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Here’s Your Opportunity to Start Something Awesome: Join #MBUstorm Blogging Challenge!


Image: Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain). Starting out is tough… We all have lots of great ideas “we wish we could do” but they keep piling up waiting for when we have enough time. You know what: There’s no such a thing as “enough time”… And there’s no point in waiting for the “right time” to act because the right time is NOW.

12 of the Best Guides and Sources for Free Stock Images

Webbiquity SMM

Courtney Seiter helpfully reviews more than 50 sources for free blog images, from Buffer’s own Pablo tool to some of the popular tools mentioned below to unique sources like Dreamstime , IM Free , Public Domain Pictures , BigFoto and Foter. At the core of any successful blog is valuable content—helping readers solve a problem, increase their knowledge, work more effectively.

Rough Guide: How to create visual content for social media with ease

Lucy Hall

Most of the time you’d don’t need to attribute the work to the photographer and the images are very high quality by far the easiest to search and best to use is – Pixabay is a public domain image library of high quality images that are copyright free. Today we fight for more attention from our audiences on social media. link]. This is a web / desktop application.

Where to Find Free Images Online


Public Domain Archive. Public Domain Archive. Public Domain Images are bloggers who have curated all the images in the public domain they’ve come across in one handy place. New Old Stock is full of vintage photos from public archives, free of known copyright restrictions. To save myself that headache (and hopefully you too!)

5 Places To Get Free Images For Your Blog

Small Business Mavericks

Sometimes they include images that are not for commercial use or in the public domain. Blogging for Small Business creative commons free images free photos images photos public domain 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. Some users retain all their rights.

Wednesday Roundup: Tips for Entrepreneurs

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: Megforce1 (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Here at WUL, we’re huge fans of entrepreneurship. Tales from the Field: Raising an Entrepreneur. Why: Entrepreneurship can start at any age. Autumn Thompson shares the story of her business savvy eight year old daughter. My First Six Weeks as a Successful Entrepreneur, Part I: Liftoff.

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Why Podcasts Work: Five Reasons to Start One

Spin Sucks

image credit: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain. Six Simple Public Relations Efforts that Take Less than 10 Minutes. By Ally Mann. I remember being a kid and driving around with my parents. They would always listen to talk radio. I grew up driving around the city listening to opinions I didn’t care about or understand. To say I lacked variety was an understatement. Personable.

Q4 is Here: Planning for 2016 is Upon Us

Spin Sucks

image credit: CC0 Public Domain. By Gini Dietrich. Here we are. Fourth quarter. I kind of can’t believe it. This year has gone by incredibly fast. But, here we are. It’s time to work as fast, and as hard, as we can to meet (or exceed) the goals we set a year ago…and it’s time to begin planning for 2016. I’ll wait. I am here to tell you, it works.

Social Media is Like the Telephone

Spin Sucks

If you work in public relations, you can follow reporters that cover your industries. When it comes to public relations, many don’t take the time to research their targets and they’ll often pitch people who clearly don’t want to be pitched via social media. image credit: CC0 Public Domain. By Christopher Whitcomb. It’s all about how you use it.

The Ugly Side of Social Media Sharing

Waxing UnLyrical

On April 7 my Facebook friend Susan (name changed) uploaded this photo (image used with permission from “Susan”): By April 21, it turned into this photo meme: What was posted as a “friends only” image was altered into a very public meme, where her kids and the neighbor’s kids (all under 13 years old) became branded as “What is wrong with today’s kids?”

Creating Great Video Without the “Shoot”

Waxing UnLyrical

Maybe the National Archives has some great public domain footage that would work well for your project. . Guest post by Sue O’Hora. Video is a wonderful tool for telling a compelling story. It can be valuable for SEO , useful as a straight-forward marketing tool , and increase the reach of your message via social media in countless ways. Use what you’ve got. Finding imagery.

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Business Lessons Learned From a Speaking Gig Gone Bad

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: Wikimedia Commons ( public domain ). Nine days from today, I won’t be getting dropped off at Dulles Airport, waiting in line to get through security, or boarding an airplane to fly to Egypt. Walk like an Egyptian… not. It’s not of my own volition that I won’t be doing any of these things. Of course, I was extremely irritated when it happened. Do share!

Start-Up Marketing and Yourself: Don’t be a Swiss Army Knife

Waxing UnLyrical

If you spoke at a party the way most businesses speak to the public, no one would know who you were after you left. Image: Jonas Bergsten [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Imagine you’re at a party. And imagine you’re a people person (if you aren’t already). Image: UOregon Conference Services via Flickr, CC 2.o. Then you ask them the same question. It is.

Thursday Roundup: Twitter Tips

Waxing UnLyrical

Image: Pasquale D’Silva [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Social media platforms will come and go; but I truly believe that if any recent platform has had a dramatic impact on how we communicate, it’s Twitter. And even if it “goes away” at some point, what it’s taught us about two- and multi-way communication, not to mention brevity, is remarkable.

The Future Of Books And Publishing

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Along with starting one of the most interesting open source projects, LibriVox (for audio books based on books in the public domain), Hugh also works on book and publishing start-ups. Episode #279 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Twist Image Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. I wish more people would read (more) books. In a world of Blog, Podcasts, Twitter , magazines and more, I still get the most value out of reading and thinking about a good book over anything else. He's currently got iambik and PressBooks rolling, but hasn't stopped there. bite size edits.

Top 3 Employer Review Websites Of 2013


Apart from the reviews left by former and current employees about a particular company, job seekers can also read about high-profile businessmen and company CEOs directly in the public domain section. Searching for a good employment position is no easy feat. There are several factors that come into play – such as the work/life balance, company culture, and benefits. Indeed.

Marketing Must Adapt To The New Reader

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The book was available for free from Project Gutenberg (it still is, along with an amazing array of books in the public domain that have all been digitized). From the article: "According to the Pew Research Center 's Internet & American Life Project , more than eight in ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. public domain. public library. It's strange to say this, but we're reading more than ever. We may not be reading Hemingway. but then again, we may be. apple.

Is Amazon reading this blog?

The Way of the Web

September 29th, 2010 · View Comments On Monday I wrote about the future of libraries , and how digital sharing and sampling are legally enabled either by open works (Public Domain or Creative Commons), or that retailers will have a vested interest in allowing sampling. Web Strategy Wikinomics Rankings ← Is the eBook, the end of the library?

How Rich Answers Provide a New Approach to SEO

Convince & Convert

Answers provided by Google: Often public domain info, but sometimes from licensed data. Let me illustrate, first by showing you the data on the Moz Domain Authorities for the sites used by Google for Featured Snippets: More than half the domains we saw being used by Google had a Domain Authority of 60 or less. Image via Tables. Sliders. Forms.

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Protecting Your Online Privacy: How to Keep Your Online Activity Private from Pirates, Hackers and Marketers

Techipedia: Tamar Weinberg

Of course, it is safest to assume that all of your internet information and activities are in the public domain and that one must take steps to curtail those that you don’t want publicized. If possible, avoid entering critical passwords when using publicly accessible computers. This is a guest post by Christopher Wallace. This could not be further from the truth. E-Mail.

How to Gather Fan Feedback on Social Media

Convince & Convert

Not all fans following your company on social media will be open to leaving public and detailed feedback via comments or replies. This takes the conversation out of the public domain. Image via When was the last time you phoned up a company to leave them feedback, or even just sent them an email? Can’t remember? Well, you’re not alone. Update Your Status.

How Bloggers Can Benefit From Google’s Rich Answers


Also displayed at the top of the page, above the organic results, these are answers drawn from official data or public domain sites such as Wikipedia. By digital marketing expert Jim Stewart of StewART Media. We’ve always been told that the aim for our blog posts is to be number one. Well what if I was to tell you that you can now climb higher than number one ? What are rich answers?

Create a Sense of Urgency

Spin Sucks

image credit: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain. By Daniel Matthews. You’ve heard this at least a million times: Responding to customers ASAP when they reach out on social media is paramount. It’s urgent. You need to have a plan in place for dealing with customer complaints fast. Forty-two percent of customers expect a response in 60 minutes or less. We often compare business to a game.

Like Stuff On Facebook? Say Cheese, You're An Ad!

Waxing UnLyrical

Waxing UnLyrical personal, possibly poetic, musings on public relations, media, communication, and everything in between About Shonali Like Stuff On Facebook? Public domain or not? Matt felt that since anything we post is in the “public domain,&# it’s fair game. What we post on Facebook is not in the public domain. You read that right.

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Google Penalizes Copyright Infringers: Are You At Risk?


You can also use material that’s available in the public domain. It is really important to identify what works come under public domain and which don’t. Public domain materials include federal government documents and materials produced before 1923. If material was produced between 1923 and 1978 without a copyright notice it is also considered to be in the public domain. You can learn more about the public domain here. This guest post is by Shahzad Saeed of Here are a few tips. Reusing content?

Twenty Tips to Make You a Successful Entrepreneur

Spin Sucks

image credit: CC0 Public Domain. By Jenny Richards. Are you a budding successful entrepreneur or do you feel like you have what it takes to make it in the volatile world of business? Most likely your answer is yes and, of course, this is understandable considering everyone wants to own a business and become the next dollar billionaire. Admit Mistakes and Move On. Do Not Settle.

Does Too Much Technology Make Us Bored?

Waxing UnLyrical

Image by Emiichann (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Last week I had to take my MacBook Pro in to the Apple store. The screen’s been going blank at random intervals, and since it’s still under the protection plan, I decided to listen to my friends and get the pros to look at it. Too cool for school. ” Perhaps this is technically true (is it?),

5 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits When Blogging


Indeed under the privacy law you are not allowed to publish any private facts that do not fall into the public domain. For instance you will not be able to speak about the sexual orientation of a person (even if it is true) on your blog if it has not been revealed publicly. These types of cases are commonly known as SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation).

Why I’ll Keep Growing My Private Link Network After Google’s “Crackdown”

Viper Chill

That may seem small, but I admit it’s fairly substantial since we have almost 2,000 domains in our network. You may be wondering why I (well, me and Diggy) would put so much money into domains for building a network of our own websites. In other words, they could not algoritmically detect a tactic that has been working very well for years and people are very public about doing.

The Twitter Test

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It's success and how much attention it receives in the public domain. I've been thinking a lot about Twitter lately. Beyond Twitter's dramatic growth and the buzz that still surrounds it, it's becoming an increasingly important place to be because as people used to " Google " one another to find out what they're about, you may note that a Twitter profile ranks fairly close to the top of the organic search results. What does this mean? Twitter is like a real-time resume. The Twitter Test. Do this: Head over to[insert your Twitter username here]. content.

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #87

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In addition to being funny, it does raise a really good point about the legal issues around claiming something that's effectively in the public domain." Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? "Economies of scale mean that a few big players can dominate an industry. " (Alistair for Hugh).

The Other Side Of Privacy

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The other side of privacy is knowing and understanding that whatever you put online is now in the public domain. You can't throw a rock and not hit a concern about privacy and the use of our data online. This is a huge concern because us Marketers have screwed it up so royally over the years. From a lack of permission and abuse to security breaches and scams. It's so bad that government plays an active role in deciding what can and can't be done (yes, lawmakers). Still, we keep botching it. Your data is not your own. This will piss some people off. Sorry, I'm not buying that.

8 Ways To Score That Elusive Entry Level Marketing Position

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Whether or not it's "fair play" for a recruiter to be looking at Social Media is not the point, this information is in the public domain, so shine the best light possible on yourself. It used to be that you had to subscribe (and pay big money) to get that kind of information via the industry trade publications. industry trade publication. It's probably the most frequently asked question that people looking for work ask. The ultimate truth to winning a job is not about resume, experience or how you did in the interview sessions (sorry). Present better.

Monday Roundup: Knocking Down Silos

Waxing UnLyrical

Why: “When there are silos within an organization, communication breaks down, bottlenecks occur, and worse, miscommunications can create public relations crises,” says Gini Dietrich as she explores why “every person in your organization should feel empowered and educated about your communications strategy.” Image: jasongillman via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

15 Places to Find Free Images for Your Blog

Writtent Blog

In addition to images of landmarks and places, there are plenty of public domain images, videos, and audio files. The ancient saying that a picture is worth 1000 words comes as no surprise to content marketers. Images arouse emotions, set the tone for your writing, help you tell a better story, and aid your readers in “seeing” what you’re trying to convey in words. In fact, it’s easy.

Aggregation and curation: two concepts that explain a lot about digital change

NOcontent makes its way from its creator to the public without aggregation. Publishers’ aggregation and curation created their brand, and their brand (in most cases) was intended to communicate meaning to retailers, librarians, and reviewers, not to the public! Even as sophisticated a retailer at Barnes & Noble will present multiple duplicate entries of a public domain scan from Google to an ebook search for a Shakespeare play. No content makes its way from its creator to the public without aggregation. Curation creates the brand. Or they could.

ReCAPTCHA – It’s Like CAPTCHA, But Helping The World


Millions of people are actually taking part in decoding old books so that they can be a part of the public domain, and most of them don’t even know it! I’ll be upfront here. ReCAPTCHA has been around for quite a while. I’ve noticed it around everywhere and thought it was just some generic CAPTCHA plugin that was being used on many websites. Read books.”

Cooks Source: How to Avoid an Unnecessary Crisis

Dave Fleet

But honestly Monica, the web is considered “public domain&# and you should be happy we just didn’t “lift&# your whole article and put someone else’s name on it! When the editor of the magazine asked what she wanted, Gaudio told the. she wanted an apology and a $130 donation to the Columbia Journalism School as compensation. I do know about copyright laws.

Why Embedding Images Rule

Small Business Mavericks

The other option is to search for free public domain images, which can be time consuming. Getty Images just announced that you can search for and embed images on your blog or website. Attribution is automatically credited when you do so, but the benefit (one of them) is that you don’t have to pay for the image. You also don’t have to worry about copyright infringement. Permission to use is already granted. There are lots of reasons why you might want to embed images. For starters, it can be a lot cheaper. Every image costs something. To save money on image acquisition.

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #135

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"Reams have been written about the death of programmer and public domain activist Aaron Swartz , who faced federal prosecution for downloading a few million academic journal articles. Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? " Adam Mansbach , he of the Go The F**k To Sleep , is on tour, promoting his new book, Rage Is Back. The bottom line: book tours are awkward, ill-advised forays into manufactured celebrity. Hopefully more than four people show up." " (Alistair for Hugh). Distilled.