Well it was a year ago today that I decided to join DT and start submitting - for the first time - images to stock image sites, below is a brief reflection of my activities over the past year here at DT...
To start with a few days ago I posted a blog -$7 in four days, I can do it!- stating that I had about 4 days left to go before I reached my first $100-00 sales mark, well I can gladly say that today on my first birthday here at DT a sale of this image
pushed me just over my first $100 mark and is obviously the highlight of my year in reflection.
410 accepted images online
Acceptance ratio of 52.4% (Would be higher if I did not like wildlife so much)
115 sales at a RPD of $0.87 and average sales of $8.35 P/M (Ok dont laugh)
As stated just over $100-00 in earnings (Ok, dont laugh again) 2 Assignment images accepted - I still have one more pending (for me another highlight)
Alas, still no Editors Choice :0( On this point, its amazing how when submitting an image, you think to yourself this could be the one the editors like and give the elusive stamp of approval for an editors choice, then the image is not even accepted, let alone given any accolades :0) Ever happen to you?
All in all, I feel that my year here has been if not entirely successful in terms of sales, a great learning opportunity. One that I hope will see me grow and adapt to stock orientated images and continue to grow in the DT community. Thanks again to all involved in the running of DT, to friends and the community here, and as always most of all to the people that have purchased any of my images thus far.
Congrats Dude! Keep up the effort … it does start to reap better & faster rewards as the time goes by … MicroStock never made any fast millionaires, but it surely helps that our Rand is so much weaker a currency than the USD.
I firmly believe in supporting fellow photographers, so in celebration of your latest milestone I will be selecting an image from your portflio and purchase it … not for any reason, other than to say … keep up the good work.
Hi Catarii, thanks, I plan to be here for some time and hope to continue enjoying it, this will be as long as I can still sell my images. I will have to buy a cake and take a pic but probably for my next DT birthday ;)
Hi Gabriel, thanks for the kind wishes, and yes you did tell me I would make it :0)
Eclectic, keep them coming, it is not always easy in the beginning but as I said it has been a learning curve as I am sure it was for you. I too made mistakes in the beginning because I did not really know the criteria here but one learns fast in order to adapt.
Congratulations! You have done much better than I have in one year. I am trying to get my acceptance ration higher (it is pretty low because I submitted a bunch of mistakes in the beginning when I didn't know any better and I am still trying to recover from that.)
Hi Richard, thanks for the comments and I will keep uploading and trying to be diverse in my PF. I am not that concerned with editors choice image, was just trying to make my blog light hearted otherwise would be too boring :0)
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