Advice to contributors, first 1000 USD is easy to earn. I did it today.

posted on 9th of october, 2009

First of all thanks to DT for giving me an opportunity to showcase my work and pay for it, then giving us training and always been there when I had any doubts.

Then to the buyers who found my work useful and used them in their projects.

Finally to the lovely DT community who was always there during bad and good times like a true friend and well wisher.

Well back to blog,
Yes, its possible, today after reaching the magical landmark of 1000 USD in 1 year 9 months with just 170 images I believe everyone can do that. If only I was more active in uploading and building my portfolio I would have achieved this feat long back.

First keep uploading regularly, second think from buyers point of view before uploading, put yourself in buyers shoe and think, will this image be useful to you? if you are convinced then go ahead and upload. Be active in community ( I have almost same number of images in another 5 sites, but I hardly login to those sites, nor ever wrote a blog or commented on any blog nor ever read one, so this proves being active in blogs and forums really helps sales.) Being active in these community improves your knowledge plus promotes your portfolio.
Another suggestion is donate your images for free section, as this certainly brings people to your portfolio, there is no concrete proof, but it does. I know many disagree but I believe in this.

I know many contributors out there after few months of activity lose faith, I suggest don't there is lots of opportunity to make money as many companies are turning towards microstock.

Well there are lots of blogs in DT giving you various suggestions and ideas so I dont wanna make this blog a long one, just wanna assure you yes its possible to make money in DT, if I can make (as I'm not a professional photographer, its just an hobby), so do you.

Wishing everyone [only those who read this blog :-)))] to get more sales.

This is the first image downloaded,

And this the image which made me to reach this 1000 USD milestone,

Please note this world map image has earned me almost 181.09 USD.

Comments (55)

Posted by Francy874 on December 10, 2009
Congratulation and tank you for advice!
Posted by Francy874 on December 10, 2009
Congratulation and tank you for advice!
Posted by Elwynn on November 25, 2009
wow! Reaching US$1000 in 1year 9 month with only 170 images, MAGIC!! I had 1467 photos in 10 months just got less than US$200... But I learned more about microstock market in recent day. Thank you for a series of articles. I will read again and again. Thank you.
Posted by Tamdasma on November 04, 2009
Posted by Almotional on November 04, 2009
It's absolutely amazing! Congrats :)
Posted by Miele on November 02, 2009
Wow congratulation and tnx for advice
Posted by Yuritz on October 29, 2009
nice advices,I'll keep in mind!
Posted by Alexduffner on October 28, 2009
Thanks for the advice! Just made me want to improve my portfolio even more!
Posted by Creativei on October 27, 2009
@Kidede, (Kathy Mattox) I know how you feel, you know two years ago, in my first 5 months around 175 images were refused and just 15 was approved, it takes time to understand the system and need, just hang on try hard and think out of box, surely you will succeed.
Posted by Py2000 on October 27, 2009
Posted by Kidede on October 27, 2009
Enjoyed your blog. I am a newbie who is very discouraged right now. I am closely monitoring files by others that have been accepted and really wonder why similar files I submit are rejected. Sometimes the criticism is constructive but at times it seems unfair. If I correct files then they are wrong for some reason. If I don't correct them-same result. If nothing is found wrong with the file-then they criticize the keywords,etc. I am reading to better understand but this seems like a no win situation.
Posted by Joe1971 on October 27, 2009
Congratulations!I think this is a very good advice.
Posted by Creativei on October 25, 2009
Thanks Irisangel. Thanks for your wishes.
Posted by Irisangel on October 24, 2009
Sorry I missed this blog. Congratulations and many, many more. Keep up the great work!
Posted by Lammy2008 on October 22, 2009
Thanks so much for the pep talk! I am new to DT and have yet to make a dime. But thanks to your advice I am not going to give up :)
Posted by Sharkphoto on October 21, 2009
great advise and thank you for sharing the tips.
Posted by Creativei on October 18, 2009
@Tan510jomast: its just matter of time, just a pint of beer!!!!!!! :-(( I dont drink, anyways wish lots of sales.
Posted by Creativei on October 18, 2009
@Ebamo yeah DT is a great resource website, you can make money plus learn a lot
Posted by Tan510jomast on October 15, 2009
wow, congrats to you. i have still to earn my first 100 $, i still have 25 $ to go, lol.
i will read and re-read this article so i can improve myself..
and when i do get my first 100, i will think of you.
when i do get my first 1000 $ i will buy you a pint of beer !!!!
Posted by Miluxian on October 14, 2009
Big Congrats!
Posted by Ebamo on October 14, 2009
Congrats! :)
I liked reading this ,it was very encouraging to me since I'm new here.
I do also believe that DT gives more than just money but a great opportunity to learn as well.
Posted by Creativei on October 13, 2009
@Alerizzo, Thanks, Sure you will reach soon, its just matter of time.

@Farang Thanks, yeah main motto believe in yourself and believe in what you are doing, for sure its going to be a great success.
Posted by Farang on October 13, 2009
Congratulations, it feels good that people actually pay for your work does it not?
I agree with you that many people lose heart after the first rejections.
Many times i welcomed newbies and never heard from them again, because they lose faith to fast.
Everything is possible as long as you put your heart into it.

I wish you (all) many sales and happy shooting.

Posted by Alerizzo78 on October 13, 2009
Fantastic! Congratulations!
Hope one day I'll reach that milestone, too :)
Posted by Creativei on October 13, 2009
Aginger, no worries but my rate of interest is too high :-)))))
Posted by Alexhor on October 13, 2009
Congrats! Keep up the good work.
Posted by Aginger on October 13, 2009
I need your 1000dollars shoes for a while! ;)
Posted by Jonkio4 on October 12, 2009
Congratulations :)
Posted by Creativei on October 12, 2009
Yeah Red, it makes me wonder even, but I'm not lazy but lots of freelance I took. Well advice to others, keep uploading and make your money.
Posted by Morrbyte on October 12, 2009
Well done,and lovely to see proof that not giving up and beleiving in yourself will pay, Best wishes to you.

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