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Best websites to sell your photos, illustrations and other creative contents

Are you a photographer or a graphic designer? Or you only make high quality photos or draw graphic artworks as a hobby? You can make extra money by selling your photos, designs, artwork, footage, etc... online. You can register to these agencies for free. At some places, you can start upload your creative works right after registering. Some agencies - like ShutterStock - will ask for your 10 best images to determine if you are skilled enough to meet their quality standards.

These websites are called microstock sites. When you succesfully sell an image, the agency will keep 50-80% of the price. It looks too much? You probably won't be able to reach too many potential buyers. Some of these microstock agencies have millions of registered customers. So, you can sell your images millions of potential buyers. That's why they keep this percentage. I think, it's a win-win situation.

It's not too complicated to use these sites. You upload your pictures, give title, description and keywords to them. Then you have to wait for a reviewer to accept/reject your work. Some agencies have very strict quality standards. Some sites simply don't like certain kinds of pictures. Keywording can be very time-confusing process. You can save time by embedding IPTC data to your pictures or simply by organizing your workflow.

At these sites below, you can sell your photography, graphic designs, vector illustrations, cliparts, footage, videos, patterns, backgrounds, wallpapers, textures, abstract artworks, logos and many other types of creative desings.


Here are the 6 best agencies for selling your pictures, illustrations, videos and other creative works:
ShutterStock more information
DreamsTime more information
FotoLia more information
DepositPhotos more information
YayMicro more information
CanStockPhoto    more information



ShutterStock

Here you will have by far the most sales (and make the most money) compared to other agencies. Almost anything that is accepted by reviewers will be sold at ShutterStock.
you can sell:photo, illustration, vector, footage, music
image file formats:jpg, eps8, eps10 - ShutterStock Submission Guidelines
earnings:$0.25-0.38/subscription sale; 20-30% credit sale - ShutterStock Earnings Schedule
payout minimum:$75 - Paypal, Skrill (MoneyBookers), or bank check
application process: Upload 10 images (7 must be accepted) If you are not accepted, you can try again after 30 days.
You can register to ShutterStock here



DreamsTime

Sales will start slowly, as their search algorythms favor older, established images over new ones. Sales are rare compared to ShutterStock, but the few ones will probably make you several dollars each.
you can sell:photo, illustration, vector
image file formats:jpg, eps, ai, png, cdr
earnings:25-60% commission - DreamsTime Earnings Schedule
payout minimum:$100 - PayPal, Payoneer (Dreamstime Prepaid MasterCard) or Skrill (MoneyBookers)
application process: -
You can register to DreamsTime here



FotoLia

There is no complicated and difficult application process at FotoLia. Just sign-up and start uploading. The review time is very-very fast. Your pictures will often be reviewed within one hour. Your contributor ranking will increse over time (If you have enough sales). Your commission rate will increase along your ranking.
you can sell:photo, illustration, vector, footage
image file formats:jpg, eps, ai
earnings:20-63% commission - FotoLia Earnings Schedule
payout minimum:50 - PayPal or Skrill (MoneyBookers)
application process: -
You can register to FotoLia here



DepositPhotos

Relatively new stock agency that quickly climbed to the level of the top agencies. They don't have new, ground-breaking ideas, but they combined the good things and methods from other, successful agencies.
you can sell:photo, illustration, vector, footage
image file formats:jpg, eps, ai
earnings:44-52%commission; $0.30-0.35/subscription sale - DepositPhotos Earnings Schedule
payout minimum:$50 - PayPal, MoneyBookers (Skrill) and Webmoney
application process: Upload 5 images and optionally show your portfolio on other sites.
You can register to DepositPhotos here



YayMicro

YayMicro offers pretty high commission for contributors.
you can sell:photo, illustration, vector
image file formats:jpg, svg, eps - YayMicro Submission Guidelines
earnings:50% commission; 0.2-1.5/subscription sale - YayMicro Earnings Schedule
payout minimum:30 - PayPal, Skrill (MoneyBookers))
application process: -
You can register to YayMicro here



CanStockPhoto

Image reviews are very fast and acceptance ratio is pretty high, so beginner photographers or graphic designer have higher chance to get their artwork accepted at CanStockPhoto.
you can sell:photo, illustration, vector, footage
image file formats:jpg, eps8, eps10
earnings:20-50% commission; $0.25-$0.35/subscription sale - CanStockPhoto Earnings Schedule
payout minimum:$50 - PayPal, Skrill (Moneybookers), or bank check
application process: Upload 3 images
You can register to CanStockPhoto here




Types of creative works you can sell on the sites above:
-photos, photoshopped images
-vector illustrations, graphics
-abstract art, designs, pictures
-backgrounds, wallpapers, patterns, textures
-logo designs, clip-arts, icons, design elements
-music
-footage, video
-etc...


Let's start your journey to more financial freedom by doing what you like!
David Zydd