Vector Microstock:
Power Rankings – February 2014

by graphicgravy on March 15, 2014

Here are my vector micostock sales rankings for February  2014. My overall sales have decreased since this time last year by about 15%. Still, I still make a good income from vector microstock. I have not added much new content this past year, so maybe that 15% dip in sales is related to that.

The microstock world has changed a lot since my last post, but many things have stayed the same. In my opinion, the dramatic changes in with microstock companies have had more effect on the photographers.

As always, the main factor in my rankings is income. The best selling sites get the best ranking, plain and simple. However, other factors like customer service, ease of uploading, and statistics offered also contribute to the rankings if it is close or a tie on earnings.

Vector Microstock: Power Rankings – February 2014

Rank* Site Comments
iStockphoto 1 
Shutterstock Shutterstock is still my best site. Still a great site for newbies and veterans.
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iStockphoto 2
ClipartOf Sales on ClipArtOf stayed about the same. This site is a selective in who they allow to contribute, but if you can get in, it is a great site!
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iStockphoto 3 
Vectorstock Vectorstock earnings have stayed constant over the past year. I love how I can just send them my vector files in large groups, and they add all the keywords free of charge!
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iStockphoto 4
iStock iStock recently introduced a subscription model. It has not been popular with contributors.
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iStockphoto 5
CanStockPhoto CanStock has steadily grown in sales.
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iStockphoto 6 
Veer Veer has declined a lot in sales this past year for some reason. My sales there are about half what they were a year ago.
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Deposit Photos Their upload process isn’t too bad, and they are pretty loose on what they accept.
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iStockphoto 8
Fotolia Sales at Fotolia have really declined.
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iStockphoto 9
BigStock Bigstock has stayed constant.
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iStockphoto 10
Graphic Leftovers Sales are down by almost 70% for me at GL Stock Images
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iStockphoto 11
iClipart Sales are still decent, and have stayed the same over the past year.
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These bottom 5 vector microstock sites are MUCH slower in sales. I wanted to still include them though in my Power Rankings. Hopefully some of them will continue to grow in sales! 
iStockphoto 12
YayMicro YayMicro is hard to quantify. Some months they want to be in my Top 10, then the next month sales disappear. Weird.
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iStockphoto 13 Stockfuel A few sales each month
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iStockphoto 14 Crestock A few sales each month
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iStockphoto 15 Dreamstime Their inconvenient and slow upload process has made me completely stop uploading new content. This probably is why my sales have gone down. If you have a ton of patience, you can probably make money here.
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