Storefront in small beach town, Ecuador
I have images located in several Stock Stores such as Shutter Stock and iStock. I have decided to open my own site as well. The main reason for this is I would like to put more funds in my pocket. The same image you download on Shutter Stock nets me much more if it is bought direct from me.
The problem is not many people know about my site, and now I have to do the part of any business I am not good at…. Marketing.
Let’s see what are the reasons for someone to go to the site.
- Great images
- decent layout
- ability to purchase direct from the artist ( Me) via paypal.
There is one major disadvantage to my site. I only have about 600 images available for purchase, an extremely small amount in the world of stock. I am adding images weekly and I think they may be the best images ever produced by a photographer anywhere anytime on the planet ….( not really ). I know my images will not fill the needs of most people who want or need to buy images.
With such a small selection and such a niche market ( mostly Ecuador Travel Images) will I be pissing potential buyers off when they come to my site and they don’t find what they need? No… because I have access to over 25,000 images to offer to any potential buyer.
I still want people to visit my site even though I know I don’t have the images they need for one reason…. My site is part of the Symbiostock Network.
The Symbiostock network is a very interesting Word Press theme that allows image searches to be conducted on the sites of many extremely talented independent photographers and illustrators.
If you are looking for a image of gemstone… I don’t have it on my site, but the search facility will pull up other options from with-in the network, in this case mostly from the niche site http://photominingstock.com/
Do I make money from the search, and the sale from another member of the network… no. The concept is that the network feeds all users, so gemstone will go somewhere else. In return a search for Ecuador will show images from my site.
As of now ( 06-06-2013) there are 25,898 images on the network… still very small in relation to the big players, but the network is growing every day.
If you are a seller of Stock images you owe it to yourself to check out Symbiostock Network. Even if it isn’t right for you, the knowledge that it exists may be needed in the future
If you are a buyer of images, even though you may not be interested in Ecuador Travel Images, you should still go to stockimages.glennspecht.com. I likely won’t have the images you want, but I know the person who does and all you have to do is use the search to find them.