For years, our contributor referral program has been a way to earn money by introducing contributors to the Shutterstock site. We’d like to make you aware of two upcoming changes to the referral program. The goal of these changes is to bring a wider variety of new contributors and content to our site. To start, we’re going to raise payouts from $0.03 to $0.04 cents per referred download. We’re also going to update the term so that payouts will be earned for the first two years that a referred contributor is active on our site. These changes will become effective as of February 28, 2013 and will affect contributors you have referred in the past, as well as those you refer in the future. There will be no changes to the footage referral program at this time.

If you haven’t referred contributors recently or wish to generate more revenue, we encourage you to consider referrals as a simple way to boost your earnings.

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Best Regards, The Shutterstock Team