The magic of views

posted on 14th of february, 2013

Recently I have reached 100 uploaded and accepted photos. This is not very impressive and also none of the images was sold. But this is now what I want to talk about today.

Let's look at this pepper photo. It's nothing special and was taken nearly two years ago, while I was preparing food for lunch in my new (at that time) bright and beautiful kitchen. It was not supposed for stocks, but later, when I learned about such places as Dreamstime, i processed it and uploaded. It was accepted, never sold. But it has nearly 200 views. And so I'm at a full stop: is it so badly done, that it interests people, but they do not want to buy it, or something else? Maybe it has wrong description or keywords?

Comments (10)

Posted by Photoalenka on March 01, 2013
Thanks to all of you! My first sale occurred not without your advice!
Posted by Egomezta on February 15, 2013
You have great images, many views means potential of the image..
Posted by Lenutaidi on February 14, 2013
Hi,Elena!Also,I'm facing the same problem with some images.Read here:.It seems very important are the keywords.I've reviewed them and now I'm curious to see if they sell any.I listened to the advice here and I conformed.The competition is very tough!I like your portofolio!Good luck!
Posted by Igordabari on February 14, 2013
There were number of discussions here on forum dedicated to 'meaning of views'. The principal comclusion is that there is no clear relation between number of views and number of sales. There is a funny thread where people show their most viewed images that have no sales, at all. So, there are images with 1000, 2000 and even 3000 views which nonetheless sell never,

As for me, I almost do not care about views. I only watch over images that have few views and no sales. Generally, it indicates a wrong keyworsing.

Your portfolio looks nice but I believe that titles-descriptions-keywords are not always accurate. Let me consider your nice image with tangerines:  Mandarins 

1) The title is 'Mandarins' and, as I think, it is not quite correct. Title should not be too long but it should contain the principal keywords. So, I would add 'tangerines' (because it is used more often comparing to 'mandarins') and 'isolated' (since...(More)
Posted by Fantasyart on February 14, 2013
Elena, try to be more descriptive in the titles of your images. They are very good images, but you have many titles repeated and uncompetitive.
Everything counts in competition to sell an image. Not only the picture quality. It is very important, the title correctly, putting effective keywords and descriptions vendors.
Cheers and good luck!
Posted by Zenpix on February 14, 2013
Your port looks good, im suprised you do not have a single sale in 6month or so? strange! keep uploading none stop you do need as big a port as possible nowadays......ahh if i could only follow my own advice :)
Posted by Jackbluee on February 14, 2013
Hi Elena, some of my pictures get a lot of views until they made the first sale, but they made bigger sales. Then one picture was sold without views, but it was a subscription sale. So, it doesn't have much to do with the quality of the image. Maybe has to do with competition, but maybe has to do with the market. Business related type images sell faster, but they are more subscription sales. Then some fine art type images take much longer to sell, with hundreds of views, but once it made a sale, it could be a much bigger sale.
Posted by Perstock on February 14, 2013
Elena, you got a nice portfolio with a lot of beautiful images! I´am actually a newbe on DT but after what I have experienced my sales boosted (still at low level thou) at 150-200 downloads and when I diversified the topics. I checked some of your pics for keywords and they seem to be accurat. I am also an imagebyer and my experience on keywords are that they really need to be accurat and with as much synonyms as possible wich is´nt easy when your not write native english. I´am swedish and not native english and I find it really annoying when keyword ar´nt relevant when looking thru thousands of pix trying to fulfill my client need.
So, keep up and download :-)
Posted by Peanutroaster on February 14, 2013
Lots of views and low sales indicates that while the image has a lot of interest, you probably have a lot of competition for this subject. Do a search for pepper and see what comes up - how do you compare to your competition?
Posted by Alexa_adrian2001 on February 14, 2013
Alenka, I really like your portfolio. You do have nice stock oriented images. All I think you need is time :) I am not very experienced on stock but I like your ideas and so on. Some or not sold so quick. Maybe somebody more experienced could say better thoughts. Keep going on until first sell shall come and then you will have another perspective :P

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