Milestone of 50 photos reached!! Exclusive or NOT?

posted on 30th of march, 2012

Yes, Milestone of 50 photos reached!! Exclusive or NOT?
In less than a month, i reached the EXCLUSIVITY limit, and now here comes the Q: TO BE or NOT TO BE?

I have to admit that at the beginning before a month, I was excited to reach that limit and apply for exclusive contributor, also when i speak about exclusive i don't have any doubts about Dreamstime.
They are my FIRST CHOICE if i decide it.

I know that the decision is mine, but because at DT i felt like "home" and that's because of you, my fellow contributors and your uplifting comments (<3) at my previous posts, i want to "listen" your opinion about that.

At one hand i have expanded market possibilities about my photos, more photos at the market because some photos that can be declined here, are welcomed elsewhere. Of course MORE JOB to be done, uploading to many sites and lower commissions.

At the other hand, u know, BIGGER commissions, LESS work to do so I can focus on shooting than homeworking with keywords and files, blah, blah .....

C'mon, give me your lights, I will appreciate every thought or opinion about TO BE OR NOT TO BE.

Have a wonderful day or night dreamstimers and of course HAPPY SALES

Comments (11)

Posted by Saap585 on April 03, 2012
@Irimaxim Saap585, thanks for advice!!!! Welcome :)
Posted by Irimaxim on April 03, 2012
Saap585, thanks for advice!!!!
Posted by Saap585 on April 03, 2012
guys, please advise! If I already registered with another agency and I would like to apply for exclusive here should I leave other stocks or what?

I guess u have to delete your photos from other agencies, I did that. I was to 4-5 also but i deleted all from there and applied here. You can still sell your work (or your rejected from DT photos) at your website or at a photographer direct to a client basis BUT NOT through ANOTHER AGENCY.
Posted by Irimaxim on April 03, 2012
guys, please advise! If I already registered with another agency and I would like to apply for exlusive here should I leave other stocks or what?
Posted by Saap585 on March 31, 2012
Goodmorning guys and girls from sunny Greece :)
Spring is on the air, colors are more saturated, perfect natural light for shooting outdoor projects !!!

I want to THANK YOU ALL for your opinions and reay heped me to decide. im not sure if this going to be the right one but why not? :)

I decided to go EXCLUSIVE and here is why. From your thoughts and my small research i noticed that the main thing that matters and is common is TIME. I have time to spend so i decided to spent it shooting than doing homework with words and uploading..

I thought that is more valuable to spend this time by improving myself and my technique and become better every time. for me its ok the uploading limits of DT. I wish and i have as my goal to get around 100 images/week. And even with the half of them accepted, its a nice number to have around 150-200 images / month in my portfolio AND with the help of DT and their exclusive features, i hope this will be a nice "package&...(More)
Posted by Egomezta on March 30, 2012
I saw a great improvement being exclusive... If you don't have the time to be in other stock agencies.
Posted by TMarchev on March 30, 2012
Not bad :)
Posted by Wisconsinart on March 30, 2012
It's simply a business decision.

You make more money if you upload to all the stock sites. I'm exclusive because I don't have the time to devote to more than one site.
Posted by Gbfoto on March 30, 2012
I decided to go exclusive here early on when having around 50 images in my portfolio. Prior to that I had tested out some of the other agencies as well as Dreamstime. I found sales to be better here so made the decision to become exclusive.

The decision can be a tough one to make but it depends upon what you want out of your microstock earnings. If it is a hobby for you and you are looking for an income to pay for the next holiday or keep adding to your camera equipment then go exclusive here for sure. However if you are looking to earn a living from it then you really need to be submitting and selling to all of the major agencies - and that can be time consuming.

OK, you are always going to have rejections but they can always be incorporated within a future image - they do not have to be just discarded! To me Dreamstime is quite tough on the images they accept but at the end of the day that leads to a better portfolio, a good name for the agency and subsequently better sales...(More)
Posted by Saap585 on March 30, 2012
@twindesign thank you for your thoughts and opinion my friend, indeed this a big QUESTION.] i did made my small research at google about that q BUT i would like to hear more about it from DT members like you.

thnx and... happy sales!
Posted by Twindesign on March 30, 2012
Go exclusive if you don't have the time to upload to all the big agency's. You will get higher ranking in the search results and much better commissions! I think (I have no experience on this but I did my research on Google) you need to upload to at least 2 or 3 more agency's to get more out of your images than with going exclusive here(?). (Wondering if people can tell me if this is true?) This will take allot of time and just focusing with one agency will give you more time to see what works here and work on that. But I might be wrong. This is just my experience. I like Dreamstime and it works fine for me. If you look at my sales keep in mind that I am only uploading since june 2011 not 2005. (I am a buyer also and registered in 2005.) The last 3 months gave me $109 average per month so sales are really going great lately. And I only just have 279 images online so no complaining about going exclusive here. Others might do much better on different agency's. I would also like to hear more...(More)

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