There are many ways to make money online. While John talks a lot about affiliate marketing and blogging in this space, there is another area of expertise that can serve as a fairly substantial source of income: photography. If you’re a proficient shutterbug, then this ReviewMe review of Photopreneur.com will be right up your alley.
What or Who is a Photopreneur?
I could tell you what makes someone a photopreneur, but why reinvent the wheel? The people behind the Photopreneur blog are more than happy to tell you want that term is all about. Their first post ever says:
A photopreneur could be a photographer with entrepreneurial spirit. A photopreneur might also be an entrepreneur with a passion for photography…. Capturing the spirit of entrepreneurialsm [sic], combining it with a talented eye, and unleashing the result across the globe – that’s a photopreneur.
The idea behind the blog is to provide you with posts on making money online selling your photos and getting hired to take pictures, as well as on photography business marketing. Prefer to arm yourself with a DSLR rather than words through a keyboard? Maybe taking pictures for a living is for you.
The Blog Design
As a whole, I’m quite pleased with the site design of the Photopreneur photo blog. It’s quite clean with a simple, yet effective header image and the post titles are highlighted very well. Navigating through the site’s various sections is also very obvious through the links near the top.
I do have several suggestions, however, that they may want to consider:
- The RSS button would look better either at the top of the sidebar or all the way to the right in the header, next to “archives”.
- The contact link might be better as the last page listed, rather than being in the middle.
- There’s not enough content to currently justify having two sidebars.
- I’m not a fan of the “read the rest” links. Just show the whole post on the main page.
- There are too many posts on the main page, making it far too long (and making for a lot of useless white space in the sidebars).
- For a photography blog, it sure seems text-heavy.
- Why proudly display an Alexa ranking of nearly 500,000? The widget looks funny the way it’s placed too.
Can I Really Make Money Selling Photos?
One thing I have to hand to the people behind the Photopreneur blog is that they know how to create some eye-catching (and SEO friendly) post titles. I’d imagine that if they signed up for BlogRush, they could get a decent click-through rate.
Thankfully, there’s some interesting information behind those post titles too. Here are a few that captured my attention:
- Make 50 Times More for your Photos
- How To Earn $1,000 An Hour As A Photographer
- 11 Signs That Your Photo Is Going To Be A Big Seller
- 3 Steps For A Better Photography Portfolio
- Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Professional Photographer?
I would have liked to see more posts under the Featured Photo category, but sadly there are only two entries in there. The most recent dates all the way back to May 28, 2007. Given that this is a blog about making money selling your photos, a popular area would surely be samples of great pictures… wouldn’t it?
What About the Rest of the Site?
You’ll notice that the URI to the blog is blogs.photopreneur.com. The plural implies that there are multiple blogs(there’s just one, but there are multiple authors) and the sub-domain implies that there is a main part to Photopreneur to accompany the blog. I use a similar system for my own site where michaelkwan.com points to my freelance writing site, whereas btr.michaelkwan.com points to my blog, Beyond the Rhetoric.
Navigating to photopreneur.com, you find a very boring page with basically zero content.
It says that it’s supposed to be a marketplace portal, but the only links provided are to email the Photopreneur staff and to visit the blog. What’s up with that? Where’s the community that you’re promising?
Take Pictures, Make Money
The content is pretty solid at Photopreneur and I love the concept of blogging about making money selling photos. The blog layout is clean, but there is definitely room for improvement. I’m also curious about monetization, because the only advertising I see are bla.st cards. The blog has been live for about more than half a year; maybe it’s time to make some money by talking about making money with photography.