Summary: This article explains how former Twenty20 (T20) contributors can understand their earnings on Elements.
How do Earnings Work for Former Twenty20 Authors on Elements?
If you are an Author whose photos have been migrated from Twenty20 to Elements, checking item earnings via the Envato Author dashboard can be confusing. This is partly due to the way subscriber share payments are calculated - you can learn more about the Subscriber Share model here, and there is an overview of the Elements Earnings model here.
For photographers joining Elements from Twenty20, calculating earnings may be further complicated by the timing of when your photos became available to subscribers via your individual Element Author account.
Key things you need to know
- The first full month of daily earnings data won't appear until 4 September
- The first full month of earnings won't appear till early October when the August earning month is fully reflected in your dashboard
- You may receive a payment from T20 in mid-Aug and mid-Sept for items licensed under T20
Read on for a deeper understanding of visibility on your earnings.
What will I see on the Elements Dashboard?
The Elements Dashboard contains earnings data for the photos on your individual Elements Author account. It will not include earnings for these photos while they were licensed via the twenty20photos Elements account. All earnings from that account will still be paid as normal (during August and September 2022), but they will not be shown on your dashboard.
Each day of earnings on the dashboard represents items licenced from customer subscriptions that started on that day.
There is a 33-day delay before these earnings can be shown on your dashboard, as we need to see all possible licensing activity from those subscribers through the month, before we can calculate the subscriber share earnings.
When will I start seeing all of my earnings on the Dashboard?
Up until September 4th, each day’s earnings could include a mix of customers who licensed content via the Twenty20 Author account (early in their subscription month), and customers who licensed content directly from your individual Elements account (later in their subscription month, after the items were migrated to your individual Author account).
Only the earnings from direct licenses will show up in your Elements dashboard.
From September 4th, your dashboard will start showing earnings from subscriptions that began on August 1, when items were migrated to individual Elements Author accounts.
Customers in that cohort will only have seen your photos published via your individual Elements Author account, so all images they license will generate earnings for you directly.
From that point onwards, you’ll start seeing “full” daily earnings in your dashboard, as none of those customers could have licensed your photos through the shared account.