Anxiously Awaiting That First Dreamstime Sale

My experience here at Dreamstime is somewhat unique in comparison to those who either contribute to all the major microstock sites or those who choose to be exclusive contributors here at DT. Don't worry, this article is not meant to be a debate on which approach is right or wrong, better or worse. I'm simply explaining the current situation I find myself in here at this site.

I do contribute to other sites and have pretty established portfolios at most of the major players. A quick glance at my meager portfolio here at Dreamstime will tip you off to the fact that I have not been very active in uploading and increasing my available content for sale. The problem has been that I was unable to upload anything. It's not an excuse, it's just the facts. I worked on other site's portfolios and simply sat on my Dreamstime account wishing that I was able to cultivate it in the same way, but without the ability.

Well, the good news is that I am now finally able to upload images to Dreamstime. Whew! Thank goodness we are finally into the 21st Century. It's difficult to sell anything when you can't even get the darn files onto the site.

So, I now find myself in the strange position of having a ton of files that either sell well at other sites or that I thought would sell well at other sites, but don't. When I decide what to upload here, the thought process is sort of complicated. I have had some really nice images that I would consider amongst my best on other sites, rejected for lack of composition. Huh!?!

I know the rejection game is bizarre and unexplainable across the board in Microstock. I feel for those individuals who must cull through the thousands and thousands of images each day. I really do. It's just strange being in this situation - with an "established" stack of images that are essentially having to go back to square one and endure the entire acceptance/rejection process here at Dreamstime.

Microstock sure is a weird and wild ride.

Getting that first sale, would sure be nice . . . though.

Ben O.

Photo credits: Ben O'neal.

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November 20, 2009


That's cool, I wasn't complaining about the approvals/rejections. I just thought it was worth writing about. Because of my relative newness here, but established work at other sites, I have all of these images that I am now sort of "starting over" with. It just felt really strange and I wanted to know what others thought about it.

November 20, 2009


Hi Ben. The low upload limit is only temporary and was set for reasons which were more or less beyond our control - read admin posts in thread. I myself was hit by the terrible cold or flu, whatever it was, and very many editors were not able to to work for days. No worries, they got their punishment by having fever, sore throat and headaches.
My recommendation is to be patient because we estimate to increase the upload limit next week if things go as we planned. If your apporval ratio is alright, you should be able to upload more.
Regarding refusal reasons, I kindly ask you not to discuss them on the message board or in other blog articles. The best way to find out why these images were refused is to reply to mail or contact support. Also, keep in mind that each agency has a set of individual and unique review criteria along with the ones generally applied in the industry.

November 19, 2009


Hey nice start! Keep uploading & many surprises to come! It's DT...
Cheers ;)

November 19, 2009


Be patience,soon you will have first sale:)Wish you luck!You have nice photos

November 19, 2009


Don't give up yet. When the upload levels go back to normal you'll be able to upload more again. Your first sale shouldn't be too far away either. Try playing the DT game it helps give you an idea of what sells here :0)

November 19, 2009


Good luck Ben,like green pumpkin stem shot,bet it sells first.Happy uploading.

November 19, 2009


Thanks so much for the encouragement. That's the frustrating part. I can only add 1 image a day. That is SO low. I'm having a blast and the people here are ultra nice and helpful.

November 19, 2009


With only 20 up, it may take a little time to get going. But your images are great, so I don't think you'll be waiting too long.

November 19, 2009


Well Ben, it's a very strange business world...after all everything is business

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