Help the buyers buy your images

posted on 5th of july, 2009


I guess most of you, like myself, put a lot of effort in order to upload more and more images to DT. It's a heavy time consumer, we need to think of an idea, plan how to shoot it with all considerations, set up lights, scenery etc.. , take the actual photos, precess them with PS (or other applications) upload them, categorize, think of best keywording and hope your images will get approved.

You must agree with me that it's a lot of work. After all this work had been done, and let's say your image was approved you can only wait for buyers to come across your image and want to buy it? Correct?? Wrong!!

I think that even after your image went online there are things you can do and that is PROMOTION.
© Bobb (Help)

There are several great promotion methods like "editor's choice", "Editorial Images" or "In the News". The problem with those is that it's DT to decide whether you'll get this promotion or not. I want to talk about what is in YOUR HANDS.

First tip: Write a Blog!!

If you are reading this Blog you must be familiar with DT's Blogs! If you have done something which is fun, different, interesting or innovative - SHARE IT. Speaking for myself the readers of the Blogs are really supportive and you'll get encouraging and thankful feedbacks. Attach some of your mentioned images (or other photographers images) and there you go - you promoted your portfolio.

Second tip: Create Collections

Collection are a great method of organizing your images into groups. I guess that most of you have imges with some things in common. Assist the buyer by creating a collection and let him choose from that collection the exact image that he wants. When you want to buy a new jeans you go the shop and check out the jeans stand, right?! Why sholdn't it be the same in microstock? Create your stands, show your goods.

Third tip: Your profile is you

After creating your collections present them in your profile - giving the buyers which checks out your profile an easier way to check out your "goods". Accessibility counts!! With this easy to apply tutorial in can be done:

Add to your profile the following text:
< a href="https://www.dreamstime.com/hdr-images-rcollection9512-resi877725">HDR Images

Where between the "" put your link of the collection (Can be found in "Manage collections" from the management area) instead of HDR Images put your collection name and remove the space after the < and before the >.

That's it...
This is the first "technical" Blog I'm writing here in DT. Please let me know if you found it useful by clicking the button. 10x!! :)

That's it for now...
Good luck,

Comments (19)

Comment by Cosmostellar on September 15, 2010

G'day...Thanks for the advice.......It was excellent..have a great week.

Comment by Hugoht on May 11, 2010

Great article!
I would like to add that you need to close the row with </a>
so the complete line should be:
HDR Images
It took me quite some time to figure this out...
If you want to add several links, separate them with

Comment by Kk8737 on August 03, 2009

Thank you all again!!

Comment by Ionia on July 28, 2009

Thank you for very useful information:-)

Comment by Amilevin on July 26, 2009

Thank you all again!!
I never thought this Blog of mine will create such big intrest.. :)
I hope I helped you gain more sales.. I know it worked for me this month.. :)

Comment by Conchasdiver on July 23, 2009

I have to admit I didn't understand the point of the 'collections' until your explanation - I'm going to give that a try.

Thanks & best of luck!

Comment by Cosmostellar on July 22, 2009

Great explanation, very helpfull

Comment by Eclecticelegance on July 07, 2009

Thank you for explaining how to organize a portfolio with collections - I have organized mine that way and I use it myself to locate images. But I really had a hard time getting the HTML to work at first - so I'm glad that you wrote this article - it should be very useful for those who haven't done it yet! :)

Comment by Crisferra on July 07, 2009

Very interesting! I'm new here and I just created my first collection two days ago! It's called "Diet's ingredients" and I like it! I'll do others... when I'll have some more pictures on line!!! Thanks!

Comment by Amilevin on July 07, 2009

Thank you all for your warm words!! :)

Comment by Petroruth on July 06, 2009

Hi Ami thank you for taking the time to write that informative article. I keep learning. Keep up the good work. Peter

Comment by Charlydamart on July 06, 2009

I think like you. For that I manage 12 collections:
Nature pictures
Churches and Cathedrals
Sea and beaches
All Blue
All Green
Photos from around Mallorca

Buildings of the world

If you have any pictures that you thing must be in some of theese collections, please let me know

Comment by Amilevin on July 06, 2009

Thank you all for the supportive feedbacks! I hope these tips will help us all by giving us more sales. Let us know whether it made some change.. :)

Comment by Asyan on July 06, 2009

Thank you Ami! Really helpful! I don't have a big portfolio, but I'm trying to upload more and then create a collection.

Comment by Janeedward on July 05, 2009

Useful article,Thank you Ami!

Comment by Littledesire on July 05, 2009

Useful! Voted!
But I'm wondering what else to do?

Comment by Rebeccaosborn on July 05, 2009

thanks, i hvnt created any collections, but will have to set some time aside to do so soon! Good luck!

Comment by Marilyngould on July 05, 2009

Hi Ami, Your blog is very helpful, thank you for taking time to point out the importance of self-promotion through active participation. After creating personal collections and posting them on my profile page, I have noted increased views and sales on those images featured in the collections. Again, thanks for the tips! :)

Comment by Irisangel on July 05, 2009

Great info! Thanks

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