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
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
Google Trends Corbis vs microstock sites
Second gr... (more)
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
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 announced it is offering a free trial of its new microstock
keywording and uploading services to stock photographers who are active in
“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)
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)