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When it comes to new ways to make money online, a lot of people do not know about the possibility of selling stock photos. Stock photos are photos that are available to download either for free or by purchasing them online. This allows creators to use your photo for things like their business, social media, website, and much more.

Photographers and freelancers can make a killing by selling their stock photos online. At first, you may struggle to get people to download your photos, but as you improve you can see your revenue skyrocket.

How Do I Sell Stock Photos?

If you would like to sell stock photos, you will first need to either take photos or use photos you already have. Make sure that this is your content and that you have permission to sell this photo, or you can face legal trouble.

Create a Plan to Sell Stock Photos

If you do not have any photos yet, it is a good idea to figure out a plan for yourself. What type of stock photos do you want to sell? Nature, landscape, business, black and white, the possibilities are unlimited!

Take Some Stock Photos

After you have an idea of what you would like to sell, you need to go out and take high-quality, professional photos that are worthy of being sold. The higher the quality of your images, the more likely that they will generate you revenue.

Edit Your Stock Photos

Now that you have your photos, you should edit them to make them look as professional as possible. I use Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos, but you can also use Adobe PhotoShop or another editor.

You can even edit your photos using your smartphone by finding an application on the App Store. This is not a bad way to go if you do not want to pay for editing software.

Create an Account With Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a service that allows people to buy and sell stock photos on the internet. You will be able to sign up for a contributor account and begin selling your photos immediately. Provide your name, address, email, and select a payout method and get started!

Upload Your Stock Photos


Upload stock photo to shutterstockOnce you have some photos you would like to upload, proceed to upload them. Shutterstock will take a few days to review your photos, but once they are online, you will be able to generate revenue from them.

Promote Your Portfolio

A good thing to do once your photos are live is to begin promoting your portfolio. Your portfolio is the center of all your images and will be used to display all the images you upload. It is a good idea to try to drive as much traffic as possible to your portfolio to drive more sales.

A few ways to do drive more traffic to your portfolio are the following:

Social Media

If you do not have social media already, it is a good idea to get on now. You will want to begin creating free and original content in order to generate a following. Once you have a following, promote your Shutterstock portfolio.

You can do this by uploading snippets of your stock photos with a watermark to prevent people from stealing it. Once you have the image displayed, link the Shutterstock link to drive traffic.

Your Website

If you have a website, it is a good idea to use this as a platform to promote your Shutterstock portfolio. Add a link to your portfolio, and let your traffic hopefully convert into downloads.

You may even want to add a separate portfolio page on your website that displays each image you have available on Shutterstock. Making it as convenient as possible for people to see your images is the key.

Business Card

Since you are in the business of selling stock photos, why not put a link to your portfolio on your business cards? It is a great way to start getting people to view your images and possibly download them.

Email Marketing

A lot of people nowadays have an email list, so use this to drive traffic to your portfolio. Email marketing is an effective way to convert impressions, so why not? Maybe create a weekly email showcasing all your new photos.


If you have a passion for photography, why not sell stock photos? It is a great way to use your passion to earn extra income in 2019.

The important thing is to be consistent about it. Try to have a consistent stream of new high-quality images being uploaded on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. If you can get 50-100 new photos uploaded a month, you shouldn’t have an issue turning this into a side-hustle.

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