What is the best way to sell photos?

MehdiBmm

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Hey,

I know everybody knows about selling photos and pictures rights online through platforms like Shutterstock, Pixabay etc...

I was thinking about doing it but does anybody know how to get sales? Those platforms are so competitive and I would be surprised if someone started getting sales in the beginning with just 10 or 20 pictures.

Has anyone tried and willing to share some advices?
 

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I was speaking with someone who does photography in Canada, and the UK, and he was saying that he uses the website https://www.wayfair.com/
to sell his designs on, i'm not sure who made the canvas for him, but It seemed to be a good earner for him.
I should have asked does he have shutter stock etc. Would have been interesting to hear his take on that.

You can also use wayfair as a USA dropshipper for your shopify store.
 

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Well guys, I was talking about selling digital photos so people can use them in their article, magazine, video or something. I want it to be sold online because I can't ship products and can't afford that. It's not dropshipping
 

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It is a super competitive market, but there's a lot of money to be made considering Shutterstock is a publicly traded company. You would probably need thousands of photos for it to work, but I would start off primarily offering free stock images to get traction, and have premium images available for purchase, as well as ads to generate some revenue in the beginning. You could reach out to smaller news sites and blogs to let them know about you and just ask for them to credit your work in return.

If you have some money to invest, just start off as a premium provider and use paid channels like Adwords/Bing to get started. Differentiate yourself early with much lower prices than your competitors, build a userbase, then scale.
 

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Well guys, I was talking about selling digital photos so people can use them in their article, magazine, video or something. I want it to be sold online because I can't ship products and can't afford that. It's not dropshipping

You can try with THIS site. They offer print on demand service so you just need to upload your photos, choose which products you would love to print your creation on and then do some marketing. If you sell something they take care of shipping and all that stuff. Try it, you have nothing to lose.
 

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I am going to check those, thanks, guys. If anybody is able to be more precise about which website or which app has less competition I would be glad to hear him thoughts.
 

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Did you make take the pictures with your phone, or are they of a higher quality? Make an indication of the quality of your photos and from there look where it's best for you to sell, because imagine you upload al your photos to a certain app, and find out you don't only have a lot of competition, but you also won't be able to beat the competition because you sell lower quality pictures.

Do research on photos from apps which are comparable to yours, and look if you would be okay with the money people pay for it.
best of luck!
 
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