Free image experiment
The Paestum image is one of several in my portfolio. I decided to make this one free because it had the fewest views (37) and 0 downloads. Now, less than 5 hours after it moved to the free section, it already 5 downloads and 58 views.
This image of old medicine bottles was donated 7 days ago. It already has 96 downloads and 217 views!
The view counter resets to zero when you move an image to FREE so I know that these are all new.
I have read that donating free images may improve your sales because when a free image is displayed, other selections from your for-sale portfolio are displayed. I don't know if that is true or not. Coincidently, today I have had two decent sales.
I am ambivalent about this experience. It is frustrating to see photographs "fly off the shelf" after languishing for a year without a download. There is almost no difference between free and $.20 or $.30. I'm OK with offering free items, but why the huge difference?
What do you think?
Photo credits: Amy Nicolai.