Fotolia is an excellent opportunity for anybody looking to make some money by selling stock photography. Here’s what you need to know about the site.
Selling your photographs on Fotolia isn’t as simple as uploading your images and watching the money roll in. You are required to complete an online training course (though this literally takes less than five minutes), and all your submissions are reviewed before they’re made available for sale. The review process is supposed to take just 48 hours, and it’s a good thing. Without it, you’d find a site full of photographs that aren’t even worth a penny.
As long as the photos are of the highest quality, Fotolia will accept all types of images. Because they are a stock photography provider, the site is always in need of photos that depict people’s day-to-day activities at work, at play, and at home, as well as strong depictions of emotions and concepts like pleasure or creativity. That said, your submissions have to follow certain rules. They cannot include company names, logos or trademarks, nor can they contain pornographic, violent, racist or otherwise illegal content.
Payment is based on commission and a seller ranking system (see the chart at right): your rank goes up as you sell more images, and a higher rank entitles you to a higher rate of commission (royalties range from 20% to 63%).
Fotolia pays its contributors via PayPal or Moneybookers, and contributors can request a payment once their account has a minimum of 50 credits, or the equivalent of $50. Payments are made within seven days of requests.
More information on how to become a contributor to Fotolia can be found here.
Fotolia has thousands of new images being added to its library on a daily basis, so whether you’re looking for images to accompany your photoblog, a creative graphic to use on your new business cards or anything in between, you have no trouble finding an image that fits your concept perfectly.
You can either purchase individual credits to download images or choose from one of Fotolia’s many subscriptions. Prices vary greatly depending on the length of subscription you purchase, as well as how many daily downloads you wish to receive. You can also sign up for a multi-use subscription, which is ideal for companies or organizations where multiple people need image downloading privileges.
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