(This post was originally posted on microstockgroup.com).
Hi everybody, and Happy New Year!
First I would like to apologize for a long time without any regular updates. Luckily, the reason for this is that we’re busy working on getting the sales up at YAY! We’re still small compared to the big sites, but we’re getting there!
The last couple of months we’ve been working on our affiliate program (read more here: http://yaymicro.com/affiliate), SEO, R&D on our search, and developing an API. We’re also in the process of adding a new partner to our third-party program. (Read more about third party and how to apply: http://yaymicro.com/view.action?page=third-party-sales-program).
Soon our API is ready for use – and that’s what I’d like to get some feedback on. We’ve seen a need for more transparency in our industry, and my impression is that people feel they lack control of their property: their images. Traditionally, in the image industry there’s been common practice to share images between agencies, often involving many agencies (resulting small royalties to the photographers – many earning less than a microstock-photographer on some images, but they try to keep this a secret ). With international sites, this sharing gets even more complicated, and it’s easy to feel a lack of control for a photographer, and for the image agencies as well.
We’ve decided to list all our partners for the API, and give you an option to Opt-out from the ones you don’t want to use. You’ll also get details on the commission for YAY, along with the percentage of commission provided to you. Our goal is that you’ll make at least as much on an API-sale as you would if the image was sold at YAY, but the amount will vary depending on the different agreements.
I’m wondering if there is any information or other aspects of the API that are important issues for photographers that we haven’t considered?