Disappearing pictures - database cleaning


posted on 22nd of august, 2012

Hi, I'm a bit longer than 4 years on Dreamstime, and began to receive comments about old pictures with zero sales. If you don't know yet, what it's about, I explain: to keep the database clear, DT offers to disable, re-keyword on paid basis or donate for free the images which were not sold for the period of 4 years. You have 30 days to take desicion after such a note.

I think, it's a good idea to delete what is not in demand and give way to fresh works.

When I began to check the pictures I have to delete, sometimes I was even happy to get rid of them, because not everything which I liked 4 years ago, I find good today. But sometimes I got frustrated to disable decent ones.

After analysing I understood that the sales were often ruined due to bad keywording. I wasn't experienced in it 4 years...

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Comments (3)

Posted by Egomezta on August 23, 2012
I have received that message 5 times, and I have given those 5 images to the free section, they say that this increases your sales potential. Good luck with your images.
Posted by Rosedarc on August 23, 2012
You could also perhaps try to reprocess them (maybe your processing skills have also improved in the last 4 years) and re-submit them with the new keywords. They might not get approved but if you have no alternative that might be your chance to keep them online...
Posted by Martingraf on August 22, 2012
yeah, I know what you mean with wrong keywords - luckily my wife is doing that for me and she has probably done the whole lot the third time now, because she realized she had done it in the past not the way it should be - and really sales have gone up lately because of that!



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