Why stop learning?

I have 4 more videos that teach you how to start making money with your photos and videos. What email address can I send you the links?

I created a course that has hundreds of students. I also have a couple of websites where I talk about microstock that have dozens of thousands of visitors every month, so I know what microstock beginners used to wonder.

The main question is:

How much will I earn?

My answer is: I don’t have a crystal ball, so I don't know if you will be an NBA player or just a benchwarmer at the playground. Statistically, it is more probable the second one.

In this video, though, I won't be talking about sport metaphors, but I will answer another typical beginner’s question:

What should I do when an agency reject my photo?

Rejections are not the microstock producer’s greatest problem

If you are wondering something like this, it means that you think that a single photo or a single video could turn your collection earnings. Thoughts like:

This photo is amazing; surely I'll make a lot of money with it

are the worst thoughts you can think of in the microstock business, where the real earnings are done with the whole portfolio, not with a single content.

The real difference between:

  • a do-it-yourself producer who gets excited for having earned a dollar with a stock image sale
  • a real producer who, thanks to the sale of photos and videos online, can change their life

is the creation of production workflows that allow them to create more photos and videos in less time.

The difference is using tools such as dropstock.io, which I explain in my course.

By analyzing:

  1. the sales of the agencies
  2. the contents of their collections

I’ll show you that if you want to make money the stock image of a laptop, it is better than the stock image of a smartphone.

If you keep portraying the subjects you prefer because you think being a good photographer is enough to sell or because your photos have a lot of "likes" on social networks, believe me:

you've got zero chances of earning more than 10 dollars per month by selling your photos online.

Doing unpleasant tasks, like:

  1. shooting subjects that you would never shoot
  2. describing your content accurately with the right titles and keywords

is the best you can do to beat your competitors, as most of them think their collections on microstocks is like their Facebook page. Consequently, they publish photos of landscapes and monuments, instead, for instance, stock images of bakers and people with the flu. That's why they don't make money and start saying that microstock is a scam.

Complaining doesn't help your business

You cannot improve your income by complaining because Shutterstock has rejected one of your images.

I'm talking about a single rejection, because if instead, microstocks never select your photos, then you will need to take action to understand what's wrong with your production. There is also the chance that you are not a good photographer.

I know that in a world where someone says that everybody should have the right to do the work they love it sounds bad to know that you may not be someone who can make a living by selling his own images, but it's much better to understand such things now instead of wasting months to create something that you will never sell.

This said, if Shutterstock or another agency rejects your photo, and you really want to have that photo published, the best strategy is to upload it again, as if nothing happened. You can do it because agencies don't have software which recognizes double uploads. If you find a different reviewer the second time, your photo will have a chance to be accepted. If knowing this makes you feel better, then do it, even if it doesn’t change your total income.

I repeat: this is not a good strategy, and it's even worse if you have the assumption that the reviewer is wrong because another agency has accepted that same photo.

Something like:

Adobe Stock selected my stock image, so Shutterstock should do the same.

Agencies don't care what their competitors do on single contents. Every microstock has its own policy, and all of them have more than 100 million photos online, so they don't care about the single stock image—mine, yours or every other producer's.

Selling photos and videos is a paid job, so it's not art; it's a business. The whole world, whether you like it or not, lives to make money. In microstock, successful producers who make thousands of dollars every month can do so only because they work like professionals, and complaining about a single rejection is not compatible with a professional behaviour.

Bad teachers for zero sales producers

Generally speaking, I hope your strategy isn't influenced by Facebook's groups where those who write usually spend their days surfing the collections of the agencies only to share the bad photos that they find and complain about the inability of:

to select proper photos and videos. Those contributors are not misunderstood geniuses; they're simply people in their forties who live thanks to their parents’ allowance and still hope they'll become artists.

Taking them as a role model will only hurt you. It will make you nasty and convince you that by sitting on the couch and complaining all day long will improve your life. Believe me, it's not so.

Sorry if I used this tone, but I'm here to teach you how to make money, which is not very easy for you.

When a microstock rejects your photo or video, if I were you, I would:

  1. accept that decision
  2. start thinking about the next content to produce, studying the market with the tools that, if you follow me, you will know well.

These are the same tools that have allowed hundreds of my students to change their lives by selling their photos and videos online.