Today I’ll show my top-selling files and what I learned analyzing them. Hello again, I’m Gui Siebert and this is Creative Income. The purpose of this channel is to help more and more people to achieve creative income, so they can focus on on what really matters. For now, I’m focusing on stock footage and stock photography, which I’ve been doing since 2012 If you haven’t started yet, you can find a lot of interesting links in the description. In the last video. I brought you a full report of my incomes in 2017. I was very happy with the comments and support I received – and critics as well… But it’s amazing to see this happening since the first video. It makes me believe that we can really bring some content out of this channel. So if making income out of your creativity is something that interests you, be sure to hit subscribe. One of the comments that I received on the last video suggest that I talk about my best sellers. This is a very interesting subject because you can learn a lot when you analyze other contributors’ portfolio. So I will go farther and I’ll also tell you the earnings each file brought. Please keep in mind that I am an average contributor. A lot of you guys are much better than me. My portfolio size goes a little over 300 files and I still don’t make a living out of this. This channel is really focused on helping more people on how to get there. I’m not here to show off how many files I have or the size of my portfolio. This is something that I really want to keep working on, growing, doing this together with you guys. so… Right when I started analyzing these files I got surprised, once again, with how unpredictable this market is. Many of the clips that I was sure that would sell a lot didn’t come even close to a lot of files that I don’t really like and have been selling a lot. So I’ll stop fooling around and let’s go for it. Number 1. This is by far my best seller. It’s a group of space travels made on After Effects and so far they made me $1,900 50% came from Shutterstock. 40% came from Pond5. 10% from Deposit Photos. These are actually the only files I have that were entirely made in computer, and it makes me think that maybe I should invest more time in doing this kind of files. They were originally made for an project It was a service opener for my church, which later I adapted to sell It’s quite a nice effect, but I never expected that they would sell so well And I’m so happy that I did submit him. This is the first lesson that I would say I’ve learned from this analysis: Leave no file behind! You have no idea of what can sell and even those crazy things that you thought nobody would buy (I have a lot of these in my portfolio) But sometimes this kind of files sell a lot… I mean you’re not going to lose so much time Just trying to submit them. It’s it’s worth a try On the 2nd place, I have this slow-motion shot of the Brazilian flag. This file alone made me more than U$900. 92% percent came from Shutterstock. It was shot in 2014. A few months before the World Cup in Brazil –it’s a very strategic one. This is the kind of opportunity that you shouldn’t lose If you have this kind of things happening close to you. This was in the World Cup, which of course is a very large event. But… sometimes there’s something close to you happening, that it’s important to someone. It’s cheaper for them to buy it from you than to send someone from another country to go to your country and shoot it. So definitely, do enjoy these opportunities around you I did this one with my Canon 60d, and it’s not even in Full HD So this is a second lesson you can learn here: Start with what you got! On third place There is this pack of shots that I made from my city’s public transportation. There are five files that combined made me more U$700. 20% came from StoryBlocks while Pond5 and Shutterstock represented 40% each. Apparently the city where I live in, Curitiba, is a historical reference for public transportations. So I guess these images do well for documentaries. The lesson I learned from this one is: Explore the unique subjects that are close to you. Many other clips that I have from touristic points of my city also sell well. I believe this works well if you live in a city that is not mainstream or in mainstream touristic points. So I guess this is something you can definitely explore So next we have this aerial shot of the Amazon forest. And with this shot I was able to sell U$600 This one is strong on Pond5. Not so strong on Shutterstock. Pond5 represented 80% of the sales of this one and Shutterstock had 13% While Storyblocks had 7%. and if I combine the other images I did on this trip to the Amazon It would easily go over U$1000 Which is, I believe, enough to cover all the costs I had on this trip So this is a very good lesson that I learned: To make good use of my travellings. Here’s a very funny one This was one of my first approved files. It was actually just a test that I made with my dog and it sold U$357 40% came from Pond5, 30% from Shutterstock and Storyblocks each. What I learned from this is: commercial value it’s way closer than what I think There’s probably something around you that that has some commercial value for someone So let’s go to the sixth one. This is another interesting case. It’s a shot of a sunset in the mirror of a car. No idea where this was made. You can see that it’s not a very special car The fun on this one is that there are no sales on other agencies. Just on shutterstock. U$230 here. The lesson I learned: Take your camera with you – all the time. This is something that I fail to do a lot of times but… It’s something that I’m definitely going to change this year The next one is of this public university here in my city that for some reason sells a lot $228 The image was shot during night, in very bad conditions. Not with a good camera. so I tried again with a better camera… a couple of years later and… No sales. Go figure! so once again start with what you got What you have already on your computer, what you can already start doing today, Maybe even with your phone, we can talk about that later, but start with what you got! So I will stop here but there is still a lot of curious cases I could talk about and it’s interesting how many files that I don’t like sell better than the ones I’m proud of A And this is something that I would like to hear from you, put it on the comments below: Which are your your funny bestsellers? I guess that if we talk a little more about this we can learn a lot from each other. This is it for today guys. Keep uploading those files. Let me know what you would like me to talk on the next videos.