Getty Images vs Creative Commons and Privacy: What Bloggers Need to Know
APRIL 8, 2014
Even WordPress also published an announcement post in which they share the details of Getty’s new offering and how easy it is to embed an image into your blog. Let’s review some of the most important clauses in the terms of the embed feature and we’ll do this by comparing this with another very popular image source (images under a Creative Commons license) for bloggers.
Every Communicator Needs a Real Camera
APRIL 28, 2014
would tell you use both a camera and a creative commons licensing site. Originally posted on the Vocus blog. Photography 4/3 Chicago creative commons DSLR media micro photography smartphone Sun-Times Visual A ton of data out shows the incredible impact visual media makes on engagement rates. Perhaps the easiest visual medium to grasp and use is photography.
Public Relations Lessons From Jesus, The Apostles And The Bible
DECEMBER 24, 2010
Image: Martin LaBar via Flickr, Creative Commons And even many non-Christians will be relaxing, perhaps joining in the revelry (as many of my friends did when I was growing up in India). What all these stories have in common is that they all have a more-or-less related theme, which is essentially how and why to live a good life. What do they have in common? Jesus.
Your Blog Stinks! You Should Quit!
JANUARY 1, 2012
What to do…It’s 2012 and you’ve been blogging for almost a year now with no success. To add insult to injury, your Google analytics show that you get about 25 visitors to your blog every day, and you’re pretty sure that you, your family, and the GoogleBot account for about half of those. Maybe it's time to give up and pull the plug on that blog.
How Google Instant Might Impact Your Small Non-Profit
OCTOBER 19, 2010
Image: Greig Christie via Flickr, Creative Commons Since Google Instant’s launch just over a month ago, digital marketers have been scrambling to figure out how search engine marketing strategies might need to change. How Google Instant Might Impact Your Small #Nonprofit [link] by @ericaholt (guest post) [.] My First Guest Blog for @Shonali on Digital Marketing for Nonprofits!
How Reading Fairy Tales Can Improve Public Relations
DECEMBER 28, 2010
Also… Image: Thom Watson via Flickr, Creative Commons OK, I’ll stop now, I can see you rolling your eyes, going, “Come on, act your age. Even when I am reading blogs or catching up on Reader. Shannon Pauls Very Official Blog Spin Sucks TopRank Online Marketing Blog Writing Boots - David Murray Love WUL? actually have a bunch of them. Any one.
The One Tip That Took My Blog To New Levels. Stop Caring.
JUNE 21, 2012
I’ve been blogging for about 5 years now and as I look back over those years, I’m amazed at how much I have learned. The biggest change that I observed came when the traffic wasn’t coming and my blog wasn’t growing. I was frustrated. I had put a ton of time and energy into my blog, but it wasn’t going anywhere. My blog became about me.
Google Penalizes Copyright Infringers: Are You At Risk?
SEPTEMBER 15, 2012
Recently Google announced on its official blog that it will start penalizing sites that are accused of copyright infringement. published an article titled Top 10 deadliest air crashes in the last 10 years on my own blog. It was republished in an article gallery where users are paid for the content! I’ve found the same article reproduced without my permission on other blogs as well. Use materials licensed under Creative Commons. Creative Commons is not a license that allows the reuse of any work, but it is less restrictive than standard copyright.
30 Awesome Blogging Guides, Tips and Resources
MAY 14, 2013
Despite the occasional “death of blogging” pronouncements (often made, ironically, in blog posts), blogs remain the core of a robust social media strategy. The proliferation of themes, tools and plugins have transformed blogs from mere online text collections to powerful interactive, rich-media sites that can attract, engage and educate your potential buyers.
Talking The Social Media Walk
DECEMBER 16, 2010
Image: Lars Plougmann via Flickr, Creative Commons Really, if you just read through the comments, there’s your follow-up blog post… but since I promised you one, you’re getting one. Image: Aftab Uzzaman via Flickr, Creative Commons It’s why I wrote about networking with a twist a while back. Oh, one other thing: my blog = my sandbox.
How to Write a Great Business Blog Post
AUGUST 6, 2014
Seems that everyone’s churning out content these days – but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to write a really good blog post that grabs interest and keeps it. Here are just a few tips that might just help your blog writing stand out from the crowd. 1. ” Well, not so in blogging. Blogging is ultimately a personal art. Have an opinion. Don’t.
Content Marketing is More Than Just Blogging
AUGUST 23, 2012
Content marketing is about more than just blogging. According to Jeremy Williams, you all should be going crazy over this blog post now. According to Jeremy Williams , social media director for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (and my boss when I do travel writing for IOTD), blog posts with photos get more traffic than blog posts without. And video?
Spring Cleaning For Your Blog – How A Little Work Can Drive Search Engine And Social Media Traffic
MARCH 18, 2012
"Spring" via promanex on Flickr under creative commons license. Just a heads-up…your blog may need some Spring cleaning, too. So in preparation for my blog Spring cleaning, I thought I’d put together a checklist of things that I want to do that would positively impact my SEO and I figured I’d share it in hopes that might help you out. Cheers!
WOM: What's Really Behind The Buzz
NOVEMBER 24, 2010
Image: betsyjean79 via Flickr , Creative Commons Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Journalism, Design, Digital, TV, Radio, Podcasts, Blogging, Social Networks, Newsfeeds, Affiliate Marketing, Web TV, SEO… Creative industries have evolved just as the environments, mediums, consumers and needs of our clients have evolved over time. How many heads? know I did.
So What Will You Have For Lunch?
OCTOBER 23, 2010
Image: Ranjit Bhatnagar via Flickr , Creative Commons And thanks to myfirsttweet.com , I can share it with you. Shannon Pauls Very Official Blog Spin Sucks TopRank Online Marketing Blog Writing Boots - David Murray Love WUL? Oh, one other thing: my blog = my sandbox. October 23rd, 2010 Tweet I can still remember my first tweet. How unbelievably ridiculous.
The Value Of A Fire Drill
OCTOBER 27, 2010
Image: Stephen Korecky via Flickr , Creative Commons I was finger painting in kindergarten and having a good ole time. Blog Comments « Joshua Massaro's PR Blog says: November 2, 2010 at 12:35 am [.] Shannon Pauls Very Official Blog Spin Sucks TopRank Online Marketing Blog Writing Boots - David Murray Love WUL? What other tips would you recommend?
8 Steps to Write a Meaningful Blog Post
AUGUST 12, 2012
Choose a topic. I get a lot of my ideas from other blogs. He shared how to get blogging ideas from emails. When I find my writing segues away from the title, I copy that chunk of text and create a new blog post from it. I try to stay within the confines of the title because it helps me stay focused. 3. There are many places online for free photos for your blog. 6.
How to Write a Blog Post in 30 Minutes
MARCH 20, 2014
What if you could get an entire blog totally ready for publication in this amount of time? Nor do I think that every blog you write should take 30 minutes or less; it’s much better to provide a variety of article lengths and depths to your readers. 0-8 Minutes: Outline your blog. If I’m writing a research blog , I’ll usually create a sentence or two about each paragraph.
10 Ways to Position Your Blog Above Copycats
NOVEMBER 2, 2011
So, you’re seeing your post on scraper blogs, and want to know how to avoid them outranking your content in Google? Let’s move beyond the blame game you find that Google isn’t removing these blogs and differentiate you from those copycats. 1. Brand your blog. Stand out from your competition and copycats by branding your blog. Start video blogging more.
3 Reasons List Posts Are Guaranteed Blog Traffic Boosters
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
And what if the headline had been “Boost your Blog Traffic” instead? What if the original title of this post had been “Boost Your Blog Traffic”? And I’ve seen blog posts and magazine articles that are just about that jumbled. And readers know that when they’re being told how to “Boost Your Blog Traffic.” Admit it.
Simply The Best
NOVEMBER 27, 2010
Image: sahmeepee via Flickr , Creative Commons The Best means that you are indubitably, unequivocally, indisputably the best in who you are, what you do, and what you stand for, no matter who – or what – else you are compared with, or what others might be exposed to. Oh, one other thing: my blog = my sandbox. Anywhere. Any time. Across any industry. Or time zone.
20+ Commonly Asked Questions About Blogging & Online Marketing
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
As each year passes, blog marketing techniques evolve. If you’re a business, you may have the luxury of hiring an awesome Internet Marketing Company to keep up with the trends, but as individuals managing a blog for as a hobby or for profit, it’s up to you to not only maintain that blog but keep up with ways to increase traffic. Blog Platform. Enjoy! Content.
3 Random WordPress Blogging Tips
MARCH 11, 2011
This is part of the Blogging for Grasshoppers series. If you’ve been doing this blogging thing for a while, you already know this stuff. But here are a few things I’ve been asked about a few times when it comes to blogging – particularly in WordPress – and I’m going to jot ‘em down for you. 1. Image: Virginia Postrel via Flickr, CC 2.0.
6 Must-Have Social Plugins for Your WordPress Blog
Convince & Convert
MARCH 14, 2012
This popular plugin lets you incorporate all of your social sharing buttons into a customizable bar that sits on the top or side of each blog post for easy sharing. Creating visually appealing content for your blog has become increasingly important, especially now with the advent of Pinterest. You can find her tweeting about social media, martinis, and music as @jessostroff.
10 Tools To Help Protect Your Blog From Content Theft
JULY 23, 2013
If you write or publish a blog, you’ll inevitably experience the gut-wrenching feeling of content theft at some point in the life of your blog. It’s Posting a copyright notice on your blog is a deterrent, albeit a small one. Some blogs use scraper software to automatically republish content from around the Web. The same goes for Creative Commons.
5 Ways To Spice Up Your WordPress Blog
JANUARY 14, 2011
If you’re just getting started blogging (or maybe even if you’ve been doing it a while), here are some WordPress plugins I really really like. really like its functionality, plus it’s a great way for folks to search on your blog as well as on the Interwebz without actually leaving your blog. Why bother, if you already have a search box on your blog, you ask?
What we can learn from blog firestorms.
AUGUST 10, 2011
Its easy to imagine that the social sphere or your blog are simply just an adult playground of cool people. What’s interesting is in both cases, first by Gini Deitrich on her blog Spin Sucks and then by Neicole Crepeau on Danny Brown’s blog , both bloggers handled the fury with grace and elegance. So, have you ever had a comment or blog post blow up on you?
44 Blogging Questions and Answers
JANUARY 16, 2011
would have to say that it was the fastest and hardest I’ve typed within one hour, but it was a great experience where I got to really learn a lot about what blogging questions people have today. Social Media Examiner’s Live Blogging Q&A. Question: I have a wordpress blog and am considering hosting it myself so that the site name looks more professional. Enjoy!
How To Start a Blog in 7 Days
JULY 6, 2011
just don’t have the commitment to build a better blog in 31 days. In fact, I don’t think anyone needs 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. You have the talent, you have the passion, and, evidently, you have the desire to improve your blog. Let’s build a blog people want to read. Your blog is better already as you read this sentence! Why do you blog?
The Bamboo Project Blog
Buzz Marketing for Technology
OCTOBER 4, 2008
The Bamboo Project Blog. The Power of Blogging ISNT Just in Reading Them. RANT ALERT! ) In a few weeks were going to be looking at blogs in the Work Literacy course. As we think about that module and the fact that for most people, their primary interaction with blogs is to read them, Im growing impatient with this idea from a learning perspective. Week 3-- Blogs.
15 Places to Find Free Images for Your Blog
MARCH 17, 2014
Are you wondering where and how to find free images for your blog? These images are for using and sharing on non-commercial websites, like personal blogs. Creative Commons Search. The official Creative Commons website lets users search websites for free-to-use images from a variety of sources, including Google Images, Flickr and the Wikimedia Commons.
5 Places To Get Free Images For Your Blog
Small Business Mavericks
JUNE 21, 2013
It is becoming increasingly more important to include images with your blog posts. If you have a desire to add images to your blog posts, here are 5 sources where you can get free images. Creative Commons – Creative Commons is a library of media that includes images, videos, and more. Creative Commons licenses fall into several categories. An easy way to search Flickr for free images is in The Commons area. Zemanta – Zemanta is a WordPress plugin that searches for related images as you write your blog posts.
Four New Ways to Monetize a Blog
FEBRUARY 26, 2013
So how are people going to make money blogging? Image by Jeff Kubina, licensed under Creative Commons. 1. As a serial entrepreneur, I saw this option coming early in the blogging game. So I named my blog something that was not attached to the domain name. In this scenario, you hold onto your blog and your personal brand and you own stock in the spin-off brand. (And
12 of the Best Guides and Sources for Free Stock Images
MARCH 30, 2015
At the core of any successful blog is valuable content—helping readers solve a problem, increase their knowledge, work more effectively. But text alone isn’t enough; to really make a blog stand out, it needs to include compelling images as well. As noted on the CyberChimps blog , “a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s worth gold.” FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
6 Experts’ Proven Tips for Creating a Successful Blog
JUNE 13, 2013
It’s easy to start a blog, but it’s incredibly difficult to build an audience. But there’s nothing to worry about as our blogging experts are here to share their tips for creating a blog from scratch and maintaining it building a lively and active audience. “When first starting a blog, the most important thing to do is to just start writing and publishing.
[COMIC] Parenting In The Age Of Social Media
JANUARY 27, 2013
Image courtesy of bbaunach via Creative Commons. Blogs Facebook Featured Humor People Social Media cartoon comic comic strip humor parents social media social networking teensParenting is tough. Instead, we have to figure it all out on our own. Any parent who has ever spent hours walking with their baby wondering “why won’t you stop crying?” Cheers!
The Bamboo Project Blog
Buzz Marketing for Technology
JUNE 27, 2008
The Bamboo Project Blog. You can: Take a picture (or several) and upload them to Flickr or to your blog. Write about your hometown in your blog. They are: For the most comments on a wide range of blogs (not just the â??topâ?? So when you grade peoples work and learning (whether by actually issuing grades or through badly thought-out performance evaluations and poor management skills), they will be less interested in learning, less interested in performing challenging tasks and less able to think creatively--the exact opposite of what we need at work. Blogging.
Principles of Effective Blog Design
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
What does that have to do with your blog? People judge your blog based on the design. The content of your blog is always more important than the design, but you need to woo people with your design first. What kind of blog layouts are they used to using? You should never publish a blog post without an image. Image licensed under Creative Commons.
7 Blogging Mistakes That Will Give You Zero Traffic
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Everyone wants more traffic to their blog, don’t they? Image courtesy Moyan_Brenn, licensed under Creative Commons. The first thing that should be thought about when blogging is how you will be marketing it. There are so many different ways to promote and market your blog , but without a good strategy or plan, you won’t be successful. Rushing Content.
Double Your Blog Profits in 2013?!
JANUARY 16, 2013
He told me he wanted to double his blog’s income. Image courtesy 401(K)2013, licensed under Creative Commons When I asked how he was going to do that he stared at me blankly and said, “That’s where I may need a little help. We came up with quite a few ideas, but the main recurring themes seemed to be around three things: Increase traffic to his blog.
5 things I’ve learned from failed blog posts
JULY 19, 2011
So every once in a while…I think I have a fabulous idea for a blog post. And whether your blog is like mine or a corporate blog, you can learn from the experience of a blog post with no excitement. Know your audience: A failed blog post will likely tell you something about what your audience does and doesn’t want from you. mean, it was crickets.
How to Design a Blog to Explode Your Social Reactions: 11 Tested Tools
JANUARY 29, 2014
There’s a lot to consider when designing a blog. However, a blog template that’s maximized for social media sharing and integration is equally important. Turns out, achieving this is also one of simplest factors in identify how to design a blog that’s social-optimized. When a reader of your blog clicks to share your latest article, what do their friends see?
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
Yesterday Mark Schaefer published a terrific post on how to pluck up the courage to blog with confidence. and then some, before I got my started on my blogging journey. And I also recalled how I might never have actually started that journey had it not been for Kami Huyse asking me to guest blog for her back in 2008. Image: Jeremy Brooks via Flickr, Creative Commons.