10.000 $ … stock .. Now what?

posted on 9th of may, 2013

After 2 years, 7 months and 9 days I reached the 10.000$. Now What?... I started submitting in a lucky day of September 13th and I got my first sale after 15 days….. 0.99 cents. …. For the rest of 9999.01 I did the following:

Upload every photo from my hard drive…. And got lots of rejections… sounds familiar? Rookie mistake.

Step two: research picture sales and take notes. After that: learn how to cook and shot photos. The biggest challenge here was not how to take photos of fresh and amazing culinary delight that I just prepared but to stop myself from eating everything before the photo session :-).

Travel, a lot and use my first earnings from Dreamstime. Sacrifices we make in the name of photography…

Upload photos with sunset and sunrise, my own CT scan…my wife, me again, my nephew, nephew’s girlfriend, uncle, friends, all the tools I could find in my house … food again and let’s not forget my cat, who got food only when his photos sold … that’s way now he’s overweight:-).

Between all this I participated at two assignments, and with the help of Dreamstime’s community, I won first and third place…. Thank you Dreamstime!!!

Through this all I learned the following:
If you are not committed to this full-time, get yourself engaged to be married to Dreamstime and stay faithful in their exclusivity.

If you get a photo rejected it is not the end of the word. Wait a day or two and take a look at your photo, if it still looks like a masterpiece, you can send a nice and warm message to the editor with your opinion about the photo- if you have good arguments they will reconsider it. (These good guys work really hard)

Stop checking the Dreamstime website every second, I lost sooooo much time doing that. This will not help your sales.

If you need help ask Dreamstime’s family

Upload, research, upload, research…

Pay attention to Keywording. It is as important as your photos.

If you get bored write a blog when you hit 10,000$! If you don’t hit 10,000$ write a blog anyway.

My next blog will be at 20,000$. Farewell (hopefully not in another 2 years!)

Thanks Dreamstime!

Comments (57)

Posted by Perstock on May 14, 2013
Great blog and amazing work!
Posted by Paydayloan on May 14, 2013
wow its to good image and this lady with cash pictures is most beautfully than others .
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Posted by Alvera on May 13, 2013
Best and funny blog ever!
Posted by Egomezta on May 12, 2013
Wow, amazing work, you're going very fast, thanks for sharing your experience.
Posted by Hongtao926 on May 12, 2013
Congratulations!Very Nice.
Posted by Lenutaidi on May 11, 2013
Great blog!Congratulations!
Posted by Baldas1950 on May 11, 2013
There is a great diversity in the images of your portfolio. This fact together with an high professional photografic skill is probably the key of your success. Congratulations!
Posted by Vinitaseyecandy on May 11, 2013
What a great blog! congrats and thanks for the tips! Loved it! :)
Posted by Kheng1987 on May 11, 2013

"Stop checking the Dreamstime website every second, I lost sooooo much time doing that. This will not help your sales." - sounds like me :LOL
Posted by Matewe on May 11, 2013
Absolutely great! Congratulations!
Posted by Celiaak on May 11, 2013
Very positive! Congratulations and hope to read your 20.000$ in some months.
Posted by Digikhmer on May 11, 2013
Posted by Fredbro on May 10, 2013
Wow! 10 000$ in less than 3 years; I have to admit I did not think it was possible. I always told myself to think long term (5-6 years) for incomes from a stock site. Your case shows me I was wrong. Keep up the good work!
Posted by Cousy86 on May 10, 2013
Cool!!!Congrats!I'll research and upload,research and upload...!;)
Posted by Chanevy on May 10, 2013
Great blog! I also love your attitude and enthusiasm.
Posted by Dark3y3s on May 10, 2013
I like you attitude too, as the person below commented :) Keep up! Congratulations!
Posted by Seawatch1 on May 10, 2013
I like your attitude. Seems like you're having and fun and I think a lot of people miss that.
Posted by Laurasinelle on May 10, 2013
Really nice! Congrats!
Posted by Asterixvs on May 10, 2013
Thank you all!!!
Posted by Yuritz on May 10, 2013
Congrats and really nice shots!
Posted by Olamojor on May 10, 2013
I enjoyed your blog ... Congrats on your milestone :)
Posted by Vtr on May 10, 2013
Congrats on your achievement. I really liked your suggestions in this blog post. Wish you luck.
Posted by Bradcalkins on May 10, 2013
Posted by Robinstockphotos on May 10, 2013
hmmm....so for exclusive guys, there is an average of $2.5-$3 per sale. This average looks valid for all the "big guys" I have seen around. :)

You are a nice inspiration. I think I'll stick with exclusivity and try to get a big port. Thanks for the blog post!
Posted by Clearvista on May 10, 2013
Congratulations a great achievement. Great portfolio and blog, thanks. Good luck to you.
Posted by Rosariomanzo on May 10, 2013
Congrats on your milestone, hope to see your 20.000$ blog soon. Ciao!
Posted by Marknem on May 09, 2013
Congrats on your milestone!

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