If you’re a photographer, it’s the million dollar question: “How to sell my photos online?”
This article will show you the 5 best websites for selling your photos online, how much potential commissions you can get, and will also connect you with a great course for selling your photos from your own niche photography site that is an ABSOLUTE MUST for maximizing your sales snd revenue potential.
How to Sell My Photos Online
To get the absolute most out of your photography and eliminate the competition altogether, you can’t beat selling your photos on your own niche photography website. No more sharing profits with third parties. You’re in full control and you call the shots. To compliment those sales you can also sell on popular photo sales websites.
While you will have to share the profits and will be at the mercy of their terms and conditions, you’re selling on an already established website with a built in audience. Top websites for selling your photos include Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, Alamy, Etsy, and 500px.
1. Build Your Own Niche Photography Website & Eliminate the Competition
If you want to absolutely maximize your profits, it’s time to sell your photography on your own website!
Wait, but you’ve never built a website before? No problem.
Cut out the middle man (and the competition) by selling your photography on your own real estate. You call the shots. You pocket the profits.
Getting trained on how to do just that along with learning how to drive free, targeted traffic to your site is more straightforward than you think.
When you have your own niche website up and running you COMPLETELY ELIMINATE the competition, plus you can earn revenue in multiple ways.
- Earn consistent commissions by connecting your target audience with all the best photography gear they’re already looking for through affiliate marketing.
- Review your DREAM GEAR and the best high end cameras and GET PAID FOR IT!
- You can even earn consistent monthly revenue just from the web traffic itself without selling a single thing!
Building your own niche photography website while you upload your photography to the traditional photo sharing sites gives your budding photography business the diversity you’ll need to sustain it.
2. Adobe Stock
Royalties: 20-60%, non-exclusive
Topping our list of traditional photo sharing websites is Adobe Stock.
Formerly known as Fotolia, Adobe Stock has been around 10+ years.
With spectacular royalties, this is a definite “must” for photographers looking to sell their photos.
I’m sure you recognize the Adobe name. They are the creators of the immensely popular Photoshop and Lightroom photo editing programs.
This means every photo uploaded to Adobe Stock is available to be used in other Adobe applications reaching millions of users.
Royalties range from 20% all the way up to 60%.
Adobe Stock is also non-exclusive, meaning the photos you upload to Adobe Stock can be sold on other websites as well. And more is better!
Royalties: 20-30%, non-exclusive
Shutterstock is another very popular site for selling stock photos.
They’re in over 150 countries globally with a collection of over 200 million photos and boast $500 million in sales to date!
What does this mean to you? It means people from all over the world are having success selling their photos with Shutterstock!
Royalties are solid, ranging from 20-30%.
Shutterstock is also non-exclusive, so why not add this to your list of sites you’re selling from?
Having multiple sites where you sell your photos is an easy way to get more eyes on your photos.
Royalties: 50%, non-exclusive
Next on our list is Alamy. With over 195 million images in their collection, they are a very popular photo selling site with photographers.
They also give one of the highest commissions to photographers at 50% of each photo sold and, like the other two so far on this list, they are non-exclusive.
Also to be noted is that Alamy determines the price of your photo once uploaded.
With the amount of royalties they offer, this shouldn’t be a sticking point.
High traffic, Full control of price points & display
Etsy isn’t usually thought of a site where you can sell your photos online because in and of itself it isn’t a photo selling site.
However, from a traffic standpoint alone, you should consider Etsy for selling your work.
With over 30 million users, Etsy simply has more traffic than most other photo selling sites.
With Etsy you also have more control over your work.
You set the price point and control how the photos are displayed. Don’t sleep on this high traffic site.
Royalties: 30-60%, Both exclusive & non-exclusive tiers
Last on our list is 500px.
500px allows you to create a portfolio of your images and offers some nice tools as well.
Are you an analytics junkie? Ever wondered how many times a photo was clicked or how any single photo ranks with the competition?
500px offers the Pulse Algorithm which shows how your photos stack up.
Images uploaded to 500px also get displayed in a Discovery page that is viewed by thousands.
Something that makes 500px stand out from the others on this list is they offer exclusive licensing with royalties at 60%.
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you can’t sell on other websites. It just means that you can’t sell those exclusive photos on other websites.
500px also offers non-exclusive royalties at 30%. So why not add this to your list of non-exclusive websites to sell on while having a small sub-niche of your photos available exclusively at 500px for that higher royalty tier?
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There are two main routes you can take for turning your photos into consistent monthly revenue. The best for maximizing your profit potential would be through building your own niche photography website. This option eliminates your photos getting lost in a sea of competition on the screen, and also eliminates you having to share your profits with anyone else. It also allows you to take advantage of affiliate marketing and monetize your website in multiple ways without even needing to make a sale. The second route is through traditional photo sharing websites. With these third party websites you’ll have to share your profits and abide by their terms and conditions, but you also benefit from the fact that these websites are well established and bring in consistent traffic. Combine both options and you’ll have a well rounded, sustainable photography business ready to scale and grow.
Have you used any of the photo sharing websites listed above before? What’s been your experience with them? Ever considered building an affiliate marketing photography site before? What’s held you back?
Leave all your questions and comments in the section below! I always reply and I look forward to hearing from you!