Microstock Top 40


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

Microstock Top 40

RankWebsiteTrafficNotes
1shutterstock276
2123rf883
3dreamstime1,230
4alamy4,794
5bigstockphoto6,523
6pond57,806
7colourbox16,114
8eyeem32,024
9stockfresh53,147
10stocksy56,778
11foto69,600
12pixtastock71,953
13twenty2078,462
14pixoto80,878
15yayimages113,043
16clipdealer117,886
17featurepics135,871
18inmagine168,552
19panthermedia177,500Germany
20foap188,764
21crestock195,289
22graphicleftovers198,152
23cliparto236,229
247eer261,881
25cutcaster277,625
26fotolibra314,333Historical photos
27stockphoto315,198
28photocase345,797
29signelements380,631UK
30photospin404,740
31dollarphotoclub496,150By Fotolia
32zoonar554,434
33kozzi561,492
34scanstockphoto563,768
35fantero711,501
36viscoimages775,701
37photographersdirect812,688
38mediabakery1,042,826
39shotshop1,056,540
40solidstockart1,228,298
41fotoarabia1,668,687
42stockphotomedia2,289,141
43photaki3,514,294
44imagevortex4,256,777Set your own price
45imageselect4,730,689
46moodboard6,273,709
47picturestock8,350,193
48stockfuel8,686,484
49microstockphoto11,114,640
50canstockphotoNo data
51depositphotosNo data
52mostphotosNo data
53photoduneNo data
Notes:
Rank=Position in this group in order of most Internet traffic, according to Alexa as of January 22, 2017.
Traffic=Alexa Traffic Rank as of January 22, 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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