First of all, when you blog about blogging, unless you put a funny Lolz Cat image on your blog, you can’t really find something to fit perfectly with a post.
On the other hand, I remember searching for free images for my pet niche site and never did find something awesome for free.
Sometimes you just have to cash out for images and when you do, it is worth it. You don’t use the same images everyone does and you are not worried if you are using a copyrighted image. My favorite site for purchasing images is definitely Fotolia.com.
Cheapest images for blogs
The main reason is that it is the cheapest out there, at least out of the ones I’ve used.
Since I started working online, I have used hundreds of photos on my blogs and niche sites.
Of course I haven’t paid for them all, but there are many reasons I had to buy images:
- Some images I need are just impossible to find online for free, at least not the quality I needed.
- Sometimes I don’t want to link out to Flickr or other free image sites.
- Sometimes I want to buy an image, put it on a printed product and sell it.
So I have to buy photos for websites and products. This is where the price makes a big difference.
When buying hundreds of images, it can add up to a pretty big amount of money. So I compared Fotolia to another big image seller I used – Istockphoto.
Fotolia vs. Istockphotos
On both of them, images are priced in points and you buy those with money. The more points you buy, the cheaper they get. Fotolia beats Istockphoto with lower prices.
Another interesting thing is that the images cost less point on Fotolia than on Istockphoto.
For example, for my niche fitness site, I need really great photos. If you are using the image in a blog post, you can always buy the smallest one, it will be big enough for the post.
When I go to Fotolia.com and do a search for a image tagged with “fitness” I find this great one. The small size will cost me 9 credits. If I go to Istockphoto and do the same search, I will find this or this one and pay 30 or 55 credits for the same size image.
Basic maths tells me that not only will I pay less money for points on Fotolia, but I will pay less points for an image. Depending on the amount of images you plan to use, you can get plans that will make an image cost as low as 14 cents.
OK, so we got the finances out of the way :)
What is another great thing I liked about Fotolia? The amount of images they have. 13,810,603 images, vectors and HD videos!!! Any time I did a search for an image, I would find pages and pages (or even hundreds of pages) of images.
Ease of use
The site is very easy to use, I found the links to anything I needed straight away.
The main thing is that the images are easy to find. You can just choose the default search box or you can go advanced.
I made it easier on myself by adding the images I liked straight to my lightbox, where they would be saved until I decide to buy them or discard them because I change my mind.
Most of the image sites work on the same principle, but I did have trouble finding my way around some of them. With the lack of time I always have, Fotolia is just the easiest one to get around.
Fotolia has a great community which contains:
- the blog (I love it because I found some cool tutorials there, which help me do stuff in Photoshop)
- the forum
- FAQ page
- Wikilia (info about Fotolia and the rules)
Another big plus for Fotolia that I learned from their Forum
A lot of photos are rejected due to the technical issues (I am not a photographer, but it has to do with exposure, colors, and what not). This is not the case with all image sites, and I know, I uploaded some not so great images to those.
It is great to know that the site is maintaining the quality by rejecting anything that doesn’t fit their standards. That means that, not only you have 13+ million photos to choose from, you actually have 13+ million great photos to chose from.
Making money with Fotolia
You can even make money with Fotolia. You can sell your own photos on this image site.
There are certain size requirements you need to fulfill when it comes to uploading the images to the site but once you do, all you have to do is sit back and wait for the money to come in.
Fotolia will give you a certain percentage of the money they make and you can get that money in cash or exchange it for credits to buy images you need.
Tips for bloggers who want to make money with Fotolia
If you are a good photographer and you want to sell your photos on Fotolia, the best thing you can do, to actually sell a lot of images, is do a little research on what is in need.
How can you do this:
- Research what are the hot niches at the moment.
- See what type of images are not easy to find for free.
For example, I have always had hard time finding great quality images with pet parakeets in them, which didn’t have a background. I always had to buy those.
- Make sure the images would look good on printed products.
Same as above, I had to buy images I would want to put on products, and usually the best ones are clear photos of objects/animals with no background.
- While at it, since you learned how to promote your blog, that is the same way you can promote your Fotolia profile.
- If you want to target blogging tips and internet marketing blogs, just think of what type of image would you like to have in your posts.
You can also become an affiliate for Fotolia, which is just a perfect monetization plan for image blogs!
There are times when you will have to buy images. The price makes a big difference, especially if you need a lot of images. I will not even mention the importance of quality, you know that already.
So I highly recommend Fotolia.com as your source of images for blogs. I have tried it and I love it.
Note: this is a paid review, but the opinion in the post is mine.