Studying the database and file age

posted on 3rd of may, 2013

When we are starters at micro stock, one of the things we must do to learn more about stock image industry is to study the database to see what is uploaded, what sells better, what are the current trends and so on.
This cannot be achieved in one day or a week, it is more a continuous work we all must do while we are shooting, editing, drawing, uploading, keyworing and doing all other necessary work.

One of the errors I have made when I started was to assume that images with some or many sales were the best ones in the database and draw some (wrong) conclusions of it.
Althought most of those images have proven their value, there was one point I have missed: their age on the database. An old image has more chances of being sold more times because back then there was less competition and, for that reason, a less quality image would have more chances of being sold.
So, I have decided to compile a rough "age on the database" table for the files based on their ID number, at least since I started uploading. If you were here before me and wish to contribute with older data, please let me know.

12/12/2011 - 22344722
01/02/2012 - 22517434
01/31/2012 - 22996753
02/29/2012 - 23538410
03/30/2012 - 24008818
04/29/2012 - 24536425
05/30/2012 - 25025929
06/29/2012 - 25481639
07/31/2012 - 25888380
08/29/2012 - 26306396
09/28/2012 - 26773604
10/30/2012 - 27362013
11/29/2012 - 27828024
12/28/2012 - 28241858
01/30/2013 - 28715398
03/03/2013 - 28932429
02/28/2013 - 29319141
03/29/2013 - 29917383
04/29/2013 - 30483966

To make it simple:
Jan/12 - 23.000.000
Feb/12 - 23.500.000
Mar/12 - 24.000.000
Apr/12 - 24.500.000
May/12 - 25.000.000
Jun/12 - 25.500.000
Jul/12 - 25.900.000
Aug/12 - 26.300.000
Sep/12 - 26.800.000
Oct/12 - 27.400.000
Nov/12 - 27.800.000
Dec/12 - 28.200.000
Jan/13 - 28.700.000
Feb/13 - 29.300.000
Mar/13 - 29.900.000
Apr/13 - 30.500.000

On a side note: the submited files were about 500.000 per month in 2012, and since 2013 they are about 600.000.

This way, you can check the file age on the database with a glance. Images older than 25.000.000 should have some sales. Recent

images like above 28.000.000 with some sales are hits for sure (like the one with the man and magnifier illustrating this article).

Comments (11)

Posted by Suyerry on May 22, 2013
Thanks, good to know. :)
Posted by Celiaak on May 16, 2013
Glad to know it is also useful to you :)
Posted by Parkinsonsniper on May 16, 2013
I frequently use your blog to check for the upload times :)) I actually think about printing it out.
Posted by Celiaak on May 15, 2013
True, Amsis1, the accepted images per month is lower than the submited, but I did not took that on account, because the authomatic number of the images remains on accepted and unnacepted images.
Thank you for pointing that out to unaware readers, I should have mentioned it.
Posted by Amsis1 on May 15, 2013
This is true but be careful also to the fact that the number of submited images does not correspond to the accepted/online images ...
Posted by Celiaak on May 09, 2013
You're welcome, Silvastrings.
Posted by Silvastrings on May 08, 2013
Thank you so much, my eyes have been opened! Great stuff.
Posted by Celiaak on May 03, 2013
Thank you Elianehaykal :)
Posted by Elianehaykal on May 03, 2013
A very useful blog :)
Posted by Celiaak on May 03, 2013
You're welcome Parkinsonsniper. :)
Just maturing some thought a little more.
Posted by Parkinsonsniper on May 03, 2013
This is what I call "service" :)) thanks a lot.

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