Why 123RF? 123RF, which stand for 123 Royalty Free, was founded 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They work particularly well for vector illustration artists like me, but you can also sell your photography, audio files and video footage! Sadly the royalty system isn't the greatest, especially in the beginning. Signing Up To join 123RF you … Continue reading 123RF – Microstock Agency Review
Pond 5 is without any question one of the best agencies to sell video footage. They are innovative and have an interesting earning system, where you can set the price for your work yourself. Every clip from HD to 4k will sell well and pay off nicely!
Why Mostphotos? Mostphotos is a microstock agency based in Sweden with offices in Stockholm and Västerås. They are a one of the mid-table agencies I contribute to. With 65,444 contributors and 11,815,942 Total contributions (Status 28/03/2016) it is quite a vibrant stock library. They have a community based rating system integrated, so pictures that collect … Continue reading Mostphotos – Microstock Agency Review
Dreamstime is one of my favorite Microstock Agencies. Their website takes a little longer to get used to and tend to refuse all vector illustrations they think are too simple, but you'll regularly sell your images here and often Dreamstime Portfolios have the best Google Ranking.
Shutterstock is, without any question, the number 1 best selling agency for most independent microstock photographers and illustrators. I personally earn about 50% thanks to their website.
The company was founded in 2003 by Oringer, who uploaded 30,000 of his own stock photos and made them available via subscription, forming the basis of the company.
Founded in 2004, the agency mostly sells to Europe, in particular to Germany. The Website is of course international, Fotolia is active in 23 countries and available in 14 languages. The agency was bought by Adobe in 2015. This means that you can reach millions of Creative Cloud users and sell directly through Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and other desktop apps. Being part of the huge Adobe Stock network should soon start to show an overall raise in sales.
This process can be frustrating sometimes and you may not always agree with the reasons that are presented to you, but keep in mind, that your portfolio looks a lot better without unnecessary files that don't sell. The moderation helped me personally, to improve the quality of my own portfolio over time! Stay patient, read the reasons for rejection and avoid them the next time.
The second half is crucial to the success your file will have on the agency's marketplace. Of course I'm talking about keywording your work correctly. Without the right title, tags and description no buyer will find your work in the large pool of already existing stock data. There are no sales without good keywording!
You have a thing for cameras and good photography, but have nowhere to sell your pictures? Well, then it's a clear case - start photographing right away or select your best work from the countless files on your hard drive.
Step 1 of The Microstock Beginners Guide