Today I reached my sales goal for the first time since I've joined DT, 30$ per day. When you think about it, it's not much, only
600$ a month (Average of 20 days of sales a month, for me), but considering the fact this is a passive income from photos uploaded long time ago, this is a very nice income.
I started with 5$ a month, and it's amazing to see how things grows.
I have come to couple of conclusions regarding how to increase your sales on DT, some I apply for myself, some I have thought about, but haven't done them yet.
First- As large a portfolio as possible- From what I've seen so far, in DT and in other Stock agencies, people with large portfolios have better sales. Their sales per images are low, but couple that number with a thousands of images, and you have a nice number.
I saw one person who had over 1,500,000 sales. she had about 3000 images.
Second- Persistance- don't stop uploading, even when it looks like you don't see anything from it, keep doing it. with time sales will come.
Third- Be active on DT- yes, forums, blog, comments on other's blogs, contribute free images, all these features create opportunities for promoting yourself and your images.
Four- it's obvious- Interesting images, exotic people and places, special light conditions, but then you probably already know it.
Fourth- using the right Keywards- I used to copy keywords from the images that were ranked the highest relevancy, I added mine of course, but the core keywords were copied. It's legitimate and people have copied mine as well, a community that promote its friend is a strong community, and may the prettiest image sell.
Last-Exclusivity- with time, become exclusive and the sales will bring higher royalties. Happy shooting