I’m always scouting the web for great deals on stock photos and images for my blog, so I’m excited to share with you Depositphotos; an awesome new find for affordable stock photos for bloggers or website owners.
Depositphotos has become the fastest-growing microstock agency in the world.
Just since last year they’ve increased their image library by 140% and now have over 15 million images for you to choose from.
These are quality photos, graphics and vectors – and they’re affordable.
Today photos play a big part in giving your blog posts the character they deserve, so you need to find a photo service that not only provides quality photos, but is easy to use, has great customers service, and won’t break the bank. I found that using Depositphotos.
Here are a few photos I grabbed off the site just to give you an example.
Finding & Downloading Depositphotos is Fast & Easy
With 35 categories of photos to choose from it’s easy to find a photo for any topic you’re searching for in just a couple of minutes.
In the search box, simply enter a photo keyword and begin your search. To help you find photos quickly there’s a convenient advanced search tool where you can narrow your search by orientation (square, horizontal, vertical), and keyword. There’s even a search by color option.
Photos are offered in 6 sizes, the larger sizes are slightly more expensive, but for bloggers the Xsmall photo size is perfect for blog posts which is about a 4-5 inch photo. The above photos are the actual Xsmall size. The photos below are also Xsmall but I scaled them down and the clarity is still quite good.
To help you keep your photos organized Depositphotos also has a ‘lightboxes ‘tool which are handy folders to store and catalog your purchased files. This saves you time if you have multiple projects, blogs or websites.
Affordable Depositphotos Pricing Plan
One big problem I have with photos sites; especially the free sites, is that the selection is often poor. With such limited selection it can take me twice as long to find what I really want, and many times I end up settling for something mediocre, and of course with free sites I have to add retribution to boot.
I’ve given up on that. I want my blog to look professional so finding quality photos at an affordable price that I can use without worry makes my life a lot easier, and Depositphotos has done a perfect job at delivering what I need as a blogger.
Depositphotos offers two pricing plans. A pay-as- you-go credit plan or subscription plan. They also have a special free offer, but more on that in a minute.
Pay-As-You-Go Credit Plan
I generally like buying photos using credits, that way I can find and download photos when I need them. Using the pay-as-you-go credits, photos are $1 each. And depending on the plan, photos could be as low as about .90 cents each. Photo sites I’ve used in the past were more expensive than that.
I personally would like to see the credit plan allow for smaller budgets, for example the cheapest plan is $50 for 50 credits. A $25 plan (25 credits) or even a $10 (10 credits) plan might work better for bloggers just starting out.
If you download lots of photos, the ‘Daily’ subscription plan might be just the thing for you. You can download 5 photos a day (you can even go up to as many as 200 a day).
For larger budgets this can bring your costs down to as low as .36 cents a photo.
- $69 for 1 month (5 photos a day) - $0.46/image
- $199 for 3 months (5 photos a day) – $0.44/image
- $359 for 6 months (5 photos a day) – $0.40/image
- $649 for 1 year (5 photos a day) – $0.36/image
The downside is that you must download all 5 photos the same day; they don’t carry over to the next day.
Depositphotos accept credit cards, PayPal, Moneybookers, and WebMoney
All their pricing plans are listed here.
‘Special Free Offers’ at DepositPhotos
Remember I mentioned that you can get free photos? Depositphotos has a couple of ways to get them.
Free Subscriptions for Bloggers
Depositphotos Will Sponsor You
Depositphotos Has a Contributor Program Too!
A Few Last Words about Depositphotos
I’ve used several photo sites in the past and Depositphotos is certainly a strong competitor. I’ve found nothing less than responsive support and cooperation when I needed assistance. I was also impressed with their growing customer base and overall customer satisfaction.
Whether you’re a blogger looking for post images or you’re a photographer selling your stock, Depositphotos goes the extra mile for their customers and contributors. As a blogger myself I’ve found their service to be a great source for quality photos, vectors and videos that could really help your blog posts pop.
* This post was sponsored by Depositphotos and written by Elizabeth McGee