Five Easy Ways To Make Money With Your Travel Photos

There’s money in your photos. No, not your nude photos! (although I’m sure there’s a market for them somewhere…:)

I’m talking about the photos that you took from your trip to Spain or Australia or just about anywhere in the world.

Most people return from their vacation with tons of photos and a huge stack of credit card bills.

With rising fuel costs and inflation, you have to be smart and find ways to monetize your vacation and use the money to pay off some of your travel expenses.

So, here are five ways you can make money from your travel photos. They are arranged in the order of difficulty (from easiest to hardest):

1. Create and sell calendars, posters and t-shirts via Cafepress

Just upload your photos on Cafepress and you can start selling calendars, posters and t-shirts that feature your photos instantly.

You set the prices based on Cafepress’s wholesale prices. Cafepress will print, deliver and collect payment on your behalf.

2. Create and sell screensavers

Just download a screensaver editing software from and create screensavers with your photos. You can sell them on Ebay (they have a category devoted to screensavers) and/or your own website.

Screensaver prices range from $1 to $30. Since they’re digital, there’s nothing to ship and you can sell them over and over again at 90% profit margin.

Update: Ebay doesn’t allow digital products to be sold on its site anymore.

3. Sell photos to the media via Scoopt

Scoopt is a media agency that helps members of the public sell photographs and videos of newsworthy events to the press.

So if you have photos of events, disasters, crimes or celebrities, you can get Scoopt to sell them to the media. They share 50% of the selling price.

Don’t worry, you still own the copyright to your photos.

4. Sell stock photos

You can package your photos and sell them through the following channels:

  • your own website
  • stock photo websites
  • ad agencies
  • publishers

Here are two of the most popular stock photo websites you should check out:

If you need help pricing your photos, you can visit this stock photo price calculator.

5. Build travel websites and earn money from Google Adsense

This may be the most profitable option. Just create a website for each country you’ve visited. Place Google ads on your web pages and when visitors click on them, Google pays you.

These websites are virtual vending machines. Just build and forget them. They’ll make money for you 24/7 without any maintenance.

The cost per click for travel ads is quite high, so you could earn 3 to 4-figure income a month WITHOUT doing anything.

For more information:

If you’re starting or building an Adsense business, check out the Adsense Blueprint for a $410 million Adsense success story. You’ll also learn how to build a successful Adsense business without any marketing, technical or writing skills.

Rebel Tips:

1. Whatever you’re selling, you should have your own site, so that you build your own brand. DO NOT rely solely on third party sites (Ebay, Cafepress) for your sales.

2. Always put your website address in all your products so that everything leads back to your website. You’ll need Adobe Photoshop to do this.

That’s it! You now have all the information and tools to start profiting from your travel photos.

Get started right away and good luck!


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