Be Successful on DT: Stay Active

posted on 18th of august, 2010

I took a couple months off from uploading on Dreamstime to prepare for my Russia expedition (5 years in Russia). I also took a break from the message boards on DT. I noticed that my sales dropped by half; most interestingly, my sales of Bald Eagles stopped.

My images of pets also died.

When you do a search for Bald Eagle on Dreamstime, you get hundreds of pages of Eagle images. Obviously, if you are not among the first 10-20 pages of images, your chance of a sale is less.

Once I became more active, two weeks ago, my ranking in the searches improved and my sales increased. Of course, for this short time period, this is far from a scientific study, but there does seem to be a definite correlation between activity on Dreamstime and our ranking in searches.

If you look at your images that have sold, there is a field named “buyer searched after”; this is how the buyer found your image. If it says “n/a” then the buyer found your image without entering a search (either they found your image previously, saved your profile as one they liked for future images, found your image in a collection, etc). If this field (buyer searched after) says “bald eagle alaska” then the buyer found your image by searching the DT database for images of a bald eagle with alaska in the keywords or title.

Here is another interesting fact; during the couple months of low activity, most of my sales were from buyers that found my images without a search. Now that my activity has increased, I have gotten a rash of images purchased from searches. This indicated to me that my stock ranking has increased because of my online activity.

Three days ago, I became exclusive. It is to early to see if that has made a difference but I will report back in a month or so. So my advice, stay active on Dreamstime for increased sales.

Comments (16)

Posted by Calyx22 on January 14, 2011
I've noticed the same thing on DT. I've not been uploading lately due to lots of travel, but I have tried to stay active on the forum as much as possible. Back to shooting again now that I am home. Hope you stay active too! :)
Posted by Driley on November 29, 2010
good stuff! I've noticed the same in my short time / experience with DT.......just need to keep uploading more now!!
Posted by Mpalis on November 29, 2010
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Posted by smartview27 on August 20, 2010
Thanks for sharing with us your experience!
Posted by Iwhitwo on August 19, 2010
Once again, you have provided some good advice. Thanks for sharing your learnings on Dreamstime.
Posted by Fultonsphoto on August 19, 2010
Interesting thougths, something to consider, thanks.
Posted by Antoinettew on August 19, 2010
I am looking forward to your blog about the expedition. Very interesting!
Posted by Egomezta on August 19, 2010
Great images, I love them. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Posted by Mariaam on August 19, 2010
Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Scottysally2 on August 19, 2010
Beautiful images, thanks for sharing. :)
Posted by Visceralimage on August 19, 2010
Russia expedition is for wildlife photography, will issue a blog about it next couple days
Posted by Almaterra on August 19, 2010
Thanks for your advice! What are you going to do in Russia for 5 years? Are you going with your family?
Posted by Mani33 on August 19, 2010
Okay keep active! That is correct! ;)
Posted by Theblackrhino on August 18, 2010
Thanks for sharing that information.
Posted by Visceralimage on August 18, 2010

Will work up a blog article about it in the next couple days.
Posted by Adeliepenguin on August 18, 2010
Interesting comments.
I am curious about your Russia expedition? Perhaps you can discuss it in another blog:) Congrats on becoming exclusive.

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