Or not. Time to thin the pool anyway.
Niche Reports » Blog Archive » Ellen Boughn and the Future of Stock Photography:
"Ellen: I don’t know the answer. What I do know is that Google has taught us all how to search. We no longer look for anything with just one or two words. The vast amount of information on the web compels us to become more and more specific in our use of search terms and to use more words in a search. This knowledge spills over into how we search for images. I believe that photographers with collections on specific subjects and who have implemented best practices as far as SEO goes may find that they can make more money selling stock direct than with a stock company in the near future.
Today I am excited about the prospect that we may be at a convergence of technology and user behavior that will shortly enable photographers to license their existing images."