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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Photos

I've been having a bit an idea lately that I should put together a more formal website, set up a proper gallery and start selling some photos. (nealmcquaid.com is going free :)
What do people think? Would it be worthwhile (other than the side benefit of having to re-learn web programming again)? And most importantly, would you be willing to buy one?!? :) I'm more than aware that everyone and anyone is posting/blogging/publishing these days!
Please reply, all advice and thoughts are welcome (click on the 'comment' link at bottom if you want to add a comment, or email me)

7 comments:

  1. If nealmcquaid.com is going free you should have a go. I've heard of people getting a good bit of money by putting not so great shots on stock download sites and getting $0.10 a hit. It shouldn't take too long to put together a site and if you got a few people buying a year you might be able to pay for another trip away and a chance to take more photos. You would probably have to find a niche to glean though if you fancy living off it full time?

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  2. cheers for that Stu - great to hear from you on the blog!
    Don't worry I'm under no illusions about living off it full-time but if it can cover some bills (e.g. pay off the camera!), it'd be good.
    Heard about those stock sites, know any off-hand - I've had a look before but most seemed to work through Google Adsense (which gives meagre returns unless you're getting huge traffic)

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  3. The only ones I've come across are snapvillage and istockphoto. Not sure if they use the google adsense or not though. I'm not totally convinced that these micro-royalty sites are the way to go but they may be easier than doing all your own promotion? Then again, I thought iTunes would never take off... If you're looking to pay off your camera quickly why not look at some of the competitions in the papers? The Irish times does a good one every month with a prize of €1000 http://www.ireland.com/competitions/nokia/ although I see this months deadline was yesterday. With some specific shooting I reckon you could bag this at least once.

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  4. interesting - ever tried the Irish Times comp yourself ;)

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  5. Ha Ha I'd never seen that! Fair play for spotting it!

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  6. You should go for it! Why not?

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