)

IPTC Conference in Dublin – New panels for IPTC and PLUS and a new approach for the IPTC controlled vocabulary

IPTC Conference in Dublin – New panels for IPTC and PLUS , and a new approach for the IPTC controlled vocabulary Sarah Saunders from consultancy and training company Electric Lane will be speaking at the Photometadata Conference in Dublin on Wed 9 June where two big announcements will be made. The first is the release in July this year of smart new metadata panels for Bridge in CS3 and CS4 which allow use of IPTC Extension and PLUS data in those versions. Although CS5 comes with panels for IPTC Extension, they are not backwards compatible to previous versions of Photoshop. The pan... (more)

LookStat Announces Free Trial of its Back Office Services for Stock Photographers

LookStat announced it is offering a free trial of its new microstock keywording and uploading services to stock photographers who are active in microstock. “We’re committed to creating technology and services to enable stock photographers to streamline their workflow and to spend their time on what they do best – creating great images,” said Rahul Pathak, LookStat’s CEO & Founder. LookStat offers the following services: • Keywording – IPTC-embedded title, description and 30-50 keywords that are SEO friendly and microstock compliant. • Retouching – All image post-processing incl... (more)

Fotolia’s Top-Selling Contributors

What are the most popular microstock clichés? Let’s discover them through Fotolia. We can visit the Fotolia’s “from this month Best Sellers” page (here a screenshot) Fotolia’s Bestsellers page or we can browse round the Top Selling contributors portfolios to know them and to see what are their most popular works. A special thanks to Amos Struck for his Microstock Photo Plugin for Wordpress that let me buy and insert, in a few clicks, all the Fotolia’s pictures of this post, directly with caption, referral links, title, alternate text. Multi-ethnic pile of hands © Yuri Arcurs #527... (more)