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A few thoughts:

  • How long has it been since you started uploading? It can take weeks, if not moths, before a first sale - and then sometimes weeks or months more before another sale. Depends on a lot of factors.
  • How relevant and comprehensive are your keywords? Are you asking the question, "if I were a customer who would value this illustration, what keywords would I search?" Ask that question from as many perspectives as needed until you have 35-50 keywords. That said, especially early on, I recommend using the keyword tool accessible from your dashboard. I've been around for years, and still use it some.
  • A lot of your illustrations are very basic/simple. Nothing wrong with that - but the simpler an illustration is, the more likely a potential buyer will simply do it themselves. I did an illustration similar to but slightly more detailed than this one of yours, but even it has never sold:

Airplane, Passenger plane vector for app and web

  • Some of your illustrations have "placeholder words." I strongly recommend leaving a blank area - people who need the illustration know what words they want to put with it and don't want to take the time to remove the words you've inserted.

logo design logo and tagline design

My thoughts. Now, let the arguments, criticism, and name-calling begin! (Or not, please - seriously.)

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Cute images.

keywording looks good.  The only thing I can see with your titles is they might be longer to gently stuff more keywords in there.  

One trick I learned is before uploading or doing a photo shoot, I have a quick search on Shutter Stock to see how many images there are.  I see you have an image of a plaster, so I looked up "plaster vector" and found 65,302 results.  That's a lot of competition!  Your image has to be better than the 65 thousand people who were here first!  But when I look up "ripped plaster vector" there's less than 200 results and many of them of electricians tape.  That's a tiny niche.  It may have more specialized buyers, but it does mean you're images will show up higher in the search.  There are a lot of near-empty niches on SS if you look.

On the whole I think it would be worth uploading more.  Most blogs/articles these days say that it takes 700 images to start selling on SS, but I started selling at about 100.  I notice a direct correlation between the number of images and the amount of sales.  I'm trying to get to 1000 by the end of the year but real life keeps getting in the way of photography. 

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