What is Clickasnap?
Clickasnap is the worlds first still image hosting site that pays users for every view of their pictures. (We currently define a view as someone staying on the page for 5 seconds or more, this prevents the uploading of poor and spammy content and maintains a higher pay rate for those who upload high quality content. For reference, the average page view time on the site is 27 seconds.) Think Spotify (which also requires a 30 second play time to qualify as a paid stream) but for music, by doing this we are giving a value to your work, being paid in ‘likes’ doesn’t help you pay for that next lens or the gas bill at the end of the month, in fact it actually puts a value of zero pounds and zero pence on it! Our aim is to change all of that. You can sign up for free on the platform, you can upload as many photos as you want and people can view those photos for free, and you will receive a percentage of the revenue generated. So, where does the money come from that pays you? Well, we run ads on the platform and have other forms of income on the site. All of this is put into a big pot and 50% is shared across the image uploaders.
The site was launched on the 29th February 2016 and as of today 9th September 2016 we have over 2 million images viewed per month and growing at a rate of 150,000 image views per week. Some may ask; What’s the catch? Well, there isn’t one, this isn’t a rights grab, or copyright theft. We aren’t a Facebook or a Google, in fact we have used both, Facebook asked us to pay for and build up our ‘likes’ promsing us an audience for our work and then steadily took away reach till it was nothing, then asked us to pay exorbitant amounts of money to pay those we had already paid for to like our page.
Unfortunately, at this moment in time we realise that both of these sites, as well as various other ‘free content’ sites are neccessary, and currently, complementary to our platforms which is why if you are using Clickasnap it is not content exclusive, eg; you can upload your content on to any other sites you wish. We do encourage the sharing of our content among those sites as well, as if you have a user base these people are likely to come and see your content wherever you put it on the internet, the catch being, you just need to tell them it’s there!
We like to see ourselves as the next generation of the web; websites that are hugely expensive to build but once built are incredibly efficient allowing our users (You) to use our platform and earn an income for your work. Whilst we work on building audiences, and increasing our efficiencies to increase our overall revenue and therefore increasing your income.
I would like to point out that Clickasnap is not just going to be a paid per view content hosting platform. At the end of September we expect to launch our eCommerce systems which will enable you to sell your photos as digital downloads, we have partnered with OVI imaging to allow you and your clients to order physical prints, framed and in a variety of formats without you having to do anything other than set your sell prices (incidentally you will be able to set the prices on all of your content for sale) we will also be bringing out private art galleries where you may post sensitive, high cost, private or content that doesn’t abide by the platforms public viewing requirements (as long as it is not illegal content) and charge a monthly fee that your viewers will have to pay to enter. In the future, resource dependent, we will be looking at turning this into a Virtual Reality gallery for real browsing. On top of all of this we will be bringing out a system for licensing of your photos to other websites. This will be done on a per impression basis, further details will be released once the system is functioning. As photograph theft is currently virtually impossible to stop, short of putting on massive watermarks and spoiling the image, closer towards the end of the year, or early 2018 we will be launching our first anti piracy system which will scan the internet at intervals to ensure your content hasn’t been placed elsewhere without your knowledge. Again, further details will be released once we get to this point.
Should you have any questions, I am always happy to hear from users of the site and am more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You may of course also sign into our forum and post any questions you may have there where regular users can answer for you
In the meantime, why not sign up at Clickasnap and start earning money for your photos today?