If you have a sizeable portfolio of images, you should consider selling them on stock sites.
These platforms gather millions of pictures and videos, and sell them to businesses, marketing agencies and media. In return, the photographers receive a commission every time their work is downloaded.
The amount per download depends on the platform, the type of license and many other factors. In all cases, the price is still low, so if you want to make money, you should bet on quantity and regularly upload fresh content.
Stock sites require you to sign up first. Make sure you carefully read the guidelines, as some platforms forbid you to submit the same images to competitors. Once you’re registered, you can start feeding your account. Every image that you submit will be evaluated before publication – but after a few days, you’ll master the whole process very easily.
What makes a winning stock photo?
The quality of the shot, a file uploaded in extra high resolution (since it can be used in a lot of different formats) and a subject everyone can relate to. The world of stock images is getting more and more standardized, as the rather unflattering adjective ‘stocky’ tells. Browse the best sellers on various sites in order to see what’s currently working.
To optimize your chances, make sure to add as many relevant keywords in your description. The best tip here is to think of the possible queries someone would be looking for a photo like yours would type in the search bar.