Rather than writing about having 200 sales, I thought it’d be fun to think of what I could have done differently so that rather than having 200 sales, I could have been approaching my 500th sale. You know, the “woulda, coulda, shoulda”s.
The first thought that comes to mind, of course, was the reckless uploading in the beginning. The rejections were more than just rejections, if you know what I mean. It’s not so much that one of my images didn’t get accepted, it was more like rubbing failure in my face.
I believe if I had been more selective in the beginning and perhaps tested out what kinds of images are accepted and what kinds get rejected, my approval rating would have been much better. In addition, it would help with my confidence earlier on.
The second thought that comes to mind is not being able to execute my goals – for any reason. Case in point, near the end of 2008, I made new year’s resolutions. One of my goals was to upload at least 100 images per month. Simple math, I could have an additional 1200 images by Dec 2009. Well, I’m only at 321 as I’m writing this – so needless to say, it’s not going to happen. Truth be told, I knew it wouldn’t happen in March as I was way off track. Then I said, let’s just try uploading on average one image per day. That’d be 365 new images. Again, doesn’t look promising either.
This is all in fun of course. I’m quite proud of what I’ve done, but I can’t help but think what my sales would be had I executed my goals properly or taken a more cautious approach in the beginning.
What about you? Is there anything you could have done differently to improve your sales or stats in general?