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Learn | Twelve, March, 2015

A Perfect Stock Photo Solution

Over time, I have bookmarked many different stock photo websites- some free, some paid. More often than not, the selection for free images... logo-dollarphotoclub-261X80well, stinks. And by the time I realize my hopes of a

free image is just a pipe dream, I’ve wasted at least 30 minutes. Next up, the paid sites where I can easily find great images. I click on one I like and, after purchasing the necessary credits, realize it’ll cost me somewhere in the neighborhood of $10-25. Now, I can justify expensive purchases. Designer purses- yes. A new iMac- yes. An image I’m going to use 1x for a weekly newsletter- not so much.

But when your business is built online and everyone seems to prefer visuals to text, it doesn't seem like we have many options. Either a lackluster, free image dug up after hours of searching or a beautiful, easy-to-find image which costs an arm and a leg. That’s why I was so excited to find this website- Dollar Photo Club.

So how is it different? Dollar Photo Club offers stock photography for only $1 per image. The only caveat is you have to be a member of the club. BUT- there’s no daily download limits, no hidden charges and no expiring credits. The credits roll over from month-to-month or year-to-year, depending on your membership type. Each image has a business-ready, royalty free license so you can use it for print or online. Honestly, it sounded a little too good to be true, but it’s totally legit. Many biz friends of mine are raving about it too.

There’s two different options- monthly or annual membership. It’s $10/month for the monthly membership (you get 10 downloads/month) or $99/annually (with 99 downloads/year). I personally chose to go with the annual membership because by the time I use these images for myself and for clients, I don’t expect to fall very short of my 99 available downloads.
A word of caution- it may take some time to acclimate yourself to this new mentality. I sometimes find myself hoarding the credits or pausing before I click download, but then I remind myself- hey, it’s only $1.

Contributed by our Team Member, Emily G

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