Stock Sites - Referral Details


In the table below you can view all the referral schemes (or affiliate / rewards programs) available at a glance

Referrals are where you earn commission by sending buyers or new photographers to a microstock site

Click the site name on the left to view full details of the site and our rating

Read our guide about how to make the most of referral schemes

Site Referral Scheme
123rf Yes, 15% of purchases for first year and a commission around 10% on each sale a referred photographer makes
Adobe Stock Yes: Buyers only via tradedoubler
Albumo (Fantero) Yes, 50% of first credit purchase (buyers) and 10% of referred photographer sales for 1 year
Bigstockphoto 35% of referred buyers but only the first purchase, not over the first year like some of the better sites, and just $5 for a referred photographer who uploads 75 photos or more - not one of the best value affiliate systems... Referred Photographers: $0.03 per subscription download, $0.05 per image uploaded max of 1000 images. Referred buyers: 15% pay-as-you go revenue (after commission), 4-10% of subscriptions
Dreamstime Yes - 10% of buyers purchases and 10% purchases from referred photographers' uploads for three years - excellent.
ImageVortex Yes - Separate to the photographers area run by a third party, commission of 10% on sales for 90 days.
iStockphoto YES : Moving Goal Posts, previously only paid for recruiting a new photographer who earns at least $100, now one off $20, 20 credits or 20% of first purchase for recruiting a new buyer who purchases a minimum package in 30 days. (this offer replaces a dreadful $10 flat referral fee offered before Nov 2011) Yes, 1 Euro ($1.70 approx) per sale from a referred photographer or buyer, for as long as they use the site. (no time limit on referrals)
PantherMedia Yes, 10% of sales and 10% of referred photographer earnings Yes: Buyers only 30% of first deposit Yes - 20% on sales of new subscriptions. As of 2013 no payment for photographer referrals previously $0.03 per image download from referred photographers forever.
Yay Images Yes, 20% of earnings from referred buyers for life, 5% second tier (buyers your referee referred)
Zoonar 10% of buyers and photographers revenue for 1 year

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