Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How To Make Money From Photos Step Two - Flickr

So, now that you have yourself a blog or website to showcase your photos the next step is to promote them a bit through the site Flickr. Flickr is basically the biggest picture sharing site out there in Cyberspace, so there is a good chance you have already heard of it. It is a free service to sign up for, and is now owned by Yahoo so you do need to get a Yahoo account if you don't already have one.

Once you have signed up it is time to start posting a few of your photos from your new photography sites. Before you upload the picture, make sure you put a mark on your photos to show that they belong to you. What I like to do is open them with Paint and then add a tiny bit of text in one of the corners of the picture so people who download your images will know where they came from, and how to get back to your site. Click on the picture below to see an example of my mark in the top corner...

Once you have added your mark to the image simply upload it to Flickr. Now it is very important to have a good title, a detailed description of the image, and most importantly a link back to your site that the photo came from. The link is accomplished by simply adding it to the description, all you need to do is copy the URL of your site for example http://natureswallpaper.blogspot.com. Once you type this Flickr will automatically make it a link. This way when an individual is viewing or commenting on your image on Flickr they can click on that link and discover your photo site!

So, now that you have upload a few photos to Flickr it is time to join up for some Flickr groups. An easy way to find groups is to take an image like the one above which is a picture of the beach in Hawaii and search for groups like, Water, Beaches, Hawaii, Ocean, Ect. Join these groups and then submit your photos to these groups. Flickr makes this quite easy to do, when you are looking at an individual picture just click on "send to group" above the picture. A list of all your groups will come down, and you can submit your photos to any of them.

This should help you not only get traffic and comments to your flickr photos, but it will also trickle traffic through to your photo sites from the links that you put in each of your photos posted on Flickr.

Make sure to fill out your Flickr profile and add your website link in there as well. You can also make a few friends along the way. You would be surprised how quickly you can build a good base of contacts. When someone makes a nice comment about one of your pics, add them as a friend, it is just that simple...

Stay tuned to the blog to learn even more about getting traffic to your photography site from Flickr and benefiting from Flickr's relationship with the site Imagekind...

Not sure where to start? Perhaps you should start at the beginning of this site!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Making Money From Photos - Step One

The first thing you should do when you set out to make some extra cash from your photos is to get a website or blog. Now I know what you are thinking, "great now I have to shell out some coin", but that's just not true. There are plenty of places out there that provide free websites or blogs.

The two sources that I use are Blogger for my blogs, and Googlepages for my websites. Signing up for these sites is free, and since they are both run by Google it is easy to implement your Google Adsense into these sites and start making some money without even selling any photos! That's right all you need is some sweet photos, traffic sources and like I said before, a bit of patience.

First of all lets take a look at Blogger. A blog is pretty much a website that you can post in however much you like, and is sorted by date. Therefore, everything you post automatically shows up at the top of the page. You get to choose your own URL (website address) so you should try and choose something that people would naturally search for if they were looking for pictures. For instance, my blog addresses are as follows...


Once you have chosen a URL for your site you need to choose a title for your site. Simply try to have is match or come close to your URL, this helps when it comes to getting traffic from search engines and the like.

After this you can edit your fonts and colors of the site to make it more visually stimulating, blogger makes it quite simple just go to the "Layout" tab. Once you have the colors and fonts you want you can begin posting. You can post as many shots as you like on one post, but I normally limit it to one photograph per shot so people can comment on that specific shot.

Once you have posted a few photos you can sign up for Google Adsense and start putting ads on your blog. Be sure to read the terms and conditions so you do not put too many ads on your site. Also, make sure to use "channels" in Adsense so you can keep track of where your money is coming from. Adsense allows you to choose different shapes and colors so try and match your blog as best as you can. When you have the adsense code that Google provides for you just go to "Layout" and then "Add Page Element". After this choose "html/java script" and paste in your ad. Bam! You are done, and your ad should start to show up in about 10 minutes or so. Of course you can add links to other pages and gadgets to your blog to spice it up, but this is the basics.

Now for Googlepages, the setup here is slightly different as your content is not sorted by date, what you want to show up at the top of the page is your choice. Again, Google Page Creator is free so go ahead and sign up. As with Blogger you have to choose your URL and fonts, colors, title, ect.

With Googlepages I prefer to have a main page and then create a bunch of subdomains which are as easy as clicking the "create new page" button. You can check out my Googlepages for more info...


Stay tuned to this site for even more information, remember this is just the beginning, but once you have a photography site you can direct all the traffic you get from all the other sites out there that you will be using. The more traffic, the more ad clicks, the more money in your pocket!

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Just leave it below in the comments!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Welcome To How To Make Money With Photos!

This site will be dedicated to finding all the various ways that you can profit from simply taking photos! People are making money everyday selling their stock photos at places like bigstockphoto.com, fotolia.com, shutterstock.com, crestock.com, eyefetch.com, dreamtime.com, redbubble.com istockphoto.com, and imagekind.com! Our blog will show you the tricks and tips that can help you create a successful photography business online. All you need is a decent camera, a good eye, a photo blog/site and plenty of patience.

To get started check out these examples of my work at the following sites...

Nature's Wallpaper
Focusing Photos
Sun Up Till Sun Down
Stunning Photography

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