I wrote my first post about this idea 11 days ago and received great feedback. You can read the original post at https://steemit.com/steemit/@leap8/grow-steemit-value-by-offering-royalty-free-stock-photos-by-leap8
The goal of this project is to set up a web site that is very similar to other web sites that offer free stock photos. These photos or graphics would be available for free to anyone who wants to use them for personal or commercial use based on the creative commons license. The only difference will be that it will run on the STEEM blockchain and post to steemit like dtube and utopian. Eventually, I would like to have manual curation of photos posted with a nice upvote value to reward those who are providing free photos and graphics to build the value of STEEM and steemit. Later, some providers can be whitelisted and be upvoted by a bot.
Some web sites that provide free stock photos get traffic in the range of 60 million visitors per month. There is a growing community of bloggers and professional designers who are looking for free photos and graphics.
One of the most shared content on steemit is photography, so there’s a lot of potential for existing steemit authors to start posting to this new web site. This will help them to start earning extra money for doing what they already do just by allowing others to use their photos.
When all these pieces come together in this one web site, it will add great value to STEEM, steemit and the whole community that shares and uses photos and graphics online.
- New steemit users will have an opportunity to start making money faster and easier if they already have good quality photos or graphics. This will increase the retention rate and motivation for people to stay with steemit. Also, it will increase the rate of word of mouth referrals.
- People who already contribute their photos to other web sites will switch to the one that runs on STEEM and rewards them for sharing their photos. This could potentially bring millions more users.
- Niche advertising to web designers and bloggers becomes more relevant. They would be targeted to do something they already do but with more benefits.
- People who download photos would link back to the site if they don’t have to.
- Many bloggers will list this new site as a resource in their guides to get free stock photos for new bloggers. This will lead many of them switch to steemit to post their content.
- All the above increases value of STEEM and steemit because it provides additional value to a large niche community online.
This is a brand-new project that I’m starting now and it’s in very early planning and development stages right now.
What’s already completed
• I registered a domain that will be used for the new web site: dpixify.com
• I set up a discord channel for the project at https://discord.gg/fNxZ237
I plan to have this project set up as open source once I have an alpha version set up.
- Set up hosting
- Write out specific development steps
- Develop the site
- Release it as open source
- Get users to test it
- Get STEEM POWER delegations to increase the value of the upvote on quality photos
Please join the discord channel if you’re interested in following this project or helping with anything. I welcome any help in any form you can provide it. I see great potential and value this can provide to STEEM.