Thursday, December 18, 2014

Where To Find Free Images For Your Blog

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One of the best ways to grab readers' attention and entice them to linger on your blog is to include an attractive and interesting image. I know - if you've been blogging for awhile you've heard that advice many times before, but it never hurts to be reminded.

Not sure about where to find free photos and other images to use on your Blogger blog? Keep reading!

I need a quality photo for my blog!

When I first started blogging the only resource I knew that had free photos was the Creative Commons section of Flickr. In case you didn't know, creative commons is a way for artists to share their work and allow others to use it at no charge as long as the artists receive credit for the work. Just be aware that there are different types of creative commons licenses, which you can read about on

There are thousands of great photos on Flickr, and you might be able to find what you need there. However, even though I still use and recommend Flickr to find quality images there are many other places, as well.

I put together a resource list to get you started, but I admit it's not comprehensive. These are just the sites I've used or checked out that you might want to try.

11 Places To Find Free Photos

Feel free to add your favorite source of free images in the comments.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

5 Fresh Articles On Making Money With Your Blog

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Hey guys I just wanted to share a quick roundup of helpful articles that surfaced recently - all of them having to do with that ever-popular topic - How To Generate Income From Blogging.

All the blog posts listed below hit the net in November 2014, so they're chock-full of timely info. Of course, I'd be interested to know if you've read any noteworthy articles about blogging (and in particular, making money with your blog).

How do you make money blogging? Here's advice from the pros.

ROTE 040: Jeni Hott and Becoming a Seven Figure Blogger - - This is a podcast that's part of a series called 'Rise of the Entrepreneur'. Zac Johnson chats with mega-successful blogger Jeni Hott about how she turned blogging into a career.

4 Tips to Maximize the Advertising Earnings of Your Website - - Daniel Scocco offers advice on how to maximize your blog's earnings through ads.

6 Ways to Create Content that Engages and Converts - - Content marketing expert Perrin Carrell gives an in-depth explanation on how to blog effectively.

Why SEO is For Bringing Traffic To Your Website - - OK, this post isn't directly about generating income, but it does offer info about search engine optimization. This is an infographic that shows why SEO is important to your blog.

How We Built Our Careers Online (And What You Can Learn From It) - - This is a 25 minute podcast (and transcript) featuring bloggers Demian Farnworth and Jerod Morris. AS the title suggests, the pair explain how they went from beginner bloggers to making a living online.

Alright, there you have it - my rundown of some of the best articles from November 2014 about making money from your blog. If you re like me, you might get discouraged sometimes when you're not seeing the monetary results you hoped for. So, it's good to get advice from people who've had the same experiences.

Hey, before you go could I ask a little favor from you? If you found his post helpful, could you please share it with your friends and followers? 

Thanks, and see you next time.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tips To Make You A More Productive Blogger

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"Time is on my side." - Rolling Stones

Well, actually it never feels like time is on my side.

I must admit I get frustrated sometimes because I don't accomplish small tasks that I set for myself. Tell me if this sounds familiar - You set out in the morning with a list of things to get done before lunch, but noon rolls around and you haven't checked one task off your list. Yep, that's my day in a nutshell.

Most likely (if you're like me), the reason for your lack of productivity is poor time management and inability to avoid distractions. My biggest distraction is social media and email, but it seems like something pops up every day that makes me lose focus.

How can I be more productive?

Learning how to manage time effectively is one of the most important skills a blogger must have. The key to being more productive is to learn a few work hacks. For example, de-cluttering your workspace is a simple and fast way to eliminate distractions that might take you away from your project. 

Abby Perkins (Editor-in-Chief at Talent Tribune) has compiled a list of productivity hacks over on to get you started on the road to being a super-blogger who gets stuff done. After I read Abby's article I took inventory of all the things that eat away at my work time and started to make some changes in my routine. 

Check out Abby's article at the link below and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

These Tools Will Make Your Content Marketing Easier

Do you need some ideas on how to find interesting content to write about and share with your readers? No worries, I found the perfect article that'll power up your blogging and content marketing.

How do you find blogging ideas?

Yep, to be an effective blogger you must know how to find, organize, and market content. Fortunately, someone has made that job easier. Brian Honigman - a freelance writer, content marketer and social media consultant - has compiled an exhaustive list of websites and online tools for content marketers.

The list is over on the great blog, Kissmetrics, and if you're like me you'll bookmark it for future reference.

Check out the link below and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Do You Know These 9 Cool Gmail Features?

As an avid Gmail user I'm always on the lookout for tips and tricks to get the most out of the service. I thought I knew about most of the features on Gmail, but (after reading a recent article) I can see I was wrong.

9 Gmail Hacks You Should Know

Gmail power user, Radhika Sanghani, has shared his 9 favorite hacks, including keyboard shortcuts and how to use Gmail as a "To Do" list. If you're interested in learning more, check out the article at the link below.

If YOU know any Gmail hacks please share them in the comments.

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