My experience here at Dreamstime is somewhat unique in comparison to those who either contribute to all the major microstock sites or those who choose to be exclusive contributors here at DT. Don't worry, this article is not meant to be a debate on which approach is right or wrong, better or worse. I'm simply explaining the current situation I find myself in here at this site.
I do contribute to other sites and have pretty established portfolios at most of the major players. A quick glance at my meager portfolio here at Dreamstime will tip you off to the fact that I have not been very active in uploading and increasing my available content for sale. The problem has been that I was unable to upload anything. It's not an excuse, it's just the facts. I worked on other site's portfolios and simply sat on my Dreamstime account wishing that I was able to cultivate it in the same way, but without the ability.
Well, the good news is that I am now finally able to upload images to Dreamstime. Whew! Thank goodness we are finally into the 21st Century. It's difficult to sell anything when you can't even get the darn files onto the site.
So, I now find myself in the strange position of having a ton of files that either sell well at other sites or that I thought would sell well at other sites, but don't. When I decide what to upload here, the thought process is sort of complicated. I have had some really nice images that I would consider amongst my best on other sites, rejected for lack of composition. Huh!?!
I know the rejection game is bizarre and unexplainable across the board in Microstock. I feel for those individuals who must cull through the thousands and thousands of images each day. I really do. It's just strange being in this situation - with an "established" stack of images that are essentially having to go back to square one and endure the entire acceptance/rejection process here at Dreamstime.
Microstock sure is a weird and wild ride.
Getting that first sale, would sure be nice . . . though.