No sales ?

Came across a blog here which said that he had lots of views but hardly any sales

What are the ways to improve sales?

First step is to expose yourself and your pictures. One good way is by writing blogs. (a good amount of exposure here)

Secondly reading other’s blogs and writing suitable comments/suggestions. It helps not only that person but also others who read the comments.

Next is using the right keywords.

For example this picture here.

© Le0nid

If I want to search for this item I will be searching with the keywords Bobbin Holder but I will not find this picture in my search results as these words are not there in the keywords that he has used.

One more helping hint is to have a look at the type of pictures that are getting sold here on DT.

Lastly read as much you can from the Message Board. There is lot of information stored in there, in the form of discussions/debates and questions.

And if you come across any picture / drawing that you like, then appreciate it. Write to that person saying why you like it. There is nothing like it to boost a person’s morale.

Photo credits: Le0nid.

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October 11, 2018


yes, I strongly agree with it.

July 23, 2018



November 26, 2011


Well, first you need a good portfolio, good keywords description, etc.

Than, if you use the Facebook and twitter tools, make collections, a web site, participate in the forums, etc... You will get more attention, some buyers will choose you as a preferred photographer and you will increase sales.

The other reason why all this increase sales is the way the search mechanisms work, the more links you have, the best position you will be on a search, so if you are linked to many blogs, forums, etc, your name and your pictures will show first on a search a buyer is doing, say, at google.

But first you'll need to have a good portfolio, so it's something you should think about, what best use of my time should I do.

I divide myself uploading, reviewing old images keywords and participating in the forums, I am not much of a blogger, but I think it's valid as a long term sales strategy.

July 08, 2011


Good tips!!! Thank You.

July 08, 2011


Useless information. I think photographer must have a lot of good pictures and sales will be great. If photographer have less then 20 not good images he is only writer

May 28, 2011


I think I have to agree with Kbkgraphx . At my initial contribution with Dreamstime, I too had the misguided impression that being a blogger will get you more sales, when in fact, the best sellers don't really spend much time writing. They spend more time making pix to get a larger portfolio.
Blogs will get you popular as a writer but to get more sales , I believe keywords are the secret . You can have the best image in the world, but if your work cannot be found with the proper keywords, no sales.
Also, time invested in an agency also counts. It shows you are serious about being a stock photographer.
That's as much as I know. But don't take my word for it.
I may tell you something else next year, lol.

May 27, 2011


Don't kid yourself, Joe, blogs do NOT sell images - at least not enough to matter. Quality, Keywords & Relevance - that's what sells images. The time spent blogging could be put to much better to use creating such images instead. When I am searching for an image to buy, the very last place I'd look is the blogs - and I've bought 611 images from DT - never with a blog as influence.

May 27, 2011


Very good suggestion! Very much agree!

May 26, 2011


Thanks for the motivation too!
Writing a blog does help! :)

May 20, 2011


Thanks for this article, it is very helpful as Fredovl already said!

May 16, 2011


Very helpful, thank you!

May 08, 2011


great article........thank u...

May 05, 2011


Thankyou. Helpful advice.

May 03, 2011


I think that creating collections helps a lot in boostering sales.

May 02, 2011


I think I will write more blog articles then.. cos I am yet to have my first sale as well..

May 01, 2011


If you are getting a lot of traffic and no sales, then this is due simply to two reason. Poor quality traffic due to traffic funnels and non-specifically targeted keywords and Poor content on the page they are arriving at.

People searching for bobbin holder can be people interested in research (such as what types, colours etc), they could be wanting to buy a holder, or simply learn what one is. If you were looking for information on a bobbin holder and arrived at a picture page, would you stick around for long?

Consider much more relevant keywords, such as "bobbin holder picture" (use google's keyword tool to get more relevant keywords). It will mean less visits, though they will actually be interested visitors. What would you rather 1000 visitors and 0 sales, or 100 visitors and 20 sales?

May 01, 2011


I think keywords matter a lot, but sometimes I look at the photo and can't find enough words describing it, and after I submit it , A word comes in my mind and I think oh yes this might be very helpful too, how could I have missed it, I think one should have a good vocabulary of words to get some sales, but unfortunately I couldn't have any sales yet too.

April 30, 2011


I think the only way a blog helps you improve your sales is because you learn from others and then you improve areas like getting a better subject for your picture or tips in keywording that really make the difference

April 30, 2011


Thanks for the advice, I'm always looking for ways to improve my sales!

April 30, 2011


Doesn't it scare all of you to look at the sheer volume of pictures uploaded every day! Soon every object or person or scene will have 500 pages worth of pictures. If you're on the last few pages, good luck selling anything! Things are going to start unraveling pretty soon.

April 30, 2011


I also can't really understand how writing blocks helps selling - but I'm trying to grasp it - I'm in sales and there you need to contact as many people as you can - who's active sells and even if you just find out what competitors are doing perhaps different or better- so that's probably the idea?

April 30, 2011


Good advice, I need to keep learning, take a good photo upload

April 29, 2011


I don't understand how commenting or blogging helps with the sale of pictures...Oh well, I like to read and sometimes comment, and I plan to keep uploading more pictures and learning how to do it all better. Great blog. Thank you.

April 29, 2011


great blog,great info!!!!

April 29, 2011


Good tips

April 29, 2011


Thank you for your help! :) I'll follow your advice.

April 29, 2011


Good one, pal!

April 29, 2011


When I'm ready to keyword one of my pictures, I always look at similar pictures on DT to get ideas of what effective keywords for that type of picture are. Also, I was once told to add the keywords "copy space" for a picture that has lots of empty space where a buyer could add text. Hope this helps!

April 29, 2011


Great blog!

April 29, 2011


Do not forget continuous uploading. For buyers, it is easier to find and hit your picture then, i.e. find your portfolio for similar pictures

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