We are continually searching for new ideas and services to help content owners and bloggers make money from their websites. There are a lot of poor services and even more scams in cyberspace, but every now and then we find a genuine opportunity.
Fotomoto (www.fotomoto.com) is one such opportunity.
Here is how Springwise summarise the service:
“Fotomoto enables anyone with photographic content to sell their photos directly from their website or blog.
A single line of code is all it takes to add a customisable Fotomoto toolbar, which analyzes the site's web pages, adds a "Buy" button to each photo for sale and enables viewers to purchase and pay for photos on the spot or send them as free e-cards.
Fotomoto handles all order processing and then prints, packages and ships the purchased photos to customers. Its control panel, meanwhile, allows users to set the pricing and availability of their photos, manage their orders and even track analytics data such as how many times a particular photo has been viewed or sent as an e-card.
There is no subscription fee for using the service; Fotomoto simply deducts the cost of each print sold plus a 15 percent transaction charge from each order amount, sending the rest on to the user. Photographers in 25 different countries are already using San Francisco-based Fotomoto, which will soon be able to handle transactions in local currencies as well, it says. International shipping is also available. Greeting cards, postcards, calendars and signed prints are coming soon”.
The New York Times observed:
“This could turn the (photography) industry on its head by removing the middleman and empowering photography websites to sell direct”
For photographers Fotomoto could be a cheap and fast way to create a commercial website. For bloggers and content creators who include some high quality photos on their site this service could be a useful additional revenue stream for very little effort.