Wondering how you can make money with SVG images? Well, you are on the right page. Whether you’re a graphic designer or an illustrator, you could make a nice amount of money by selling your SVGs/Vectors online.
What’s great about this method is that you only have to create your SVG one single time, upload it, and sit back/watch your profits grow on autopilot. Also, SVGs are in increasing demand.
Let’s get started.
What is SVG?
SVG stands for Scalable Vector Graphics, an image file format, like any other type of image. SVGs allow you to scale the image up and down as needed without losing the quality.. ideal for user interface elements, icons, diagrams, vectors.. etc.
How to make money with SVG images?
4 important steps to start earning money from SVG images and vectors:
1. Keyword research
Keyword research is a very important step, it can tell you what terms people are actively searching for, and the competitiveness of those keywords.
There is this Etsy Keyword Tool, a free keyword tool we used to work with to find long-tail keywords directly from Etsy (what people are actually looking for on Etsy).
To use it, simply enter your keyword, choose the country, and hit the search button.
Tip: to find the best winning keywords, add some random letters to the main keywords, for example: “SVG a, SVG tr..” as in the screenshot below, go back to Etsy, paste your keyword, and see if there is a big competition (too many listings) or not.
2. Create your SVG
To create your SVG image/Vector you can either:
- Create it yourself, using any vector graphics software (the most common way to create SVGs and Vectors is with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop).
- If you are someone with no design skills, simply head to Fiverr gigs and have a freelancer do it for you.
Fiverr is an online marketplace where you can find services from graphic design to programming and tech. You can have a bundle of custom SVGs for $5 only.
3. Where to sell my SVG?
There are a lot of places where you can sell your SVGs online, but the best ones are the following:
Etsy is a perfect place to sell your images, as you can see in the picture above, people are actually making a good income from it, some even have over 20k positive reviews.
Can I get free Etsy listings? Yes. Listing items on Etsy is not free, it costs $0.20 to publish a listing on the marketplace. But, you can sign up/open a shop through a referral link and benefit from 40 listings for free and forever, because Etsy’s free listings do not expire.
#2: Stock photography websites
Stock photography sites are also a great way to sell your images and vectors. But first, you need to convert your SVG to a JPEG or EPS format.
Here are the best stock images where you can sell yours:
Save time/energy: Here is a tutorial on how to edit metadata and upload your images and vectors to all micro stocks (30+) in just one click.
4. Maximize the earnings
To maximize your earnings, here are 3 things to consider:
- Have the image in other formats (PNG with a transparent background, JPEG, PSD for photoshop, AI for illustrator, EPS for vectors, DXF for AutoCAD.. etc).
- Create/Upload images frequently.
- Do the keyword research, to see what people are actually looking for.
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