FlickrCash Makes Flickr Even Better

Flickr is probably the most popular photo management and sharing application in the world, providing everyone with a huge source of stock photographs. The trouble is that you can’t sell your photos directly through Flickr. What’s more, the search tool, while useful, isn’t exactly the best. FlickrCash, which ordered up a ReviewMe review from John, is designed to address both these issues.

Flickr Multi Parameter Search

When looking for photographs on the web, legal issues are paramount, and as such, you have to note what sort of licensing is associated with the picture of interest. Luckily, this is one of the key features found in FlickrCash, which claims to be a Flickr multi-parameter search.

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Under the field where you input the search keyword(s), there is a pull-down menu that lets you select the specific license that fits your needs. Other parameters include searching by Flickr user IDs, Flickr group names, and the date on which the photo was taken. These extra filters are dragged and dropped into the search tool as needed. A how-to video can be found at Viddler.com.

That’s a Lot of Thumbnails

Another weakness of Flickr is that you can only see a small number thumbnails at a time, most of which are too big and come with too much information. FlickrCash, by contrast, fills your screen with as many thumbnails as your computer can handle. To see just how powerful this can be, you’ve got to check out the FlickrCash triple screen showcase where literally hundreds of thumbnails are displayed at once.

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It might seem a little overwhelming at first, but this is infinitely more useful. Zooming in on an individual picture is easy too: just click on it and you’ll get a bigger version, as well as pertinent information regarding what sizes are available and whether a license (free or for purchase) is available. Access the associated Flickr page through the little blue arrow.

Depending on the search term(s), you may be inundated with countless thumbnails. There are two main ways to weed through this. First is through a process of elimination: when you roll over a thumbnail, a red X appears. Click on this and the image is removed. The second method is through what FlickrCash calls a “LightBox.” When you are signed into your account, you can drag and drop the pictures into the lower half of the sidebar, saving this custom collection for later viewing. You can export a LightBox to your own website as well.

Searching is Great, But What About Selling?

For the person who is looking for pictures, FlickrCash is a fantastic tool to filter through the millions of images available on Flickr. The multi-parameter search tool is particularly useful, as is the ability to slide the toolbox in and out of the viewing area. One odd thing that I encountered is that when I go from a “Lightbox” back to the main FlickrCash page, I seem to get logged out. This might be a beta bug. It’s also not obvious enough what page of thumbnails you are on.

For the person who wants to make money selling their photographs, the picture is not so clear. While the overview video talks about the process, it’s still awfully murky how you go about setting your prices and actually selling your photos. Perhaps this is a feature that will emerge when FlickrCash gets out of beta.

Get In Now While It’s Free

Whether you think FlickrCash is great or not, I highly advise you to register for an account soon, because the website is exiting beta “in the next week or two.” After that, they will start to charge a monthly subscription (no word on how much it’ll cost). The good part is that they will “grandfather existing registered users”, so get a free account while you still can and then decide afterwards if you actually need it.


30 thoughts on “FlickrCash Makes Flickr Even Better”

  1. James says:

    Charge people a subscription and then they also have to pay to license? No standard pricing list? Is there an editorial process for checking image quality?
    So far, there are better sources for paid photos.

    1. subscription is charged to image researchers for use of the registered user features – like infinite saved searches will roll-back, shareable lightboxes, installable slideshows and grids, etc. — whether they buy or not; there’s value in this.

      when they buy, they pay for the license and the image owner gets the license money (we take a commission, of course, like an agency, but far smaller than the cut Getty or traditional stock houses take).

      we present as many thumbnail results as will fit on your screen, so YOU decide whether an image is of sufficient quality for your needs. no one else can judge that for you.

      http://flickrcash.com

      and anyone who has already posted their images to other “better sources” can cross post to Flickr to get more exposure for their images and thus increase the likelihood of their images being sold. FlickrCash helps people FIND the images from the Flickr ocean.

    2. Charge people a subscription and then they also have to pay to license?

      – 2 different parties: 1) subscription is charged by FlickrCash for image researchers to make use of the registered user features – like infinite saved searches will roll-back, shareable lightboxes, installable slideshows and grids, etc. — whether they buy or not; there’s value in this. 2) when they buy, they pay for the license and the image owner gets the license money (we take a commission, of course, like an agency, but far smaller than the cut Getty or traditional stock houses take).

      Is there an editorial process for checking image quality?
      – we present as many thumbnail results as will fit on your screen (see my setup http://flickrcash.com/triplescreens.html ), so YOU decide whether an image is of sufficient quality for your needs. no one else can judge that for you.

      No standard pricing list?

      – that’s because image owners are free to price their own photos AND we also offer to help them price photos automatically — we calculate the market-clearing price which maximizes their profits and also maximizes the probability of completing the sale — i.e. the optimal price.

      So far, there are better sources for paid photos.

      http://flickrcash.com

      and anyone who has already posted their images to other “better sources” can cross post to Flickr to get more exposure for their images and thus increase the likelihood of their images being sold. FlickrCash helps people FIND the images from the Flickr ocean.

  2. I’ve actually heard about FlickrCash before this post came out. I registered and I encourage everyone to do so while they’re still free (aka “no regrets”). I just think the multi-thumbnail feature is pretty cool.

  3. uncle sha says:

    I’ve tried it and it’s a very good and powerful search application for photos inside Flickr. I think it will lose alot of users if it goes into subscription. I know I wouldn’t as I’ve other sources for quality stock photos.

    Still overall a good tool online

    Nice review Michael 🙂

  4. Brendan says:

    they should remove the register button from above the form. It doesnt submit, just returns user to same page, but it looks exactly like the real submit button. Could be confusing.

  5. Amy says:

    That sounds really neat and very handy.
    I never got into Flickr much, I really prefer hosting things on my own sites.

  6. jake says:

    if everyone wants to know why john gets so many reviews its because he is predicted to have a pr7 site soon.

    1. thesilly1 says:

      Maybe I’m slow…..but what’s a pr7 site?

      1. Great Question Silly1. Maybe somebody out there can say a few words to clear it up and talk about the rumors.
        How important are backlinks to pageranking?
        😆 Thank you for another great review.

        Blogger-Rising.Blogspot.Com

      2. Dave says:

        PageRank 7, but PageRank isn’t all that useful anymore…I’m told.

    2. Marc says:

      That’s hardly the only reason. It’s the ROI. He drives tons of good solid traffic to anyone he mentions. Plus if you’ve got a good product, you’ll get a top quality review that will likely be fairly positive from a respected source.

  7. Roseate says:

    Hi John,

    Thanks for this great site! I am enjoying reading it…as well as learning.

    I need a help, as you are in this business for a while with all this knowleadge….you may know a solution for my case…hope so!

    I am in a country that paypal don’t accept, but need it so much. I heard about some services that help in getting a paypal account to people in my sutuation. I hope you have any idea or a solution for me.

    Thanks a lot,
    Roseate

  8. Simonne says:

    This is great news. PayPal does not operate in my country either, but maybe they would realize one day that they lose clients from all these emerging markets they don’t want to consider.

  9. thesilly1 says:

    I always wondered why there wasn’t a way to sell pictures on Flickr.

    Now I just need to take some pictures worth buying….

    1. Marc says:

      That’s the real tricky part 😉

      I’ve got a decent collection of photos myself, some of them aren’t half bad but I haven’t bothered trying to sell any since there are so many excellent photographers on those stock photo sites.

      1. thesilly1 says:

        I wonder with knowledge from this and other blogs if you couldn’t get a site listed about buying photos. Or something of that nature.

    2. Dave says:

      It’s not a bad service….I own and operate a web design firm as my day job, so we use stock photography a lot. I can tell you that I wouldn’t sign up for a service that charged me just to look for photos though. You’re better off taking a cut from people posting their photos for sale.

  10. Amanda says:

    Yes but depends on how much you’re charging I hope it isn’t like some other sites where you have to prepay for credits and then cash the credits in.. I’m going to have to take a gander at this.

  11. image owners who already have their images on Flickr, simply need to

    1. register with us and prove they own and control a Flickr username by adding FlickrCash as a “friend” on Flickr (this can only be done while logged in)

    2. bulk tag images with “photoforsale:price=auto” or “photoforsale:price=24.95” (or whatever price they want to set). Auto means we automatically price it for them by calculating the optimal, market-clearing price, which maximizes their profit while also maximizing the probability of the sale.

  12. seems pretty cool, interesting idea!

  13. Simonne says:

    If it is functional, then it’s not a must to look like 2.0. Too many sites look like that these days.

  14. Pallab says:

    The account area is messed up in Opera. Lousy web designer.

    1. FlickrCash says:

      we strongly recommend Firefox. Opera interprets the javascript in a way that it tries to load all 10 pages of thumbnails BEFORE it displays the first page of results.

  15. Mike Panic says:

    I’d be real wary of selling through Flickr… there is no solid TOS. I wrote an article a while back, it is now 4 parts long and the 5 part in the series is coming soon… but if anyone is interested, this is a great primer on how to make money selling digital photos.

  16. Sean says:

    The design isn’t the greatest, but I like the idea.

  17. thanks john i just signed up

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