How To Sell Photographs Online – It’s Like Stealing Candy From A Baby

I completely understand…selling photos online can be difficult.  It’s difficult trying to sell an idea and a concept in words.

YOur picture could be here…making money. Courtesy of Skeeze with Pixabay.

You just about have to be a literary writer and a poet to get the job done.  But if you know the proper way to do it, then it’s too easy.

The way you sell anything online is to promote something else with the photo.  So here’s the actual steps that you will do to get this done.

  • Pick a site to sell your photos on
  • Build a website to promote your work
  • promote the equipment that you use
  • Write a blog promoting both the photo and the equipment from bullet point three

Pick a site to sell your photos on

This is the easy part.  You just select different photo-selling sites that you can sell on.  An example of these sites would be Shutterstock.  Just set up an account with one of these sites and upload your photos for sale.

Another option would be to build your own site to sell your photos.  this is a more time and/or money intensive pursuit.  You will have to pay for the shop wedget for your website.  Then you may have to pay a web guy to set everything up and upload the pictures.

I think it’s just better to have a 3rd party site host the sell for you, even though that site may want a commission.

Build a website to promote your work

The next thing you will want to do is make a blog site.  This is where you’re going to promote your work.

Online marketing’s the way to go. Courtesy of Rumeeb Farman from Pixabay.

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With most other web hosts, you are given the stock WordPress theme.  If you want another theme, you will have to go out onto the internet to find it.  Then just hope that the web host doesn’t have any technical glitches with the theme.

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Consider promoting the photography equipment that you use as well

Sure you are here to sell photos.  But if you promote the equipment that you use, you can make some extra money on the side as well.

Even better, if you promote the equipment that you use, you could make a lot more money that you would on the picture itself.  It’s a win-win, and Wealthy Affiliate will teach you how to do it.

For example, I fould a camera lense on a Google Search that costs $1845.  If the affiliate commission is 6%, the commission payout to you would be $110.

And you can still make money off the photo as well.

Consider promoting the equipment you use as well. Courtesy of James Osborne from Pixabay.

Write blog posts concerning your photos and equipment

The way you will promote the equipment is to write a review on each piece of equipment you’re going to promote.  Wealthy Affiliate will teach you exactly how to do this.

When you finish writing your reviews, you will write blogs for those reviews.  For your top image and for your fieture image, you would promote the picture that you want to sell.

When you put the picture image into the blog post, you just put a link in the image that links back to the purchase site for the picture.  That’s the first way you can get a prospective buyer to by the picture.

The second way is to leave a link to the sales page on the web site that’s selling the picture at the end of the post.  The call to action will be either above or below the affiliate link for the photo equipment being promoted.

So you will have both methods for making money off your work in the post.  This method also provides you with multiple streams of income.

In conclusion

Selling photography online is simple, but you have to know how to do it right.

The right way is to promote the equipment you used to make the photo while you are describing the photo itself.

You should be putting links to the sales page of the photo in the photo within your post.  YOu should also provide a link to the sales page at the end of the post along with an affilaite link to the equipment that you used.

The whole process is easy to pull off, and my web host of choice – Wealthy Affiliate – will make the website building process simple… Then teach you how to use it once the website is built.

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If you have any comments or questions, feel free to post them in the comments section.  I respond to all comments.

And as always, good luck out there, no matter where you end up on the intrernet.

Sean Monahan


  1. I have seen many photographers doing exactly what you are describing here. exposing their work while sharing about the work process, including their tools. It is really working very well because they get to sell their pictures and get a commission from affiliate marketing on the tools they are using.

    But I think to stand out right now, your work really needs to be outstanding or you have to bring something new in the market.


    • I agree about the standing out part.  The internet is flooded with pictures.  Photographers really either need to focus on the uniqueness of their pictures, as you mentioned.  

      Either that or promote the equipment that they use.  That is how the photographers are going to make money in this online market. 

  2. This is really easy and I like how you have given well detailed information about it. Starting an online business is fun and I you’ll need to do most time, is learn about it and makes yourself wiling with the right mindset. Selling photographs online is a nice idea and one thing I would like to know more about here is developing your site. How do you go about it.

    • THanks for the comment Reece.  I agree.  Being online does take a certain mindset.  Other than that, it’s just a matter of being a good student.

      As for building out the site, there are certain aspect of photography that need to be taught.  Photographers know better than me.  I’m a business buildier.  There are a few topics I can think of right off the top of my head. Panning, equipment selection, light and shadow, and so on.

      You will pick these topics and write blog articles on them as well as the articles on the photoes and atricles you’re promoting.  You will then find the best keywords to use in these articles by doing keyword research.

      For an in-depth course on how to do all these actions to build out your site, check this out: Wealthy Affiliate University Scam – Is It Really…? 

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