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Simple method on how to make money from stock photos

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by OnlineGodfather, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. OnlineGodfather

    OnlineGodfather Senior Member

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    This is a my own method of how I make about $300 - $400 per month on autopilot
    using stock photo websites.


    First thing you need to do is to register yourself on stock photography websites
    like these:

    - Dreamstime.com(i recomend this one to start with)
    - Shutterstock.com
    - Fotolia.com
    - istockphoto.com
    - Shutterstock.com

    There are many other websites you can also join, i just mentioned a few where
    you can start.


    Now, when you are registered member, you need to upload stock related
    photos which are going to be accepted.
    I have tried alot of picture categories and the most profitable and easy
    accepted were the ones related to:

    - Backgrounds: different colorful backgrounds with different themes
    - Textures: from ice, wood, metal, paper, everything
    - Frames: different kind of frames, like picture or film

    NOTE: The best is to upload pictures that are going to be used for later
    image processing. Dont upload pictures with models in it.


    Where to get pictures? You can always make your own pictures if you have
    a good camera and you know how to photograph but i have used pictures from web.
    You can use google images or photo related website like deviantart which has
    stock photo section.

    NOTE: Always mask your photos, make it different then original, change colors,
    add something, rotate it. I have always done that so that images hasnt been
    recognized as duplicate and they were accepted.


    I upload same pictures to different websites so i can make the most money from them.
    I have been running this for almost a year and it makes a nice stream of income for 1 hour work.

    Questions are welcome.
     
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  2. ChanzGrande

    ChanzGrande Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I'm surprised I see that there have been quite a few views of this thread, and yet nobody has commented on the validity of this. Additionally, for newbies few fail to realize the importance of a solid reliable low-maintenance cash flow vehicle.

    To have $300-400 coming in monthly with minimal work involved would have been a godsend for me when I got started. That's all money you can keep pouring into your business testing models, methods, and more. That means you can learn the hard lessons of IM or BH faster, and achieve your goals faster.

    Anyway, I think this method seems quite viable. I recommend moving the thread to Jr. VIP, though this is actually one method I doubt 1000 new entrants to the market could possibly saturate.

    Oh, of course the OP left out the juicy details about traffic generation, but I still suggest Jr. VIP for it.

    Great method OnlineGodfather.
     
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  3. Tim Roth

    Tim Roth Junior Member

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    Hey,
    thanks for this post. Fotolia is good for Background ect? I ask that because it's the only one in my primary language too, and i want to ask if is sure that i can't get any problem with Copyright from Devianart's pictures.

    Thank you for posting that,
    Good work!
     
  4. OnlineGodfather

    OnlineGodfather Senior Member

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    The most profitable stock website for me is dreamstime, so you can start there. It really doesnt matter about the language. Just try it and you will see how it goes.

    And yes, you can get in trouble with copyright on any site about deviantart pictures thats why you need to change it...
     
  5. Chees

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    So what do u get paid for ? when ppl download your photos ?
     
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    haridada Senior Member

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    $100. Is that enough for you? or do you want more? :rolleyes:
     
  7. Chees

    Chees Regular Member

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    I meant to say HOW does it work ? You get paid when ppl download your photo or what ?
     
  8. wpbacklinks

    wpbacklinks Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Nice idea man!

    i ever think about this!

    how many photos uploaded by you to earn $300 - $400 per month? how it can be autopilot?

    you need 1 hour/day to work for this?

    :)
     
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    People on those sites mostly buy packages.

    100 Packages for 29.95$ .. Ok now they can download 100 of any pictures in that site.
    You can ofcourse buy a higher package if you wanna.
    That´s how it works. =D
     
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    blogbd1 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hi, this is a nice, simple and workable trick. Thanks for sharing this with everyone. I might give it a try. Yesterday I have created a software called "Google Image Scraper" for my clients. I think that will help me with this method.

    Thanks
     
  11. element94

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    Interesting post.
    Care to explain the Subscription,Unlimited Seats,Increase Maximum Copies,Web Usage and Print usage versions on dreamsite ?
     
  12. OnlineGodfather

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    yes, you get paid when people download your image. But it depends on how much you earn per download by what size they choose.

     
  13. element94

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    What about traffic ? these sites have tens of thousands of pictures. It might take time to see some sales...
     
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    this sounds viable
     
  15. OnlineGodfather

    OnlineGodfather Senior Member

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    You can check everything you need to know on their website:

    Code:
    http://www.dreamstime.com/sellimages
     
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    vinaylahoti Junior Member

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    Hmm.. I'm good at photoshop :)
    will start doing this :)
    but how to get traffic ??
     
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    Hi OnlineGodfather, how many images per month do you upload?
     
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    I'm affraid that what you are doing is illegal. You are not allowed to take any picture from the web. This is a big mistake that many people do. That's the reason why people play for photos on these sites; they pay for the right to use the photo.

    Unless you have the allowance from the owner of the photo you can get into trouble.

    Read this: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/
     
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  19. gharold

    gharold Newbie

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    Kewl idea,
    Thanks.
    You can not quote me on this because I do not know the true legality of this situation...
    But if you take an original item...article, photograph, art piece, etc
    and you alter it...it ceases to be that original item...
    it be comes a derivative of the original and depending on the amount of alteration you make...it can develop into its own original.

    The OP recommends changing the photo before uploading it.
    He is not suggesting stealing others original works.
    Re-writing or re-purposing another author's article is a recognized practice.
    Why is re-vamping or changing another artist photograph any different?
     
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  20. Blinkman

    Blinkman Registered Member

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    Hi OnlineGodfather,

    Good post...do you mind telling us

    1. How do you get traffic
    2. How many photos do you upload for $300-400 income?...an estimate would be good guidance
    Regards,

    Blinkman