Want to earn mega-money selling nude photos but don’t know where to start?
A nice little earner for existing cam stars to supplement their income or an alternative to live camming, selling nude photos online is big business if you know what to do. Offering a passive way to make money, some models claim to be earning in excess of $10k per month just through photos. Though we can’t guarantee this level of income, there are some tips and tricks you should know before you start out selling your nudes.
In this guide, we’ll give you the details of the best places to sell your nude photos as well as some tips on how to get started.
Tips on How To Sell Nude Photos
First off, let’s be clear that anyone who is just starting out is not going to turn a huge profit in their first few months. In order to be successful at making money by selling nude photos, you need to establish some groundwork and be patient.
Whilst it’s entirely possible to earn $10-$20k per month in the long term, it takes a while to get to this stage so make sure you have reasonable expectations of your income in the short term…maybe don’t quit your day job just yet.
With this in mind, we give you some step-by-step tips to the best way to start selling your nude photos.
Step 1: Establish a Fan Base and Gain a Following
In order to sell your nude photos, even on the platforms we’re going to list out below, you need to have people who interested in buying them. Let’s face it, this is a competitive market and there are hundreds of thousands of women (and men) who are trying to flog naked pictures of themselves online.
The reason why some of these men and women are making thousands of dollars doing it vs those that are lucky to earn enough for a pizza delivery every week is that they have a loyal audience. They have spent time building up a network of followers who either regularly subscribe to their members-only content services or are eager to purchase new material when it becomes available.
So, how do you do this?
Well, the internet and digital media is good for lots of things but really comes into its own, as we know, when it comes to social networking.
Apps and sites like Instagram, Twitter, Kik and Snapchat are all very useful ways to start gaining the attention of people who are interested in buying pictures of you naked.
Initially, you can pool any existing fans and clients you have together so you start with a good following and there are some services that are set up where you can buy followers. Though not a good idea in the long term, this initial boost should help raise your profile and allow you to offer a ‘shout out’ for a ‘shout out’ with other models in the same position as you. This simply means that you get to market yourself on their account and, in return, you do the same for them. Typically, this is done on a like for like basis according to how many followers you have. If you have 100 followers then don’t expect a model with 10,000 to offer you a ‘shout out’.
Keep your followers engaged by interacting with them as much as possible and by giving away content to begin with….sort of like a teaser trailer of what’s to come.
Step 2: Advertise Your Content as Widely as Possible
Keep in mind the restrictions that platforms like Facebook and even Instagram have on their sites but make sure that you keep marketing yourself across all of your social media channels.
As soon as you post any new content to any or all of the platforms listed below then make sure you tell people about it. Just because you have 1000 followers on Snapchat who have previously visited your Images4Sale channel (for example), doesn’t mean that they will know about your latest photos.
As those people in marketing will know ‘You can’t sell anything if you don’t tell anything’.
Step 3: Be Consistent
Building and keeping a fan base is all about being consistent and regular with your posts and updates.
Don’t allow yourself to ever rest on your laurels, just because you’ve had a good couple of weeks. Yes, selling nude photos can give you a passive income but to make serious money, you have to keep offering new content.
Remember, this is a competitive field and inactivity will mean others come to the head of the queue. It’s a key part of any search algorithm to show those results first that are the most recent.
Equally, any fans that you have put time and effort in to will quickly become disinterested if you are not offering regular content.
Which brings us, rather nicely, on to our next tip…
Step 4: Treat Your Regulars Well
There are two main types of customer who will buy your content or subscribe to your fan account:
- The Curious – these kinds of customers will randomly buy content from a number of models and may even sign up to one or two for some regular nude photos. However, they are not committed to any one individual.
- The Loyal – this type of customer wants to form a relationship with the models they buy photos from. Don’t get creeped out; this doesn’t make them sinister stalkers. It just means that they invest in the person more than the average Joe.
Whilst the curious may account for plenty of your sales, it is the loyal customers who will keep your recurring subscription rates up, will provide a solid base for sales of new content and who may even pay you extra in the form of tips, donations and tributes. This could be in cash but may even be in gift form through channels like Amazon. It is common for the best-performing nude models to receive lingerie, sex toys and other personal gifts from their regulars.
Step 5: Protect Your Assets
If you are to make selling photos of yourself your primary income then you will want to protect this by watermarking your images.
It’s worth pointing out here that once these photos are sent out, they will be available forever so make sure you understand the implications of nude modelling before you start. You do have the option of obscuring your face but this can limit the appeal of your images.
Step 6: Diversify
To make money selling nude photos then you could consider pairing your content with video clips to maximize your sales. This does not have to be porn or even nude but could just be a short clip of you talking to your fans. This can help with Step 4, engaging your audience and keeping your regulars happy. Of course, if you do decide to make adult video clips then a whole new world of potential is open to you.
Step 7: Specialize
There is no doubt at all that specialist content can make you some serious money. It boils down to the fact that the more niche the kind of photos you are selling are then the less competition you have and the more you can charge for them. However, this also means that there are less people looking to buy so it’s a case of ‘swings and roundabouts’.
It’s a balancing act but on this basis we would point out that it pays to differentiate yourself from other models doing the same thing as you. It may be that you are a BBW or you are into BDSM but marketing your point of difference is key to getting the most profit from your nudes.
Step 8: The Price is Right
And finally, we wanted to mention pricing. When it comes to the question of how much you should charge for your nude photos, there are a couple of things to consider.
First, if you price your photos cheaply then the chances are that you will sell them in greater volumes which could mean better overall profits. The problem with this is that you are setting yourself a precedent and establishing your ‘brand’ (i.e. you) as something that is ‘cheap’. See where we’re going with this?
On the other hand, if you price your nudes at the premium end of the scale, then your customers will be expecting a certain level of quality and of exclusivity.
Oh, and whilst we are talking money, you need to consider very carefully how you intend to get paid. All of the services below are fine to transact your photo sales through but channels like PayPal and VenMo are not adult friendly and you can find your accounts frozen if you sell XXX content through their platforms.
Best Sites to Sell Your Nude Photos
There are lots of places to sell your nude photos, each offering different platforms and commission structures. Before you choose one (or more) you will need to decide whether you are selling individual photos (or photo-sets) or planning on providing enough regular content to warrant offering subscription services.
Each business model has some pros and cons and you may decide that you want to offer a combination. It is possible to do both; just remember that if you are offering exclusive content on one platform then you cannot sell this material via other services.
We’ve given you some information and advice about the benefits of each to help you decide.
Individual Photos or Sets
Selling individual photos offers your clients more of a choice as they get to buy each photo (or set) as they wish. This kind of approach often means you can end up selling a greater volume of individual photos/sets but ultimately there are no guarantees of any repeat business after each sale.
It’s a good option for those models who don’t want to commit to doing this kind of thing long term or for testing the water on photo styles and your choices of pose, background, genre etc. Some models run a subscription service but, before they release new material, they test it first on a pay-per-download site.
Selling nude photos individually is quite time-consuming and not the easiest method to manage. Compared to a subscription service where you simply upload new content and are paid regularly through ongoing subscribers, this can be a piecemeal approach.
If you want to sell individual photos then this is most commonly done through a messaging app or sexting platform.
If you choose to do this then you will need to make sure that you have got a reliable method of charging set up to make sure you get paid for your nude photos. The benefit of doing it this way is that you don’t have to pay a commission for hosting your content.
Alternatively, there are some sites where you can simply upload individual photos and photo-sets to a hosting platform and get paid through this service. These sites will charge you a commission for marketing and distributing your images.
SquarePeep is a brand-new site that has an interesting format to selling nude photos online.
The concept is simple. Models upload a saucy picture of themselves and then use the platform’s software to obscure/pixelate the photo with a series of squares. Members of the site then pay per square to reveal portions of the photo.
The idea is that members can club together to unveil nude photos at a fraction of the price you would pay for a single image.
It’s a fun and unique way to sell your photos and the site is proving quite popular.
As for how you get paid, you choose what price people pay per square and SquarePeep takes a commission.
You can find more information about the SquarePeep platform in our full review.
A part of the same network of sites that sells amateur fetish videos, Clips4Sale, this site offers any amateur the opportunity to sell their content. It does lean towards the kinky side of things so if this isn’t your bag then skip to the next suggestion but for models who want to specialize then this site is ideal.
The conversion rates are quite high and the site gets a lot of traffic. So, although the commission is 40%, there is plenty of profit in selling nude photos via Images4Sale.
If you are interested in selling videos as well as photos then you can find more information on how Clips4Sale works on Fetish Engine.
Extra Lunch Money
This site offers a great variety of ways to earn money from adult content including videos, photos, galleries and cam shows plus sexting and more.
You don’t have to commit to subscription services here but you can sell pre-made content or respond to custom requests.
A sexting service that works a little like a live cam site but where the only action being exchanged is via texts and nude photos. It’s a nice way to sell a few individual photos as well as getting a bit of direct interaction with a customer without being online via a cam. You earn money for every text message that you receive plus you get paid for the nude photos that you send. Users can also tip their favorite models so there are several ways to earn money here.
A phone sex service that means you have to talk to callers but you do earn from this as well as from those nude pictures you send. Similar to Sext Panther in terms of how you get paid.
If you just want to sell the odd photo here and there then popular platforms like Kik, Twitter and Snapchat will allow you to do this. However, you will need to ensure that you comply with each app’s terms and conditions on content violation plus have a service set up to receive payments.
Also, all three of these apps are pretty good ways of marketing your content and directing traffic to any other services you might be using.
With subscription sites, you can offer a single platform to sell your content, exclusively to those people who pay you a regular fee. In addition, some of these services also allow you to sell single photos over and above your regular subscription fee.
The benefits of a subscription service means that you receive a steady residual income from your fans. However, this does mean that you need to be very regular with uploading content. If you aren’t then you will quickly see a drop off in the number of subscribers.
There is also the option to offer ‘Lifetime Access’ to your fans which means they don’t have to shell out a monthly fee but you get a nice lump sum when the first sign up. The choice of how to sell your subscriptions is up to you and the site you are working with.
Just remember that with a subscription site, you will be paying a commission to the hosting service.
Designed exactly like a social media platform, Only Fans works by locking the content of users until a fan subscribes to that page.
In this way, its very easy and simple for you to manage, you just post your content to your feed and interact with your fans. Only Fans has a useful app that you can install on your phone which means that you can simply snap and post images and videos…exactly like you would on Instagram or Facebook. However, only your paying fans get access to your page plus your content can be more explicit.
Only Fans also offers a method for selling content in locked private messages. This can be premium or custom material that you sell over and above your regular uploads. However, you can also use this feature to sell individual photos without a subscription fee to your fans. Simply set your membership fee at zero dollars and you get all the benefits of an Only Fans account to host and sell your content without charging a fixed monthly fee.
A platform where you can pool your subscribers into one place from apps like Snapchat and Instagram, Fan Centro is similar to Only Fans. Essentially, you have a profile page that only paying subscribers can see. The site offers extra marketing opportunities via a listings directory and gives you some nice reporting of stats and trends from your fan base which can help you with marketing and earning more from your content.
Just For Fans
Another site that offers subscribers access to exclusive and private content for a fee. Just For Fans is a popular way to sell both video and photo content as well as personal items including lingerie and more.
Again, as a popular messaging app that many people already use, Snapchat is well placed to get you a good following. However, there are rules you need to abide by in terms of how explicit your content can be to avoid being suspended. You can post sexy snaps and link your subscribers into other sites like Fan Centro for instance.
Offering both mainstream and amateur content, Model Centro is another subscriber site that allows you to sell galleries, individual images and videos. Your premium content is locked so only your paying fans can access it. It’s not exclusively an adult site so doesn’t have the same marketing reach as similar sites like Side Daddy and Bent Box (see below) that are all about their XXX members.
Many Vids is primarily a site to sell your video clips so if you aren’t already coupling up your images with video content then this won’t be for you. However, if you are making XXX clips and want to pair these with photos and galleries then Many Vids allows you to do this via existing services like Snapchat Premium.
Basically, your online store/profile allows you to include custom links to your other sales outlets.
An alternative to selling individual photos or setting up a subscriber account is the option of selling whole sets of photos. This really depends on the kind of nude photos you are taking and whether you have this kind of content to sell. Perhaps you are a model who works with a professional photographer and have an entire shoot of images you want to earn from? Whatever your circumstances, if you have a set of nude photos to sell then you could consider one of these sites.
A 100% adult-orientated service for selling photo sets, videos and individual images, Side Daddy is primarily used by cam girls, adult film stars and professional fetish, glamour and lingerie models. This means that the standard of competition is high but also that the prices paid here can be premium.
If your photos are high-quality and you have something special to offer with your galleries then this could be a great place to sell sets of photos.
Another XXX hosting platform, Bent Box specializes in selling bulk content. This means you get to put together a ‘box’ of videos, images or whatever digital media you wish into individual baskets for sale.
It’s a good option if you have a lot of material to sell or have those ‘odd’ images that don’t work as a gallery set or are hard to sell individually.
One of the nice things about Bent Box is the fact that you get to keep 100% of your sale price; they just charge a commission on top to the buyer.