Well being a newbie with stock I have often wondered why on earth would you want to make some images available as free when you are to make money. Let's be honest, you travel to a spot to get that specific landscape shot that you just know will work. It is travelling costs and takes patience for that right moment. Why on earth would you want to make it free?
Go and browse the free images section and have a look at some of the truly fantastic images that for some reason did not make it into the photographers sales PF.
They have been downloaded hundreds of times and would have made the photographer a bundle had they been sales instead of free downloads.
That free image still makes people aware of what files you do have for sale in your PF. Buyers instinctively browse portfolios they come across to check if there might be that something else they could use. If you are lucky they choose to rather buy another file instead of the free one. However, even if they do opt for the free file, you have had exposure and that is what counts.
Just getting the buyer to your stream already puts you in the wonderful position of being able to sell.
Your comments are welcome!
Cheers all and keep stocking