At Shutterstock these old - grunge style textures for backgrounds sell very well. I’ve uploaded this one just to check if it’s needed. At other agencies no sales, interesting.
My gallery is still small and I need to work harder. Most of thousands of photos taken by me before I’ve entered the stock photography business is not apriopriate for this market and that’s why concept graphics have to support my portfolio when I can’t take photos.
But graphics sells extremely well. Shutterstock just ‘killed’ my other three agencies in one week by four times with downloads and more than twice in earnings. Actually 10 days and 3 other sites can’t beat them, even that my portfolio on Fotolia is about 4 times older!
On the other hand my Dreamstime texture collection is also under costruction, from time to time I add new images to my portfolio. Competition is high, so all backgrounds need to be every day better, more original, useful and more processed to save the designers time, especially for vintage style graphics.
More textures and textured images
in my Dreamstime collection
If You think about joining this market, You should upload as many sites as possible, because no one knows where is Your best customer, wanting Your kind of art. At one site only I would probably get bored pretty quick.
Thus I see there is a still a wide field to compete and when I’ll shot more and will add proper stock images to my gallery it will be two horse power. Just read this earnings thread and You’ll know what I mean.
See also my personal earnings on microstock