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21,000+ sales after 4 years at DT

Wow, where does the time go? It was May 5, 2009 when I joined Dreamstime. It was October of 2010 when I last updated my sales. At that time, I had 4653 images with 8500 sales, which I think was pretty good for the first 18 months here at DT.

Fast-forward 2 1/2 more years and here we are. I now have 6270 images online with 21712 sales.

I've only added 1617 new images these past 30 months, so it's obvious that I have not been drawing as much as I used to. My other client work has taken me away from my mass-drawing abilities, but I do try to keep adding new images as often as I can. I'm sure the majority of you can relate how tough it is to keep adding to your portfolios while tending to other real-life things.

But, I do encourage everyone to try to add what they can - when they can. It all adds up over time, so just keep adding new images and your profits will also continue to increase.

I'm always inspired by different things. This recently-added image was related to my thoughts of the improving housing market where people are buying again.

Thanks to Dreamstime and to you, the DT community! Dreamstime continues to be a successful place to be at. The community is always nice, and the sales continue to be strong. So, thanks to everyone for their continued support, comments, etc.

Photo credits: John Takai.

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August 06, 2014

Adrianbrasov

This is how a professional illustrator looks like. Congratulations Cteconsulting!

August 05, 2014

Cteconsulting

Hey TMarchev. Thanks for the comment. Wow! I cannot believe that it has been over a year since I posted this blog entry. Now I'm at 7049 images with 26172 sales.

I've never posted revenue before, but no one has ever asked either. Ha! Here at DT, it's just over $32,000 since I joined. I hope that providing that figure helps to inspire and encourage others that it's possible to make a living doing microstock. It's just a lot of hard work, time, and energy.

Meanwhile, hopefully the next 5 years will be even stronger! :)

Best wishes to all of you on your continued journey.

August 05, 2014

TMarchev

Very useful portfolio what is your total revenue? :)

June 21, 2013

Martingraf

congratulations - average of 125 uploads per month over 4 years speaks for itself - sounds like you like what you are doing :)

June 19, 2013

Hongtao926

Congratulations!

June 12, 2013

Cteconsulting

Thanks all. Anubis911, no, there is nothing in particular that I have done to promote my images. I mostly try to continue to add illustrations based on things and ideas that are not already in my portfolio - many of which come from my day-to-day real life experiences. For example, I had a heart problem last year (all good now so no worries), but that prompted me to draw a variety of heart-related items. I recently took my new puppy in to get his first shots and that inspired me to draw the Veterinarian symbol and some dog-walking illustrations. I recently bought some solar panels for my home and that inspired me to draw home-energy related illustrations. So, I just continue to try to add items to my portfolio that add value for what a buyer might be looking for. I think my images sell themselves simply because I'm always adding a variety of new ideas/illustrations to my portfolio which increases its value and expands my portfolio to more potential clients to download. In addition to variety, I also have a lot of images for sale (almost 6300), so that also helps with my exposure in getting to the customer. So, that truly is my advice: draw (take photos) of more obscure stuff so that your images become more one-of-a-kind / unique as compared to others. Sure, I have an apple in my portfolio because everyone needs an apple, right? Ha! But does everyone have a heart with all the valves identified? Probably not. Also, build your portfolio. Volume matters! I know we all have real lives, but you won't start making "good" money until your portfolio is large. I'm mostly retired now, living off the royalties of my portfolio, so this does work. You just have to commit your time and resources to build it. Not sure if any of this rambling helps, but hope it does. Best wishes on your own microstock adventure!

June 10, 2013

Anubis911

First, let me say congrats. That is amazing. Is there anything u do to promote your stock after they are accepted, or do they sell themselves?

June 10, 2013

Gheburaseye

marvellous milestone! I saw somting interesting in Your portfolio: I'll apply what I read ;)

Thank you ;)

June 07, 2013

Celiaak

Great advice. Sometimes we miss the big picture.

June 07, 2013

Famed01

this is wow!!! Congratulations!!!

June 07, 2013

Sgnajn

You are amazing. congratulations.

June 07, 2013

Alvera

Hard to reach Winterfell :-) And I have no crow to send the message.
A good novel but too much blood & gore for my old fashion eyes on TV series. Sad.

June 06, 2013

Cteconsulting

Nice. Now, tell that to the Stark family on Game of Thrones! Ha ha ha! :)

June 06, 2013

Alvera

Thanks Best wishes to everyone as well. :) Where is this year going!?! It`s already June!!!

"Time is a dimension in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future, and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them." wiki

June 05, 2013

Cteconsulting

Thanks Best wishes to everyone as well. :) Where is this year going!?! It's already June!!!

June 05, 2013

Alvera

Thanks everyone!!!Alvera, yes, I came to DT with a fairly large portfolio (approx. 3200 images). It took 4 months to get these images up and running. Then, I have just been creating image after image over the past 4 years to get to 6270 images. My goal is to get to 10,000 images, but that seems far off for now! :)
Thanks for info. I wish you good luck and many sales. And have fun, of course, it's clear that you enjoy this work.

June 04, 2013

Egomezta

wow, that's amazing. congratulations.

June 04, 2013

Bradcalkins

Outstanding work! All the more since you've created every illustration from your imagination - no easy flower shots for you :)

June 04, 2013

Laurasinelle

Amazing!Congrats!

June 04, 2013

Cteconsulting

Thanks everyone!!!

Alvera, yes, I came to DT with a fairly large portfolio (approx. 3200 images). It took 4 months to get these images up and running. Then, I have just been creating image after image over the past 4 years to get to 6270 images. My goal is to get to 10,000 images, but that seems far off for now! :)

June 04, 2013

Sergieiev

Congratulations!

June 03, 2013

FabioConcetta

Congratulations, well done!!!

June 03, 2013

Perstock

Very impressive! Congratulations!

June 03, 2013

Freedomsfolio

That's huge.....congrats

June 03, 2013

Rigsby8131

Congratulations!!! Fantastic achievements.

June 03, 2013

Suyerry

Congrats, love your work!

June 03, 2013

Friedel3

Well done, great work.

June 03, 2013

Lejoch

Congrats, fantastic work!

June 03, 2013

Defess

Congratulations!

June 02, 2013

Teeimagination

Great Work! Graphics are really good to get into!

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