I recently stumbled upon Todayis20, a free online tool that helps us contributors make sense of our Getty / iStock statements by giving a visual look over our sales.
In this blog post I’ll walk-through the tool and what to expect. But first, here’s the company’s motto:
I really admire companies that see a problem and create a (free) solution. The problem they’re tackling is the complicated / confusing nature of iStock / Getty earnings statements…it’s almost like something out of 2002.
More depressing is only to see those pathetic 2 cent downloads, which I wrote about on a blog post.
Strange name. Makes sense though as Getty / iStock release our contributor earning statements on the 20th of every month. Here’s some of their unique selling points:
Brutally Honest Guy, as the Guinea Pig
Well, I had a go myself. After signing up and logging in, you’ll see this window:
You’ll need to drop the Text file which you can find only in your ESP Account Management.
Downloading the Text file from ESP
“Account Management” -> “Royalties” -> “Export”
Then, download TXT file.
Back to original step: Drop the file into the File Manager
After it file quickly uploads, you’ll have many options on the left columns. For an overview, see the “Stats by Royalty Month”. In my case, August.
Scrolling down, there will be some cool analytics:
By uploading text files pursuant to previous months, I’m able to compare how I’m doing. Here, I’ve uploaded my July and comparing with August. I’ll receive September’s report tomorrow so I’ll be sure to compare my results vs previous months. The more data the better.
Hope you’ve found this short review useful and please comment below with your experiences using Todayis20.
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