Shutterstock is an agency that has excellent sales performance, both with photos and video. Today, I produce almost exclusively stock footage, and Shutterstock for me is the second most profitable agency after Pond5:
It takes five minutes to sign up and it is completely free. By the way:
Never pay an agency to sign up!
I know what are the most profitable Microstock websites, and they are all free. There are few chances for new brands to be part of the market, so signing up will always have to be free.
Click this link and you arrive at the page below (sometimes the photo can be different):
Click Sign Up now, but before doing that, please notice:
Shutterstock serves customers from 150+ countries and has paid over $350 million to our contributors.
Given the fact that they give 30% of their sales to the contributor, it means that they have earned more than one billion dollars.
Now you’re here:
You have to enter
- Your (legal) name
- Your display name, that is the name customers will see (please don’t use a nickname like you’re in a teenager chat, something like “squirrel1977”)
- An email address
- A password at least eight characters long (one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number)
If you see the message above (of course: Thanks “Your Name”) everything went as it should go.
At this point, an email has been sent to the address you gave and you have to click the link you find in the message…
You will be redirected on this page:
Enter your address and click “Next” again
Now they ask you to upload a full size image of your passport, driver’s license, or state identification.
This is annoying, but that’s their policy, even if Pond5 and Videoblocks don’t ask you to do that. They say:
It keeps your work safe and helps speed up the payment process.
Anyway, I have to stop my tutorial here, because I’ve already opened an account and I’ve created a second one for another “Sign Up” tutorial I made, and Shutterstock don’t allow me to do it again.
You just have to press “Choose file” and then follow the information they give you.
They will ask you to enter the payment method that you prefer to be paid with. My suggestion is to choose PayPal, even if they have high commission if you need to change dollars into your currency, as I have to do.
Please notice: you’re now creating a contributor account, so you can:
- Sell content
- But not buy content
Unlike what I explained in the Sign up tutorial of Pond5 where there’s only a kind of account, regardless if you want to buy or you want to sell.
Shutterstock team needs a couple of days to confirm that the entered data is correct. After that, you can begin to send content. It’s very, very difficult that they do not approve your application.
They won’t report your sales by email. You need to manually check them in this page. Well, I’ve earned:
$27.380.49 until now.
Good luck my friend.