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)
I’ve recently submitted to the most popular microstock agencies a small
batch of 5 images. These pictures aren’t masterpieces of the microstock
kingdom but I’m going to use them to show you, especially to the beginners,
how can be different the acceptance policy of the different agencies; also we
have to say that there is another strong component that models the policy:
the inspector subjectivity that can’t be inspected .
First of all, I’m going to introduce the batch giving my personal – and
humble – opinion about technical quality, aesthetic and commercial value,
with a number... (more)
Stock photography company Photokore adds Russian to its list of supported
search languages, which already include English, Chinese, Japanese and
Korean, Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Filipino, Spanish, French and German.
Photokore is the first Asian stock photography site to offer search in this
Penetrating the growing Asian image market is the goal for many
photographers. However, it has been difficult to reach the Asian image market
due to an absence of a site where customers can search for stock images in
their native tongue.
Photokore eliminates this hurdle with ... (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)