Are High View Counts an Indicator of Success?
I do understand someone new to the business wanting any kind of feedback they can get when trying to put it all together. I was a newbie myself not long ago. However, my experience has been that counting views to determine images that will ultimate success or to find guidance about where to concentrate similar images is an inaccurate way to learn how to be successful.
The only real indicator of success is actual downloads. This puts new contributors at a disadvantage because it takes considerable time to build up a portfolio and to accumulate downloads. Patience is a virtue I fear is becoming more and more rare. A quicker solution is to take time to study portfolios and individual images that have large amounts of downloads already. Look at the images closely and try to determine what it is about them that has download appeal and commercial viability, not just viewing appeal.
Best wishes and happy shooting! And above all, be patience. Microstock success comes slowly and view counting is but a very small and relatively insignificant part of the business...
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