What is ClickASnap?
ClickASnap is a photo sharing site that allows free hosting for your photos and the opportunity to share them. Those on the free plan may upload up to seven photos a day without charge. There are also plans that allow you to upload unlimited photos and even sell your work as digital or print products which you do not have to ship. I am currently on the seller plan, though I don’t yet have anything for sale. I simply wanted to upload more than seven photos a day to get off to a quick start. You can see all the plans here.
Why I Joined ClickASnap
I love photography, though I’m still definitely an amateur. It’s my hobby, and my favorite form of exercise is a photo walk. Sometimes that gets me into a predicament, as it did on my way home from a photo walk one night.
I often take several hundred photos a week to use as as inspiration or illustration for blog posts. I have used some to make products for my Zazzle stores. This post is mostly illustrated with Zazzle products from my two stores. Only one of these photos has been uploaded to ClickASnap, but all of them have been popular and sold on Zazzle. Don’t feel you have to be a pro to join either ClickASnap or Zazzle.
Most photos, though, sit in my files until I want to use them as illustrations for online writing. I’d like to be able to share them more widely.
When I learned I could make a bit of extra cash by sharing them with others on ClickASnap, I decided to try it. I have been active for almost a month now and as of today, at the rate of .0014 a view of five seconds or more, I’ve made $1.79. I realize I won’t get rich anytime soon on this, but it’s more than I’m making as interest on my bank savings. Currently I have uploaded 225 photos, and most have only been on the site for about two weeks.
If I wanted to, I could sell my work there, but at this time I don’t feel ready to do that. I can do better concentrating on my Zazzle stores. One other thing to consider if you are American is that ClickASnap is a British site and pays in pounds. The exchange rate does not currently favor the American dollar.
What Are the Non-Cash Benefits?
For me, the most important benefit is a free education from those photographers with more experience than I have. There are many professional photographers displaying and selling work on the site. Many have made helpful video tutorials posted on YouTube that teach me not only more about photography, but also about how to make the most of ClickASnap. One of these is Mike Browne. See Mike’s Channel for some great information.
Another benefit is getting timely feedback from other ClickASnap members. Members who view your photos can comment on them or ask questions. Some of these comments are helpful critiques, especially if you ask for such feedback in your photo description.
When members view your photos they can also “like” them. You can sort your uploaded photos in order of those most viewed and most liked. I’m going to use this feedback in deciding which photos may do well in my badly neglected Zazzle stores. I can also use the feedback to select the photos to post on my blogs.
I don’t sell on ClickASnap yet because I haven’t uploaded my photos at the highest resolution possible. I still need to learn more about my camera settings, as well, if I’m going to get better photos. But If you have high resolution photos you want to sell there, Mike Brown explains how to set your products up on ClickASnap.
People to Follow On ClickASnap
To get the most out of ClickASnap, it pays to follow the right people. In my opinion, those are the people who take time to comment on the photos of others, share the work of others, and post quality photos themselves. It helps if they have a lot of followers. That makes it more likely members you don’t know will see your comments on their posts and decide to follow you.
Of course, I love it when people follow me. I post mostly about nature, trees, slices of everyday life, and California scenes. See my most popular photos on the site.
Here are some of the people I like to follow. If you click their names, the links will take you to a page with their most popular photos. All of them are active members as I write this. They describe their photos so you know a bit of the story behind them. Stop by and look at some of their photos. See if maybe you might want to add your own photos to the site.
Joe Lightheart is one of my favorites. He lives in Hawaii and posts some magnificent sky and water photos. You don’t want to miss seeing his work. He comments often.
CarolDM posts wonderful nature photos. Her special interests are sunsets, flowers, butterflies, and birds. You don’t want to miss her photos if you love nature. She also comments a lot.
Elenka Smilenova was born in Bulgaria and now lives in Spain, so she has pictures from parts of the world I’ve never seen. She uses the handle “lacho0159” on ClickASnap. Her nature photos are superb, but she doesn’t limit herself to that subject. She also likes vintage vehicles.
Atiephotography is a hobby photographer living in North-Holland who posts to a variety of subjects. The descriptions aren’t as long as some of the others on this list, but at least you know what you are seeing. The photos are wonderful.
There are many others I follow, and many of them are pros, but you need to explore the site for yourself. I haven’t enough room here to mention everyone I follow. I also left off some pros who post spectacular photos with almost no descriptions, and titles with little information. I found them by clicking “Explore” at the top of the page and then choosing “Recently Uploaded” from the dropdown menu. Only active members have uploaded recently. Then I click to the photos I like best to see the profile. Often they are by people I already follow, but sometimes I discover new people to follow this way.
Why Photo Bloggers Should Join ClickASnap
- By looking at a lot of excellent photos posted by others, you will learn to improve your own.
- By viewing a profile’s photos sorted with most popular first, you will get a feel for what styles and subjects are most popular site-wide.
- By analyzing the photos others post, you can see their strengths and weaknesses and apply that knowledge to your own work.
- You can get feedback on your photos from others. People don’t earn anything by liking and commenting, so they tend to be honest.
- You can publish the link to your blog and social media pages on your profile and get more traffic.
- You can earn a bit of extra income to help pay blogging expenses.
- You can relax by interacting with other photographers and taking a break from writing by switching from verbal to visual experiences.
How To Increase Your ClickASnap Earnings
I’m still in the process of learning this. If you are on the free plan, you can only upload seven photos a day. If you make the most of that you will have 49 new photos each week. Believe me, it takes time to correctly title, describe, and tag your photos to bring you search traffic. Mike Browne explains the best way to do his in his video on describing and tagging.
If you upload seven photos a day you will have almost 200 posted in a month. Many of those on the paid plans who are pros have less photos than that posted. The key is to post your best photos and describe and tag them well. I found when I was on the free plan it was all I could do to get those seven photos a day posted and tagged. At the end of this month I will probably go back on the free plan. It’s nice we can switch back and forth. Of course, if you have products listed for sale, you’d need to stay on a paid plan
Getting More Views
As all bloggers know, networking and building relationships is important for bringing in traffic. It works the same way on ClickASnap. When I joined, I discovered a few of my blogging buddies I’d met on other sites were also here. So I followed them.
As I viewed and commented on their photos I checked the profiles of those commenting on their photos to see if they were still active. If they posted photos I found interesting, I liked and commented on their photos and followed them. Many followed me back.
For the relationships to do the most good, you need to keep viewing the new photos your friends post. Remember to spend at least five seconds on each of them you find interesting so your friend will get a paid view. Like or comment on some so that your friend will know you viewed them. Be sure to respond to any comments you get.
Most of your views will probably come from the site itself, but if you do a good job on your tagging and descriptions, you may also bring in traffic from Google. When someone visits one of your photos, you want to keep them there for at least five seconds.
How to Encourage People to Linger Over Your Photo
To be counted as a paid view, someone needs to spend five seconds looking at your photo. That’s one reason I try to describe it well. Some parts of your photo may not be obvious. Explain to your viewer what he might not notice at first glance so he can look for it. Give some background information. When the title and description are identical and say something like “Sunset 2,” it doesn’t take much time to read.
I’m surprised many people don’t even post the country where they took a photo. The site is world wide. I don’t expect someone living in the UK to have heard of my small town, let alone someone in Slovenia.
Some photographers include information about how and why they took a photo or processed it afterwards. This helps others learn. It also keeps them on the photo’s page longer. Don’t leave your viewer wondering what they are seeing or where it is. If you know the name of the tree or flower or city or landmark, mention it. That also gives Google more to work with.
Why Not Share Your Own Photos On ClickASnap?
Whether your goal is to earn a bit of money by sharing photos, to improve your photography, or just to relax and enjoy the networking, you should join ClickASnap. The site has improved a lot over the last year, and many issues people complained about in comments on the videos have been resolved. The site is free as long as you don’t mind the limitations and you don’t want to sell on the site. You can always upgrade or downgrade if you decide you should be on a different plan.
If you are already a member of ClickASnap, please leave your profile link in the comments so I can visit your profile. Please do the same if you join after reading this so that I can see your photos. When you leave your link, please also share your most frequent or favorite photo subjects. Links to sites other than ClickASnap will not get through moderation.
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