Microstock Top 40


Here are the 40 most popular microstock sites to sell your photos, ranked by website traffic.

Microstock Top 40

RankWebsiteTrafficNotes
1shutterstock293
2123rf1,038
3dreamstime1,303
4alamy4,560
5pond57,458
6bigstockphoto7,526
7colourbox18,391
8eyeem30,972
9stockfresh55,866
10stocksy56,674
11pixoto66,004
12twenty2066,478
13pixtastock66,876
147eer97,531
15yayimages123,664
16clipdealer125,873
17foto129,981
18featurepics142,173
19crestock173,489
20foap173,533
21panthermedia193,477Germany
22graphicleftovers210,869
23inmagine240,170
24cliparto272,054
25cutcaster308,639
26fotolibra309,550Historical photos
27signelements338,199UK
28photocase360,376
29stockphoto371,996
30shotshop404,879
31solidstockart452,483
32scanstockphoto457,426
33stockphotomedia457,875
34photospin476,051
35zoonar566,334
36fotoarabia611,171
37fantero736,033
38viscoimages815,639
39kozzi823,588
40stockfuel857,683
41photographersdirect878,832
42mediabakery908,199
43imagevortex4,254,596Set your own price
44moodboard5,014,600
45imageselect5,020,413
46photaki6,160,128
47picturestock9,737,533
48dollarphotoclub10,725,775By Fotolia
49canstockphotoNo data
50depositphotosNo data
51microstockphotoNo data
52mostphotosNo data
53photoduneNo data
Notes:
Rank=Position in this group in order of most Internet traffic, according to Alexa as of March 23, 2017.
Traffic=Alexa Traffic Rank as of March 23, 2017.

That’s a lot of sites. Here are the top 10 questions about microstock.

Comments

Comments


Reply by Anonymous

January 27, 2015

Do you receive money for each picture, even if no one buys a picture?


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

January 27, 2015

Hi,

On microstock sites, you do not receive money for each picture if no one buys a picture. You only receive money when someone licenses the image — you usually get a percentage of the license amount.

Andrew


Reply by Maxal

February 9, 2013

Can I know why you have not put http://www.gettyimages.com in your classification?

According to Alexa it is at the rank 3,506, so should be at the 7th position in your list (before snapfish, that asks a fee for inscription).

I know that iStock is awned by Getty, but they still are two independent companies (if I have understood well)


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 5, 2013

GETTY IMAGES

Hi Maxal:

Yes, Getty Images is a major stock agency, and owns iStock.

For this page on microstock agencies, I chose not to include Getty Images as they are not generally considered a microstock company. Getty is known as a “rights-managed” agency, which is a more selective and expensive licensing model than “royalty-free” which is the microstock model. Similarly I did not include Getty’s main rival, Corbis.

Instead I just included microstock websites which, for Getty, is their subsidiary iStockphoto.

Thanks,

Andrew


Reply by Maxal

January 20, 2013

Please can you explain better what means:

Rank, Traffic, Min, Max, Link & Notes, and to what correspond the numbers and the % ?


Reply by Maxal

January 30, 2013

Well, after some reflection I have understood that "Traffic" is a rank too :)

Thank you Andrew


Reply by

January 30, 2013

Thank you for your answer Andrew.

But I continue to not understand well.

Why if Shutterstock is at the first rank it has the lowest traffic.

And Why if Photorankr is at the 40 ranks it has the second highest traffic (not even the highest)?


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 5, 2013

TRAFFIC RANK

Hi Anonymous:

You are right, my notes do not explain the numbers fully. The number that I label as "Traffic Rank" is actually a rank (assigned by Alexa.com based on traffic). For example, Google.com has an Alexa rank of 1, meaning that it is the most visited website (has the highest traffic of any site).

Andrew


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

January 27, 2013

RANK, TRAFFIC, MIN, MAX, LINK AND NOTES

Hi Maxal,

Thanks for your comment. You are right, I have not explained the columns well.

For objective organization, I have ranked the websites by Internet traffic, as reported by Alexa.com. So RANK means the most Internet traffic, i.e. it is the most visited (most popular) of these websites. TRAFFIC is the traffic reporting rank given by Alexa. MIN and MAX are the percentage of revenue (rates) that photographers receive (as of the date when I built this page). LINKS &: NOTES provides links for you to find out the current rates and other information.

Andrew


Reply by Gretchen

November 22, 2011

I have found a very funny picture of my father circa 1950 (obviously, someone else unknown took it). I want to publish it and have postcards, posters, and the like made from it. How do I do this, especially since I only own the picture but didn’t take it myself? Thank you.


Reply by Wann

August 23, 2011

If i sell my photos, how will i get the money?


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

August 26, 2011

Hi Wann:

If a microstock agency licenses your photos, they usually pay you by electronic transfer via PayPal or direct to your bank account.

Andrew


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