Photographers who want to make extra money on the side can take their pick of the many different ways to do so. While working as a full-time professional photographer may be the most prestigious way to go about it, there are plenty of other options available to those who want to explore the world of online marketing and sales. In this article, we will discuss three ways that you can make money as a photographer online – affiliate marketing, selling your photos on stock photography websites, and selling your photos to publishers.
One of the simplest ways to make money as a photographer online is through affiliate marketing. Essentially, you will be promoting products (mostly affiliate products) and earn a commission when a customer makes a purchase after hearing your affiliate message. If you use a tool like ClickFunnels, you will create a sales funnel where interested parties can learn about your affiliate partners and make purchases without needing to leave the site.
Stock Photography Websites
Another great way to make money as a photographer online is to utilize stock photography websites. Basically, you will set up a profile on a stock photography website where prospective clients can view your work. When they make a purchase after viewing your work, you will earn a commission – typically between 10% and 40% of the sale. Some stock photography websites will even give you a commission if a customer comes back to the site and purchases more than what they originally saw on your site!
Selling To The Press
Finally, we have the option of selling our work to a publication. This could be a monthly magazine that pays you for each image you submit or it could be a newspaper or a website that purchases photos for editorial use. The good news is that often times these opportunities arise while you are asleep, so you can get up and get your photo taken with little effort. The key is to make sure that you meet the appropriate licensing requirements for the media that you are submitting to. For example, if you are selling your photos to a magazine, make sure that you have the proper rights to do so. Many magazines want original copyrighted material. If you are taking photos for editorial use and want to ensure that you get paid, then ensure that the photos are properly attributed to you. Attribution is the practice of giving proper credit to the photographer whose work you are using. This includes listing their name, website, and photo credits. When selling your photos to a press entity, make sure to read the terms and conditions of the contract carefully so that you know what is expected of you as a photographer. Sometimes these terms and conditions can be a little confusing, but once you understand them, it will be easier to navigate. We have compiled a list of the most common questions related to press photography and their answers. If you still have questions after reading this, then feel free to contact us directly.
Creating a Profitable Business
If any of the three methods discussed above sound like something that you would be interested in exploring, then congratulations. You have just made enough money to justify a full-time career as a photographer! The good news is that even if you decide not to pursue photography as a career, you can still take pride in knowing that you are making a living as an independent artist. To create a profitable business, you will need to follow a proven strategy that combines digital marketing, social media, and SEO to drive targeted traffic to your site. If you want to learn more, then be sure to read our ebook, The Beginner’s Guide to Launching a Profitable Business in Digital Marketing.