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This page shows a list of the main photographic microstock agencies sorted by Alexa Rank, preceded by two Compete site comparison graphs, Unique Visitors and Visits of the 5 biggest agencies in the last year (Compete estimates U.S. Internet Traffic). The badge on the left is the 3 month avg Traffic Alexa Ranking (combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past 3 months, by www.alexa.com). These numbers are not evidently related to the revenues volume, they just give a rough idea of the market positions. I use referral/affiliate programs for most of these stock sites (the ones with msp logo in the badge corner). Alexa Rank Stock Agency Twitter account @istock @fotolia @shutterstock @dreamstime @123rf @bigstock @deposit_photos @veerupdate @crestock @Thinkstock @pixmac @The3dStudio @photocase @graphicleftover @moodboardblog @cutcaster @panthermedia... (more)

Introducing Octopus Microstock

As the global microstock industry has been demonstrating a rapid growth, it has become a real challenge for a contributor to succeed and keep up with the market pace. A microstock contributor has to produce quality content and they have to do it quickly. What they also have to do is to be careful and accurate preparing their images for submitting (attributing and categorising). When working as a microstock contributor you devote a great deal of your time and effort to attributing, uploading and then categorising your content. That tasks often take more time to be performed than ... (more)

Google Trends: Microstock Agencies

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... (more)

Fotolia Tax Center - updates

  Fotolia has just launched the Tax Center. As we've already seen for Shutterstock, Fotolia is announcing that "Selling creative content licenses is an economic activity and, as a Fotolia contributor, income derived from these sales in the US may be subject to U.S. IRS (Internal Revenue Service) withholding tax". Using the Shutterstock experience, I can say that for most of us it will be necessary to fill the W-8 BEN form online: submitting to Fotolia as an individual and resident in a country that has a tax treaty, it’s easy to submit Form W-8 BEN online without Tax ID (ITIN).... (more)

Shutterstock Image Library Hits 10 Million Images

Shutterstock Image Library Hits 10 Million Images With over 125 million image downloads since 2003, Shutterstock is the leader in subscription royalty-free imagery February 15, 2009, New York – Today Shutterstock® announced the addition of its 10 millionth image, a milestone that underscores the company’s rapid growth and commitment to high quality, crowdsourced visual media. In a typical week, Shutterstock adds 80,000 new images – a rate of nearly eight images every minute – and provides designers, bloggers, advertisers, publications and marketers with a continuous stream of fre... (more)