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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)

Fotolia Celebrates Fifth Birthday

NEW YORK, NY, December 22, 2009 – Fotolia is part of a handful of companies that grew during the global recession, and this month, the online image provider celebrates its fifth anniversary. During 2009, the company saw its online library double to over 8,000,000 images and nearly 2 million images were downloaded every month. Since December 2006, membership increased nearly 10-fold, with over 1.5 million people worldwide now signed up to the site. CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff explains the secret to Fotolia’s success: “Sourcing photos, vectors, and videos that are legal for commercial and ... (more)

Photo Metadata Conference – Using Metadata To Power Your Business

Fourth international Photo Metadata Conference “Using Metadata To Power Your Business” 9 June 2010 13.30 – 18.00 hrs Dublin, Ireland (Europe) Sarah Saunders of Electric Lane will be speaking in Dublin at the IPTC Metadata Conference on 9 June, about progress on the IPTC controlled vocabulary project and about the new panels. Launched a new qualifier approach to keywording which will should cut down significantly on ambiguity. Check out http://www.phmdc.org/ This half-day conference will focus on business related best practices for using photo metadata. The results from a survey amon... (more)

ProStockMaster Turns Free with a Brand New Website

ProStockMaster turns free with a brand new website Starting from today, announced on a new restyled website, ProstockMaster turns free. ProStockMaster is one of the first and most popular tools for Microstock contributors. ProStockMaster is a free desktop software application helping to sell photos online through stock photography agencies. Adopted by thousands of amateur and professional photographers since its first launch in 2006, ProStockMaster is the first of its kind application dedicated to ease the process of working with multiple microstock and traditional stock photograp... (more)

Thinkstock Launches New Image Pack Subscription Service

Thinkstock Launches New Image Pack Subscription Service Seattle, WA, July 9, 2010. Thinkstock, an image subscription site from Getty Images, today announced the introduction of image packs. This new product offers value-conscious creative processionals pre-paid access to imagery and an even greater choice, value and flexibility in licensing imagery. Customers can now choose to license 5, 25, 100 or 250 high-quality royalty-free stock photos and vector illustrations from Thinkstock’s collection of more than five million images. Collections are sourced from the industry’s leading p... (more)