100 DT Sales ... some statistics and keyword ponderings

posted on 7th of september, 2010

I have reached the milestone of 100 sales and thought it was worth telling the community. It has taken 462 days -not that I'm counting ;-)

The 100 sales is made up of:

50 individual images have sold
18 images sold multiple times

228 credits sold
42 subscription sales

45 sales through keyword search
55 through browsing

x1 level three image that makes up 5% of earnings
x5 level two images that makes up 35% of earnings
x44 level one images that makes up 60% of earnings

Of the 50 images sold the average time online is 312 days

The average number of views for a sales is 10 (maximum 50 and minimum 1)

With almost half my sales from keyword searches, it reinforces the need to effectively keyword to make sales.

Many of the searches resulting in a sale are words describing the photo in a very direct fashion however, 5 of the 45 (11%) are of a concept represented in the image. That said most of my photos are very topical so I guess not surprising however, at the same time it focuses my efforts into how I will keyword. I think the main thing is to ensure the images are discoverable by keyword searches of what the photo is primarily of - stacks of keywords surely results in a poorer location in a search through a dilution bias applied by the indexing. Surely buyers are rarely tempted by a loosely related image to a keyword.

Just some thoughts - I'd be interested to know others break downs and statistics of their sales from keyword identified sales.

Comments (11)

Posted by Bevanward on December 12, 2010
Hi Miltonberger

Out of about 250 images at the time I wrote it.

Posted by Miltonberger on December 12, 2010
You sold 50 images ... out of how many?
Posted by Lisacarolsdreamshots on November 27, 2010
Congrats! When I first joined DT, my sales were so low after 6 months, , I nearly gave up (of course, I still do not have as many uploads as you do), so I quit uploading for well over a year, I believe, and then one day, I decided to check on it just for the heck of it and my sales had quadrupled, so I decided I would hang in a little longer. Since that has inspired me to continue on a while longer, I may get inspired to take and upload more pics now. If I figure out how to equate my statistics, I will let you know! Maybe, you could do a blog on that too! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Dinictis on September 16, 2010
Congrats and thanks for sharing your tips... There is only 259 files in my gallery and at the moment I only have a total sales of 63. Would like to see it to increase... again thanks for the info. All the best and good luck.
Posted by Youths on September 07, 2010
Posted by Picstudio on September 07, 2010
Posted by Egomezta on September 07, 2010
Wow... Too many numbers... Congratulations.
Posted by Bradcalkins on September 07, 2010
Here is my take on why keywording is a self-fulfilling prophecy.... Also note that n/a sales can still be a result of keyword searches. My stats are about 50-60% by keyword looking at my recent sales.
Posted by Mariaam on September 07, 2010
Congratulations for your 100th sale! Wish you many more...
Posted by Trottola on September 07, 2010
Wow,a lot of statistycs! thank you for sharing, I love to know these info and to compare them with mine ;)
Posted by BCritchley on September 07, 2010
Thanks for sharing your info :-)


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I moved to Adelaide, Australia in 1978 from Auckland, New Zealand, as a child. Raised in Townsville, North Queensland, I left home to work in Central Australia where I first became interested in photography as a field geologist. From there I took a role in Johannesburg, South Africa, returned to Australia to marry, moved to Santiago, spent five years there in the capital of Chile and since have moved back to Brisbane, Australia where I am now based. I live with my wife of eight years and our three year old son. I have spent the past 10 years travelling all over the world and as part of my trav... [Read more]

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