8000 sales!

posted on 29th of november, 2010

Well, I was going to wait until 10,000 to do a blog, but it takes a while to get 10,000 sales :) Here is my sale #8,000 from today:

It has been an interesting 2 and a half years here on Dreamstime. It is obviously my favorite site - I'm an exclusive contributor here. People always seem interested in how long things take so here are some of my milestones - obviously they are a function of how much you upload, your content, quality and keywording skills:

May 2008 - First 28 uploads online. 1 sale.
August 2008 - First payout.
November 2008 - 500 online, 436 sales.
February 2009 - Hit 1 download per image online.
November 2009 - Won monthly assignment.
January 2010 - First non-assignment Level 5 image. And it sold another 66 times since then!
February 2010 - 1,000 unique sales (images sold at least once)
May 2010 - 5,000 sales!
October 2010 - hit my monthly income goal from Microstock.
November 2010 - 8,000 sales, and apparently my first illustration :)

I'll finish this up with my favorite image that was downloaded yesterday and hit Level 4:

What is next? 10000 sales, DPI of 5, more upload, more fun :) Good luck all. My advice to anyone starting out is to upload consistently, try to constantly improve, learn the business and what sells FOR YOU. Thanks Dreamstime for getting me to this point!

Comments (61)

Posted by Vilaimages on December 28, 2010
An inspiration for us beginners! thanks for sharing!
Posted by Sobek85 on December 23, 2010
Wow really well done
Posted by Kcphotos on December 22, 2010
Congratulations, Brad! A remarkable achievement in a relatively short time. May you have many more great milestones...!
Posted by Irisangel on December 22, 2010
Congratulations, Brad! Keep up the great work, Merry Christmas!
Posted by Anhong on December 22, 2010
Admiration. You are also encouraged us to continue.
Posted by Calyx22 on December 21, 2010
Congratulations, Brad! That's simply amazing. Well done!
Posted by Bradcalkins on December 21, 2010
+2C, you woosey; it was -43C here in Far East Russia

We get down almost that low - but it sure is nice to get a week here and there above freezing :) -43C is just too darn cold for the kids to play outside!
Posted by Lindamstyle on December 20, 2010
@Visceralimage: I can't see myself shooting at -43C.
Posted by Visceralimage on December 14, 2010
+2C, you woosey; it was -43C here in Far East Russia
Posted by Trottola on December 14, 2010
Good job! Congratulations!
Posted by Trottola on December 14, 2010
Good job! Congratulations!
Posted by Heathse on December 13, 2010
Huge congratulations and well done!!
Posted by Visceralimage on December 12, 2010
Well done blog; I like the listing of milestones and seeing the slow but steady climb out of the pit to the level of making some nice income. It really encourages me as I started about 9 months ago-now have 660 online and about 400 sales. That seems to be about the level you were near during you same time frame so it is great encouragement to me to keep going.
Posted by Cphuddleston on December 11, 2010
Congratulations from dreamstime's newest member!
Posted by Ongchangwei on December 11, 2010
Posted by Bradcalkins on December 11, 2010
at least you have the chinooks , so it's not THAT cold.
we had -14 last night. i miss Calgary my old home city.

True - it is cold right now, but supposed to be +2C by Tuesday!
Posted by Macmaniac on December 11, 2010
Congrats!My idol;)
Posted by Tan510jomast on December 10, 2010
cheers for the comment to my latest blog.
me with 500 images, you with 8000 DOWNLOADS...
wow... wanna switch Brad?

at least you have the chinooks , so it's not THAT cold.
we had -14 last night. i miss Calgary my old home city.
Posted by Powershot36 on December 09, 2010
Posted by Bradcalkins on December 07, 2010
Thanks again - I hope everyone here on DT enjoys whatever goals they are aiming for :)
Posted by Lostarts on December 07, 2010
Congratulations. Hope to be there some day too!
Posted by Jjphotos on December 07, 2010
Awesome, Brad. I've always admired your portfolio as your work is excellent. Congratulations!
Posted by Iwhitwo on December 06, 2010
Impressive accomplishments Brad, congratulations!
Posted by Julietphotography on December 06, 2010
Hi Brad! It's great news for all of us. Congrats on your success!
Posted by Bookemdanno on December 06, 2010
Congratulations on your success, Brad!
Posted by Digitalexpressionimages on December 06, 2010
With you I wouldn't be so sure 10000 sales will take long at all.
Posted by Riganmc on December 04, 2010
wow amazing, well done............... super
Posted by Cteconsulting on December 04, 2010
Posted by Cienpiesnf on December 01, 2010
Wow, congratulations Brad!! :)
Posted by Gennaro86 on November 30, 2010
Great! Congratulations!!!

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