Waiting for Sales

One of the mistakes newbies make (I know because I was once one myself), is thinking that they have the greatest stock photograph ever, upload it, sit back and wait for the sales to pour in. Its like waiting for the phone to ring to tell you that you've won a contest.

Well, the stock game doesn't work that way. First off an image takes time to get into the search engines. Then it takes a while for the image to be seen among the millions of other images offered for sale. Even if a buyer likes the image, they might not have an immediate need for it.

Sure once in a while an image gets lucky and it finds a buyer right away, but for most images its takes time. Like those old Paul Masson winery ads "We will sell no wine before its time.”

The trick is to have a diverse quantity of quality images in one's portfolio. I still think every batch I upload is perhaps my best yet. But I don't sit back and wait for it to sell like hot cakes. I get a new idea and start working on it. Often sales of images don't come for many months. Way past the time I even remember having them in my portfolio. You have to understand that buyers are working many months ahead. Consider that right now in August, Halloween items are being stocked on the store shelves. Back to school is over before school even starts. When do you think the designers got to work on those products and ads?

So make a choice, sit around and wait for the phone to ring like my friend in the picture or get out and start shooting.

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September 19, 2012


Great shot :)

September 11, 2012


Yeah very true,these are the normal mistakes usually done by the newbies,well very informative and helpful article,keep posting such post.
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September 09, 2012


I agree it's good advice, but I can't help but sneak a peek now and again, just in case I get a sale. Well, short of a miracle I always have to wait. If I am not not in the mood to shoot pics, I check out everyone else's fine work, for inspiration not copying of course. Just to see what's popular, what sells, what does not. And then, do exactly as I please anyway.

August 29, 2012


Holy words.... you're right.

August 28, 2012


Great advice ... you're right , today I'll shoot some Easter eggs :-)

August 28, 2012


Great tip, I'll stop hitting the F5 button and start hitting the shoot button. Love the baldy guy waiting, very good image.

August 22, 2012


Good advice!

August 18, 2012


Great advice and blog ^_^

August 17, 2012


Love the image.....

August 17, 2012


Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

August 17, 2012


I also agree................ since all the recent despair sales have begun to rocket but as in all selling marketing and publicity are key provided the image quality is right. David

August 16, 2012


You are very right!

August 16, 2012


I have SR sale before 3 years in beginning on 4th month 364$ earnings:)

August 16, 2012


The stock business is unpredictable. Several my images were sold during 24 hours after approval. Another - after 1 year, when I decided to shift it into the free section. Thanks for useful blog!

August 16, 2012


BUT DONT WANT TO WAIT!~ Can you see me stamping my foot in outrage? you are right, and yet they do trickle in and make us happy even with the subscription sales. I do have to laugh this week as an image that was turned down, resubmitted, and accepted, was sold the same day. yay~! oops.. while I am waiting, I need to go photograph my brand new granddaughter born just last night.. and check my powerball ticket too!

August 16, 2012


I think you are right, even if now, at home with a broken finger, I just can sit and wait....

August 16, 2012


Good advise for those who are new here...

August 16, 2012


Great advice!

August 16, 2012


Good point. The secret is to build a diversified portfolio that covers multiple subjects with an original approach.

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