Microstock Top 40


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

Microstock Top 40

RankWebsiteTrafficNotes
1shutterstock299
2123rf1,186
3istockphoto1,235By Getty Images
4dreamstime1,436
5depositphotos1,501
6fotolia2,865
7alamy3,987UK
8pond57,160
9bigstockphoto8,504
10canstockphoto11,519
11colourbox19,411
12photodune28,914
13eyeem31,306
14stocksy48,792
15stockfresh56,672
16pixtastock63,323
17twenty2076,166
18pixoto80,601
19featurepics113,222
20foap137,975
21yayimages140,985
22clipdealer157,384
23crestock179,580
24panthermedia240,384Germany
25graphicleftovers271,034By Envato
26cutcaster293,362
27mostphotos315,118
28inmagine323,897
29cliparto325,687
30fotolibra364,967Historical photos
31stockphoto369,671
32signelements380,758UK
33shotshop408,212
34solidstockart413,932
35photocase513,807
36photospin519,109
37scanstockphoto586,407
38stockphotomedia592,558
39zoonar594,556
40fotoarabia670,613
41photographersdirect788,238
42viscoimages886,599
43kozzi900,861
44stockfuel1,013,067
45mediabakery1,022,980
46fantero1,209,482
47photaki3,411,869
48imagevortex4,144,615Set your own price
49moodboard4,605,935
50picturestock5,005,893
51imageselect10,366,916
Notes:
Rank=Position in this group in order of most Internet traffic, according to Alexa as of June 22, 2017.
Traffic=Alexa Traffic Rank as of June 22, 2017.

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

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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