A few tips on websites and apps for monitoring stock sales

Written on April 7, 2017

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Last year I spent much of my time shooting and organising my portfolio and this year I uploaded my current stock portfolio to Alamy with no rejections. Alamy sales are slow so it helps to have a large portfolio with them.

Stock Performer

Stock Performer is a really simple to use website to give analytics for microstock photographers.

It costs from €7.50 a month after a free trial and you get the option to pay monthly or yearly.

To start with you log into your stock libraries through Stock Performer and with your login details it reads your sales and displays them in a variety of ways on the website.

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As you can see it currently only offers tracking with the agencies above. I contacted them to ask if they could support Alamy too and they told me:

“We currently do not support Alamy and have it on the list of agencies we would like to support. The best way for us to support an agency is when enough contributors request the agency directly to become part of the Stock Performer stats page. Usually the agencies then contact us. If you want to share with Alamy how useful it would be for you, please do. We would be happy for them to know!”

Their support is great if you have any problems or queries.

I find it incredibly useful as it allows me to keep track of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly sales and compare my sales and upload performance to previous months and years.

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www.stockperformer.com

Pros:

I find Stock Performer to be more accurate than Microstockr and supports a larger selection of image libraries to give you feedback on.

Cons:

Monthly fee but I find this pushes me to make more sales.

Microstockr

Microstock is a mobile and desktop app. It’s a bit similar to Stock Performer in how it keeps track of your daily, weekly and monthly sales but aside from that it’s best feature, in my opinion,  is how it shows you thumbnails of your sales in order of best sellers or latest downloads and lets you track where it’s been used online.

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Overview of earnings. For some reason this has only picked up on sales since I downloaded the app. I’d like to see if it can pull in all sales.

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Latest downloads. I love how this is displayed.

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When you click on a thumbnail it tells you how many times the image has been downloaded and gives you the option to search the image on Google.

Google reverse image searching is one of my favourite things to do to find out where my photos have been used online and this ties in directly to next point below.

It can also take you directly to the file on the agency it was sold from. I prefer reverse image searching images through this as it removes the watermark from the image to allow a more accurate search.

Pros:

Free

Brilliant features for reverse Google searching images.

Cons

Doesn’t support as many agencies as Stock Performer and some of these I find a little buggy.

I can currently only pull in sales reports from after the app was downloaded so don’t get as accurate feedback overall. This is why I like to use it in conjunction with Stock Performer.

Pinterest

You may be wondering how on earth this helps with stock photography but I have two uses for it.

One: Inspiration.

Make a Pinterest board of the ideas you want to try and photographers and techniques who inspire you. Here’s mine.

Two: Record the places where you’ve found your stock photos through a reverse Google image search. I’ve come across some weird and wonderful uses.