How to Sell Your Photos Online

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With more businesses going bankrupt now more than ever, more and more people are looking at new ways to make money from home. If you are an avid photographer with a stack of photos then you may be unaware of the oportunities the internet has to offer. Selling photos online is not only quick and easy but you can also make a residual income as you can get paid over and over again for each photograph.

However quality is very important. You need to first make sure your photographs are of a high standard and in the right formating. This tends to be jpeg. You may also want to search stock photography sites to see what type of photographs are popular. Most of the stock photo sites have a download log underneath each photograph so it is always a good idea to see what types of photograph are being downloaded the most. This will help you establish the demand you can expect for your images.

You can sell your photos on the following sites;

Creastock.com

The site is very crisp, clean and easy to navigate. The selection of photographs are large and really nice quality. Signing up and adding photos to sell is fast and free. However their quality control is very strict so make sure you only send the best.

Conversion – Unlike other stock photography sites people that want to buy images to use on their site can just buy one photo. This means they don’t have to invest in credits that they will never use or believe they never use. it makes it quick simple and much less of a risk or investment from the buyer. They login, choose a picture and buy as simple as that. This is a great feature that other stock photography sites are missing out on.

Payout is easy and very reasonable comparatively, you get a percentage of each photography sold which goes up when you sell more.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites.

Dreamstime.com

The site This site is functional rather than design orientated, the navigation helps the user find keywords and they have a nice selection of photographs to browse.

Conversion –  Minimum spend is low for multiple images.  This means impulse buyers don’t have to invest too much money on credits that they will never use.  It makes it quick simple and much less of a risk or investment from the buyer.

Payout is easy and the photo price increases with popularity and thus your commission, payment is through paypal. Once you have uploaded your photos you again have to do nothing except add more photographs making it an excellent resource to start.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites or you can choose to be exclusive.

Stockxpert.com

The site – clean not quite as easy as some of the others to navigate.  It is also quick and easy to buy, but you do have to provide a selection of 3 samples for them to have a look at before you can start.

Conversion – Minimum spend is low and although this is for multiple photos each photo is a low price.

Payout – The payout is a good percentage on all downloads.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites .

Shutterstock.com

The site is quick and clean and reasonably easy to search and navigate. However to sign up and sell photos you have to supply a copy of your passport or driving licence.

Conversion – Minimum investment is comparitively high. So converting impulse buyers may be more difficult.  However, the people that do convert are more likely to be serious buyers so would download more than the impulse buyers.

Payout is a simple flat rate per download and ther rate increases after multiple downloads but lower than some of the other sites. Payment is made through paypal or by cheque.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites.

Istock.com

The site – clean and easy to navigate.  To buy is easy but it is notoriously difficult to get images listed.

Conversion – As the site is well known people are more likely to trust it. The minimum spend is larger than some other sites fand it is on a credit based system.

Payout – The payout scale is is on a percentage rate of everything downloaded. Higer payout rates are available if you sign up exclusively with them.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites unless you sign up for their exclusive service.


Shutterstock  6.5

Shutterstock

Our rating – 6.5

The site is quick and clean and reasonably easy to search and navigate. However to sign up and sell photos you have to supply a copy of your passport or driving licence. Although I understand the need for security in this day and age having these details in the hands of a third part always makes me nervous.

Conversion – Minimum investment  is £30 for five images. So converting new customers may be slightly more difficult with these guys as people are less likely to impulse buy. However, the people that do convert are more likely to be serious buyers so would download more than the impulse buyers. As processing  is difficult and lengthy competition could be lower, therefore with many members subscribing to multiple downloads the sales could be very incredibly high as you may have a captive audience specifically looking for new images.

Payout is simple but lower than some of the other sites listed and the minimum payout is higher.

  • $0.25 per download
  • after $500 then it is $0.30 per download
  • Minimum payout $75 by paypal $300 by cheque

However, once you have taken the time to upload your photo and it has been uploaded and approved you don’t have to do anything and as described above it all depends on bulk.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites.

Marketing They seem to be hot on their marketing and spending with adsence. However their profit share system also requires submission of a passport or driving licence so that will put a lot of marketers off.

I couldn’t not mention this company as their traffic is large and the potential to sell large amounts is very prevalent. Their marketing is very good however they loose huge points for being too intrusive, I could never recommend giving a third party company a copy of your passport details. Even most payment processors don’t want this.

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Our rating – 6 out of 10

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Istock

The site – clean and easy to navigate.  To buy is easy but it is notoriously difficult to get images listed.

Conversion – As the site is well known people are more likely to trust it. However the minimum spend is $18 for 12 credits. Therefore, it is less likely to appeal to the impulse buyer.

Payout – Non exclusive – The payout scale is 20% and ranges from $0.30 to $26.40 (if an illustration sold on subscription). The payout per single photo of a high resolution is the highest so far.
Exclusive- Double it!! yes if you go exclusively through them it is 40%

However, you have to get your images through first and there is a lot of competition.

Exclusivity -They allow you to post  photos on other stock sites unless you take the 40% deal.

Marketing They boast a huge spend on marketing and are splashed all over google. They have a introduction sales commission for customers but not a rounded campaign which means that this trype of marketing won’t appeal to internet marketers as much as other options currently available.

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