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Start Selling Audio Files on Microstock

Now days, you can Sell your audio files online in microstock. Photography also you can and Vector graphics are still booming. And then video footage you can sale, while very promising for many contributors, hasn’t turned out to be the golden goose some were hoping for.

You must Enter digital audio recordings. This category is a market that is still relatively un-touched, for both buyers and sellers as microstock. The big thing for producers of digital audio files is that more and more agencies are jumping on board with selling audio files. Its mean more and more for sales as the demand for them continues to grow, here we are in an increasingly multimedia-intensive world.

Get First to Selling AUDIO Files Online

In the first time – which are the websites that you will sell your audio files online become microstock? Below of list you will find all the major players for selling your create digital audio recordings, as well as a description of what to expect from them as a contributor.


Pond5 is a fantastic and amazing marketplace for selling audio files online as microstock. Pond5 have been around for ages and are popular a resource for those looking to purchase audio recordings. The best part for contributors is that you get to set your own prices for your files.

So you can choose as an option that you have created an audio masterpiece and only want to sell it for the big bucks, it's up to you. The only way to get big profits is that many audio producers often set their prices to the minimum hoping to get lots of sales and sales. All of them, Pond5 is one of the best options out there for selling audio files online.


As Microstock, Dreamstime is a new players in audio and music categories of sales. Dreamstime have a level pricing system which rewards high selling tracks. Even the lower levels have decent pricing. The upload process is much the same as their photo submission – not the best, but by no means the worst either. Some audio files producers can seeing decent sales there already.


AudioJungle is a professional player in selling digital audio assets. As a member of the massive Envato Market network of sites, you can putting your audio recordings in front of literally millions of potential buyers soonly. People joining to Envato to purchase everything from WordPress themes, until logo designs – so why you not pick up an audio track while they’re sound it? In AudioJungle, you can sell simple audio recordings of sounds and ambient noises to complex musical scores to accompany the next Hollywood movie.


123RF its fairly quick to add audio sales to its already impressive more catalogue of photos, vectors and video. One of the nice things about their audio sales is that 123RF are several price tiers, and you as the producer get to choose which category you want to sell your audio files in. This seems to be a nice balance between giving the content creator flexibility over pricing, while not frustrating the buyer with massive amounts of different pricing.


At Shutterstock, you can sell all types of digital files. There are extraordinary music artists to be found at Shutterstock, and sells them at a decent price too. Therefore the catch is at this stage not just anyone can contribute in this category. However if you are someone with a very great reputation and can produce high quality music (not just sound with recordings) then it can’t hurt to contact the artist with a pitch.

Remember that each microstock agencies will have some of its own criteria as rule, but if you start with these points in mind as you prepare your files, you will have most of the hard work done already.
  • Length: a minimum of 5 seconds long
  • Bit rate: 320 kpbs
  • Sample rate: 16-Bit Stereo, 44.1 khz
  • File type: WAV or MP3 (or even both) that's depending on the agency
After preparing with having the correct file type of audio files, you will also need to think about a Title, Description and with great Keywords for your audio files.

There are many strong reasons to consider that selling audio files online as microstock, especially if it already is your field of expertise. For me it was a learning curve, but not an overly steep one. It is an opportunity certainly in area of microstock and we will be continually expanding, because there are buyers out there looking for all sorts of audio files.

One of necessary thing about selling audio files is when you are uploading much smaller files than with photography files or video footage files, so there is less demand. Microstocks can save you and your client money while delivering quality. The microstock revolution sprang from designer-to-designer cooperation and image sharing. It has evolved to provide the imaging equivalent of cheap music downloads but with a key difference in that this is business to business and not business to consumer.

The clients of the microstock image libraries are people just like us, looking to buy good images at a good price—and what an incredible choice there now is! More recently, market awareness has increased, and now more designers can name at least one microstock library, without necessarily realizing just how huge and varied the market has become.

If you think microstocks sound great so far, a word of caution—not everyone is happy with them. They have faced a barrage of criticism from some with vested interests in the traditional libraries. Criticisms you may hear include (and I paraphrase but, hopefully, have captured the essence of the most common complaints):
“You can’t make money from net commissions as low as $0.20 per download.”

The low sale price of microstock images means an inevitably reduced per-image commission for photographers. This is, in theory (and, in my experience, in practice also), compensated for by greatly increased sales, so that you can indeed make money from microstock, despite the low per-image commission. It is more satisfying, perhaps, to sell one image once for $100 than to sell one image 200 times for a $0.50 average commission.

But do the math; the net result is the same—$100 net commission. Provides anecdotal evidence that their earnings from the microstocks are comparable with all but the best returns from traditional libraries.

The traditional libraries have, in my view, been too slow to react to the new market reality, as outlined above. However, they are beginning to catch up, either by joining in the fun and acquiring microstock libraries, as happened with Getty buying iStockphoto and Jupiter Images acquiring Stockxpert, or in starting their own from scratch—as has happened with Corbis establishing SnapVillage in mid-2007.

Microstock pricing is subject to much criticism. Many artists with large portfolios on traditional libraries are understandably concerned that the microstocks will undermine their livelihood. So far, the evidence seems to suggest that this is not the case and that the microstocks are largely selling to new markets that previously did not have access to high-quality, affordable imagery, markets to some extent ignored by the traditional image libraries. 

However, it is of course true that the microstocks are making some inroads into markets dominated by the traditional libraries. Is that a criticism? I do not think it can be. Businesses compete, and in a free market economy, the fi ttest will survive. Also, an increasing number of professionals are using the microstocks to sell their work, so there isn’t an “us and them” world being created.

Shutterstock Keyword Tool With Google Admob

As many know, I'am working on and digital marketing specialist company. And for sure, we have a department for stock photos and videos. By these words, I mean I wanna teach you some few tips that are gonna help your SEO reach, and downloads. I'm not gonna publish all the tips once but I'll share it from time to time.

Many of you may question, why some contributors have 1000 photos and getting 200 downloads ( 20% ) and I have + 5000 photos and not getting even 500 ( 10% ) knowing that I have more beautiful portfolio?

As you know guys, shutterstock doesnt have a real person that lists your pictures and put it in first page or something like that. It's an robot that uses an alogrithm, and If you understand that algorithm you will be able to rank in first easily.

So first thing you should play with is KEYWORD.

The keyword is a very important thing that will help improve your downloads a lot ! It will help your picture to be in first pages which means, more reach and more downloads. So how do I analyse a keyword?

The keywords can be itself a niche, a niche is something that many of people are looking for but no one contributing it. for an example we had an "milk" ad to make, we wanted to buy a video about a cow in the background in a farm and the camera is focused on an plate with a cup of milk. So we can write our company name. We searched the whole stock and we found nothing. And am sure many milk companies are looking for something like to this day. Because shooting it will cost more than 50$.

That's the first thing you should know before moving to work in a keyword. You should decide either you're gonna work in a new niche ( thinking about what costumer wants, and be the first one to make it ) or working on an existing niche.

By the way, most of shutterstock companies, are ad agencies, so working on professional videos or pictures will raise your rate of downloads. What I mean by professional, in a picture they need a picture where they can write on. For an example, the previous world cup we were searching for picture of a stadium. And all we wanted is a stadium from a far view and a night sky so we can write on it " we are ready for world cup " . Most agencies are so busy, so they wont bother themeselve if the picture is too complicated. the subject of picture sould be in background or blurry or not making 40% of the whole picture and if the subject is the one showing on whole picture the bacground should be simple ( black faded or white, sky) something easy to remove, so agencies can write on the picture or turn it into png.

for an example again , ad for a magician show. if we searched magic in shutterstock we will find a lot of pics are too complicated and not really fitting with an agency work ( not vectors ) I dont tell you they're not making downloads but if the picture were taken the way i've described it, they'll have better rate.

Ok, let's move on to the keywords, take halloween for an example. Many of you thinks that this "niche" is saturated, maybe 700 000 picture exists in this niche. And it's high demanded by companies. How can I compete ?

Choosing a keyword is very important, and the best tool is google keyword. You can start using google keyword by applying for google admob, it shows you what people search.

( you can see in picture ) that people instead of searching halloween costumes they search " infant halloween costumes " and there are 1130 other keywords that people are searching. They can search that keyword in shutterstock and found no results comparing to their expctations. soo you can use this keyword as a title and other keywords in description. If you ranked in a small niches like those you picture will be ranked in the global one which is halloween ( most of keywords contains halloween ). And you'll get download from the small niches and the big one since your picture is ranking.

I'm gonna stop right here, wait for me for next course! I hope you got some usefull informations !

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