Starting Out with Fotolia

After enjoying modest success on Dreamstime, Shutterstock, and BigStock microstock sites, I’m expanding a bit to Fotolia and hopefully iStockphoto. I waited on these latter two because they don’t have editorial options, and that’s been the bulk of my work. But now that I have a fair body of stuff that qualifies as royalty-free—my shots from Petra and Jerusalem are among my top sellers—so I’m ready to expand my horizons a bit. So far I’ve earned a whopping $1.20 on Fotolia in my first week! Woo-hoo!

iStockphoto sets a bit of a higher bar for applying. They make you take a quiz and then wait several days while they review three sample images. I applied last weekend and am still “pending approval.”

So far, I’m impressed with Fotolia’s relatively speedy approval process. We’ll see how their sales compare to the others. Dreamstime seems to be the slowest, but I’ve had my highest sales there…. Hopefully that doesn’t mean there’s an inverse proportion.

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