i make money on this site. living on is tough to sell because everyone lives by different means and has different amounts to spend. so by asking that one could live on a small amount. or make lots and still not make enough.
but in order to sell here you need a lot of very good work, and post things that buyers can't just take themselves such as shooting gravel. the photos must be in focus.
fyi, your prices are all over the place, starting rather high, jumping to 600 on one, going down and up on each size. you can't just enter random prices and expect business. you also need more keywords and an avatar if you even want to show up in the search.
"Chances are the people you want to answer this question never participate in this discussion forum."
Not exactly true.
I make enough on my FAA sales alone to live on. I know there are people on the forum that make more than me that come in now and again. That said I do not quite make the median household income for the US but I don't live in NYC either so it would be enough by itself if I needed it to be. As a second income though to go along with my day-job it is very nice and does allow my wife to go to work only once in a while.
Now that someone has answered your question that they can live off their sales here, I would suggest you tke a look at your portfolio and then take a lot of his portfolio. First thing you should do is add an avatar. You won't be found in the search without it. I'm guessing many of those 25 viewers you have are from us reading this post and then going to your site.
The next thing I would do is search the forums for good threads on marketing and selling your art.
There's several people who participate in these forums who make enough to live on (not me), but I don't think it's fair to say that the best sellers don't participate in these forums, I've seen several that do.
It was the Sean that posted that top 50 sellers info. Abbie posted an excerpt of the quote above.
"There are 500,000+ artists on FAA, but only about 250 participate in the discussions. That is a very small subset of the overall artist population. Unfortunately, none of our Top 50 sellers participate here. That's unfortunate because many of the artists who are here in the forums each day are here seeking sales advice, and ideally, you want to seek advice from someone who is selling successfully on a regular basis."
could i live on the money i make? yes, but it depends where i would live. where i am now, it wouldn't be easy. but its all i have right now. and it will vary from month to month. its hard to find a general audience, i have specialty work, and if they don't get money, i don't.
but selling your own stuff, that will take years generally. building up a gallery, a style, getting known etc.
we went through a small town in ohio, and some of those houses were like $6000. i could easily live there... if there was something to do there, and i wanted to be there. where i am the houses start at $500,000 and the average seems to be around $750,000 to a million.
I live selling my artworks, but on other POD sites too although the biggest earnings are on FAA. But I also live in Spain, where the cost of living is very low and allows me to live quietly with 1000/1300 euros per month
For two months after being on National tv I made enough in sales to probably live on it but only because I'm almost at retirement age. If I was only living off my art I would want to see almost double that.
My sales numbers look impressive but since I sell "things" as well as framed prints I have to sell more to create any real income coming in.
So I continue to work so that I can pay all my bills.
I'm new here, but not to selling photography. Before I entered into a more profitable career, I started selling photography...at 14 years old. I was doing side-line photos for my school yearbook and quickly discovered the jocks would pay for photos of themselves playing. I also found I could sell to musicians. Being mostly in Santa Barbara, it wasn't enough to pay for the cost of living there. My point is, now I'm strictly doing ART photography. I think I'm fairly good, but that doesn't mean I'm doing work that's very popular. I know that some people like my work, but 50,000 people would need to see it, for me to sell very much. If you look at some of the top selling art here, the question you might ask yourself might include how does your work fit into that, or do you really need to find an exclusive niche. That's very hard to do.
Nope! But my income comes solely from my online sales and FAA is becoming a bigger part of that now that I'm working on it more. I have a line of jewelry as well, and I'd say my income is about 50/50 divided between that and art.
Honestly, sometimes I feel like a bit of a stressed-out juggler trying to keep all these balls in the air but I wouldn't have it any other way. I've been self-employed for decades and decided to sell entirely online a couple of years ago...I like being my own boss even though I may drive myself a little too hard.