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Fotolia Guide Index

  • 7,347,857 online images
  • 4 MP minimum size
  • ID Check - need to send scanned ID
  • categories are now optional
  • No upload limits
  • minimum 20% payout
  • subscription sales 30-37 c for photos up to size L (3.7 mp)
  • FTP upload
  • Extended license $2 for newbies
  • Keywords - first six most important you can't add new keywords but you can shuffle

 

Size  and prices

Fotolia Non-exclusive image payout per download 

New even lower percentage  from January 2011

Total number of downloads

300 x 400
XS
600 x 800
S
1.9mp
M
3.7mp
L
7.8mp
XL
15mp
XXL
Sub extended licence
max earnings
credit price1357810
 0 - 100 20c 60c $1.00 $1.40 $1.60 $2 30c $4
100 - 1000 23c 69c $1.15 $1.61 $1.84 $2.30 31c $11.50
1,000-  10,000 25c 75c $1.25 $1.75 $2.00 $2.50 32c $25
10,000 - 25,000 31c 93c $1.55 $2.17 $2.48 $3.10 33c $31
25,000 - 100,000 37c $1.11 $1.85 $2.59 $2.96 $3.70 34c $37
100,000 - 250,000 40c $1.20 $2.00 $2.80 $3.20 $4.00 35c $40
250,000 - 1,000,000 43c $1.29 $2.15 $3.01 $3.44 $4.30 36c $43
1,000,000 + 46c $1.38 $2.30 $3.01 $3.68 $4.60 37c $46

Images or photographers can be exclusive at Fotolia

If the image is exclusive you can change the minimum price per image once you have 100 downloads in total unfortunately you earn the same percentage as your non-exclusive images

If the photographer is exclusive you can earn a higher percentage and change the minimum price per image.

Subscription sales only count for 0.25 of a sale for your ranking so 400 subscription sales to move from lowest level.

For exclusive images

0-100 downloads 25% 1 credits

100-1,000 downloads 28% 2 credits - this is the  maximum price for a 300 x 400 image

1,000-10,000 downloads 31% 3 credits

10,000-25,000 downloads 34% 4 credits

25,000 - 100,000 downloads 38% 5 credits

100,000-250,000 downloads 40% 6 credits

250,000 - 1,000,000 downloads 43% 7 credits

1,000,000 + downloads 46% 10 credits

For exclusive photographers

0-100 downloads 42% 1 credits

100-1,000 downloads 45% 2 credits - this is the  maximum price for a 300 x 400 image

1,000-10,000 downloads 48% 3 credits

10,000-25,000 downloads 51% 4 credits

25,000 - 100,000 downloads 54% 5 credits

100,000-250,000 downloads 57% 6 credits

250,000 - 1,000,000 downloads 60% 7 credits

1,000,000 + downloads 63% 10 credits

 
When you have 25,000 downloads you can also change the 
minimum price of your non-exclusive images.

I have listed the maximum price for a 600 x 800 image

For non-exclusive photographs

0-100 downloads 25% 

100-1,000 downloads 28%

1,000-10,000 downloads 31%

10,000-25,000 downloads 34%

25,000 - 100,000 downloads 37%       2 credits maximum price for a 300 x 400 image

100,000-250,000 downloads 40%       3 credits

250,000 - 1,000,000 downloads 43%   4 credits

1,000,000 + downloads              46%   5 credits



 

Advantages of Fotolia

No upload limits

Thumbnails of Deleted photos kept

4 MP size minimum (new size limit since mid June 2007 version 2)

e-mail notification of photos sold (can opt out)

Categories are now optional

generous referral bonus for 5 years 10% of all sales including extended licences

subscription sales only allow up to 3.7mp other sites allow full size 16mp

Disadvantages of Fotolia

Can't edit keywords after an image is submitted but can shuffle their order first six are most important more software arranges keywords in IPTC data alphabetically so you need to rearrange them.

Changes to Terms of contract are not very well publized and not popular with contributors

they reduced the contribitor earning again in Jan 2011

second lowest earnings per image only 20% of image price

30 c from subscription sales up to 4 MP

35 from premium subscription sales up to maximum size uploaded

Vague rejection so almost impossible to rectify and resubmit.

Cumbersome categories 3 levels (but now optional)

If an accepted image hasn't been sold in 24 months can earn 50c by allowing it to be distributed in free section

hard to delete images if you have a large portfolio

Extra bits

They have the worse rejection e-mails they are incredibly vague with no hint as to whether if a photo was altered (cropped or filtered) would it be worth resubmitting.

 

FTP UPLOAD ? Yes

 Your new FTP password is a combination of your user name and password, your FTP name is the same five digit code