How to Sell Digital Pictures | Earn from Your Passion
Let me guess: you are passionate about photography and want to learn how to sell digital pictures. Am I right?
Or maybe you’re an Internet Marketer looking for a new niche.
Either way, you’re at the right place.
Because although taking photos is a passion to millions of people, most of them still haven’t realized that making money from digital photos is actually much more simple than they imagine.
And that’s what I’m going to talk about today.
How Good are Your Photos?
Time to be 100% honest.
How appealing are the pictures you take? If they are not visually attractive, they aren’t going to sell.
This is the time to take a break from everything and evaluate the real possibilities you have at this.
Ask a good friend, your significant one, your kids… anyone you trust and know will be frank with you.
The truth is, if you’re not that good, you’ll be wasting your time in trying to sell them.
If you’re Not Approved as a Talented Photographer
Don’t worry, you can still earn from your passion even if you’re not going to sell your own shots.
Stay with me and you’ll find out how.
Passion is different from interest. Those who are just interested in things have the “wish”, but passionate people have the “will”.
– Israelmore Ayivor
Licensing | “Selling” Digital Pictures
There are lots of websites where you can offer your photos to be licensed.
How Does this Work?
Licensing is one of the most popular ways of selling pictures online.
You typically need to be approved by your desired website’s standard (some are very high). After this happens, you just need to upload your images to the site and get a commission whenever the sales happen.
How Much Can You Earn?
Percentages vary a lot depending on the website and on factors such as exclusivity. They can range from 20% to 75%+.
Some also pay fixed prices.
It’s really a matter of checking out each one of them.
Stock Photography Sites
Here’s a list of sites (and their URLs) to help in your search.
- Getty Images | iStock
- Adobe Stock
- Can Stock Photo
- Free Digital Photos.net
Only Got a Cell Phone Camera?
No worries, you can still make earn money from it.
Watch this quick video showing how people are taking advantage of their smartphones:
… anyone who doesn’t want to spend much time on anything other than taking pictures.
>> But if you want to fire up your earnings, there’s a better way.
Just keep reading!
Create Your Own Website
If you’re a professional, chances are you already have a portfolio site and you can leverage that.
But if you’re an amateur, don’t worry, creating a new website is so easy nowadays that it only takes about 5 minutes.
Building from there is what really needs to be your focus.
If you believe your pictures are good enough to attract buyers, you have the choice to sell them directly from your site and get the entire profit (not only a percentage as happens with Licensing).
But even if that’s not your case, you can promote products related to photography.
Let me give you a clear example:
This is a screenshot taken from the website of re-known photographer and filmmaker Timothy Allen.
Note that he not only showcases his photos (on the ‘portfolio’ option on the top menu) but also monetizes from the website.
- Licensing his pictures
- Promoting the equipment and gear he uses (he’ll get commissions on any sale made through the affiliate links shown above)
- Selling participation on his expeditions/workshops
Okay, you may not be that experienced. I get it! But affiliate links and licensing are a real possibility for you.
Here’s One Idea:
You create a blog site where you talk about:
- Basic Photography techniques
- Feature popular professionals (Timothy Allen could be one!)
- Present case studies
- Interview photographers
- Cover exhibitions
- Places to travel and shoot unforgettable pictures
- How to take gorgeous photos of your kids
- Tips to take amazing pictures of your pets
- Special Events photography
The list goes on and on. It can be endless!
You choose the topics you and your readers are most interested in, offer as much insight as you possibly can to genuinely help other people, and recommend products you trust.
See how this works? This is pure Affiliate Marketing!
You get a commission every time anyone buys from your affiliate links (like the ones on Timothy’s website).
>> TIP: Think about this, every time you write a recommendation you’re adding another stream of income to your financial portfolio. Your website will be up 24/7 and, if you apply the correct techniques and strategies, you’ll likely be making money while sleeping, traveling or shooting new pictures.
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Products to Promote
To make sure you got a clear idea of the potential of this, here are some examples of things to promote as an affiliate marketer on the photography niche:
- Photo ebooks
- Courses ebooks
- Video courses
- Lightroom Presets
- Gear (bags, vests etc)
And remember, you can always create your own products (training, ebooks, guides) and sell them directly from your website.
Related: How to Create an eBook Online
There are affiliate programs for almost any product you can imagine.
Here are a few you can explore:
- Online Courses:
You just need to correctly choose the programs that best fit your website. You need to look at reliability, user experience, effectiveness, commission rates.
Here’s a post I wrote that talks about this process in detail: How to Find Affiliate Programs for Your Website
The beauty of this is that you can partner with as many affiliate programs as you wish. And promote as many products/services as you want.
What’s The Next Step?
After reading this article, if you decided you really just want to keep taking your photos and not get involved in anything new, I say that’s totally fair.
And I wish you all the best.
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