Is shutterstock any good?
Are there other, better places?
Does anyone do this and what would they recommend for my, er, brand of content?
The only place I can think of is redgage.com photos seem to do well there. I can't tell you how well these sites do that get paid for use of photos.
Hopefully someone can answer that question for you.
There's several of these stock photography websites that people can do well with - only thing is I've read that they're very specific with what they'll accept.
iStockphoto, Dreamstime, Aboutpixel, PantherMedia, Zoonar, Crestock - these are the ones I mainly read about. I believe iStockphoto is said to be top of the list, but don't quote me on that, because I'm quoting someone else on that.
But yes, I've heard Redgage isn't a bad site to consider.
If you mean drawings rather than photos, Mark, this guy lists quite a lot of possible places, and people commenting on his post mention other possibilities as well.
http://www.artonomy.co/creative-resourc … -your-art/
I normally use deviantART for all my Stickman requirements.
You can set up a profile, make up galleries and make money selling stuff in the shop where people can buy prints, calenders, mugs, T-shirts, etc.
They have all the usual on-line community stuff like forums, fans, comments, pageviews, etc.
It's a bit like HubPages but without the tedious writing bit.
Sounds excellent. I should look in to it.
I use DA but find zazzle far superior for making money from art/drawings/etc.
They seem a lot more 'sales' oriented, with a much larger range of products for images to be printed on. I bet mark's stick men would do OK with funny/witty/cleaver sayings and quotes on t-shirts and surprisingly cell phone cases! I have a few basic cartoon characters with silly quotes that sell on both. My more artistic stuff also sells well on all sorts of weird stuff (things I didn't actually expect to sell but posted because thats what I was told to do when I started there, never know what someone wants to buy). It has taken me longer then I would have liked to reach 'pro' status and to see monthly payouts but now that I have, boy its fun!
Brilliant. Please tell me - Zazzle or CafePress - what's the difference?
I have not use CP yet, checked it out but wasn't to keen on the site layout etc. found it confusing as a user. From what I understand CP does not allow you to change your commission rate, you get 15% of any sale but used to let artists set their own rate and when they changed a lot of people lost income. Zazzle lets you set a commission of anything between 10% and 99% (assuming you can actually sell anything at that high a price!). I don't know if CP offers an affiliate earning platform as well, would have to check that out. With zazzle they do an associates scheme of 15% commission on any sale referred (your items or someone else's). I actually make at least half of my sales because someone else referred the sale to me. Zazzle also does volume bonuses for sales and referrals. Basically any sale that counts toward a volume bonus is added up and when you hit certain levels any sales after that also earn a small percentage. So for my sales in USD's where I got the sale myself (not referred by someone else) the total value of that sale is added up and if I sell $100 worth of stuff every dollar over that earns a small commission. Basically, they try to reward you for being serious about selling your stuff, when you hi 'pro' status (you have sold stuff of a certain total value) they send you a code for free business cards (you do have to pay the postage). All in all, I earn more there then here and see it growing all the time. I plan on doing my son a store when he is born, with all his cute baby stuff to make like cards and baby shower invitations etc. and hopefully when he is older it will see him with a decent residual income to help with school or whatever
Thanks ever so much Kirsten. I think that Zazzle sounds very similar to CP, where I do have a store that has sold virtually nothing. You can set you own charge above their basic product charge, and yes they do affiliates.
A few poor suckers have my magnets on their affiliate sites, but I know they're not selling any either.
But then I haven't tried iphone cases which sounds like a smart and obvious idea.
I did mainly fridge magnets because I collect them, and don't have an iphone.
Re baby, that sounds a great idea.
When I started out I kept reading advice saying to post on everything possible, that they or people they knew liked a design but because it wasn't on the item they wanted the sale was lost. I took that to heart and when they introduced cookie jars I did them in amongst all the other new stuff zazzle offered, wound up selling one and was totally surprised. My mil told me that its exactly the sort of thing my brother in law would buy (cheesy tat, LOL ). I find it a lot of work tho, posting to everything and these days I think zazzle is trying to kill me. They just added kindle covers and little make up bags and belt buckles! and all sorts of skins that I have barely begun to post my art on.
I had a quick mosey about in the market place there for stick men and this one reminded me of you for some reason
This one is a bit fatter then your stick men usually are but if you are not averse to using a big black marker....
Also, can you do stick dinosaurs or animals etc?
I can do anything! That sounds a bit up myself - I don't quite mean it like that.
Having practiced the 'art' of a few lines on a page half looking like something I reckon just about anything is possible.
Yes - I can do a few stick animals and dinosaurs. I woudl upload one but I am at work now so my 'art' folders not available.
The problem I have is time. In theory I need a set of all animals, and dinosaurs, all famous people, thousands of 'jokes' and stickman situations and each one needs to be on every damned product they come up with.
Incidentally, I don't subscribe to the fat stickman school of graphics. It has been proven that those artists are mostly a bit gay.
And here I thought it was just that they ate to many fried foods and drank to much coke
Time is of course the big curse. All this stuff takes so much time, first investing it in uploading and posting stuff to sell, then waiting for it to actually sell. I have had stuff posted for ages before it started selling, then had other stuff start to sell right off. I see no rhyme nor reason for it either. I do a cute cartoon animal with a funny saying and it sells, so I try again with another cute animal and funny saying and it gets no views let alone sales! Watch, in a year it will take off and sell like mad
What I do like is that once the items are out there to sell, they are out there, done and done. I read when I first started that it is no good looking for sales until you have at least 1,000 products for sale, then you should be able to expect a few sales a month, 10,000 and you should be able to expect sales daily. I am more then half way to that second number and the sales are indeed almost daily
Wow. 1,000. 10,000. I am very grateful for your clues, and I guess there may be others reading this too who are interested.
It explains why the few 'serious' marketers I see work flat out at hundreds of products, and Pins, and so on.
It's taken me a while to realise that there is a lot of hard work involved in this. Bother it.
Sometimes it seems like working for someone else 9-5 would be easier and depending on the job itself, better. I love making art tho so I go at it the way teens play video games. I am always looking to 'level up' as it where
I also find that there are lots of programs out there to help people who 'can't draw' (even tho everyone can, just maybe not well). My fractals sell, even if not in the volume I would like. So far my photomanipulations don't sell much but I did manage to get a reasonably large commission from selling one as a poster so I think its still worth it. I also don't have as many of those up for sale as I would like, and they don't actually fit on everything zazzle offers... ah well
I have tried dreamstine, bigstockphoto and a few others but Shutterstock has been the best. I have made about $600 there. I upload photos and illustrations. The only thing to watch is that your first 10 are really good as they need to be accepted to get a membership.
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