This blog is my attempt to keep track of some of the things I learn along the way, with my Canon 7D, G12 and accessories. All images copyright Brad Calkins, not to be used without permission (or purchase). I do not attempt to monetize my blog, other than to promote my stock photo portfolio on Dreamstime.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Re-visit old stock images

I attribute some of my success (almost 4,000 sales!) on Dreamstime to analysis and subsequent incorporation of feedback provided on the site. One such lesson is the importance of titles, descriptions and keywords. In the early days of uploading I frequently revised as I learned better approaches to keywords. Titles turn out to play a big role in how an image sells early on. In that light, I frequently take a quick look at images that have been online for a while with views and no sales. Below are two examples that I changed titles on, and was quickly rewarded for my efforts with a sale:

Road ahead
© Photographer: Bradcalkins

© Photographer: Bradcalkins

Interestingly the words used to search on for the second image didn't relate to my title changes - the keywords used to find my image were: "senior alone woods", and "Outdoors". In the first case a mere 14 images in the Dreamstime database match those terms: Senior alone woods


Luis said...

Great photos.. congrats! :)

I actually have changed a few titles also but haven't seen any changes yet!

have a nice week

Brad C said...

Thanks Luis - hopefully time will tell and you will see some extra downloads :)