My First $200

posted on 13th of february, 2012

I joined Dreastime in the early March 2011. Though genuinely interested in photography, I had never thought that I would do something called STOCK photography. I still do not know what I do can be called strictly stock photos.

Time was very difficult. first two months were with only uploads and no sales. It was in the third month that I got my first sale, a subscription sale (but yeah I was thrilled though it was only worth 42c)..

I was wondering whether the time I was investing in this is really worth it. The next month gave in slightly better with 2 sales but again subscription sales. After 4 months, I was at DT with just $1.36. Things were pretty hard and I was eligible for Exclusivity.

The question that I kept asking me was "I earned just $1.36 in 4 months. Should I commit to just this one place, that too if it is not working out even close to what you think others are getting". I had asked the DT community which helped me make a DECISION. I chose exclusivity, and got some exclusivity bonus associated with the portfolio I had then. (to those who might not know: DT pays 20c each an image accepted here for your commitment to chose DT exclusively as your agency)

I think that decision helped. After all, life is all about making few right decisions and many wrong decisions which iterates through sequences and consequences that we course correct to a relative right decision. So finally Life's all about right decisions.

July onwards sales really got stable at around 10-12 avg with a good RPD of $1.4 - $1.5. And in November, I reached the milestone of $100 here at DT (Something for which the chances looked sleek or rather nil). Well that's some hard earned $100 in 8 months.

Today while I write this, there is an immense joy in me for doubling this in less than half the time. Yes that's my first $200 in 11 months here at DT.

There were good goings and bad turn-outs. When Santa visited in Dec, I had the best month ever. When Santa went back, I doubt whether he took some of my buyers with him cos Jan had hit almost rock bottom in sales. It is still struggling to go back to the routes of average.

I think there is way more to go to even consider this a viable means of spending time and effort, but what I can see here is tremendous improvement in skill and performance DT has brought in me. And above all, the larger credit goes to the wonderful buyers at DT. I thank Lady Luck for bringing those genuine buyers to my portfolio.

My next milestone blog post would be when I reach $500. I hope I get there real soon.

Comments (15)

Posted by Smorris23 on February 23, 2012
Congrats...I joined in July 2011 and have a total of five sales to this point. I get frustrated sometimes...but read the posts and take others advice and just keep trying to diversify and post. Thanks so much for sharing!
Posted by Ewapix on February 23, 2012
Congratulations. I am looking forward to hearing about your first 500 dollars! I really like the photo of a girl in a boat with the water jug. It is a very beautiful, peaceful image.
Posted by Waihs on February 23, 2012
Good news! Congratulations!
Posted by Hotmidhun on February 15, 2012
Thank you all... :)
Posted by Jdanne on February 14, 2012
You have a very nice and versatile portfolio! Congratulations!
Posted by Egomezta on February 14, 2012
Congratulations, well done.
Posted by 19838623doug on February 14, 2012
Your post gives us all hope.
Posted by Effavale on February 14, 2012
I'm happy for you!
Posted by Baldas1950 on February 14, 2012
A fantastic experience! Congratulations!
Posted by Keki on February 14, 2012
fantastic! thanks for sharing :)
Posted by Monysasi on February 14, 2012
you cheer me up a lot with you tell about your own experience. Thanks and congatulations
Posted by TMarchev on February 14, 2012
Posted by FabioConcetta on February 14, 2012
Congratulations for your sales!!!
Posted by Kharyadi on February 13, 2012
Posted by Peanutroaster on February 13, 2012
Thanks for sharing. I'm on a similar journey.

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