I completely understand…selling photos online can be difficult. It’s difficult trying to sell an idea and a concept in words.
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.
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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.
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.
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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And as always, good luck out there, no matter where you end up on the intrernet.