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Snap, Sell, Repeat: How to Make Extra Money from your Photos

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Photographers are always looking for passive and dependable ways to sell photography online. Extra income is always useful, after all. Luckily, there are a few dependable ways you can earn money as a photographer.

Sell Your Stories

If you’re a travel photographer or enjoy taking photos in thematic series, this can be hugely beneficial in selling work online. Many magazines, newspapers, and publications are looking for photos that share a common theme to accompany their articles. By offering sets and series instead of individual photos, you could really cash in on bulk orders.

Create Photo Books

Selling photography online as stock photos is the main way to make money with photography. However, a nice supplemental way to make money in a creative way is to create photo books. Virtual galleries are popular, but there’s a niche market that just loves the feeling of a photo book or a coffee table book. With a little bit of know-how when it comes to graphic design, you can create beautiful books with strong narratives that will draw in interest. These can be made by hand or printed via an on-demand printing service. These services are also quite cost-effective as well. Photo books can also be helpful for sharing your work with clients to help them get a feel for what kind of work you do.

Sell Your Work on Coded Market

One way to make passive income with your photos is to sell stock photos online via Coded Market. Coded is a marketplace for photographers similar to Envato, Adobe Stock, Getty Images, Unsplash, etc.

The process is very simple. All you need to do is submit your existing photography portfolio to Coded Market and promote yourself on social media. The upload and approval process is very simple, and social media advertising is a free and easy way to build your brand.

The earning potential on Coded Market is quite high as well. The platform offers a 90% non-exclusive commission rate. There is also no exclusivity involved on Coded Market, so anything you upload is subject to a 90% commission rate and can be hosted on other platforms as well with no penalty. This is a pretty big difference from other big stock photography platforms like Envato that only offer a 45% non-exclusive commission rate and a 62.5 to 87.5% exclusive commission rate. There’s no holding your work down at Coded.

When it comes down to it, there is little risk involved in uploading your work to Coded Market, and there really is no reason not to try. You might just be surprised by the results. Coded is free to join. You can start earning passive income from your graphic templates, stock photos, and website templates from day one. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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