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10 great tips to sell your photos online

March 08, 2012  by: Ankit Neerav  Points: 12   Category: Others  Earning $0.40   Views: 952

Tips to increase your sales on microstock photography websites.

         

These days any photographer can upload his or her photographs to a microstock photography website such as istockphoto.com, fotolia.com and others and can earn a decent income regularly. But most people fail to maximize the earnings from their uploaded photographs. There can be several reasons behind this. I''ll try and address a few of them here. So, here are ten great tips that will help you sell your photos better and multiply your earnings.



1. Keyword your images properly. This is the most important aspect of uploading your photos to any microstock agency. You should use an online keyword tool or a keyword directory or simply a good thesarus or dictionary to select all possible keywords that relate to your photograph. It will make sure that your photograph turns up in more searches, thus increasing the chances of your photograph getting sold. A typical count of thirty to forty keywords should be enough for each image that you upload. However you should avoid spamming and tagging keywords that do not relate to your image. This may get you blocked from the website and barred from uploading more photographs.

2. Research best selling photos in your niche. This is a must if you want your images doing well. Before you take your pictures, search the website with keywords that your picture may contain. Look at the photos that turn up first in your search. Make your photo more unique and sellable by clicking photos that may relate better to the keywords than the images already available. Like say, for example you plan to take a picture of an apple. Now analyze the photos already available for the keyword ''apple'' and make your photograph as unique as possible. This will not only avoid your photos from getting rejected because your agency already has them, but also increase your exclusivity on the whole and improves your overall reputation as a photographer.

3. Do not saturate your niche. What you should certainly avoid is uploading pictures in the same niche or of the same object again and again. Say, for example, you uploaded photos of roses, keep the number limited to 5 or at most, 10. This is because if you click and upload say, 100 photographs of roses, then everytime a person looks to buy a photograph of a rose, you stand a chance of selling only 1 of 100 photos! So avoid this and save time and energy.



4. Upload to multiple agencies. If you are not contributing exclusively to one microstock agency as an exclusive photographer, then you should upload your photos to at least 5 or 6 trusted microstock agencies. This will maximize your revenue from each of your photographs besides creating multiple channels of income which you will receive at different times as and when you reach the payment theshold for each website.

5. Diversify your portfolio. Don''t just keep taking puppy dog photographs. You should take photographs in varied niches depending upon your interests as well as what the market demands. By this, i mean, high selling markets such as photographs of cars or hills have stiff competition but if you diversify into these niches and do well, you stand a good chance of getting contacted directly by buyers for specific assignments as these popular markets provide you visibility like no other.

6. Create and maintain a personal website or blog. This is essential as every potential direct employer will like to have comprehensive knowledge of your skills, which your microstock profile may not portray adequately. If you prefer blogging then write a blog at blogger or wordpress regularly and if you prefer flash websites then create one for free at places like wix.com. Be sure to showcase the best of your collection on your blog or website and add links to your profiles on microstock websites. Add your contact details as well as the rates you charge.



7. Do not undersell yourself. This is a common problem with people who have just started out. They tend to offer their services very cheap when contacted by buyers directly. Have faith in your abilities and avoid this. If your work is suited to the buyer, you will get your assignment. At the same time, do not quote a very high price. That will scare away clients. Your fee for a photograph should generally be approximately the amount you would earn from 10 to 15 sales of that photograph on a microstock agency.

8. Touch up defects in your photos. Well, this may be debateable. While some microstock sites allow you to touch up and edit your photos a bit, others may not allow this at all. Be sure that every microstock agency has advanced algorithms and experts to determine touched up photos. So read their terms and conditions carefully and use touch ups only if you are allowed to.

9. Participate in forums which are meant for photographers. You will find lots of them on the web as well as on each microstock website you join. This will increase your awareness of general trends as well as technical issues. Besides, you will also learn about scams and can avoid them. Also read and comment on blogs of famous photographers. You can learn a lot from their experience.

10. Consider selling on Macrostock agencies. These websites are the traditional photo agencies like Getty images, where you can sell each image only once. Sometimes you can get paid up to $60 for a single image. The requirements are varied for macrostock. Creativity is more suited for macrostock. You should try and find out if it works for you and stick to it, if it does. Macrostock is generally more rewarding on the whole.

I hope you will find these tips useful. Make the most of them and reap the benefits. Feel free to provide feedback and share your experiences with microstock websites. Happy earning!




Comment(s)
Author: AJAY        
Posted Date: 03/12/2012    Points:3    

The author has given some great tips on how to sell photographs online. These tips will be more than handy for those who want to have some passive income by selling their own photographs. Besides, some sites are also mentioned by the author which would be a great help to those who want to do so. Thanks for sharing this information with us. Very well presented.
Author: AJAY        
Posted Date: 03/12/2012    Points:3    

Hope to see some more tips on various topics from the author in the future.
Author: Ankit Neerav        
Posted Date: 03/13/2012    Points:2    

Thank you Mr. Singh. Yes, I will be sharing more tips and tricks to succeed in this field as well as useful and complete reviews of the sites that I have mentioned and other popular microstock photography websites.
Author: Ankit Neerav        
Posted Date: 03/13/2012    Points:1    

Please feel free to ask me any questions or doubts that you may have, if you are going to try selling your photos online.
Author: Ankit Neerav        
Posted Date: 03/15/2012    Points:1    

I have made some cahnges to this article, hope that makes it's presentation better on the whole and enriches the reader experience. Do provide feedback. Thank you.

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