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My iStock Statistics update

Its either nothing or two posts in one day! Well, as my Dad is in hospital undergoing an Angioplasty operation I have been entailed to ‘Nanna-sit’. Nanna-sitting is similar to babysitting but with a frail 93 year old Grandma which takes on a bit of a different hue. Especially if she decides to regail me with her beautiful rendition of: Di Tutto me ne fischio..

Aaand that gives me time to sit down and put finger to keyboard, as it were!

Back to the title… iStock and stats for my portfolio there!

I have been uploading photos for inspection and hopefully acceptnce to iStock since late 2008. Actually I only had 2 images accepted in 2008 I think. Since then my portfolio boasts a healthy number of 505 images for sale (45 of which are under the ‘Editorial’ licence). From those 505 images I have had 309 sales (downloads) and 1391 5+ positive ratings. My acceptance rate is slowly creeping towards the golden 50% at which point I will be eligable to apply for exclusivity with iStock.

Just a quick side note about what exclusivity means: I would be uploading and selling images solely through iStock – all my beautiful and stunning images would only be available from iStock! yep… but it also means better royalty rates and exposure.

Apart from the numbers given above my portfolio has also attracted 187176 individual views and images have been included in 335 different lightboxes.

Number crunching was never my thing but lets have a look:

  • 505 images online.
  • 1st Image to go online in October 2008 – a total of 39 months and counting.
  • That works out at almost 13 images added per month.
  • 187176 total views which works out at 370 views per image
  • 309 sales giving me a sales/image ratio of 0.612
  • Highest number of images to be accepted in 1 month was 52 images in August this year
  • Lowest number accepted would be 1 image only in February 2009
  • Highest number of views for an individual image is 2232 for this file, which also has the highest number of downloads, currently standing at 14.

My portfolio can be found here: Lupideloop on


The Top 4 performers of my iStock Portfolio

below are the top four performing image files, in terms of actual revenue recieved, from my iStock portfolio..

My images on the web across the globe

I have had a number of sales from stock sites such as, Fotolia, DreamstimeShutterstockMostPhotos, 123rf and quite few others but until now there use and who had bought the images was a total mystery to me.

Google’s recent upgrade to its image search options – you can now drag an image either from your desktop or from another web page onto the image search page and google will search for that image and similar images on the web.

This latest great function provided by Google has helped me find at least a few of my images and where these have been used. And find I did… not all mind you but its a start and its good to see where they have been used. So below I have catalogued a list of sites that have made use of some of my files:

Lonely Bay: Mike Gatt on iStock

An Israeli site in Hebrew –
My Image found on this page.

Mike Gatt on iStock

A Travel site – Try Malta . The image above can be seen on their homepage.

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Mike Gatt on iStock

The above 5 images have been found on this uk site:

Mike Gatt on iStock

Another Travel Site which promotes safaris in Africa…. Norwegian this time and can be found here:

Mike Gatt on iStock

A Travel Blog even…. see it here: Travels with Harriet.

Mike Gatt on iStock

On a website dedicated to Flight, Tandem Flying and all things that take men up into the air – Fly2Up.

Mike Gatt on iStock

Miller Adams Critical Power Group – you can see the image on the slide show on their homepage.

Mike Gatt on iStock

Used by a Psychotherapist and Councillor on their contact page – Lyn Abery. Psychotherapist and Councellor.

Mike Gatt on iStock

On a Wine Enthusiast Website in an article on how to build your own wine rack – Love to Know Wine.

And Last…. but defintely not least…. An image of mine on a Maltese Website – MEPA’s Website none other…

Mike Gatt on iStock

You can find the image on this page where they discuss the quality of Malta’s air –


Why I always seem to favour iStockPhoto to other stock sites

There are quite a few microstock websites up and running on the world wide web and I have uploaded to quite a number of these too. However I always find myself thinking of and working with iStockPhoto in mind when preparing photos for stock.

Apart from it being the first stock site I came across, thanks to my eldest sister, I find it is user friendly and a great community to go as well!

However, apart from the above there are little things that happen there once in a while that just makes you want to smile….

Point in case:

I recently had an image accepted to the iStock site and got a small note attached to the acceptance notice by the inspector. A short and sweet note with no frills

‘Nice image :)’

Thank you Inspector, whoever you are… really appreciate the comment.

Below is the image I refer to….

check my iStock Portfolio