My Road to $200 per month

posted on 28th of april, 2010

Today I've finally reached a milestone I thought I would never reach. Over $200 a month in April with this photo, yeah!!!

I couldn't be happier. If it wasn't for all the wonderful and helpful people in DT who share their experiences via blogs and messages, I don't think I would have achieved this. I've learned a lot over the years. So I thought it might be helpful to share my path to this achievement to help others. I've compiled my achievement blogs below and the time in which it was achieved.

I hope this will give others motivation and help them with their road to whatever their individual achievement goals are.


Joined DT: October 29, 2007

First Accepted Assignment Entry: February, 2008

First Payout: April, 2008

First Extended License Sale: June 2008

First Photo Found on the Internet: August 2008

First Month Being Exclusive to DT: Oct 2008

First photo on DT's Main Page: March 2009

First Assignment Achievement (Second Place): May 2009

200 uploads: June 2009

First $100 Month: June 2009

1000 sales: December 2009

$2000 in Total Sales: February 2010

First $200 Month: April 2010

Comments (41)

Posted by Infotrontof on November 22, 2010
Insanely good :)
Well done!
Posted by Retina2020 on June 12, 2010
Hey John. I'm glad this blog helps. The key is to put in some work, and the returns will slowly and consistently come. Check out my other blogs in my profile, I think they will help.
Posted by Jjmcge on June 12, 2010
I want to congratulate you. I would also like to tell you what an inspiration you are to me. I am aiming to supplement my retirement income with stock so I can save the retirement check.. You have given me hope.
Posted by A41cats on May 26, 2010
That is very encouraging. I hope i can do as well as you.
Posted by Sigalpetersen on May 22, 2010
congradulations lucky you I am jelous :) but definately gives hope lovely portfolio
Posted by Youths on May 18, 2010
Congratulations!! ^!^
Posted by Retina2020 on May 06, 2010
Thanks David. I've been very selective in what I upload here. My photos are either very generic so they can be used in multiple instances or very iconic so hopefully designers are looking for them.
Posted by Davidwatmough on May 06, 2010
Your portfolio has relatively few images so the quality must be the factor which controls sales !!!!!!! very well done ! David.
Posted by Retina2020 on May 03, 2010
Thanks for the comment. I hope this blog will encourage those of us with small portfolios that it is possible to get consistent sales. Read my small portfolio, BIG RETURNS!! Blog.
Posted by Miluxian on April 30, 2010
It is quite impressive with such a small portofolio!
congratulations for all your work!
Posted by Fra73 on April 30, 2010
Wow 6 downloads per image. Excellent result and well deserved. Congratulations!!!
Posted by Retina2020 on April 30, 2010
Hey Billysiew. I took me over a year to decide to become exclusive. My main reasoning for going exclusive instead of uploading to multiple sites is that the amount of work to upload to other sites didn't make sense with my small portfolio size. But being exclusive here gives me better exposure in the search engine, revenue per upload, and larger percent return per sale without any additional work. Remember if you become exclusive, you get the upload bonus back for every photo online at the moment but unfortunately not for the sales that you have already made. You can read my 1st month of being exclusive blog I hope that helps.
Posted by Billysiew on April 30, 2010
Just noticed you are an exclusive contributor. I am still struggling!
Posted by Tryatna on April 29, 2010
Posted by Anhong on April 29, 2010
Posted by Retina2020 on April 28, 2010
I'm glad people find this blog useful. I've always found DT blogs
useful in learning and growing the skills and art of microstock photography. Again thanks everyone for your gracious comments.
Posted by Yangchao on April 28, 2010
Very impressive
Posted by Rosedarc on April 28, 2010
Impressive results, thanks for sharing as seeing what others achieve always make our goals seem less imposible to achieve! And a big congratulation to you!
Posted by Adamjw on April 28, 2010
thats awesome! It's great to see your time line.
Posted by Irisangel on April 28, 2010
Well done! Congratulations!
Posted by Ferguswang on April 28, 2010
Posted by Billysiew on April 28, 2010
This is my goal also! I almost reach there..:) Your RPD must be higher than me! Well done!
Posted by Bradcalkins on April 28, 2010
Impressive - congrats!
Posted by Trottola on April 28, 2010
Congratulations! You had a great path rich of success and you reached important milestones in very few time: good work ;)
Posted by Davulcu on April 28, 2010
Congrats. I believe that you can produce more images and you can make more than 200.
Posted by Retina2020 on April 28, 2010
Artaniss8, the hardest milestone was reaching the first payout. Afterwards, every month became better and better.
Posted by Artaniss8 on April 28, 2010
How do you feel it was to reach this milestone? Did it felt easy, or hard.. or you name it?
Posted by Littledesire on April 28, 2010
Wow! That's great! Keep doing it!
Posted by Joezachs on April 28, 2010
And that too all this within 2.5 years.
Posted by Retina2020 on April 28, 2010
Thanks Everyone. One thing I've learned that really help boost sales and exposure is assignment files. So I definitely encourage participation in Monthly assignments. Enrique: You have a perfect photo for this month's assignment: Your hydroponics photos. Definitely you should try submitting to this month's assignment.

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