But did you know you could also make money selling stock audio tracks (you know, like Sound Effects)?
What do I mean by “Sound Effects”?
Well, anything from a loud bell, running water, and a gun being fired to a door opening, steps on a wooden floor, dog barking in the distance, cars passing by… you get the picture.
Even though it all started with royalty free photos and illustrations, there is now an evident need for royalty free audio files.
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This seems to be a great opportunity for anyone whose hobby is audio recording. It can help semi-professional artists grow their audience, but it can also help professionals gain extra income on the side.
What’s even better is that the recording doesn’t necessarily have to be musical. There’s a strong need for non-musical recordings, too.
What Do You Need to Get Started?
There are a few requirements you have to meet if you want to use any of the sites mentioned below to sell your sound effects and other audio files.
- An account on one of the go-between platforms (we will list a few most reliable sites later in the post).
- Apart from the usual requirements for signing up, these websites will sometimes require a scanned picture identification or a social security number.
- Prepared 3 samples of your work which would show the quality of your work and whether yours is a type of material they are looking for.
- A way of proving that you are the actual creator of the Audio Tracks. This might not be a requirement for every website but have in mind that they can always ask for that.
- A Payoneer, PayPal, or similar account which would enable you to receive payments.
Top Sites to Sell Your Audio Files
Before you set up an account, you have to be sure that the website you are relying on is actually reliable.
After some digging, we came up with a few possible solutions.
This is the absolute biggest site when it comes to sound effects.
You retain full-ownership of all your files (indefinitely), while earning 80% Commission for every sale you make. The neat thing about this site is that you get paid instantly after every sale.
2. Pond 5
This site is a “Royalty-free footage, audio, images, and visual effects. All you need, all in one place” kind of site. Their Sound Effect market is very popular indeed.
The revenue is split 50/50 with you. You upload your work and they handle the rest, including hosting your files, processing orders and everything else.
Selling through Fantero brings you 50-70% per credit for every time one of your tracks is bought.
With AudioJungle you have the possibility of becoming either an exclusive or non-exclusive contributor.
While the first ones can earn from 40-70% per credit, others earn only 25%.
However, another great thing about AudioJungle is the feature enabling you to get 30% of the first purchase or deposit made by people you refer.
If you are looking for the website with most visits and sales, you should definitely opt for this one. It is actually a section of the iStockPhoto.com (one of the biggest stock photo sites) which is owned by the giant media company, Getty Images.
In order to help their contributors gain more visibility, IstockStudio created 2 separate categories:
- Standard audio (which can include almost anything from the sound of car alarm to smooth jazz).
- Pump audio (for which you should opt if you want to increase your presence as an independent artist).
As a regular contributor you can get 20-40% per credit with each download. As an exclusive contributor the percentage is only 40.
It can be a little disheartening when you consider the amount you earn from the sale of an in individual audio file, but when you factor in that you can keep selling that same audio files over and over again, plus other audio files you are selling, you can see how the numbers can add up pretty quickly.
If you are an audio artist, selling your work on royalty free audio track sites can be a great way to present yourself to a broader audience while making money.