The question always arises, do views translate into sales? Or what is the connection between sales and views? Basically there is no scientific formula that translates views into sales. Consider the following:
An image with high views but no sales might...
....be the result of an image that looks good at thumbnail level but doesn't look so great when viewed closer.
...have been picked up on the search engines because it has high volume, popular keywords.
...just be of a strange or curious item that buyers have no use for but are curious to look at.
... just be a beautiful image views want to see up close.
...have a lot of similar images in the database that are cheaper or better in someway.
I think the connection between views and sales is sort of in the realm of luck and happenstance...
For those just discovering the world of micro-stock photograph and turning your photographs into earnings, there is a steep learning curve. You have to learn how to step up your technical game taking pictures and developing them with software like Photoshop and/or Lightroom.
You have to learn how to develop your eye for the types of photographs micro-stock buyers are looking for and you have to have the determination to continually learn and improve while being patient enough to allow your portfolio to grow to significant size - and then the sales will come.
The good news is that the secrets of success are not all that secret. Hard work, creativity, imagination, investment in good quality tools and determination are required.
All the "secrets" of getting model releases, photograph ideas,...
Hi Ed, yes, I totally agree. I have the "Taking Stock" too - I like it a lot because it is written in such a lovely way, really supportive, easy to understand. I gave it very good review on Amazon. Both books helped me a lot! But then my brain works like that - I need to read a lot before I plunge into new activity :-) It took me ages before I started uploading images on Dreamstime I was really scared of the rejections at first! I registered in March but didn't start uploading until summer!
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I waited a week before crowing about this - just in case it was a mistake or something. Checking in on the old earnings report and seeing a 50 credit sale instead of a sub sale makes ones eyed do a double take.
I guess now I'll have to keep my eye out for this image of mine in print somewhere.
For those who don't know, P-EL or Print Usage is for physical items for resale (t-shirts, postcards, greeting cards, mugs) up to 10,000 copies.
"We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear... That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind... The time is always right to do the right thing... Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A sample of the variety of images one can find on any subject on the Dreamstime stock agency.
The lack of snow this winter is making me a bit stir crazy. Cabin fever is setting in but at least the days are getting longer. Meanwhile I find myself playing word games lately.
Winter in New England usually means all sorts of activities that keep one in shape from skiing, to skating and even shoveling snow. This year's mild winter seems to bring nothing but light snow, rain and above freezing temperatures. Good thing I ran out back in October when we had a very early snow fall and snapped a few landscape shots.
I did manage a nice shot of my neighbor's barn before the snow melted. I walk the dog by this barn several times a week and its already appeared in my portfolio a few times.
I started with Dreamstime in July 2011. After years of putting serious photography on the back burner as we raised our son, the purchase of my first serious digital camera lead me to micro-stock and the possibilities of turning a passion into income.
At first my acceptance rate was abysmal - somewhere in 30% range. But by September my acceptance rate jump to 50% and kept climbing all the while my output increased. This month I had a personal record number uploads (over 90) and enjoyed an acceptance rate of 70%. I'm also up to over 600 images in my portfolio.
I don't keep a log or diary of everything I've done since starting to shoot microstock but think the following things have effected my learning curve. Some of these things are equipment base and others are simply learning the craft....
This winter weather has me thinking about summer time I suppose. Hot days and cool drinks are on my mind as the snow falls outside.
Something as simple as picking up a bag of lemons at the supermarket lead me to create a number of lemon based photographs, topped off with a cool glass of lemon-aid. My concoction included some leftover club soda from the fridge.
This classic lemon-aid recipe uses a lot of honey for a more refined taste.
Honey Lemon-Aid - Basic Recipe
1 gallon water
1 1/2 quarts fresh lemon juice
4 cups sugar
1 cup honey
Combine water, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and honey in a large pitcher. Stir. Taste. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
If your chores are done, why not kick back and relaxed with a little adult...
We have Fat Thursday. Better yet we have Groundhog's Day coming up Feb. 2nd. We find a ground hogs (a large rodent) hole and wait around to see if it pops out of its hole. We use it to predict weather conditions. If it sees its shadow it will get scared and go back down into its hole and we are doomed to six more weeks of winter. If it doesn't see its shadow, then we still get six more weeks of winter but we get to eat the ground hog. Its a fine dish served with turnips and parsnips.
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