Waiting for Sales

posted on 16th of august, 2012

One of the mistakes newbies make (I know because I was once one myself), is thinking that they have the greatest stock photograph ever, upload it, sit back and wait for the sales to pour in. Its like waiting for the phone to ring to tell you that you've won a contest.

Well, the stock game doesn't work that way. First off an image takes time to get into the search engines. Then it takes a while for the image to be seen among the millions of other images offered for sale. Even if a buyer likes the image, they might not have an immediate need for it.

Sure once in a while an image gets lucky and it finds a buyer right away, but for most images its takes time. Like those old Paul Masson winery ads "We will sell no wine before its time.”

The trick is to have a diverse quantity of quality images in one's portfolio. I still think every batch I upload is perhaps my best yet. But I don't sit back and wait for it to sell like hot cakes. I get a new idea and start working on it. Often sales of images don't come for many months. Way past the time I even remember having them in my portfolio. You have to understand that buyers are working many months ahead. Consider that right now in August, Halloween items are being stocked on the store shelves. Back to school is over before school even starts. When do you think the designers got to work on those products and ads?

So make a choice, sit around and wait for the phone to ring like my friend in the picture or get out and start shooting.

Comments (19)

Posted by Wordplanet on September 19, 2012
Great shot :)
Posted by Aaronlara on September 11, 2012
Yeah very true,these are the normal mistakes usually done by the newbies,well very informative and helpful article,keep posting such post.
koh tao pool villas
Posted by Marieclaire66 on September 09, 2012
I agree it's good advice, but I can't help but sneak a peek now and again, just in case I get a sale. Well, short of a miracle I always have to wait. If I am not not in the mood to shoot pics, I check out everyone else's fine work, for inspiration not copying of course. Just to see what's popular, what sells, what does not. And then, do exactly as I please anyway.
Posted by Giannit on August 29, 2012
Holy words.... you're right.
Posted by Captblack76 on August 28, 2012
Great advice ... you're right , today I'll shoot some Easter eggs :-)
Posted by Celiaak on August 28, 2012
Great tip, I'll stop hitting the F5 button and start hitting the shoot button. Love the baldy guy waiting, very good image.
Posted by Laurasinelle on August 22, 2012
Good advice!
Posted by FabioConcetta on August 18, 2012
Great advice and blog ^_^
Posted by Solidsdman on August 17, 2012
Love the image.....
Posted by Jdanne on August 17, 2012
Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!
Posted by Davidwatmough on August 17, 2012
I also agree................ since all the recent despair sales have begun to rocket but as in all selling marketing and publicity are key provided the image quality is right. David
Posted by Cristalloid on August 16, 2012
You are very right!
Posted by TMarchev on August 16, 2012
I have SR sale before 3 years in beginning on 4th month 364$ earnings:)
Posted by Banol2007 on August 16, 2012
The stock business is unpredictable. Several my images were sold during 24 hours after approval. Another - after 1 year, when I decided to shift it into the free section. Thanks for useful blog!
Posted by Inyrdreams on August 16, 2012
BUT DONT WANT TO WAIT!~ Can you see me stamping my foot in outrage? you are right, and yet they do trickle in and make us happy even with the subscription sales. I do have to laugh this week as an image that was turned down, resubmitted, and accepted, was sold the same day. yay~! oops.. while I am waiting, I need to go photograph my brand new granddaughter born just last night.. and check my powerball ticket too!
Posted by Lejoch on August 16, 2012
I think you are right, even if now, at home with a broken finger, I just can sit and wait....
Posted by Egomezta on August 16, 2012
Good advise for those who are new here...
Posted by Lauriey on August 16, 2012
Great advice!
Posted by Acosmin on August 16, 2012
Good point. The secret is to build a diversified portfolio that covers multiple subjects with an original approach.

Comments (19)

This article has been read 1580 times. 6 readers have found this article useful.
Photo credits: Peanutroaster.

About me

My new book \"the Quotable Westie\" is now on Amazon. 2011 Dreamstime Facebook Halloween Contest Winner 2012 Best Selling Easter Bunny Contest Winner Buyers, please give a credit line when possible, our mothers love seeing our names in print!

confidential info

September (3)
June (2)
May (1)
April (1)
February (1)
January (2)

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles


More favorite articles

Related image searches

sales stock selling wait images