Microstock Top 40


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

Microstock Top 40

RankWebsiteTrafficNotes
1shutterstock291
2123rf1,130
3dreamstime1,324
4alamy4,358
5pond57,211
6bigstockphoto7,750
7colourbox19,202
8eyeem32,323
9stocksy49,576
10stockfresh56,212
11pixtastock63,452
12pixoto66,079
13twenty2067,773
147eer92,591
15yayimages124,234
16featurepics135,868
17clipdealer136,492
18foto150,798
19foap154,602
20crestock166,929
21panthermedia211,068Germany
22inmagine240,283
23graphicleftovers243,531
24shotshop264,226
25signelements268,337UK
26cliparto285,514
27solidstockart295,116
28cutcaster295,310
29stockphotomedia321,902
30fotolibra340,455Historical photos
31stockphoto399,008
32fotoarabia401,738
33photospin462,431
34photocase463,345
35scanstockphoto528,609
36stockfuel550,918
37zoonar590,295
38viscoimages754,952
39photographersdirect772,743
40kozzi793,454
41fantero856,827
42mediabakery882,867
43imagevortex3,778,641Set your own price
44moodboard4,553,228
45picturestock6,116,498
46photaki6,680,615
47imageselect9,563,024
48dollarphotoclub15,502,810By 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 April 20, 2017.
Traffic=Alexa Traffic Rank as of April 20, 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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