thinking about cancelling exclusivity...

posted on 3rd of january, 2013

the last monthes sales and especially revenue have fallen to one half to one third they used to be a year ago (and that due to uploading constantly and having more pictures online than ever before)... so I am thinking about cancelling exclusivity... what are your arguments for and against being exclusive to dreamstime?

thanks for your advice...

Comments (23)

Posted by Wordplanet on January 28, 2013
I'm not exclusive here and don't have an answer for you - but thought I'd share my experience to help you consider all sides of the question. I have a small portfolio here and like you it is mostly travel.

Although I earn more from another micro site, this might not be your experience, at least at first because, as others have pointed out, on that site you will need to have your entire portfolio reach another level before your revenues go up, whereas on DT your sales increase based on each photo's individual level. And as an exclusive, you earn a lot more per sale than we non-exclusives do.

I'm with several macro and micro sites, but find that uploading to so many slows down the growth of my portfolio, and I'm considering limiting my micro portfolio to just DT and my other best-selling site, so I can build up those portfolios faster and not waste time on sites that aren't doing as well for me, or that don't treat their photographers as well.

DT sells a lot of travel photos, so...(More)
Posted by Dmccale on January 27, 2013
I hope you find your answer only you can decide.For me it was a no brainer!!! time,money,stress,and most of all DT has the best community by far JMO you have a great port good luck
Posted by Achilles on January 22, 2013
There is no "squeeze", it's all due to competition. I don;t know the specifics of your portfolio, but continuous upload is no warranty that the earnings will improve. First you will have to upload more than the others, so the database exposure increases. Then you need to upload better photos than the rest, so they get the buyers' attention. And nonetheless, you need to diversify as much as possible. Uploading same subjects (as most of us do) is not enough.
Stock photography is a job and those who put patience and efforts collect biggest rewards. I'm not saying you don't, I'm just giving you some facts. October 2012 had +40% increase in submissions compared to 2011, that translates into more competition.
Later edit: and one important thing I forgot to mention is that once you give up exclusivity your revenue is instantly decreased to non exclusive royalties. Your images will sell between 25-50% instead of 60%, which are still the highest royalties anywhere. It will take a while until...(More)

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