It's Not My Fault if Sales are Poor
There is a common theme you see in the forums that goes something like this: "I've been on DT for a year and with 100 images in my portfolio I have only 5 sales. But over at XYZ I have 25 sales."
In other words, there is a problem with DT. Someone else eventually will post and say they have 25 sales on DT and 5 sales at XYZ so the problem is really with XYZ. And thus the debate continues.
However, the point that everyone seems to miss is this: You've been doing stock for 12 months, have 100 images, and a total of 25 sales. It seems everyone is willing to blame the stock sites, the competition, whatever, yet right there in front of them are the hard facts. The numbers tell the entire story and everything you need to know as to what the real issues are.
If you look at the portfolios of people who are questioning results, it is many times shocking to see images that are stunning, well executed, and processed with exceptional skill. However, great photography does not equte to images that sell well. There are tons of blogs every week that discuss various ways of being successful in stock; people are giving away their secrets for free!
I've mentioned this in previous blogs: If you search, you can find portfolios with 100 images and 1000 sales while others have 1000 images and 100 sales. There is a reason for that. I can tell you what that reason is but despite Contributors blogging their secrets for free, the message isn't getting out there.
Regardless, there is a secret no one has yet to divulge, and that is this: If there is one thing that you can fix in order to become more successful in stock, all you have to do is look in the mirror. When you finally see it, you will discover why your sales are poor. And it's not that simple, you have to keep looking and keep improving in order to reach new plateaus.
Until an individual figures that out, it will never be his fault if sales are poor.
Photo credits: Easyshutter.