I always had a thing for nice round numbers, so it is with some satisfaction that I hit 20,000 sales right around my 5 year anniversary!When I started out I never would have guessed I would get to this point, but I also completely underestimated how much effort would be required to get here.I should clarify that a bit - it isn't so much effort that was required, but steady effort.Stock photography is a bit of a numbers game, so doing a few more images a month adds up to hundreds of additional... continue reading
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Hi, I'm a bit longer than 4 years on Dreamstime, and began to receive comments about old pictures with zero sales. If you don't know yet, what it's about, I explain: to keep the database clear, DT offers to disable, re-keyword on paid basis or donate for free the images which were not sold for the period of 4 years. You have 30 days to take desicion after such a note.I think, it's a good idea to delete what is not in demand and give way to fresh works.When I began to check the pictures I... continue reading
What's the difference between categories and concept words on dreamstime?The categories that you choose for your images are broad concepts after all - business, arts etc. But the method of choosing categories encourages you to place your image in the most specific sub-category that you can. Example: Business -> objects or Business -> people. I think that the categories should be even more specific to better guide the user who is searching for that perfect image.Concept words in your keywording,... continue reading
One month ago, after reading some of Ellen Boughn's articles about keywording and some other useful blogs giving tips about keywording I finally decided to make a full re-keywording of my images. I was postponing it for quite a long time but finally decided to make it.With almost 400 images in my portfolio it took me about 4 days to revise every single one of them. Before getting to work I made a list of all the important hints and tips I had to pay attention at. On the top of the list I put... continue reading
It is winter. I've discovered this after it was too cold to walk outdoors having just slippers on feet... actually I was knee-deep in snow!!! Snow, winter, snowflakes - it is popular topic for pics I think! Ahh, civilized countries have Xmas sales, I've seen on TV! In my country many people connect word "sale" with "burden" - it is great marketing idea from Soviet time. It means - if you want to buy something rare in shop (like toilet paper, deodorant or orange), you must buy broken cup too. Or spoiled... continue reading
WOW! I have reached my first 100th sale! I am so happy! Thanks again to DT and other members!And today I would like to share some of my precious experience throughout this entire journey with others, specially those who just started here.Initially when I entered DT, I didn't have an idea to sell my images. I was just looking for an image which I found here. To be honest, I was not very much aware of the possibilities of the profits that could be earned from microstock sites. And therefore... continue reading
The Practical Keyworder - Let's Play a Game!We talked earlier about how there is no one "correct" way of keywording (The Practical Keyworder - The Mind of the User). There is a wrong way to keyword of course - using lots of irrelevant and spammy keywords is not only wrong, but it hurts the person who is doing it and it hurts the community as well (which will actually hurt an individual contributor's sales - it's a vicious cycle - so don't do it!)But many people believe that using the most... continue reading
Useful tool for adding suitable keywords for your photos or illustrations. Yuri Arcurs -the best selling microstock artist, programmers, design a web-based system that makes keywording your images with high quality keywords as simple as can be. Here is the link, CHECK IT OUTCheck my illustration as an example. continue reading
The Practical Keyworder - Keywording and CommunityAs has been pointed out in a number of articles - Dreamstime is much more than just a place where people buy and sell pictures. It is a true community supported by forums, a comments area, blogs and other tools that help users support one another.When cataloging images, contributors need to keep in mind that while the goal of good keywording is to do good for the individual photographer (i.e. maximize sales), an equally important goal is... continue reading
Do you contribute to another photobanks? Do you have more than two photobanks? So you could read more. If you have exclusivity with DT, it will not useful for you mayby but who know?Mainly question is, how do you do keywords for your photos? Do you manage them, save them or just copy them from another users? Another good question is, how I recognize, which file I send and which I don't.I think about two programms, which could offer me everything what I need. First is Cushy stock and another one... continue reading
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