Yesterday 3 years passed since my registration on DT. I have got some stats that could be of interest for others, so let me share some of my figures with you.
So, after 1st year I had 216 images online, 92 sales and revenue of $$160. For my second year I uploaded 257 images and earned $$940 with 580 sales. My third year gave me 563 sales, $$1380 and I uploaded 288 files. Totally, by the moment I have 651 images online (110 have been disabled by me for 3 years), 1163 sales and revenue of $$2480.
Analysing the figures above one can notice an interesting thing: in spite of growing portfolio number of sales stays at almost the same level (since beginning of 2011 it is approx. 45-50 sales per month). So, revenue grows only thanks to growing RPD (which is 2.33$ for my 3rd year). This means, on my opinion, that one needs to upload extensively to increase sales or at least keep them at some constaant level. For those who stop uploads sales will fall down.
Number of 'leveled' images (I mean levels as they defined today, i.e. 5 level for images with >24 sales, 4 level for >10 sales, 3 level for >5 sales and 2 level for >0 sales, correspondingly) changed as follows: 0, 1, 3, 48 after the 1st year; 0, 12, 23, 208 after the 2nd one and 5, 18, 46, 294 today. So, 56% of my files have been sold though once and this number seems for me to be a bit too low.
Besides, I am tooking the 1st place in Stock Rank here on DT :)
Nevertheless 3 years have been passed and I have had lot of fun and enjoyment. Also I have learned lot of things on stock photograhy and was pleasured by communication with the DT members. And, for sure, I am going to continue.
So, thanks a lot to DT and... And the life will continue.
I just came back from a long winter vacation. I guess, your advice about uploading photos is true. No activity, no selling. Database exposure will decrease so, as a consequence, less viewers, no sales. Thx for the advice.
congrats on your success! on my first year anniversary a month ago, i had about 360 photos online and about $360 in sales. thus far my second year has given me another hundred and sales and i'm looking forward to a good or possibly even great year! (i'd really like to get an oly em5 or panny gh3). I found the first year was a tough haul with many rejections whilst i was learning and growing with photographic and microstock knowledge. I've managed to bump my dismal 30% acceptance rate to 55% now and hopefully it will climb. i agree with other comments here. Don't expect overnight, raging success and most of all don't give up. I almost did many times. it seems, from my limited experience, that if you keep at it...you'll get somewhere.
1) I am at your service, Your Majesty 2) I sold only 4 (!) images with people, so far. Besides, all these were subs. So, big cash come from other genres. 3) It would be pity, Your Majesty. Perhaps, things are going to get better?
Glad to have a scientist on my royal court. Those numbers pleased me a lot. One question: big cash come from photos with people or from other kind like astronomy, landscapes etc? Thanks for posting my friend. Keep on the good job, I am ready to quit after 4 years of hard work :( Because my graph is going down :(
Congratulations for your wonderful portfolio! Your statistics teaches us that we must not be too hasty in judging our results and that perhaps three years is a reasonable period of time. Good luck for the next three!
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