How to sell photos online? 10 online photos selling websites
Hey, you are a photographer and want to make money by selling your photos online or you have awesome photos collection and want sell online so this article ‘How to sell photos online’ is for you.
Here I tell you how to sell photos online at the best price and 10 best photos selling website so let’s get started.
First thing I tell you that If your photos are not visually appealing, they aren’t going to sell. So capture high quality and attractive images.
Let’s see how to sell photos online on websites.
Sell Photos Online With Your Own website
Now you say me hey Varun I am a photographer, I don’t know any coding than how
create a website?
No, I tell you that create a website with WordPress. It’s very simple to create a website
with WordPress. If you don’t know how to create Read this Article.
Now you tell me that why I say you to create a new website I can also sell photos on many others website.
Benefits of own website :
- You can set your own prices
- Don’t give commission to any websites
- You have 100% control over how to display your photos
- You can set your own terms and conditions
- YOU’RE in control.
Create your own website on WordPress do some advertisement on google and youtube and generate sells through your own website. If you thought WordPress is hard to learn that you can also try Wix.
Shutterstock is a very popular website for buy and sells photos. You can try it.
Let’s see how to sign-up and sell photos online.
Go to Shutterstock website.
Click on the Become a Contributor.
Now click on the ‘Sign up now’ and it asks to enter your name, email, password. Enter right information and click on ‘Next’.
Now its tell you to verify the link which you receive through the mail. Check your mail and verify your email address.
After verification, you show a simple form fill it and it also asks for your identity proof so upload identity proof.
After upload your identity proof you can show your Shutterstock dashboard. Let’s see some option on the dashboard.
- Here you can see how many images are pending for approval, how many rejected etc.
- In this section, you can see earning and also you can see a detailed earnings summary.
- If your any payment is pending you can see here.
- Here you can see how much you earn in a particular
- In this section, you see in which country your photos sold.
You will earn at least 30 cents per photo purchased and will be paid more for your more popular photos. It’s possible to earn up to $25 per photo! Premium images that cost more to purchase will also net you a higher income.
123RF is another website to sell your photos online. You can earn between 40% and 60% for each download depending on how many purchases are made. Let’s see how to sell photos online on 123RF.
Go to the 123RF.
Find ‘For Contributor’ section in website footer(Bottom part of the website) and click on ‘Sell Content’.
It says you to sign up on the website. Fill the form with right information and click on ‘Sign Up’.
Now you can see you are logged on the website. To upload image come in the footer and click on ‘upload’ which stand in ‘For Contributor’ section.
You can see full upload step. Complete all step to upload your photo on 123RF.
Note: Here you must be at least 18 years of age to become a contributor.
Can Stock Photo
Can Stock Photo is another good website for sell photos online. In starting you have to upload three photos and submit an application. Once the application is approved you can start selling your images.
Let’s see how to sell photos online with Can Stock Photo
Go to Can Stock Photo
Click on register button show in the top of the page.
Now fill this form and click on ‘Create Account’.
Now go to the footer and click on ‘Sell Your Images’ and click on ‘Apply Now’. Now its show some information read it and click on ‘Continue’.
Fill this application with your information and click on ‘Continue’. It’s telling you to fill some another information about you. Now it tells you to upload three images as a sample, upload it and click on ‘Continue’.
Here you can earn $0.30 to $70 per photo.
iStock Photo is a great place to sell stock photos online. The standard payout for iStock Photo starts at only 15% per download, but this can increase to 40% depending on the popularity of your photos.
Let’s see how to sign up with iStock Photo and how to sell photos online with iStock Photo.
Go to iStock Photo.
Now go to the footer and find ‘COMPANY’ section here you can see ‘Sell Stock’ option just click on this it. And now click on ‘APPLY’.
Now fill sign up with your information and click on ‘CONTINUE’.
Here it tells you to upload some content so upload your best content and click on ‘SUBMIT APPLICATION’.
It takes some time to approve your application. Once your application is approved you can upload an image and start selling images online.
Alamy is a great platform to sell stock photos. Here no presence of any hard and fast rules. You can sell your image without any licensing or any copyright problems.
So now see how to sign up with Alamy and sell your stock photos.
First, go to the Alamy website.
Click on ‘Sell Images’ and it gives you some details about how to sell images with Alamy, now click on sign up button.
Now it asks you what you upload daily basis, you can choose anything that you want and click on ‘NEXT. Now upload your best three images and click on ‘SUBMIT’.
And it’s done! Now wait 0-48 hours and you receive mail from Alamy. If your photos are good you definitely approved. After approved start uploading best images earn money of your hard work.
Photoshelter is different from other websites. It is a tool to make a website. Here you can create own website with this website templets.
All things you can manage with Drag & Drop!
But it’s not free you have paid some fees to use it. But it’s not very high fees. Here three plans available, you can choose any plan between $10-$45. You can also try the free trial.
So let’s see how to sign up on PHOTOSHELTER.
First, go to the PHOTOSHELTER website.
Now click on ‘Free Trial’ and you show simple form, fill it and click on ‘NEXT’. Now choose your website URL and click on ‘SUBMIT’.
You can show dashboard here. Here you can manage your website and also show your traffic here. Click on ‘My Site’ to see your site. You can edit your website with the site builder.
If you don’t like a website subdomain you can change it with your own domain name. If you have idea to make own website and don’t have time to make website on WordPress then you can try it.
Etsy has different ways to sell the photos online. If you have photos in Hard Copy then it’s for you. Here you have full control and also you can set your own price. They have a larger audience who is ready to purchase your images.
Its don’t take any monthly fees only $0.20 starting fee and 3.5% transaction fees.
Let’s see how to sell photos online with Esty
First, go to Etsy.
Click on ‘Sell on Etsy’. And click on ‘Open your Etsy shop’.
And fill the sign-up form and click on register. You can also continue with facebook or google. Confirm the link which is received through the mail. And fill some details about you and click on ‘Save and Continue’.
Now enter your shop name. And now add your product with photos, price, and description. Add your payment method and continue.
If you have an offline store and you selling photos offline so this is best option to go online.
Bluemelon is another website for selling your photos online. Create your account upload photos and earn money. It’s not free you have to pay some fees here to sell your images.
Here you can choose any plan as your requirement. The plan price is $30 to $300.
So let’s see how to sign up on Bluemelon and how to sell photos online with Bluemelon.
First, go to Bluemelon.
Click on sign up which stand top of the page.
Now fill this sign up form and click on ‘Register’ now it tells you to complete some steps if you want to complete then complete it or you can skip it and come into the dashboard.
You can see many options on the dashboard. Click on upload to upload photos. You can customize the site with the customize option and you can also see your all report with ‘My Stuff’ option.
Bluemelon is simple site and it’s easy to use.
500px is an online marketplace to create portfolios of your images and earn money. It is one of the best places to sell photos online.
It’s very easy to use. Here also you pay fees, you can try 15-day free trial. If you like it then buy it.
500px has three premium plans and its plans start $2.99 to $19.99 per month.
Let’s see how to sign up with 500px and how to sell photos online with 500px.
Go to 500px
Click on ‘Sign Up’ to sign up on 500px.
Now its tell you to continue with google or facebook, you can also email.
After successful sign up you can see your 500px dashboard. Click on upload to upload your photos.
You can also see your site status here but its only for premium membership.
It’s simple and quick!
Fotolia is one of the biggest stock marketplaces that is popular with the European people and is owned by Adobe.
You can sell photos on Fotolia and will earn at least 15% of the selling price for non-subscription sales and at least 30% for subscriptions.
So let’s see how to sign up and how to sell photos on Fotolia.
First, go to Fotolia.
Now click on the ‘Sell Image’, it asks you adobe id if you have then login otherwise click on ‘Get Started’.
Fill the sign-up form and click on ‘Sign Up’. Now you receive a confirmation mail verify your account by clicking on the link.
After confirmation, it asks you that you are an existing contributor but we new here so click on ‘No’.
Now you can see many options in your dashboard. Click on upload to upload your photos. Here also you can that how many photos are sold and you can see an overview of your sells.
It’s easy Right? So, why you wait to sell awesome images.
Suggestion to Photographer
- Try to capture awesome and attractive photos.
- Research the market and find which type of photos are in trends.
- Always take back up of your photos (You can try Dropbox).
- Read terms and conditions of any website before sign up.
- Don’t just do the same-old or what everyone else is doing. Quirky, cute or weird is always in fashion.