At the end of August, I decided to be an exclusive contributer to Dreamstime. It took me a long time to make this decision. I'm still relatively new to stock photography. I've been here for almost 1 year. At the beginning, I thought the best way to fund my hobby was to submit my photos that I taken anyway to multiple sites thus increasing my sales. I figured since I took the photo, edited the photo, and keyworded them, why not upload to other sites since the work is already done anyway. It turns out it's much more complicated and more work than I thought to contribute to multiple sites. As I looked through the other microstock sites and their forums, I find out that their requirements with respect to keywords and acceptance of photos are very different from site to site. Also...
I recently wrote an article about being exclusive. 1st Month of Being Exlusive
I thought that the blog maybe useful for those who are on the fence and deciding whether or not to be exclusive. But what I thought would be more useful is seeing how others are doing after being exclusive.
I wanted to edit that blog to ask for contributions and comments from others but not sure how to edit after it is published. So this blog is going to be a survey opinion blog. For those who are exclusive contributors, please contribute your thoughts in the comments sections to help others decide. Thanks.
IF microstock were my only interest i would go exclusive
if you want to sell on rights managed sites, want to sell prints, shirts, cards,or gift items on a print on demand, want to market your art of any type not just rf stock shots, on sites or have your artwork locally....then do not go exclusive.
someone else could do those things with your art but you cannot. i just ended my exclusive status this week for the above reasons.
if the only thing i wanted to do with my images was submit them here and be content with someone else using them, or did not want to market them myself elsewhere.... i would be exclusive here.
however i have to say that apart from the bonuses i got when i signed on to exclusive, i did not see a major difference in sales after the first week or so.
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