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Frequently Asked Questions: The Criteria for Approval

This series of articles covers the Frequently Asked Question from content creators, especially about submission approval and payment settlement. We hope that this article would help you to make sales profit on our platforms more effectively.

The main theme of this week’s article is the criteria for approval. Since TongRo Images is membership-based, our criteria for approval are optimized for clients' needs, who are looking for high-quality content. Consequently, instead of explaining our criteria in the form of ‘this kind of content will be approved’, its opposite will be suitable. Taking this into account, we will cover the five reasons for rejection that are getting questions the most and will follow up with their criteria in detail.


[Similar or redundant content]

Among the five criteria, the most questioned one is about ‘Similar or Redundant content’. This holds two different meanings: ① TongRo Images has already enough content that is visually similar or ② you have ‘spammed’ visually identical content. To avoid getting rejected due to this reason, avoid submitting content that is taken continuously on the same spot. Moreover, prepare various angles, framings, and objects that could show the main theme.


[Low Quality]

The secret behind the stock image’s popularity will be the reduction of time and cost, and its proximity to the client’s intention – which are also the needs of TongRo Images. For this reason, we are rejecting content that is either difficult or impossible to utilize.

Just like a proverb, ‘Even a one-thousand-kilometer journey begins with the first step’, follow the principles of photographing and retouching. In the process of photographing, start by taking care of focus and camera shake. Pay attention to the lighting so that it does not get overly used or flat therefore your pictures can show the details and characteristics of the object. Particularly, when it comes to the food ingredients or food, its goal is to make it look appetizing – if it gives the impression of old or stale, this can be subject to ‘Low Quality’, e.g., soggy noodles.

Lastly, content that is unnaturally or awkwardly edited during the retouching process is also a part of the low-quality content. Please bear in mind that a single image with quality could make a much better sales profit rather than ten images that lack it.


[Overly Typical Content]

What would be the best explanation for multiple enterprises publishing trend reports at the end of the year? The answer is quite simple: because the trend is directly linked to sales. As a result, consider that the criteria of overly typical content are determined organically, due to the nature of the trend which is continuously changing. React to the shift of the trend as prompt as possible and apply this to the use and direction of lighting, background, or props. Referring to the article which will be uploaded next week could help you organize this process.


[Awkward Model]

One of the many key points of the stock image is clarity. In other words, everyone should be able to understand the theme of your content. Hiring a professional model could create the best outcome in a short time, however, it is not always affordable. Due to this reason, there are sometimes that you have to ‘hire’ your family or friends. Nevertheless, you should keep the quality of your content at a certain level – consider their age group and ability to act when you are preparing for the photo shoot. Pick costumes for your models that show the concept intuitively and exclude the content if their facial expressions or poses are not natural.


[Leak of Personal Information]

Stock images are commercial images. Thus, you should approach carefully not to invade others’ rights including portrait rights, property rights, intellectual property rights, and personal information. Keep your eye on a crowd of unspecified individuals and passersby, number plates, and address signs since they are part of the personal information.



Next week, we will cover the correlation between the characteristic of content creators’ portfolios and their range of sales profit, from the highest to the lowest. Stay with us!

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