Journey to my first 100th sale

posted on 28th of july, 2010

WOW! I have reached my first 100th sale! I am so happy! Thanks again to DT and other members!

And today I would like to share some of my precious experience throughout this entire journey with others, specially those who just started here.

Initially when I entered DT, I didn't have an idea to sell my images. I was just looking for an image which I found here. To be honest, I was not very much aware of the possibilities of the profits that could be earned from microstock sites. And therefore for many months after that my account remained idle without any activities.

And then, one fine morning I discovered what I was missing from various other sources and online microstock forums. I uploaded my first lot. I never expected my first sale would begin so early with such a small portfolio size. This gave me a boost. I started looking for more info on how to increase sales and how to make it faster, also what are the demands in the market etc.

What I found here is that just carrying a portfolio of beautiful images is not enough. I need to build some concept in some vital areas like keywording. If your keywords are not relevant enough your wonderful portfolio is not going to work up to your expectation. Now I must give this credit to DT and its members from whom I got some very nice idea on the clever use of keywords. The best tips on keywording can be found here itself, in DT blogs and forums.

One should keep uploading newer images. This is somewhat rather difficult for contributors who work purely on graphics. An effective tip for them is to go for simple vectors which are in demand. You just need to do some study on which vectors sell better than others. I am a 3D artist. But what I found here is that if you bundle up your 3D items with a few vectors, then it would be easier for you to upload a greater number of items per week. Because high quality 3Ds alone take longer time to render and hence you submit fewer items if you stick to only 3D. Here is an example of one of my vector items:

This is a set of wine / food labels. What I found is that they sell well in every microstock.

Other than maintaining quality, another best way to avoid rejection is not to upload images that resemble too close to one another or carry too many same components which make them vary too little from one another. If you have variations of one item, it is always safe to bundle them up in a single item. Although these are already mentioned in the FAQ section of DT, still I just tried to mention them here once again because I personally committed this mistake initially for many times. And with experience I got some idea of what items are going to be considered same or similar and subsequently rejected by the reviewer. Here is an example of one of my items that bundles up many similar contents:

Finally I would like to mention something vital and that is regarding the importance of studying on microstock. Initially one must spend hours and days in studying on how microstock works. Also in later stages this study must be continued to keep track on what's going on in the market. Because, with study only one can develop a thorough concept and this concept would work like a magic in whatever you would do in your future days in microstock. Just try it, you would see the impact.

Thanks to DT and all members. And all the best to all new beginners for a successful future in DT.

Comments (17)

Posted by Angelaostafichuk on April 13, 2014
THat's awesome! Good luck and many more sales coming!
Posted by Mackfraga on April 12, 2014
I purchased one of your coin images and received the wrong file. Dreamstime staff was not able to correct or find the right file to send.
will you re load that image please?
The image number is 15484096 (stack of coins with the word s-a-v-e.
Posted by Tan510jomast on August 18, 2010
congrats. and thanks for your comment to my blog.
Keep it up.
Posted by Tan510jomast on August 18, 2010
congrats. and thanks for your comment to my blog.
Keep it up.
Posted by Nectar3d on July 31, 2010
You are absolutely right Nightangel.
Posted by Nightangel666 on July 30, 2010
Congratulations on your 100th sale! It is always a wonderful feeling to see that what we do is liked by customers.
Posted by Nectar3d on July 30, 2010
@ Mariaam, and Seema

Thanks to both of you.
Posted by Seema_illustrator on July 29, 2010
Hey Congratulations Jayati! May you have many more sales...good Luck :)
Posted by Mariaam on July 29, 2010
Congratulations! That´s a great milestone! Wish you many more sales...
Posted by Nectar3d on July 28, 2010
Thanks to all of you :)
Posted by Thanatonautii on July 28, 2010
Posted by Trottola on July 28, 2010
Congratulations! Great pictures ;)
Posted by smartview27 on July 28, 2010
Posted by Scottysally2 on July 28, 2010
Congratulations, you have a great portfolio. :)
Posted by Heywoody on July 28, 2010
Congratulations - your approach is working well. It's a lot of sales from a small group of images in a short time.
Posted by Youths on July 28, 2010
Posted by Youths on July 28, 2010

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