Approaching 200th Sale

Rather than writing about having 200 sales, I thought it’d be fun to think of what I could have done differently so that rather than having 200 sales, I could have been approaching my 500th sale. You know, the “woulda, coulda, shoulda”s.

The first thought that comes to mind, of course, was the reckless uploading in the beginning. The rejections were more than just rejections, if you know what I mean. It’s not so much that one of my images didn’t get accepted, it was more like rubbing failure in my face.

I believe if I had been more selective in the beginning and perhaps tested out what kinds of images are accepted and what kinds get rejected, my approval rating would have been much better. In addition, it would help with my confidence earlier on.

The second thought that comes to mind is not being able to execute my goals – for any reason. Case in point, near the end of 2008, I made new year’s resolutions. One of my goals was to upload at least 100 images per month. Simple math, I could have an additional 1200 images by Dec 2009. Well, I’m only at 321 as I’m writing this – so needless to say, it’s not going to happen. Truth be told, I knew it wouldn’t happen in March as I was way off track. Then I said, let’s just try uploading on average one image per day. That’d be 365 new images. Again, doesn’t look promising either.

This is all in fun of course. I’m quite proud of what I’ve done, but I can’t help but think what my sales would be had I executed my goals properly or taken a more cautious approach in the beginning.

What about you? Is there anything you could have done differently to improve your sales or stats in general?

© Farang



Photo credits: Farang, Joe Ng, Kristina Afanasyeva, Vlad Ageshin.

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September 08, 2009


I agree with you that I wish I had been more selective in the beginning. Now I am trying to motivate myself to upload more QUALITY photos...I just seem to procrastinate! After reading your comments I have decided to do better and at least upload weekly! I do love the stock rank game - it really helps figure out what is being looked for in a stock image.

September 04, 2009


Thanks Py2000 and Lectere.

I totally agree with you Brad and Wildmac. It's certainly a good idea for newbies to start off with the stock rank game before submitting any images. It'd save everyone a lot of grief. :)

September 04, 2009


I made the same mistake as you at the beginning. I didn't know what was acceptable but I jumped straight in and uploaded heaps of rejects in my first upload. I think it's probably a very common trap for people who are totally new to microstock. Things are getting much better now, thanks to the game and browsing through the database myself to see what sells. My advice to newbies would be take it easy with your 1st few uploads until you get a feel for the site and what sells. Cheers :0)

September 04, 2009


Sometimes you need to re-evaluate goals. The purpose of a goal in this case is self-motivation and there is nothing worse that demotivating yourself with an impossible goal. I started out with a goal of increasing my portfolio by 10% a month. Pretty easy to out pace that in the beginning, but once I had 1000 photos online I just couldn't keep up. I've dropped my goal to 5%, but realistically I have even fallen back from that and tried to settle on growing my portfolio faster than the database.

I honestly think that the stock rank game should be mandatory for newcomers, just to see what it out there and what sells. It would have helped in the beginning. Same with the info on similars, etc. posted in a recent blog.

September 04, 2009



September 04, 2009


congratulations :) nice

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