When I registered on DT, photography grew from a passion to business. I started shooting like hell & once by mistake I stumbled on a Google link showing me in the busiest contributors list. I never knew something like this existed. It somewhat misled me into a feeling of achievement. I started getting an addiction of uploading and editing pictures till I stumbled upon the next misleading list – top contributors. This again invited more trouble because I started uploading almost every image I had in my database.
With such a huge transfer going on, I somewhat couldn’t keep track of the files I was uploading again and ended up having duplicates on the website. Not many but still there were 2 – 3 files. I ignored it and didn’t disable them thinking that they will just add to the total number of my online files helping me move upwards in the top contributors list. But I started being careful about uploading my files and started using a certain process and structure to ensure that I don’t upload any duplicates. After that I started realizing another mistake of uploading similar pictures on the website, not necessarily the same. As an amateur it didn’t matter me much and I was happy with the wrong rat race I had entered.
In recent times I started realizing that this doesn’t help me in anyway. As a contributor or photographer what really matters me is money $$$, the diversity of my portfolio, the number of sales and how many people add me as their favorite photographer. I shouldn’t worry about those two lists in anyway. And maybe concentrate more on what can make me a featured photographer one day. One more problem, duplicate or similar files can create is lessening the possibility of x file to have a certain number of sales and reach to a higher level because a similar y file is also having the downloads. Eventually as an image or a concept it doesn’t grow up.
2 weeks back, I seriously sat down to anti-spam and remove these duplicate files from my portfolio. During the down time I lost some 100 files I re-edited. In short, if I had de-spammed them, they were back to their original keywords but anyway not much of serious spam. Finally I made a list and send it to admin to remove the duplicates. I encourage everyone of you to do the same process to grow as a photographer.
Here are some files in my list that are similar or same –