How Buyers Find Photos They Need?


posted on 22nd of march, 2011

At first, I though It was mainly "Search" by keywords. However, Things are not so straightforward after I got a chance to look at my sales today, though my portfolio is very tiny which definitely is not significant from statistic point of view.

On the sales report page, there is a column called "Buyer searched after", so you know how buyers found the photo, either search-by-keywords or "n/a". I only have 5 sales at this point, but only one is search-by-keywords, 4 are "n/a", which means buyers found my photos by other ways 4 out of 5.

From what I see, buyers could find photos by reading blogs, message boards, collections, or from links on other photographers, and other ways I don't know at this point. For newbies like me, it's probably very helpful to advertise your portfolio by writing some blogs, messages on message boards, etc., otherwise our tiny portfolio probably will be lost in millions of good photos. Certainly the quality of your photos are the most important.

So, How's your sales reports look like? by "searching after keywords" or "n/a"?

I hope this info is useful for newbies like me, and finally thanks for reading my blog, and enjoy the fried noodle I made specially for you:

Comments (7)

Posted by Luckydoor on April 01, 2011
I first look through the list of subjects. If I dont see what Im looking for I click the subject nearest to my target needs. If none match I do a word search. If Im not looking for anything specific I might just browse subjects. Sometimes I read blogs, FB, or just about anywhere and if I see someones work I like Ill search for that person.

Thanks for your comments, Jennie, and good to know some buyers do read our blogs. Have a good day!
Posted by Asassyvic on April 01, 2011
I first look through the list of subjects. If I don't see what I'm looking for I click the subject nearest to my target needs. If none match I do a word search. If I'm not looking for anything specific I might just browse subjects. Sometimes I read blogs, FB, or just about anywhere and if I see someones work I like I'll search for that person.
Posted by Multilisks on March 24, 2011
I found some websites,at which dt's images can be search and download.
Such as http://fotobanka.imagio.cz http://www.stockphotos.it/
Maybe the image is "n/a" .
Posted by Teguhonly on March 24, 2011
I only have 3 sales and all are "n/a", :)
Posted by Uptall on March 23, 2011
most from the searching box i guess
Posted by Luckydoor on March 23, 2011
Great info! Thnaks for sharing. So, the similarity does increase sales and buyers do need some similarities when they choose the photos they need. That puts the question mark on the recent upload limits DT has now.
Posted by Flowerpistol on March 23, 2011
I am a buyer as well as a contributor. I pretty much find all of my photos using key word searches. When I click on an image, a group of "similar images" pops up and I may click on them, or I may even look at other images in the portfolio of the photographer whose image I initially clicked on. These searches probably show up as n/a when I make a purchase.

I have never purchased an image after looking at a blog or message board.



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