Best Places To Sell Your Photos Online
Cash Made from Selling Microstock in 2012: US$ 24,031.28
It is incredibly easy to sell your microstock photography online and begin to roll in extra income. All you need to know is where the best places to sell photos online are. We have reviewed online stock photography agencies such as, Fotolia, Shutterstock, Dreamstime… etc.
This article will help you discover the best places to sell your photos online and explore the crazy amount of money that can potentially be made from these microstock agencies.
To Be Successful Selling Microstock You Must Take Descent Photography
What is Stock Photography?
So what’s stock photography? Stock Photography also known as micro stock are photographs and images licensed to the end user. Using stock photography is extremely popular with all kinds of designers and marketing companies. Stock pictures could end up in a variety of marketing media. Instead of employing a photographer to take or create photographs, people and/or companies can find your pictures at a stock photography agency and pay you a percentage for each image that belongs to you. I have included a link on this page you can use to help you understand what type of stock photographs sell best.
Say NO to Digital Noise
Before you sell your photos online, be sure the photos don’t contain logos, brands, copyrighted material, and trademarks. When selling microstock online you must be sure the you own the pictures.
Models Must Sign a “Model Release”
If you intend to send pictures other than editorial photographs, you’ll need to submit a model release form if you have a person who is recognizable in your photographs. All agencies can provide you with a basic model release form, which must be filled out and sent in with every picture that has a recognizable person in it. Typically, I send in the same model release paperwork to each of the agencies and do not have any problems. I have provided a copy below.
How To Choose The Best Places To Sell Your Photos Online
The best places to sell your photos online are listed below on this page or can be found by clicking here, but the first step is to determine if you want to post on one or all of the available micro stock sites. Some sites are easier to become members of and can be just as rewarding if you are first starting out. I have put together a list so you can check them all out. Simply looking around the site will help you determine if it offers what you need. Review the images stocked on the agencies site to determine whether your photos parallel in style, quality, and creativity. You can look into the amount of visitors as well as how many times each photograph is downloaded. In addition, you are able to join the forums that an agency may have available.
Categorizing & Keywording
Typically when you sell your photos online, you are allowed to upload images into several categories – make sure you take full advantage of this, place all photographs and images in every possible category. This is important because there are shoppers that view by category. Your job is to get each picture and image in the proper categories ensuring the photographs are in plain view of the buyers searching for great photos.
The use of keywords helps to provide a way for buyers using searches engines to find your pictures. You are provided with a limited amount of word use to best describe your images. It’s advisable to use every allowed word. On the same note it is important to use simple keywords that are very accurate in their description. DO NOT, use “garbage” keywords or any other types of keywords that does not apply to a particular photograph or image. Doing so will hold up the approval process and could get your photographs denied.
In Order To Sell Your Photos Online You Need To Uploading
Typically there are 3 methods to upload photographs to a agencies. Uploading using a form located on all microstock sites is the most common method.
Java /ActiveX upload method is available only on a few micro stock websites.
The final example is uploading with a FTP method which happens to be the simplest method in my opinion. This drag & drop method allows you to easily take pictures on your computer and move them to the hosting server.
Unfortunately, an agency such as iStockphoto uses their own special uploading software and there is a cost for the pro version.
You will need an FTP Client for example:
Cyberduck for Mac computers
FileZilla & CuteFTP for Windows computers
So you can transfer your FTP files. You can check out sites like tucows.com & download.com to find FTP software.
If you don’t already know what I mean when I say selling microstock photography, I have included a wiki definition.
While you reading the above definition you may also like reading the definitions of microstock. Once you are done reading, visit my next page where we discuss the best places to sell your photos. In the next article we will cover the many companies that you could use to sell your photography online.