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There are many ideas to start a business most of which demand years of experience and/ or a capital. There are also thoughts, which could be turned into business without needing a big capital or years experience. Keep in mind that most of the ideas demand hard work, being enthusiasm, being ready to learn what you need to learn for that specific business!

 

The idea is simply selling digital products and particularly digital images. Everyone nowadays can afford a digital camera and it is easy to take pictures, but not everyone knows which images are commercial and why.

Digital products particularly images

If you search the richest people or companies around the world, you will find out that many of them are creating or handling digital products like Software, Music, Movies, digital books or digital images…Etc. If you can already produce one or more of the mentioned products then you can start seriously to create or find the right platform to sell them.

What is so special about digital products?

  • Once you create the product, you can sell unlimited copies of it unlike physical products that you can sell them once.
  • It is very easy and fast to deliver digital products online and earn passive income, because your customers can pay and download the product within a few seconds.
  • Everyone in the world could be a potential customer of your images. It is not limited to the local people, because delivering the product is easy worldwide.
  • You do not need a big start capital that you cannot afford. Almost everyone nowadays can buy a digital camera.

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What do you need to start selling your own digital images?

The idea of online selling digital pictures is very simple, but applying it demands learning and almost a few months experience.

Here below are the most important points that you need to start selling your photos:

  • Time to take digital photos.
  • Learning the kind of images that are commercial.
  • Learning how to create or find the online platform to sell the images.
  • Marketing and advertising for your website or the webpage through which you sell your digital images.

My experience of selling digital photos

Some years ago, I decided to study the possibility to sell digital images. It wasn’t easy for me to do that, because I already spend my time in different businesses and have several websites, therefore I have limited time. Learning and studying the possibilities of online selling digital images was very interesting for me.

 

At that time, I uploaded almost 20 of my own images to different micro stock agencies. You would not be surprised if I tell you that all my images were rejected, but the good news was that I got feedback and explanation why the images were rejected. For many people that might be enough to quit, but I decided to upload even more images and I was curious and enjoyed reading and learning from their feedback.

Planet Migration

After learning and changing my strategy several times, some of my photos have been approved for sale. It took me a few months to do my own research and study many commercial images to make my own conclusion. At last I have learned some important principles that allowed me to upload pictures most of which were approved and sold well. I am going to share with you those principles that would help you to start selling your own images.

 

At last, I often received emails, which encouraged me to upload more images to their websites, but I stopped to do that. The reason was as I mentioned already I have several websites and I didn’t need a platform to sell my photos nor did I had that time to upload my images to different websites. Besides, it takes time for each picture to select a category, subcategory, tags, title and description.

 

Selling pictures through micro stock websites is a good option for people who have time for that. There are already people who earn decent incomes by uploading their images to different websites. Before explaining which images are commercial and why, it might be useful to take this little test.

Here below try to select the images, which you think that they are commercial.

Which images are commercial?

Write down the number of all the images, which you think that are commercial! Keep in mind that there is no exact formula to determine that but having the right knowledge will help you to create images that are more commercial.

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Below are the selected commercial images

 

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Why some images are commercial and could be sold easier than others?

To understand that we need to ask some other important questions like:

  • Where images are used?
  • Who buys images?
  • Why they buy images?
  • What are the purposes of buying images

Every individual can download large size and beautiful images free and use them on desktop computers. There are millions websites in the world most of which use images for advertising, marketing, writing articles, designing, illustrations, news, social issues. However, images are also used on TV, newspapers, books, postcards, business cards… Etc. Every individuals and business owners need to buy a license or have a permission from the author to use images for commercial purposes.

 

Downloading images without having a license or a permission of the owner would not be legal to use in commercial projects. To create commercial images you need to have in mind the kind of companies, which might use the images. There are differences between popular images and commercial images. Popular images are mostly images that have the WOW factor while commercial images are used by companies and business owners. To determine whether your image is commercial, you need to ask yourself the following questions and have a clear answer in your mind.

  • Which kind of companies or individuals could use the image?
  • For what kind of purposes might companies or individuals use it?
  • Is the size of the image large enough to serve the purpose?
  • Is the quality of the image good enough?
  • Is the image difficult enough to create?

An image of a “traffic jam” could be very commercial but it is very easy for every photographer to take that kind of images. An image that could be used by various companies could be sold faster and easier than an image which serve only one purpose or one type of business owners.

 

nr The Images Comm-ercial? Explanation; which companies might need the image?
1 01 yes Companies that are related to stock markets, economy, financial sectors, American economy …Etc.
2  02  no It is hard to find a purpose that this image could serve. That might be the reason that it has been offered free by micro stock agencies.
 3  03  yes Companies related to medicines, pharmacies, care and care insurances. The impression of happy customers and services helps this picture to be commercial.
 4  04  yes This image related to businesses such as banking, finance, economy, European economy, euro and currencies. That would make this image relatively commercial.
 5  05  no This image is relatively popular as an image and many people might like it, but you can rarely find a purpose that this image can serve. Therefore, it is not commercial.
 6  06  no This image also can hardly serve any purposes.
 7  07  yes This image could be used in documentaries, articles; music CD that related to Elvis Presley that makes it relatively commercial.
 8  08  yes Such an easy and creative idea can generate a reasonable passive income! This image hasn’t the WOW factor, but almost every companies, organizations can use this to impress good business deals and that makes this image extremely commercial.
 9  09  no It is very hard to find any businesses related to this picture. Keep in mind that I don’t mean by that animals or birds in general, but specifically this one.

 

nr The Images Comm-ercial? Explanation; which companies might need the image?
10  10  yes Companies, which are related to stock markets, economy, financial sectors …Etc. That makes this image commercial.
11  11  no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.
12  12  yes This picture is extremely commercial, because it is suitable for many types of businesses. Keep in mind that many businesses have customer services. It is a good idea to show this picture to the masses, because this picture gives the impression of serving customers with pleasure.
13  13  no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.
14  14  yes This image could be used by stock markets, economy, financial sectors, US economy and the price of dollar.
15  15  yes This picture could be used by dating agencies, articles about love, relationship counseling, relationship therapy… Etc.
16  16  no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.
17  17  yes Famous and historical figure’s pictures could be used in documentaries, books, newspapers and articles. That makes this picture commercial.
18  18  yes This picture is extremely creative! It combines art and business. Any telecommunication companies, social networks like Facebook, YouTube and Google+ can use it. That makes this image extremely commercial!
19  19  no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.

 

nr The Images Comm-ercial? Explanation; which companies might need the image?
20  20 yes Famous and historical figure’s pictures could be used in documentaries, books, newspapers, articles … Etc.
21  21  yes This image could be useful in psychology. For example, by explaining the hidden power of the mind and invisible part of things which could be more effective that the visible part.
22  22  yes This picture could be useful for dating agencies; This picture could be useful for dating agencies; however, the image is not impressive that might be the reason that it has been offered free by micro stock agencies.
23  23  yes This picture is very creative! Any telecommunication companies, social networks like YouTube, Google+ and Facebook, could use it. That makes this image salable!
24  24  yes This image could impress the financial crisis, economic depression, bad economy, decreasing value of the US dollars, decreasing the value of paper currencies. Therefore, it is commercial.
25  25  no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.
26  26 no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.
27  27  yes Warning people and governments of natural issues like, environment, dying out solar bear and global warming, make this picture commercial.
28  28  yes Any economical and financial sectors can use this picture. It could also be useful by topics like world economy, abundance, rich planet, euro zone, euro currency, banks, mortgage… Etc.
29  29  no This picture is useful for travel organizations, vacation agencies, but the picture is not impressive. That might be the reason that it has been offered free by micro stock agencies.
nr The Images Comm-ercial? Explanation; which companies might need the image?
30  30 yes Famous and historical figure’s pictures are useful for documentaries, books, newspapers, articles … Etc.
31  31  yes The idea of this image is very creative and simple! Any organizations and companies could use this image because it gives the impression of cooperation and been united. This picture is very commercial.
32  32  no It is very hard to find any business application of this picture.

 

I hope that this article help you to recognize commercial images.

Keep in mind as I mentioned before that there is no exact formula, but following the previous rules will help you to create more images that generate a passive income.


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Author: Sar Maroof
Education: Bachelor Science and Applied Science in Physics.
Professional Java webdeveloper as well as several certificates in different branches


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