Making Money From Stock Photos, Images, Video and Audio

What Is It?

Stock marketplaces allow you to sell your high quality photos, images, videos and audio files as stock to customers for their business or personal use. They are a great way to earn passive income, getting paid by both monthly recurring revenue and one-time download charges for material you uploaded months ago.

How Does It Work?

These marketplaces allow people to sell high quality photos, images videos and audio files for personal and business use without needing to have their own website to host and market them.

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First, you register for their site and some of the higher quality sites have a screening process where they review samples of your material to make sure it meets their standards. After you are accepted then you use their website or app to upload and categorize material to their website. Once uploaded they will review the material, again to insure it is high quality, doesn’t cross any obvious copyright or displaying rules. This can take anywhere from a day to a few weeks. Finally it will be available for purchase.

Customers can either purchase images directly or buy a monthly subscription to use them. The marketplaces take a hefty commission which usually means contributors get paid less than $1/item sold per month. One great thing about this is that once you upload material it can continue to be purchased months later, driving a slowly-growing source of recurring revenue.

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Keep in mind that they do take away a lot of the marketing, copywriting and payment hassle that people typically deal so for new people starting out this isn’t that bad. What you do want to confirm when you start out is if the site has any exclusivity rights before you sign up. Some of them have mandatory or optional exclusivity rights where you can’t post your material on any other site or sell yourself offline. They do pay noticeably more but it is something you need to be comfortable with first. In the list of sites below, ones with exclusivity rights have been flagged.

How Much Money Can You Make?

When you are new at this and if you don’t have tonnes of material, don’t expect to make more than $250/month. Some contributors with a large, high quality portfolio can make $1,000-$2,000+/month primarily with passive income. Once you are very experienced and have a large portfolio that you have rights to distribute then you are much better off to market and sell this yourself.

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When you are new at this and if you don’t have tonnes of material, don’t expect to make more than $250/month. Some contributors with a large, high quality portfolio can make $1,000-$2,000+/month primarily with passive income. Once you are very experienced and have a large portfolio that you have rights to distribute then you are much better off to market and sell this yourself.

Websites

Tips

  • Make sure you clearly understand the rules each site has on acceptable content. For example, many don’t allow pictures of private property without release rights from the owner.
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