As I'm starting my fifth year here in DT I started getting automated messages from admins regarding old images. The message indicated that I have an image which is online for 4 years now and have no sales. DT suggests 3 actions you can take, re-keywording the image, donate it or disable it.
I can truly say that I have some old images that today I wouldn't upload, or maybe change them a bit befire uploading. It mostly relevant for image processing (which my abilities have drastically improved during those last 4 years) and composition.
My decision was to donate them, and apparently - it pays!! :)
Just 2 hours after donating this image:
(which you can download for free now :) )
So, bottom line, my suggestion to you - don't be afraid of daonating old, non selling images. If they haven't sold for that long they would probably never sell, but (and that's a big but), donating these images can sell other related images you might have.
By donating your old images you increase the exposure of your portfolio which can of course leas for sales.
I donated a half-dozen images that had no sales after 4 years. Those images, now free, were then downloaded several times. My paid downloads did not increase. Since then I've opted to disable the files.
I donated some images here on DT and now I found them for free in many sites I don't even contribute to (probably partners). I will donate only those images that in addition do not have sales in other sites. I am not exclusive and many images that do not sell on DT, sell in other places so be aware!
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