My first 10 sales!!!

Today is a Sunday morning, the first working day of the week for us in the Middle East. Unlike in most countries worldwide, our weekend days off are on Friday and Saturday.

I was very happy to log on to my Dreamstime profile and see that I have made my first 10 sales!!!

For me, this is a great personal achievement! Even though it's a small milestone that I have reached, I am very happy about it! Let's not forget that even a journey of a thousand miles, begins with the first step..

My tenth sale was "Burj Dubai - At the top" and that is exactly how I feel today!! At the TOP!!!

The images below are the ones with most downloads and views, they are also my two most favorite pictures from the ones that I have been able to successfully upload:

Dubai Skyline at Sunset

Abu Dhabi Skyline

As a new member to Dreamstime (DT), I had many ups and downs. There were times that I got highly motivated from image sales and image approvals as well as highly demotivated upon image refusals and rejections!! However, I "chinned up" and kept uploading my work trying to improve each time, and it has indeed paid off, sales started picking up as well as number of image views.

Here are a few tips, I would like to share with new members of DT:

1) Patience! Be patient!!

2) Be positive and do not give up (when images are refused or rejected)

3) Read carefully through the reasons of rejections stated by DT reviewers and improvise on your pictures and clicking accordingly.

4) Increase portfolio exposure by answering open question on DT forums and message boards. Blog away! I strongly believe that portfolio exposure helps in pushing forward your images in search results

5) Read through all DT forums and message boards. Try and learn what stock photography is about. Use effective key-wording!

6) Click away!!

I wish all of you a pleasant start to your week. Looking forward to your comments.

With best wishes from Dubai,


Photo credits: Acedubai.

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April 14, 2010


Nayiem, thats a good news, I'm sure soon you will get your first pay check from DT, So we will have a good party. 17 more images to be exclusive with DT. I'm glad you joined this great community, Wish you many more sales dude.

April 13, 2010


Congratualtions!....I understand your joy..I too logged into my account this morning and saw that I made my 10th sale ...its a great feeling ...many many sales to you..have a great evening :)

April 13, 2010


Congratulations! Good luck with your future image uploads and sales :)

April 12, 2010


nice work

April 12, 2010


well done!! best of luck for many more :)

April 12, 2010


good job and luck in the future

April 12, 2010


Congratulations! Your portfolio looks great!

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April 11, 2010


Congratulations and good luck with the next milestone!

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April 11, 2010


Congratulations! Keep on your words, keep uploading & you will get more & more... Good Luck :)

April 11, 2010


Congratulations for your first 10 sales! Thanks for sharing your tips! Wish you many more sales...

April 11, 2010


Thank you!!

April 11, 2010


Congratulations! And very nice blog. Bye, Rob.

April 11, 2010


Congrats, nice pictures. Keep walking. :D

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