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  1. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Anybody use them?

    Kinda seems like a pain in the ass to me...

    I applied, passed their little test, and they liked the 3 photos I submitted to see if I'm 'good enough'.

    I uploaded two pictures today - I pretty much lost interest after that. It takes forever to do anything on their website...
    It's not 'upload friendly' at all. You can only do one image at a time, and inputting the keywords & catagories is much more cumbersome than other sites.

    I can't even copy the information from one image to another similar image.

    All of that combined with the fact that they only pay 20%... I'm not sure if I'll even bother uploading more pictures...


    Anyone else feel the same?

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    I just tried to upload another image...what a pain in the ass. The keywording interface is the most difficult to use I've seen.
     
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    Anubis TPF Noob!

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    I use them.

    There is an app you can download from the site so you can do all the keywording on your machine in your own time then upload as a batch when done.

    But they do take ages to approve your images... much longer than fotolia and 123rf.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You'll also have a hard time now putting anything original up. I put up some fireworks images up there eons ago as an experiment... and even then it was hard to be considered "original" (granted, fireworks shots are common...)
     
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    i use them, but i use them for buying stock photos.

    i havent gotten around to attempting to sell.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Overall, I'd think you would do a LOT better just selling your images directly.

    I have one of my images which has been downloaded like some 400 times and I think I've made like $80 off of it or something.
     
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    Anubis TPF Noob!

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    I'm using the stock sites as a test, if I sell any I will make a more concerted effort to start marketing. I've also started reading "Sell and Re-Sell Your Photos" by Rohn Engh.
     
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    Anubis TPF Noob!

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    Linky? :)
     
  9. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The ones you have up there look pretty good.

    That's a lot of saffron... I don't think I've ever seen that much in one place.
    (It is the most expensive spice in the world...)
     
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    Anubis TPF Noob!

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    Thanks.

    That was only half the jar of saffron :) My partner's parent's neighbours grow it, so we get it free.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I agree - but I wouldn't know how to go about doing that...

    It's not like you can just e-mail companies and say - "Hey, I have some pictures - do you want to buy them?"

    ...Or can you? :confused:
     
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    ^^^ just like any other business, you'd have to develop a site and start generating some traffic via advertisements, banners, etc. There's no question it would be easier doing this via a site like iStock, but look at the cost! Not to mention you're giving up your rights to that image.
     

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