What is Microstock?
Microstock is a platforms for you to sell your creative photography, illustrations, vectors, videos and audio as stock for different agencies. Each stock image may earn around $0.20 to $25 per sale, depending on the license bought. The amazing thing in the microstock business is, if your image meet the demand of the market it could sell a thousand times for years to come.
Getting started as a microstock contributor?
To get started, you have to create your accounts at different agencies. Signing up is easy and you do not need to spend a dime. All you need is the right skill set, time and effort to create to right graphics, as well as keywording and upload your them to the marketplace. (we will go into detail on that later on).
Here are my list of best selling agencies!
What sells well?
As a microstock vector artist, it is important to get started on the right foot. First of you will need to sharpen of your skills with Adobe Illustrator or free with Inkscape or Corel Draw. There tons of free tutorials out there. If you already have the skill set or you are already an illustrator or a graphic designer and have a collection of vector designs sitting on your hard drive, then you are ready to go.
So what sells well? It is different for different artist/photographer/videographer. As a vector artist, what are always in the trend are icons, business, signs and people. Of course there are seasonal stuff like Christmas, Summer, New Years and so on.
Categories that have the high potential to sell.
- Business – Business people Office, management, infographics
- Isolated objects / icons – Website, food, emojis, etc
- People – in social, leisure, workplace, interacting, relaxing, holiday
- Medical/Health – Doctors, hospitals, health and insurance
- Invitations/Greeting Cards – Birthdays, Weddings, Baby shower, Valentine, Engagement
- Seamless patterns
- Adult Coloring book ( latest trends) – Complicated line drawings/illustrations
- Education – college, school, reading, education materials, coloring
Categories that have less potential to sell.
- Backgrounds – Looks simple and quick to create. There are tons out there.
- Flowers – Flowers designs beautiful, but also there are many designs on sale
My niche that are sellable are icons, doodles, children, education and silhouettes. To be successful in this business you need both quality and quantity. Also, you need to find your niche and works 10 times harder towards your goal.
Contractor Line Icons
After uploading your first graphic to upload, you will need to do proper keywording for the graphic selected. This is critical part to ensure that your file will be at the tip of the finger of potential buyers at the agency marketplace.
Document Title: Is the name of your file. This is important because some agencies make use the title in their search algorithm. E.g. Contractor Line Icons
Description: It is important to keep it describe all the major elements that are in your file. You can include concept, colors, places, names, etc. while at the same time describing the major elements of your file. Describe the situations, process of the image in detail but keep it simple. E.g.
Keywords: This part is where you key in all the words that describe what your file is all about. You have to ensure that the words you key in are relevant so that buyers will be able to find them when they search it. This is the place where you can collect words that describe your file and define in which case the buyer will find it. Agencies normally allowed a maximum of 50 keywords, therefore you will need to use wisely and it would be great if you can use all of them. E.g. illustration, graphic, vector,clip art, construction, builder, engineer, industrial, equipment, building, tools, plan, draft, item, object, line, symbol, icon, flat, modern, style, simple, concept, element, people, person, human, safety, man, male, profession, employee, manager, staff, industry, occupation, isolated, worker, project, helmet, tie, man, employer, character, avatar, cartoon, hardhat, worker, project, business, plan