You don't need to be exclusive to get good search placement - at least for the first while. If you don't get sales you'll fall out of the placement, but as mentioned sites need to keep fresh content in front of buyers. You can't keep subscribers subscribing if you keep pushing old content, so there will always be a mix of new stuff in searches. Take, for example, a new non-exclusive upload of mine. It appears as the number one match for relevancy. This is because I've picked a concept that is hard to do with a photo - so few images are going to highlight this keyword in the same way. The key question to take advantage of being an exclusive here is to ask yourself if you are going to seek out and exploit niches, and keep producing content that doesn't overlap your own images or well developed areas of the database - or if you are going to just keep taking the images you like to take and hope for the best. As a small contributor you only need a few successful images to do well, a challenge much harder to meet if you are trying to produce thousands of images.For example, your own 'brown cat' image shows up as #1 in the results if searched. The question is if the type of images you produce that can get into the results like that have any demand...I was exclusive for a long time, and ultimately decided to break to be able to do other things that I couldn't do as an exclusive. You have to keep in mind when reading posts on the sites favored by the independents that there is a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy going on - someone who uploads to a dozen agencies necessarily doesn't adapt to any one really well, except maybe the few they get their most sales on. So someone who dabbles on DT and focuses on another site (say one that favors lots of uploads over unique content) is not going to do as well here as someone who focuses on DT alone. My experience is that starting out exclusive here you will be able to focus on content, which is much better than focusing on uploads for building a solid portfolio. Still, I would say you need to be able to commit to getting 20 images or more up a month to make this pay you back over time.Good luck! posted in Exclusivity, Acceptance ratio and some more questions..
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