Posted November 30, 2007 8:07 am by with 19 comments

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With the popularity of Flickr photo sharing site, some people get shortchanged for their work. Two sites are finding ways to compensate the photographer and the bloggers who post their photos.

I learned about photo money for bloggers first from Photrade, at BlogWorldExpo. Now stock photography company Corbis is offering bloggers to use some of their images free. The images have ads embedded in them (and show up when you mouse over them) or the ad is an overlay on top of the image.

Rather than user-generated they are professional pictures. Corbis has more than 100 million creative, entertainment and historic images from top photographers. They will offer the images through the site Picapp. The images can be tracked and the company can determine if they’re used illegally. Bloggers earn revenue when people click on the images.

On both sites I tried to grab a picture with an ad on it for this post but I wasn’t able to. Both are in beta and you have to request an invitation.

The company also has a site for user-generated photos, at SnapVillage. Images there sell for $1 to $50 each and it’s also in beta but has a decent selection.

Corbis was founded by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates in 1989 but has yet to post a profit even though revenues have risen. The new CEO Gary Shenk said the company was close to profitability. Gates has his own collection of photography from Corbis which is stored in a refrigerated cave in Pennsylvania.

  • timsdd

    I had to use my hands, but I got the spam pop quiz right, whoot!

    You should have been able to grab a picture from photrade. The difference being the in picture ad is just a plug for the site itself. I’m not sure how that will work anyway, b/c like you said that portion of it is very much still in Beta.

    Here’s one of mine that they put on the front page of photrade (though I know the code won’t work):

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  • Scooti

    Corbis joins the platform!

    Thanks for the post about We wanted to make sure that you knew – this is a new, independent platform with many content agreements.

    Thought you would like to have more accurate data – as you can visit our blog:


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  • Krista Neher

    Hi Janet

    Thanks for writing about Photrade. We are really excited about our beta launch.

    Per Timsdd’s comment (btw – Timsdd has tons of great photos on the site), you should be able to use images without an invite, however you need an invite to post your photos.

    You can request an invite on the site – click create account (top right) and you’ll get on the list for an invite.

    Thanks again for the post! We hope you enjoy using our site.

    VP Marketing

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    Great blog. Although I get lots of leads from my website, I’d love to put up a blog and make money with photos I put on it that relate to what I’m doing. Thanks for the great idea!

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