Looks like we’re settling into a just out of the TOP 100! bragging rights on the #travel1k rankings; last week we were at #104, and for the week of March 6th oops, dropped down to #109 — main reason seems to be that for what we think is the first time ever, we actually had a net loss of 52 Twitter followers! Still over a bit over 23K, so we’re not exactly unpopular or anything, but that’s mildly concerning. Time to make more friends!
Hi! Thanks for passing by. Even if I don’t personally know you, I really appreciate it.
My name is Fabio Nodari and I’m an Italian Travel Blogger and Photographer. I created my website some years ago mainly as my online portfolio but since 2014 I’m also writing about my trips and how to become a digital nomad.
On 2014 I moved to Taiwan and this gave me the opportunity to spend more time doing what I love: travelling and taking pictures. Furthermore Taiwan is the perfect place to start exploring Asia. That’s why I visited many countries saving a lot of money.
One of the reasons why I keep writing on this blog is because I’d like as many people as possible to know that it is possible to have a different lifestyle, different from what this society wants us to believe is normal: working 9-5 for the rest of our lives making money to pay stuff we don’t even need. Just stop for a while and look around you: how many depressed and unhappy people do you see? I don’t know about the place where you live, but I can tell you that in Italy people are just like any western country: totally unsatisfied of their lives.
I was born and raised in a small village in the North of Italy where the success of people is measure by the number of hours they spend working. Well, for a while I tried to conform to this mindset, I thought something was wrong with me. Then after more than 10 years spent in a office surrounded by people that didn’t care about me, hired by rich people whose only goal was making even more money, I realized that nothing would have changed, unless I would change it…
Well, we’re not totally unsatisfied with our life — it’s pretty good, actually — but Messr. Fabio certainly does have a more satisfying one! It really doesn’t get much more satisfying than being an accomplished travel photographer, does it?
Personally, we tried to make a start on that … and Shutterstock only accepted one of what we figured were our best photos, and no sales in two years, and we haven’t got around yet to sorting out any more submissions yet. But the master here is certainly encouraging us to move that up the list of things to give some attention to! Let’s go straight to the inside dope:
In the past few years I had the chance to work with several microstock websites. Obviously not all of them have proved to be a good investment of time. Some websites are really good and can help you to sell a lot of images, other websites are pretty much a waste of time. In this page I’ll regularly update my personal list of the best Microstock and Macrostock websites to sell your images.
You’ll find a number next to every agency and that is the percentage of earnings in the past few months compared to the total amount of money I made with all the other websites.
Now that, that’s the kind of thing that we do these blog reviews for, thank you very much Fabio!
Shutterstock — 33%
Shutterstock it’s THE Microstock agency. When you first start uploading your images you’ll only make 0,25$ per sale. After you earned your first 500$ you’ll make 0,33$ per sale and so on. It’s true that you won’t get rich immediately with Shutterstock but, in my experience, it’s the only agency where you can start to sell your images as soon as you begin uploading them. Sometimes you’ll also get a few Extended License sales, and that means some extra money. In my own experience Shutterstock it’s the best microstock websites.
OK, we started out with the right place then…
Alamy — 16%
It’s probably the most famous Macrostock agency. Many photographer complain that it’s quite difficult to sell any image at all. The truth is that it’s quite hard to stand out among an almost endless database of pictures, but once you begin selling your first images (maybe after one year) the sales will become constant. A good reason to try Alamy is that the price per sale it’s quite high. It happens quite often to sell one image for 100$ or more. You’ll have to be patient but you will eventualy make some good money with Alamy. Last but not least, this agency keeps 40% of the sale per image as their commissions. It used to be 50% until 2018.
Read it all, and check out this overview too:
Many people are looking for a way to make money on the Internet. Maybe you are one of them. Sadly 99% of the info out there are deceitful or, in the best case, a complete waste of time. Selling your photos online is however one of the few methods that really work.
In this post I’ll tell you how you can join thousands of other people who are making money selling their pictures. I’ll also tell you which are the best agencies you should work with on 2019 if you want to be successful…
p dir=”ltr”>Now that’s refreshing, isn’t it? And all you need is equipment and talent, too bad we’re short on both but hey, working hard can often substitute for anything you’re lacking!
Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress + Jetpack setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and in what’s becoming a running theme the last three weeks, super light on the plugins, don’t see any SEO and only one ad-related plugin; seems that affiliate links and photos are indeed how this blog runs.
So this blog, this gets our Top Must Read Rating as the most useful example and forthright guide we’ve seen anywhere on how to live the dream as a travel photographer — head on over and check it out!