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7 Royalty free stock photo sites -Sell your photos online

Updated on October 4, 2011

If you are an amateur photographer who takes a number of digital images this is something that you need to read. You can generate a passive income stream using these sites below, not to mention building up your brand name online.

1. Free Digital Photos

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Alexa Rank - 5,820

You can register as a photographer on this site and set a price on your photos. You get to keep 75% proceeds from the sale of the photo. Do read up on the terms of what you can add on the site so that you can optimize your income.You can sign up with Free Digital Photos as a photographer here.


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A great site to share your photos on. You can also benefit from the tutorial section on this site on how to enhance your photos. It does not have any direct sales income from the photos but since its free for downloaders you get a superb chance to build up your reputation.

3. I Stock Photo

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On this site you get a 15% royalty on your photographs each time one is downloaded. As you climb the ranks and become an exclusive contributor you will end up with 45% of the royalty from each download. Sign up for I Stock Photo here.

4. Shutter Stock

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Alexa Rank -498

Another good site with some truly amazing photographs available. Here you can earn a fixed $0.25 to $28.00 per image download.Sign up here for contributing your photographs to Shutter Stock.

5. Deposit Photos

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Alexa Rank -14,138

There is a five tiered level and depending on how much you contribute to the site you can earn anything from 44% to 60% of revenue generated by your photos. You need a paypal account to withdraw your money once you accumulate $50. Sign up for Deposit Photos here.

6. Big Stock Photo

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Alexa Rank -3,507

You earn 50 cents per credit spent by a buyer on your photos. Once it adds up to $ 50 you can withdraw it via paypal. The site is a subsidiary of Shutter Stock mentioned above. To join Big Stock Photo click here.

7. 123rf

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Alexa Rank -1,574

You earn 50% of the nett proceeds from each photo downloaded. You also earn 15% of the purchase or subscription of a referred customer and 10% of the price ofa photo purchased from a referred photographer. To join 123rf click here.


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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      All the best! I did the research for a cousin of mine who is a photographer as well :)

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      sradie 5 years ago from Palm Coast FL

      Thanks for doing the research. You may have saved me a lot of time. These look like a good way to introduce my work to buyers who will eventually go to a fine art print/stock photography website we are going to launch soon. Good work.

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      JEM 6 years ago

      This is an article for the How-To section, not the Photojournalism category...

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      Emma 7 years ago from Houston TX

      Great hub,thanks for sharing.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Xendra, very true. This is more of a slow process than instant money scheme. Although the longer you stay with it the better the rewards.

      Annaw I am sure you will be able to pursue photography once you get into it with your whole being. I have added a list of digital cameras along with the photography books via an amazon capsule so that you get an idea of what kind of camera you can pick up.

      Thank you for stopping by craftybegonia.

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      craftybegonia 7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

      Thanks for the hub. Very informative.

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      annaw 7 years ago from North Texas

      I am happy to have found you here on Hupages. I am a late blooming babyboomer, and seeking to change and enhance my life and my finances; I want to create multiple streams of income.Photography has been an interest for quite some time.I am a novice of course but believe I can do anything I set my mind to. This is a new place for me, believing I can do so many things. I have lived a very sheltered life, due to my upbringing; I am fighting to emerge victorious from the box I have been trapped in most my life. Thank you so much for this information. I would like to invest in an affordable, but good camera for a beginner. What do you suggest?

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      Xendra 7 years ago

      this is good basic info but please don't expect to make lots of money straightaway & please don't give your photos away! Join iStock/Shutterstock by all means then spend a month or so, reading their tutorials, forums etc & get a feel for what they actually want from you. Holiday snaps & family photos won't cut it - they have strict quality control & if you don't do your legwork beforehand, you will get rejection after rejection. I used to submit to maybe 7 or 8 of these micro stock sites & I still get residual income although it is reducing over time as my portfolio ages & becomes buried in all the newer images. I wish you luck if you try but it's definitely not a fast way to earn money.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information. I believe there are many chances to get money online, like this one. This is good chance for us who have hobby in photography. We can sell our picture and get the money. Simple understanding. Thanks for share with us. Vote up. Have a nice Sunday!

      Blessing and hugs,

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      You can sell just about everything online nowadays.

      I'm sure you will find it useful for your friend Lady_E

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow... I didn't know we could sell our photos online. I Have a friend who takes photos of anything and everything - everyday. lol. I will pass this on.


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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Winsome personally I have used none of them. Am just about going to get my cousin started off on them. She is a photographer. In a few months will do a detailed review

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      Winsome 7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      What a great hub and such useful ideas. I take a lot of photos so I should try one of these. Which one do you classify as the "best bet?" =:)

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      sameerk 7 years ago from India

      nice one , loved it

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for helping your fellow hubbers. Splendid hub.

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      ESG Consulting 7 years ago from Canary Wharf, London, Bromley and Kent

      Thanks for this hub. It's always wonderful to learn new ways of making money and adding value from a skill we all can develop and at little cost. Great stuff.