Low Views, Fast Sales

The question always arises, do views translate into sales? Or what is the connection between sales and views? Basically there is no scientific formula that translates views into sales. Consider the following:

An image with high views but no sales might...

....be the result of an image that looks good at thumbnail level but doesn't look so great when viewed closer.

...have been picked up on the search engines because it has high volume, popular keywords.

...just be of a strange or curious item that buyers have no use for but are curious to look at.

... just be a beautiful image views want to see up close.

...have a lot of similar images in the database that are cheaper or better in someway.

I think the connection between views and sales is sort of in the realm of luck and happenstance although you certainly can't have sales without views or can you?

This image of mine sold with a single view!

This image sold with only 4 views!

And this diner image sold within days of uploading after only 37 views!

Meanwhile, this black and white background image of mine, which I'd consider to have great earning potential, has the most views of any in my portfolio (over 500) and has never sold (yet).

What's your story?

Photo credits: Peanutroaster.

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January 09, 2012


This image of mine was 1 view/ 1 download for some weeks. Now has about 25 views but no more sales.

   Pouring red wine with words   

January 08, 2012


Yes after 37 views.

January 08, 2012


The diner image appears to have sold once............. recently I presume. David

January 08, 2012


Kphotos6411 - Similiar to my story with this photo of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. It sold the next day I uploaded it. I was amazed. But it hasn't sold since.


January 08, 2012


Good info Celiaak - I can see how a simple image might not get a lot of views because it can be "seen" in totality in the thumbnail.

January 08, 2012


I feel the need to view an image closer when it has a lot of details. If subject is big enough I only roll the mouse on it to see it better.
The Diner interior has a lot of details, so we need to click on it to spot the small things better.

January 08, 2012


Certainly we can say that having views is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a sale.
Some of the factors that determine a high level of views without sale are certainly the ones you have listed.
I also think that sometimes a photo is sold immediately after being charged (with a low level of view) because at that time it was among the first on the list if a user searches for the last loaded. It seemed to me also note that the number of views increases more rapidly in the period immediately after loading and then tends to decrease especially if the photo is not sold.
Probably if a picture has high levels of views without sales, this may be caused because there are many more photos of the same type in the competition.
In my portfolio a large number of views corresponds “generally” to the presence of sales. There are just a few pictures that are the exceptions to this rule. I hope that will be sold soon.

January 08, 2012


My story is pretty much the same as yours.
This San Diego picture was up only 2 days when it sold. Now, it has had 185 views but not sold again.

I have several others that also sold 1 or more times during the first week they were up.

January 08, 2012


All this is true, but there are many other reasons this is very aleatory and cannot be established. Because each agency has different clients and the clients are human beings with different tastes and needs....:-) This image from my portfolio was sold in other stock at 2 minutes after approval at the first view: [imgl]22612939[/imgl]

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