I have been buying on Dreamstime for 7 years now and selling for 1 year. I like Dreamstime. People are friendly and the support is great. Always super friendly!
But... I came to the point were I am thinking of selling at other stock agency's. I'm not a photographer because it whas a hoby of mine but I started afted I found out that I could also upload images so I wanted to give it a try and bought a camera to make some small extra income. Things are going okey and I am selling over $100 every month now but I am reading blogs and forums and see people selling more with less or the same amount of images on other sites. But now and then I also read experiences of people that do so much better on Dreamstime and don't want to leave or came back.
What I am looking for is photographers that left Dreamstime exclusivity and what their experience is. Also the ones that came back. I want to make my final decission and need some help with it before I get myself in all this extra work and find out I make the same total or even less.
Exclusivity is great for me as I can put all my efforts in one place and get to know what I'm doing here. Better placement, higher commission which is really paying dividends as my port matures.
Be aware of false profits talking in blogs about the power of being a none exclusive and having 100 sales in 3 years? Not a great advert for being a none exclusive in my eyes. For me getting my stuff seen leads to an average of 5 - 10 sales a day. I'm happy to build on that here because I do this for fun, I do not have hours and hours to upload all over the place and get to know all the different ins and outs of many.
Let us know what you decide :-)
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I use to sell everywhere since 2004 but now I'm exclusive at DT. Everyone has there own reasons I believe. In my case, I'm a full time photographer however microstock only accounts for a tiny fraction of my income. My income comes from dealing directly with clients every day. That means I don't have time to waste messing around with every micro agency online .. or even with just the top 4. DT is the best by far in my opinion and that's why I decided to be exclusive here. I can break out of my daily routine, make some extra cash and still remain productive with my daily photography business.
Keep in mind, too, that working with 4 or 6 agencies means your desk time increases exponentially also. Would the reduction in DT income plus the addition of other agency incomes be worth the considerable additional amount of time spent preparing images for submission? Other agencies have different submission criteria, so you may find yourself preparing the same image multiple ways.
Marcel your images are superb! So surprised none have been chosen as editor's choice. Your images will rocket wherever you put them. Disclaimer: The author of the previous statement is not responsible for wrong predictions :)
Thank you all for your answers! This really helps me allot! Staying exclusive is the best choice if it would be depending on the time I have since I have a very busy day job and 2 children that eat allot of my time. I also have to work evenings almost every day. But I don't care to make extra hours for uploading to other agency's IF it would make a big difference. If it would bring 10-25% extra I would not do it but the stories I see are telling me I could double my income from what I make here being exclusive.
And a most of all... I like it here. It feels good selling here and the support is super friendly and this makes you feel you don't want to leave them and disappoint them. I get the most friendly e-mails from them when I asked to end my exclusivity and this makes me feel I don't want to leave them. I am really sensitive for these things. Kindness is a real powerful weapon haha.
But... this I why I want to know if this is true or not. Does it realy make a big difference and if I want to take microstock more serious when it comes to income should I leave? 300+ images that make me $100+ could mean 3000 images should make me $1000+ here being exclusive. But what do 300 images or 3000 images sell for on a monthly basis on other agency's?
Hi Twindesign. I think I'm the person you are looking for . I was the exclusive photographer two years .I gave up two months ago and for a month I put pictures in other agencies. What exactly You want to know? If this is your hobby, I propose You to be an exclusive . Dreamstime is the best agency for me all the time but I think it's time to broaden the horizon. My advice is if you do something else besides photography become an exclusive photographer becouse it takes many time to put pictures in other venues.
Its been 2 days since I am not exclusive anymore and I got many of my best selling files online at other agencies. But I am already missing exclusivity since I still get many credit sales on Dreamstime and not any sale yet on the other sites. And my credit earnings have dropt bij 50%. I have to be patience but I am having the feeling already that I might return to exclusivity in a few weeks. Maybe I have to be more patience... I will keep you up to date.