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In today’s post I will be breaking down the absolute most important factor in selling more photos and videos as a stock contributor.
I think the answer may surprise you.
It’s actually not quality or quantity, but a combination of these two factors plus one more: competition.
Your work needs to be good. You need to have a lot of it. AND you need to think about how much competition exists in the category you are targeting.
If you ignore any one of the three of these ideas (quality, quantity, or competition) you will be leaving a lot of potential stock sales on the table.
Let’s take a look at each of these concepts and how they work together.
This one is pretty common sense.
When a potential stock customer goes on to a stock site like Shutterstock for example, as they peruse the thousands upon thousands of options to choose from, what do you think they are going to choose every single time? Of course, they will choose the highest quality, most relevant option for their needs.
We’ll get to relevancy in a moment, but for now, you see the importance of quality.
This doesn’t mean that your work needs to be perfect. I’m not trying to discourage anyone, especially beginners, that may not feel like their work is quite up to par yet.
Instead, I want to encourage you to focus on this aspect. Make it your goal over the next few weeks or months to focus on quality with your work. As you do this, you will also built up more quantity to use in your stock portfolio, so it’s a win win!
Here are a few ideas to help you improve the quality of your photography or videography:
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It’s a numbers game. Imagine how many thousands of other stock clips and photos are out there. If you really want to increase the odds of being found in the large ocean of stock contributors, the more you upload, the better your chances will be.
To some degree, there is still some luck that goes into the equation of having a winning clip or photo that gets downloaded frequently. You will dramatically increase those odds by simply having more out there.
One easy way to quickly multiply the amount of footage or clips you have is to remember to grab 3 different angles or variations of each shot while you are out. Grab a wide shot, a medium shot, a close up shot. Or if video, grab a stationary, a dolly, and a rack focus.
If you can try and grab a handful of variations of shots each time you have a new idea, you will have 3-4x as many options out there.
Lastly, we come to the most important point - competition.
Because the thing is, no matter how great your work is or how much you have of it, you will not succeed unless you keep this factor in mind.
I might have the most beautiful sunset or flower photo of all time. But, the problem is the incredible number of other beautiful sunset and flower photos out there. If I have nothing to distinguish my work from the others, I just can’t compete.
I have a couple of beautiful pictures of a sunset that sell pretty often. But again, remember how many beautiful sunsets are out there?
So in my title and keywords I made sure to include specific details about this particular photo, like the fact that it was in Mendoza, Argentina and that it’s overlooking a vineyard.
Now my photo isn’t just found under searches for sunsets. It’s also found for searches that include ‘Argentina’ and ‘Vineyards’.
The added bonus here is that usually these photos are so specific that they are downloaded by non-subscription based customers. This means someone really wants a photo of a specific location and finds it through Shutterstock (or another site) but they aren’t necessarily regular customers with Shutterstock and don’t have a monthly account. The photo is worth way more in this case and you receive a much higher payout (about $20 per download).
This second example is a photo of a few cows out in a field that sells very frequently. The reason is not for the cows, as these are again nothing unique. When I studied my analytics, I found that the keywords used most often to find this photo were ‘footprint’ and ‘carbon’.
Here are a few categories that are still great to target:
The best advice I can give as a stock contributor is to consider all three of these factors every time you shoot and upload new footage or photos. None of these concepts can stand alone, not even two of them.
Your work needs to be good, you need a lot of it, and you need to think about the competition/genre in which you are shooting.
If you combine these three concepts as you shoot and upload your stock photography and stock footage, you are going to do exceptionally well and truly maximize your earning potential as a stock contributor.
As always, thanks for reading. I hope you are enjoying the content. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.
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