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Are you ready to make your dream happen?: The progress of my stock photo journey

Hi there!

Some of you might have already read my post ‘Start Making Money Selling Photos and Videos!‘. Today, I’m going to report what I’ve done on this journey so far. 

A few weeks ago, I spent one day submitting all the photos I felt had a possibility of selling to stock photos sites. ShutterStock, iStockPhoto, 123RF, Fotolia, and Dreamstime were the websites I planned to sell my photos to.

The result is that I was rejected from ShutterStock – twice. There were four of ten photos that passed, but they wanted at least seven so I needed to wait for 15 days to submit new photos again. My photos in 123RF and Dreamstime are still marked as “pending” and waiting for approval.


First sold from Fotolia

Anyway, there is some good news too. I got accepted by iStockPhoto on my first attempt at submission. Also, I submitted 17 photos to Fotolia; two of them were approved and one of them has been sold. I was excited and felt the same excitement I felt the first time I made my first dollar from Google AdSense a long time ago.

That’s how I’ve been able to progress, and you can do the same. I started from zero and now I’m trying to make it another one of my income streams. 

Here are some of the things I have learned from this journey:

When there is a chance, most people always seek excuses to let that chance get away.

“I don’t know what it is.”
“I’m not a specialist.”
“It’s difficult for me.”
“I don’t have time.”
“I don’t have money.”

These excuses are for losers. As I told you, I have recently sold one photo on Fotolia and got approved from iStockPhoto sites. 

Back to 2-3 months ago, I didn’t even know how to take a quality photo. Focus, Focal length, F-Stop, Time lapse, or whatever – these were really all new concepts for me (to be honest, I still don’t understand what the *uck they are, lol). Taking photos is one of the most difficult things for me to do.

However, I believe I can achieve anything if I put in enough effort. Also, I think this market has no failure. There is just do or don’t.

The first step has just begun…

– Bank

About the Author Bank

Bank has been working in the affiliate marketing industry since he was an undergrad in 2008. His favorite traffic source is PPV (Pay-Per-View). In 2013, he started sharing his journey on this blog and developed to help people create PPV landing pages.

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Leave a Comment:

Suho says May 13, 2014

Haha cool! Any update on this journey? Did u sell more photos?

    Bank says May 13, 2014

    Thanks! Yes man. There are many photos uploaded and sold.

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joesph says September 6, 2014

you first picture, you sold it 0.18…thus very small

    Bank says September 7, 2014

    That’s true but if this picture is sold 1,000 times and you have 10,000 images in your portfolio? Is it still small? lol

Maurus says August 12, 2016

Let us know when you sold 1000 pictures and how you did it.

    Bank says August 12, 2016

    I was passed 1000 images sold long time ago with just one website 🙂

    Here is the proof:

    BTW, I just hired graphic designers to create the vector files for me. I just research the profitable niches and let my team create the graphics in those selected niches.

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