Never give up
Perseverance is the key to achieve good results with microstock. Never be discouraged, even if after months you don't see results.
To sell the content in your collection, in addition to:
- good keywording
- producing quality content
you have to deal with Mr Algorithm, which on each agency has its mysterious rules created by mysterious, shady characters.
Despite this, NEVER get discouraged!
Microstock is not a business for everyone
I suppose Daniele would agree with me. You have to give up if you really don't want to face all the difficulties involved when you decide you want to make good money with microstock.
Obviously, if you haven't sold anything after three years, I suppose the algorithm has little to do with it.
Looking at my short and very personal experience, I can tell you that it takes one or two years before you reach at least one stock footage sale every month.
But while waiting for that moment to come, you can't spend your time sitting on your sofa and complaining. You must continue to upload, upload, upload.
In my case, I produce about 100 videos a month, especially since I bought my last camera:
The first money you get, invest it in what you need to improve the salability of your production. I bought a gimbal for stabilizing my videos while shooting and consequently save time in front of the PC using the software stabilizer.
Learn from your mistakes. Insist that the fruits will come and they will also be very sweet.
This story was originally published on the Italian microstock blog of Daniele Carrer.