SELLING STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEO | MONTHLY INCOME
September 2019 - My Worst Month Yet
Most of you already know, but each month I release the numbers on exactly how much income I’ve earned by selling stock photos and videos on Shutterstock, Pond5, and Adobe Stock. In case you missed it, here’s last month’s report.
I will always be completely honest and transparent with you, even when I have a bad month of earnings. That’s exactly what happened this month. I haven’t changed a thing. But for whatever reason, things just didn’t sell much this month, especially on Shutterstock.
It’s been a crazy month for our family with lots of weddings, travel, etc. So the extra bit of time that I would normally have to consistently upload new photos and footage to stock photo sites has been completely zapped. I haven’t uploaded a single new file since June.
However, it’s made for a pretty cool experiment. It’s shown that being a stock contributor can be a source of completely passive income. Until this month, sales have kept up and even increased, even without doing any additional work on my end.
Not to be too discouraged though - my sales for this month (up to October 9th) have already surpassed what I made in September. This makes me think it must have just been a fluke.
Ok, on to the numbers!
1 | SHUTTERSTOCK EARNINGS FOR SEPTEMBER
Shutterstock Total Earnings for September: $55.21
(30 total downloads)
My current catalog includes 444 images and 469 videos.
Best selling images for September
These two have consistently been my top best selling images, each selling every few days. They received about 5-6 downloads this month.
2 | POND5 EARNINGS FOR SEPTEMBER
Pond5 Total Earnings for September: $9
(1 total download)
(note: I don’t think Pond5 markets photo sales on their site anymore. I almost never get any photo sales here.)
Note: Seeing some of my drone footage starting to sell more consistently is pretty exciting. I’m jumping the gun talking about October sales, so I’ll save it for another analysis next month.
3 | ADOBE STOCK EARNINGS FOR SEPTEMBER
Adobe Stock Total Earnings for September: $59.62
(6 total downloads)
Thank you Adobe Stock for pulling through this month! It started off as a poor summer of earning with Adobe Stock, but the last two months have shown that all hope is not lost with this stock site.
While the sales are fewer and farther between, they do seem to sell for higher prices than the other sites.
That wraps it up for the month of September. As I said before, I’m not too worried about Shutterstock sales, as they’ve already picked up for the month of October. Thanks again for following along on this journey. Please leave me a comment below and let me know any further questions you have or other topics you’d like to learn more about.
Total Stock Photo + Video Sales for 2019