Hello, fellow Belgian
In the stock business, it's very simple: no stock, no sales!
I'd say, count at least 4000 - 5000 images to get regular sales (don't forget Alamy is based in the UK, you're not! Images related to the UK simply sell far better here). But to tell you the blunt truth: you missed the boat 7 years ago. I would never recommend stock photography to newcomers who have to start from scratch.
I wrote the following a while ago:
How to enter stock and be a happy camper from the start?
- shoot, shoot and shoot even more. Develop your photography skills and master Photoshop
- after many years photographing and gathering lots of experience, browse your archive
- select at least 4000-5000 of your best and most saleable images
- keyword and turn them into Jpegs
- copy to external harddisk
- send harddisk(s) to agency/agencies
- and then ..... upload more and more images in small batches
Decided to skip step 1 to 6 and go straight for step 7 ......?????
Fine by me Just don't moan about poor sales
So, for newcomers: DO NOT START WITH 150 images, but upload in one go 4000-5000 images of a great variety of subjects, meaning thus thousands of very different saleable subjects (you can upload similar ones at a later stage). This way, you can get several sales per week from the start because you have thousands of fishing lines (=DIFFERENT subjects) in the water. Remember you start with a medium ranking. It's up to you to keep feeding the beast and MAINTAIN that ranking around Alamy's average CTR.
YOU CANNOT DO THAT by first submitting 100 pictures, two months later adding another 50, a couple of months later another 50, and so on. You'll have guaranteed very few sales and see your ranking go down the drain >> images thrown back in search results >> images not visible for clients >>> no sales.
Trick is NUMBERS, NUMBERS, VARIETY, VARIETY, VARIETY and QUALITY.
Probably not what you wanted to hear, but the above is just my opinion. Sure, others will disagree, but if they do, ask them how successful they are, here at Alamy I know what I sell .......and that's several pictures ........... per day.
Edited by arterra, 27 March 2015 - 10:47 AM.