Wow, where does the time go? It was May 5, 2009 when I joined Dreamstime. It was October of 2010 when I last updated my sales. At that time, I had 4653 images with 8500 sales, which I think was pretty good for the first 18 months here at DT.
Fast-forward 2 1/2 more years and here we are. I now have 6270 images online with 21712 sales.
I've only added 1617 new images these past 30 months, so it's obvious that I have not been drawing as much as I used to. My other client work has taken me away from my mass-drawing abilities, but I do try to keep adding new images as often as I can. I'm sure the majority of you can relate how tough it is to keep adding to your portfolios while tending to other real-life things.
But, I do encourage everyone to try to add what they can - when they can. It all adds up over time, so just keep adding new images and your profits will also continue to increase.
I'm always inspired by different things. This recently-added image was related to my thoughts of the improving housing market where people are buying again.
Thanks to Dreamstime and to you, the DT community! Dreamstime continues to be a successful place to be at. The community is always nice, and the sales continue to be strong. So, thanks to everyone for their continued support, comments, etc.
Hey TMarchev. Thanks for the comment. Wow! I cannot believe that it has been over a year since I posted this blog entry. Now I'm at 7049 images with 26172 sales.
I've never posted revenue before, but no one has ever asked either. Ha! Here at DT, it's just over $32,000 since I joined. I hope that providing that figure helps to inspire and encourage others that it's possible to make a living doing microstock. It's just a lot of hard work, time, and energy.
Meanwhile, hopefully the next 5 years will be even stronger! :)
Best wishes to all of you on your continued journey.
Thanks all. Anubis911, no, there is nothing in particular that I have done to promote my images. I mostly try to continue to add illustrations based on things and ideas that are not already in my portfolio - many of which come from my day-to-day real life experiences. For example, I had a heart problem last year (all good now so no worries), but that prompted me to draw a variety of heart-related items. I recently took my new puppy in to get his first shots and that inspired me to draw the Veterinarian symbol and some dog-walking illustrations. I recently bought some solar panels for my home and that inspired me to draw home-energy related illustrations. So, I just continue to try to add items to my portfolio that add value for what a buyer might be looking for. I think my images sell themselves simply because I'm always adding a variety of new ideas/illustrations to my portfolio which increases its value and expands my portfolio to more potential clients to download. In addition...(More)
Thanks everyone!!!Alvera, yes, I came to DT with a fairly large portfolio (approx. 3200 images). It took 4 months to get these images up and running. Then, I have just been creating image after image over the past 4 years to get to 6270 images. My goal is to get to 10,000 images, but that seems far off for now! :) Thanks for info. I wish you good luck and many sales. And have fun, of course, it's clear that you enjoy this work.
Alvera, yes, I came to DT with a fairly large portfolio (approx. 3200 images). It took 4 months to get these images up and running. Then, I have just been creating image after image over the past 4 years to get to 6270 images. My goal is to get to 10,000 images, but that seems far off for now! :)
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