Follow up to New Goal blog post

This is a follow up to a previous blog that I posted about my new goal for the month of 50 images approved with the ultimate goal of getting 150-200 approved per month. I got a lot of feedback on that post that stressed quality over quantity. I decided to make another blog post to respond.

In my opinion, setting my goals to exceed what I have already accomplished is a way of pushing myself to perform better. Some may desire to have a smaller portfolio with a few high quality images and let those images bring in revenue. I personally am still in the learning process. Each image I create is done so that I can teach myself a new way of using my camera or software to create an image. I upload the images to Dreamstime and learn in the process and my quality increases.

I have spent a lot of time looking at other people portfolios and there is a definite difference between most contributors first uploads and their most recent uploads, hence the learning process in action. We all strive to get better as we go along. The same is true for any artist no matter what the medium.

I took a look at the portfolio of Yuri Arcurs today and this is what I found. Yuri has 32561 images on-line as of today. Of those images, roughly 900 are at level 5 or about 2.7% or his total portfolio. About 3400 of his images are at level 0 or no sales. This is about 10% of his portfolio. About 3700 or his images are at level 1 with only 1 sale. This is 11% of his portfolio. So about 21% of Yuri's portfolio has had either no sale or 1 sale. I seriously doubt that anyone who purchases one of his images cares that he has 3400 images with no sales or that some of his earlier images are not of the same quality as his recent images.

I also do not think that Yuri is worrying about the 3400 images that have no sale. He is pushing forward with an upload average of 478.84 images per month learning from his mistakes and making his images better and his portfolio bigger in the process.

In the end we all follow are own path through the woods.

© Mvogel

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July 08, 2011


I agree with you. Setting goals help us to do better and improve techniques! Bye, Francesca

July 06, 2011


Very well said. I agree completely :)

July 06, 2011


I agree with pretty much everything you said.

I also think goals are very important. At some point if you decide later to do some "weeding" you will not have lost what you learned. Sometimes what we learn the most is how to set realistic goals (which I think yours are) and exactly what it takes to achieve them.

July 06, 2011


Thanks for sharing, congrats!

July 06, 2011


Thanks for your blog, it is true about the quality of your portfolio, also never now what subject that will sell. All the best with your portfolio.

July 06, 2011


I agree, quantity and quality are not mutually exclusive targets! Good luck with your goals.

July 06, 2011


Thanks for sharing.

July 05, 2011


In support of your points, one must consider that if sites really thought quality trumped quantity, they wouldn't have 12 million images for sale!

July 05, 2011


Good Points, Yes, it's the journey that is important, not the destination. Wow you really did some research ! I am still trying to work it all out because sometimes I think gee this is a quality image that is going to SELL !..... and it sells not... even once ! Good luck with your goals !

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