If you’ve ever tried monetizing your content, then you know how tedious and time-consuming the whole thing can be. To get to selling photos online, you’d have to search the web for marketplaces, sign up individually on each one, fill out extensive forms, deal with payments on multiple sites, come up with keywords, captions, and categories, as well as print and sign model releases. That’s quite the itinerary! If only there were a platform that took care of all these manual steps for you.
Introducing Wirestock, a platform that makes visual creators’ lives easier by automating all the manual steps a creator would usually go through when using stock photo(and video) platforms. With Wirestock, there’s no need to worry about keywording and captioning, selecting the right marketplaces, or maximizing your secondary income; that’s exactly why the platform was created. Let’s dive into the many special ingredients that make Wirestock stand out.
Selling to Multiple Marketplaces All at Once
The actual amount of marketplaces online nowadays is enough to make a creator’s head spin. Not to mention, you need to put considerable time, focus, and energy (with knowledge of industry specifics) to make a successful sale.
With Wirestock, instead of opening accounts on each and every site, a creator can simply open one account and submit all their images to the largest photo stock marketplaces all at once; Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, Alamy, and Pond 5 are among the many names on their list.
It is also possible to opt out of specific agencies if you do not wish to submit to them. Bottom line is, the choice of the marketplace, and consequently, the right choice is not something you need to worry about with Wirestock. Because why limit yourself to one source of income?
Keywording and Captioning Automated
If you know anything about writing metadata for online stock content, then you know how important it is to accurately depict what’s being shown in the photo, footage, etc. This is done so that the consumers have a seamless way of finding what they’re searching for online.
And while it might not be too daunting for some people, there are others who avoid this process like the plague; perhaps they’re not too fond of writing, perhaps they don’t have enough time, or maybe English is not their first language. Whatever the reason, Wirestock eliminates this worry altogether.
One of the platform’s biggest draws is the fact that it automates the whole keywording and captioning process. With a team of metadata experts based all over the world, the whole process becomes a matter of seconds. You simply post your photo, select ‘Easy Submission’, and both keywording and captioning are taken right off your hands.
Manual Metadata Option
If for whatever reason you prefer to write your own metadata, Wirestock allows for that option as well. ‘Easy Submission’ is a great shortcut to get your stuff online faster, but there are some cases when writing your own metadata has proven useful also; you might enjoy doing it or the subject matter is too specific, etc. All you need to do in these cases is turn off the ‘Easy Submission’ button, and manually fill out the keywords and captions.
Believe it or not, mobile apps are still a rarity among stock content marketplaces. This can present limitations for creators who work primarily from their phones; it can be demotivating when additional tech is involved—some people might not own or simply not like working with a computer.
Wirestock’s mobile app is super handy if you prefer working from your phone. You’ll be able to sign model or property releases from it, check your earnings and the status of your uploads on top of being able to upload photos and videos directly from your phone.
Wirestock has another way of rewarding its creators—a sweet referral program. By inviting fellow contributors to join the platform, you get the chance of earning 10% of all their paid royalties for an entire year. You can also check how many total creators have joined via your referral link and how much revenue you have generated as a result; all from your dashboard.
Diversity in Content Types
When you think of stock content websites, often you’ll find a designated one for images or videos. Aggregators (like BlackBox for instance) are dedicated to either selling video footage or stock photography, so it’s refreshing that Wirestock allows for photos, videos, and vectors to be sold through and on its platform.
In addition to selling your visual content online, Wirestock also allows users to sell and buy prints directly from a free portfolio provided by the platform. Instead of falling down a rabbit hole of how to sell photography prints on your own; do it through Wirestock— printing and shipping needs taken off your shoulders, with a 30% commission on earned royalties.