Relationship between portfolio and sales

I want to share some data and analysys that I think can be of some interest to all.

In this 2008 alone, I've raised my portfolio of almost 100% to a total of 2690 images online (and the year is not over yet!).

I can testify that also earnings were also growing, going up 100 % - comparison October 2007 - October 2008.

During this year the approach was one of full commitment to microstock - new camera (Nikon D300), new equipment for studio, production of more images with more careful choice of subjects and quality.

Since end of 2006 (first year at Dreamstime), my earnings have improved a lot, around 4 times, with an increase of portofolio of almost 3 times (by this year end).

Something has been done thanks to some increase in commissions (also the subscriptions scheme), but I think I have sufficient proof that portfolio increase alone will do well, providing your portfolio is one of the two:

- highly professionally specialized or

- with a wide variety of themes (better if creative and original)

(Note: good quality and saleable images are obviously the first thing to consider)

This one below is the first image I have sold at Dreamstime... my very first microstock earning!

Photo credits: Saniphoto.

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March 25, 2009


Thanks for the info.Interesting observation.You have a great portfolio.

March 24, 2009


Thanks for the info...I really need to work on my uploads I think! Your portfolio is great - nice work.

March 24, 2009


thanks for sharing

December 21, 2008


you have a great portfolio. thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the inspiration :)

December 14, 2008


Thanks for writing a insightful article. Being new to Dreamstime, I am still learning the ropes and you have provided some good guidelines that I know, over time, will serve me well.

December 09, 2008


great portfolio Saniphoto!

November 27, 2008


congrats!!!you have a wonderful portfolio..and I use to see all your new images cause I try to inspire myself..but I've a lot to do to reach your levell..:D you are really an artist..

November 26, 2008


Very useful statistic, thanks!

November 25, 2008


I find it interesting your information of statistics...

November 25, 2008


thanks for the info, good luck

November 25, 2008


Thanks for sharing and congrats!

November 24, 2008


Your portfolio is really fantastic! Congratulations!! Bye, Rob.

November 24, 2008


I totally agree that the size of the portfolio is proportional to sales - if you can increase quality at the same time you've got a path to success. You've got a great portolio by the way - I remember seeing your media room on the main page when you were the featured photographer. Congrats!

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