TOP 5 SITES TO MAKE MONEY SELLING PHOTOS
Good morning dear readers of Tecnogalaxy, today we will talk about the 5 best sites to sell your photos.
Want to sell your photos online and earn some money?
As a photographer, you can easily earn some extra money (or even start a new career!) if you know the right places to sell your photos online. Photographers of various levels are in great demand for their work now more than ever. Everyone, from large companies to small and medium-sized businesses to bloggers, graphic designers, marketing experts and publishers, regularly buy and use photos online.
In this guide we will share the 5 best platforms to sell photos online and earn money doing what you love.
WHO BUYS STOCK PHOTOS AND WHICH TYPE OF PHOTOS SELLS MORE?
The largest stock photo purchase base are bloggers and owners of small and medium-sized websites.
WHAT KIND OF IMAGES DO THEY BUY MORE?
- People: children, adults and everyone else in every country and culture.
- People who work: These images are highly appreciated by companies.
- Food: Various types of food that at least visually are very tasty.
- Tools: Gears, hammers, nuts, bolts and screws.
- City: urban landscapes, buildings, commuters.
- Nature: sunsets, sunrise, animals
- Travel: shots from around the world are always in high demand.
THE BEST PLACES TO SELL YOUR PHOTOS ONLINE
1. PERSONAL WEBSITE
Is it because:
- You can set your own prices.
- No one else takes a percetual.
- You have 100% control over how to view your photos.
- You can set your own terms and conditions.
In short, YOU HAVE control.
Don’t have a website yet? It’s not hard to get started. Check out this simple guide on how to create a photography website in WordPress. Most professional online photography sites are created on WordPress.
Simply create a website using WordPress and after you have created your website, you have to show photos beautifully to attract visitors and convince them to buy your images. We recommend using a top-notch WordPress plugin like Envira Gallery to create image galleries for your photos.
You can also create photo albums with gorgeous customizable Lightboxes to view and classify your images to stand out from the competition. The Envira Gallery plugin also has an add-on called, WooCommerce that allows you to easily sell photos.
2. ADOBE STOCK
Adobe Stock, is a stock photo market from the manufacturer of the most popular photo editing software solutions, including Photoshop and Lightroom. This platform has existed for over 10 years and is known to be the first online market to sell photos.
The thing you’ll like most about Adobe Stock is their royalty share, which is higher than that of other online stores. Uploaded photos become part of the Adobe Stock library, which means that they are also available in other Adobe applications and thus reach millions of Adobe users and potential buyers.
Contributors earn 20% to 60% with Adobe Stock. And, unlike other markets, Adobe Stock doesn’t force you to grant them exclusive sales rights on your images. Then, you can sell simultaneously on Adobe Stock and other platforms. Given the colossus that is Adobe, it is likely that Adobe Stock will continue to become a prime destination for buyers and sellers of stock photography.
Shutterstock is a popular site for over 15 years to buy stock photos online. They have over 200 million images, videos and music that people can buy without royalty, which also means they have millions of customers buying. As a photographer, in the long run you can earn great money with this market. According to their site, sellers on Shutterstock have earned over $500 million worldwide.
Shutterstock allows you to protect your copyrights, so it’s up to you to set the rights to your photos. Shutterstock also gives credit to image owners, which is an important advantage that protects your property and markets your brand.
Once you become a contributor to the site, you start earning money every time someone purchases and downloads your content. As a contributor, you can earn 20% to 30% of anything that sells your image, which Shutterstock pays monthly.
Like Adobe Stock, Shutterstock does not require you to use their market exclusively. You might also consider selling simultaneously on Adobe Stock and Shutterstock!
Alamy is another great platform on which to sell stock photos, because it has no strict rules.
The site may not have as many buyers as Shutterstock and Adobe Stock, but it’s still a great contender and another great revenue option. Photographers can upload their photos to Alamy without license or other copyright issues. To date, Alamy has earned $180 million in payments to photographers.
Alamy rates are also competitive. The market pays photographers 50% of each sale if it exceeds the $25,000 per year limit, 40% for each sale if your annual sales are less than $25,000 but more than $250 and 20% for contributors whose annual sales are less than $250, which is superior to some of the other competing platforms.
Etsy is best known as a market for buying and selling unique handmade products, so you may not think about it when looking for places to sell stock photos. However, Etsy boasts over 30 million users and different ways to sell your photos through their platform.
The great thing about Etsy is that it has a wider audience than most stock photo sites and a demographic ready to buy your images. Sure, you can sell digital images on Etsy, but you can also sell prints. So if you are looking to expand your photography business even more, Etsy is a great option!
Just remember that when selling prints, you will need to take into account the cost of printing, packaging and shipping.
Etsy also allows you to rate your photos and the site gives you full control over how to show your photos to buyers. If you want full control over the sale of your photos but don’t want to create your site from scratch, Etsy could be your thing.
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