Most people who use the Internet are always interested in finding new ways to make money while sitting at home. Today will show a new and different way to earn money online. How? By uploading images. It may sound absurd, but you actually CAN make money selling photos online.
Many people have an interest in photography and regularly publish images to social media. But with the booming trend of high quality phone cameras, anybody can be a photographer. Instead of taking a really cool picture and publishing it to Twitter or Instagram, instead publish it to a stock photo site where you can get money each time somebody downloads it!
Make money selling photos online with these 5 sites
Forget about Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Upload your photos to these 5 sites and you will have an actual chance of making money. The 5 sites listed below are easy to sign up for, and you can usually apply in just a few minutes.
To get started and make money selling photos online, just navigate to one of the sites listed below. One you register as a vendor and go through the approval process, just go out and take quality images! Once you have the images, upload them, tag them (in the correct categories of course) and wait till somebody downloads them! When they do, you are looking at an easy 50% commission of whatever the order amount is.
*Tips for uploading images
- Image quality should be good with High Resolution
- Do not add text, numbers, watermarks, or copyright icons to the pictures. Keep them clean so users can use them right away
- Pornographic images are strictly prohibited, so avoid anythingsexually explicit
- Focus on Quality not Quantity. It is better to have 10 incredible pictures than to have 50 crappy ones
ShutterStock.com is a very popular site for buying and selling pictures. You can get paid simply by creating a ShutterStock account, uploading your pictures, and receiving payment every time somebody downloads your photo. Each download typically pays about $0.35. This doesn’t seem like much, but if you have a picture that hits it big, this can mean a big payday for you.
It is worth noting that the minimum size of each uploaded picture must be 4 megapixels, and that getting found on this site is highly dependent on using the correct keywords. You can also interact with other users and gain an outsider’s perspective into your work. This helps you take and upload better pictures for the future, with the end goal of earning more money down the line.
Like ShutterStock, Fotolia allows users to register as a vendor and upload pictures whenever they want. Users can set their own prices within a certain level. As their sales grown, so does this volume. It makes sense that a new user cannot charge as much as an established, highly reputable vendor.
PixMac is another great source to earn money from your photos. This site contains a very large number of images and claims many photographer vendors. Unlike other vendors, there is a minimum photo size of only 3 megapixels, and each photo has to get manually approved by an administrator.
Users of this site rarely complain, as the administrators take care of their legitimate members by providing great customer service and a wonderful interface. If you are looking for a quality platform, you definitely need to check this one out.
Like most other stock image sites, Imgzzz.com is free to use, and you do not need to pay for a membership. You must first register before you can upload pictures. The unique selling point about Imgzzz is that you don’t get paid when people download your images, but rather get a 60% cut of whatever ads are run on the site directly tied to your images. Because the site is backed by social media users, your images get shared a lot, and therefore you get paid more (in theory).
DreamsTime is the last site on our list, and this one pays for images you upload. It is different from many other sites in such a way that it accepts only quality images. Photos are added to your account only if they make it through the rigorous screening process. Unlike other sites than only pay pennies on every dollar, DreamsTime pays uploaders an average of $2-7 per download. This is by far the highest earning potential, but it is necessary to submit only the highest quality images.
Conclusion: Take advantage of your talent!
The online market provides you the chance to take advantage of your talent, so stop throwing away money by posting your images to social media for free. Post them to stock image sites and start getting paid!