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How to Make Money Selling Your Photos on the Internet

Updated on January 16, 2015

How to Make Money from Your Travel Photos or Artwork is yet another way of making some money on the internet; A web-site that allows you to sell your photographs or artwork. Unlike many photograph libraries, which can have very strict quality requirement and only sell the image you have created, Zazzle generate products featuring your art-work, which they sell and you receive commission. The products include T-Shirts, posters, framed prints, mugs, mouse pads, American postage stamps, skateboards, shoes, bags, postcards and greeting cards or even multiple photos in the form of a Calendar.

Creating Zazzle Products

Zazzle products are created virtually on the screen from jpeg files uploaded to the web-site. The actual product will not be made until someone orders them, but the on-screen representation of each item is very good. All you have to do is open an account and upload the pictures into your library, then tell the web-site which picture you want available on each type of product. You can add a description and key-words/tags for each item so that other people can search for it, then make it available for sale. Commission is paid on any sales you make at a default rate of 10%, although you can change the commission rate. A greeting card that sells for $2.65 will gain you $0.26 in commission or a $14 T shirt $1.40 etc.

Zazzle Products

Zazzle products appear in your Zazzle Gallery, looking something like this and are only manufactured on demand, when someone orders one:


Coffee Mugs:

Zazzle Galleries

Separate "Galleries" can be created for different types of image or product and you creations can then be marketed via the Zazzle community, which is similar to many other internet communities. You will acquire a fan-club and can become other peoples' fans and exchange messages or comments on their work. Examples of mine are at:

My Experience with Zazzle

My Experience with Zazzle

I joined because I have published many of my travel and wildlife photographs here on in conjunction with various travel reviews (e.g. Borneo Jungle Monkey Adventure ) and I receive a reasonable income each month from people looking at my photos. Other squidoo and Zazzle users recommended that I publish the photos on Zazzle then promote them via my articles published on Squidoo. When someone finds one of my articles via a web-search, if they like the photos they can purchase an apron, mug or hat with the image on. So I get money from internet traffic, but also occasionally for selling products with the images on. I expected to make nothing at all, but after just a couple of months I am getting the occasional sale and a small amount of commission and I haven't made a huge effort in marketing my galleries. Many of the other users of the site have put rather more effort into creating the products. Mine simply have my photographs on, but many users add captions or greetings inside the cards etc.

Setting up Zazzle galleries

Setting up Zazzle galleries

Setting up a Zazzle gallery is fairly quick, although uploading the photos is a bit slow because you need to upload a large high quality file, but the web-site is easy to navigate. The amount of money you make from publishing artwork in this way will depend on how well you market it. Twitter and Squidoo are ideal methods for doing this externally, but being active in the Zazzle community could also work. Don't expect to get rich, but Zazzle could be a fun way to make a bit of extra money from the internet. There is also a UK Zazzle web-site, but I joined the US web-site because of the larger potential audience.

Advantages: Easy to make your art-work into products for sale

Disadvantages: Need to promote you galleries

Summary: Fun way to make a little extra cash

Some Examples of My Zazzle Products

Fridge Magnets, Stickers, Posters, Cards etc.

The website allows you to upload your photos and automatically general virtual products in your gallery, which then can be made available for sale (the products only get made physically when someone orders them) and you can choose how much commission you would like to receive (e.g. 10%, 15%, 20%...)

Here is my Zazzle Gallery: which makes me a nice steady extra bit of income.

Here are few examples:


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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Mrs A for Apple 4 years ago

      Gee I didn't know about Zazzle. Sounds interesting! Thanks for the info.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Hi, Andy! Thanks for the info and encouragement. I just opened a Zazzle store a couple of months ago. I've had numerous hits, but so far, no sales. I also have not promoted it yet. Guess I need to get busy on that, huh?

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for the info - great lens. I am going to check out Zazzle. I really didn't even know what it was before reading your lens.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great information and I have some good pics that would fill the bill here. You have inspired me with your experience. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Motivation. HUgs

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the fabulous information.

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      PristeamDetail LM 5 years ago

      Congrats on the two "Lens of the day" awards! I learned a lot on what to put on my Lenses from your's here.

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      nata86 5 years ago

      thanks for the information

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      I really must get myself into gear and sort out my Zazzle store. Very good lens, sir :)

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      HopeArcher 5 years ago

      I joined Zazzle because of this. It's really cool. I made two products already.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      I joined and sites. Just finding out how complicated it makes things. Some products are only on one site for example and cannot buy on uk site with money earned on .com site for another. Oh well, live and learn. Nice lens.

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      awayb 5 years ago

      thanks for the tips...

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Very nicely done - and you remind me that I should get back to doing more Zazzle and less of the other things that don't sell nearly as well. Thumbs UP!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      Great idea! Congratulations on the idea and the execution!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      You know Andy, what is this, almost June? Would you believe that I had a year-beginning goal to add a new store for my photography, but have not yet gotten tuit? Glad to see you are doing so well ... love your photos!

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      Lisa 7 years ago from Rhode Island

      I love all the photos great Zazzle lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      nice Zazzle lens and great tips, Andy. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I need to spend more time on my Zazzle and you have inspired me to do so. Thank you.