My Road to $200 per month

Today I've finally reached a milestone I thought I would never reach. Over $200 a month in April with this photo, yeah!!!

I couldn't be happier. If it wasn't for all the wonderful and helpful people in DT who share their experiences via blogs and messages, I don't think I would have achieved this. I've learned a lot over the years. So I thought it might be helpful to share my path to this achievement to help others. I've compiled my achievement blogs below and the time in which it was achieved.

I hope this will give others motivation and help them with their road to whatever their individual achievement goals are.

Cheers.

Joined DT: October 29, 2007

First Accepted Assignment Entry: February, 2008

First Payout: April, 2008

First Extended License Sale: June 2008

First Photo Found on the Internet: August 2008

First Month Being Exclusive to DT: Oct 2008

First photo on DT's Main Page: March 2009

First Assignment Achievement (Second Place): May 2009

200 uploads: June 2009

First $100 Month: June 2009

1000 sales: December 2009

$2000 in Total Sales: February 2010

First $200 Month: April 2010

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November 22, 2010

Infotrontof

Insanely good :)
Well done!

June 12, 2010

Retina2020

Hey John. I'm glad this blog helps. The key is to put in some work, and the returns will slowly and consistently come. Check out my other blogs in my profile, I think they will help.

June 12, 2010

Jjmcge

I want to congratulate you. I would also like to tell you what an inspiration you are to me. I am aiming to supplement my retirement income with stock so I can save the retirement check.. You have given me hope.

May 26, 2010

A41cats

That is very encouraging. I hope i can do as well as you.

May 22, 2010

Sigalpetersen

congradulations lucky you I am jelous :) but definately gives hope lovely portfolio

May 18, 2010

Youths

Congratulations!! ^!^

May 06, 2010

Retina2020

Thanks David. I've been very selective in what I upload here. My photos are either very generic so they can be used in multiple instances or very iconic so hopefully designers are looking for them.

May 06, 2010

Davidwatmough

Your portfolio has relatively few images so the quality must be the factor which controls sales !!!!!!! very well done ! David.

May 03, 2010

Retina2020

Thanks for the comment. I hope this blog will encourage those of us with small portfolios that it is possible to get consistent sales. Read my small portfolio, BIG RETURNS!! Blog.

April 30, 2010

Miluxian

It is quite impressive with such a small portofolio!
congratulations for all your work!
Lucian

April 30, 2010

Fra73

Wow 6 downloads per image. Excellent result and well deserved. Congratulations!!!

April 30, 2010

Retina2020

Hey Billysiew. I took me over a year to decide to become exclusive. My main reasoning for going exclusive instead of uploading to multiple sites is that the amount of work to upload to other sites didn't make sense with my small portfolio size. But being exclusive here gives me better exposure in the search engine, revenue per upload, and larger percent return per sale without any additional work. Remember if you become exclusive, you get the upload bonus back for every photo online at the moment but unfortunately not for the sales that you have already made. You can read my 1st month of being exclusive blog I hope that helps.

April 30, 2010

Billysiew

Just noticed you are an exclusive contributor. I am still struggling!

April 29, 2010

Tryatna

Congratulations!

April 29, 2010

Anhong

Congratulations!

April 28, 2010

Retina2020

I'm glad people find this blog useful. I've always found DT blogs
useful in learning and growing the skills and art of microstock photography. Again thanks everyone for your gracious comments.

April 28, 2010

Yangchao

Very impressive

April 28, 2010

Rosedarc

Impressive results, thanks for sharing as seeing what others achieve always make our goals seem less imposible to achieve! And a big congratulation to you!

April 28, 2010

Adamjw

thats awesome! It's great to see your time line.

April 28, 2010

Irisangel

Well done! Congratulations!

April 28, 2010

Ferguswang

Congratulations!

April 28, 2010

Billysiew

This is my goal also! I almost reach there..:) Your RPD must be higher than me! Well done!

April 28, 2010

Bradcalkins

Impressive - congrats!

April 28, 2010

Trottola

Congratulations! You had a great path rich of success and you reached important milestones in very few time: good work ;)

April 28, 2010

Davulcu

Congrats. I believe that you can produce more images and you can make more than 200.

April 28, 2010

Retina2020

Artaniss8, the hardest milestone was reaching the first payout. Afterwards, every month became better and better.

April 28, 2010

Artaniss8

How do you feel it was to reach this milestone? Did it felt easy, or hard.. or you name it?

April 28, 2010

Littledesire

Wow! That's great! Keep doing it!

April 28, 2010

Joezachs

And that too all this within 2.5 years.
Great

April 28, 2010

Retina2020

Thanks Everyone. One thing I've learned that really help boost sales and exposure is assignment files. So I definitely encourage participation in Monthly assignments. Enrique: You have a perfect photo for this month's assignment: Your hydroponics photos. Definitely you should try submitting to this month's assignment.

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Photo credits: Retina2020.