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« on: March 01, 2011, 05:38 »
As a newbie its extremely important to me to be able to see how many views my image got.

« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 05:42 »
is this a question or a statement?

« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 05:49 »
The agencies I prefer is..............

Visco                        easy to see views                                 and I got some views
123RF                      cant see any views at all                     how to handle this?
Bigstock                   I have to click on every image                very time consuming
Fotolia                     easy to see views                                 and I got some views
Dreamstime              easy to see views                                and I got 2 sales
Canstock                 east to see views                                  but only one view on each image  

I am only 2 months old to this "business" so I think its extremely important to check the views. After all Im into a learning period.
At this stage I doesnt expect sales.

I found this microstock group very supportive so I will be happy for all responses.


apologize for the short opening - I got problem with starting a new thread -


« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 06:44 »
One can ofcourse sit there all day long, looking, viewing,  if no sales, its pretty uninteresting.

« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 07:43 »
And you don't get money from views.  What counts is how many sales you get.  Views / download hardly ever correlates to anything that can be predicted.

« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2011, 07:58 »
Whilst views can be a good indicator of search volume when considering a reasonably large collection of images (particularly when looking cross-topic/cross-portfolio), for a portfolio of less than (at least) 1000 images, I would ignore it completely.

Spend your time on better things like better quality images, more relevant and targeted metadata and a larger portfolio.


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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2011, 09:26 »
And I would suggest concentrating on sites that have more sales and action. You seem to have picked sites based on whether you can see views per image - I have not heard of Visco, and Canstock is a nice agency (good for very quick and reasonable reviews), but very up and down in terms of sales. Try to get onto Shutterstock and watch to see which ones get sales.



« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2011, 10:36 »
On some sites views mean different things and are counted differently. On Dreamstime views is not a valid criteria to use to assess the worth of any image. The view counter is not increased when a guest views an image (they have to be registered and logged in). It isn't counted if it is linked to an outside source (facebook, blogs, a private site) - that will give an image many more views that are not counted. If an image appears many times in the similar images area on DT because of really great keywording views will increase but that might not translate to sales.

« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2011, 10:43 »
I get quite a lot of questions via email just like yours from people who discover picNiche (as part of it uses the views stat), and I usually send more-or-less the same response I gave in my previous post on your thread, but you inspired me to write up the collection of tips I usually end up giving new photographers across the various questions/comments I get emailed.

Here is my TOP 10 Tips for New Microstock Photographers

« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011, 13:15 »
OK !  I will take your advice and go on without paying so much attention to views.
No I dont pick sites based on where I can see views. I try to concentrate on only those six. Because its overwhelming to learn more right now.
I try shutterstock but still I havent pass the 7 of 10 test.

Special thanks for the top 10 tips. Great to read.

Bobbi you spooked about a portfolio of 1000 images. My goal now is one with 50 image.
But I already have reach my first goal to produce image with enough high quality to get approved.

My next goal is to produce images with even higher quality.
The  next goal is to produce images with even higher quality. And so on..
Maybe after that, I will focus on sale. When I know if I am good enough.

Thanks to you all


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