I just checked my ShutterStock ([link]
account. At the end of the day, I'll have had my stuff there for a month. In my first 30 days there, I've had 350 downloads and have earned over $100. And I still have 9 days left in the pay period. I'm looking at a first check in the neighborhood of $125. I have around 300 images in my gallery there. I've noticed that so far there seems to be a fairly direct correlation between the number of images in my gallery and the average monthly downloads. For example, when I only had 100 images there, my monthly average was looking to be in the 100 downloads area. I'm hoping that as I add the additional 450 that I have ready to upload, bringing my total gallery to close to 800, and as I continue to re-render my remaining 3500 images in high resolution that my monthly income will continue to climb accordingly. My goal is $250/month in income from this, but will continue to upload and upload and upload. It can only get better.
There are a lot of you that "watch" me and consider me a fractal friend here on DA. A lot of you have galleries of images much more impressive than my own. If you aren't selling these images, you are in effect throwing away money. Seriously. This is costing you money. If you haven't set up a free ShutterStock ([link]
account, you really owe it to yourself and your art to do so. You should really check out ShutterStock ([link]