Got a hard drive full of pictures?
Wish you had a bank account full of cash?
If you’ve got good photos, you’ve got an opportunity to make some useful extra money.
Here are 52 ways to monetize your images. (And keep reading the Photopreneur blog for details on them
1. Give business people Moo cards.
Turn your photos into mini-Moo cards and market them as unique intros for
business people who think they’re unique.
2. Become a paparazzi!
Snapped a celebrity doing a walkabout? Scoopt finds buyers for news
and a model eating is always news.
3. Put a mouse on an image
Zazzle is one site that lets you put a photo on a mousepad and sell it through
4. Create a photography book
and Blurb makes it a breeze to publish your photos in a book and sell it to
admiring fans for a profit.
5. Create a specialized photography book
It’s nice to put your favorite images in a photography book; it’s nice money
when you put your kid’s school soccer team in a book and sell it to their
6. Give MySpace users unique pages
It’s hard to stand out on MySpace and other networking sites
got some very special images. So contact networkers and offer them yours.
7. BritePic your pictures
BritePic lets you put a floating ad on your images when users mouse over –
you earn even if the pictures aren’t on your website.
8. Blog about your pictures
and get paid for it
Google’s AdSense program is giving many bloggers a handsome income. Put
your images on a blog, discuss them and earn from ads.
9. Find local distributors for your local images
Even simple pictures sell well when people recognize them. Get your local
images in local stores and you’ll make sales.
10. Create creative computer covers
Moo isn’t the only place that can turn photos into stickers. Other printers can
do the same thing, letting you turn photos into long shapes to cover dull PCs.
11. Give hosting companies exclusive libraries
Hosting companies give packages to clients that can include microstock deals.
Give them an exclusive library of images and they’ll have a unique offer for
their customers; you’ll have your own microstock customer base.
12. Create creative car window covers
When the weather is hot, cars get hotter. Print your photos on windscreen
covers and offer them to accessories stores.
13. Earn real income from real estate
Taken pictures of buildings? Take pictures of buildings with For Sale signs
and offer them to the sellers. If your photo is better than theirs, you’ll be
14. Take a trip to a travel agents
Travelers want to know where they’re going so if you’ve been there and
photographed it, give travel agents a chance to show them. For a small fee, of
15. Decorate cafes
Ask café owners to put your pictures on their walls. They get free art
to show pictures with price tags.
16. Earn every day with calendars
Calendars are simple to make but tough to get into stores. So sell them online.
17. Build a membership base
Create a club and give members a photo a day with an explanation of how it
was shot. It will be like an email photography course
with tuition fees.
18. Put your pictures on microstock sites
Hey, everyone else is doing it — and some people are making six-figure sums
19. Put your pictures in competitions
The ‘net is stuffed with photo contests these days. Some of them pay cash
prizes, others pay with a valuable reputation boost. Be a winner!
20. Go mobile
Ringtones are a huge market and ringtone companies also sell mobile phone
wallpapers. Ask them to sell yours.
21. Snapped a logo? Take it to the company
If there’s a logo in your picture, you’ve got just one possible buyer. So ask
them to buy it.
22. Put it on a t-shirt
Yes, we know it’s old-fashioned but it works! People do buy them
23. Turn your photos into art works
You don’t need a gallery to create art works; you just need a canvas printer.
There are plenty of those around so put your picture on a stretcher and sell it