This weekend I had the pleasure of being one of the speakers at the biggest blogging conference in Florida, FL Blog Con. My presentation was on Google Analytics, to help people who may be familiar using GA and those who have heard about it but haven’t really used it yet.
Now if you’ve ever taken a look at Google Analytics you know it can be a bit daunting at first. There’s a bunch of panels, different sections, numbers and graphs everywhere. To even understand where you should go and what means what can be a complete turn-off for a website owner just looking for simple information on a count of visitors to their website during a certain time and where they came from.
This presentation I highlight some key areas that house some good information for most beginner users to see what’s working or what’s not working with the content and traffic on their website. Thank you to all those that attended. There wasn’t an open seat in the whole room and the questions you asked were great!
Your readers are more visual now then ever. Captivating them with great headlines is key, and so is capturing their attention with an interesting photo or graphic that goes along with the headline. Full disclosure, we actually use these websites along with paid RF websites like iStock and 123RF for our projects as well as client projects. Reason being is that there are a good amount of free resources for images online with creative commons licensing, but there are times when you’ll need to purchase a specific image that just isn’t found anywhere on the free market.
“Free images and videos you can use anywhere
All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required.”
What I really like about this site is the free videos. Don’t get me wrong, they have a great library of photos to choose from with a broad range, but lets face it video is where it’s at these days and getting to use some HD quality ones for your project will make a great impression for your viewers.
“Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly. Free from copyright restrictions.“
This is a very clean and easy to navigate and search user generated stock photography website. It’s easy and quick to create an account, and I encourage that you do so that as you download photos you take the time to “like” the photographs that you come across. As a photographer this means a lot to us!
“Search millions of Creative Commons photos and add them to your blog posts easily.”
Their headline pretty much says it all. Catering to web creatives and bloggers alike, you’ll find plenty of great images and photos to use on your websites here.
“NEED FREE STOCK PHOTOS FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?
We are a stock photo community where photographers & designers can share their own photos and artwork with people from all over the world.”
If you’re looking for really great high quality photography from photographers around the world, you’ll enjoy this website. I’ve seen a bunch of highly edited and HDR photographs posted here for free use.
“Startup Stock Photos was started as an outlet for photos we were already taking on a regular basis. It’s grown to be much more than that. People and organization all over the world have used these photos to make some really awesome things. We’re happy to have helped.”
If you’re looking for photos and images with that “startup” or agency look, you’re going to enjoy this website. From wooden desk tables to white board and monitor screens, you’ll no doubt find an image or two to fit your project. While there isn’t a search feature or a huge library of photos, the ones that this photographer uploaded for your free use are fantastic.
What did you think of the list? Hopefully this helps you if you were looking for some great sources for photography and images. Remember to give credit back to the website/author of the photos you choose to use. While what you find may be free, what it does cost time, expertise, and skill to do photography. Having credit and recognition goes a long way!
Tis the season to be thankful. So below are some free resources from us and our affiliates of free Thanksgiving graphics and images. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving Day Vector
Thanksgiving Day Background Vector illustration
Thanksgiving greeting card PSD
Be sure to check out our friends creating awesome work at GraphicsFuel!
You can get the free download pack here, but you may consider purchasing the full pack.
Get this scalable PSD file from our friends at GraphicsFuel today. This is actually part of a full UI kit from PixelKit.com
Follow this link for more details and download.
Our friends over at Creative Market always offer some great design stuff. Check out their site to get their free “Pressed Flowers Photoshop Brushes” absolutely free! And while you’re at it, sign up to be on their email list. That way you never miss a free give away or deal on some great themes, fonts, graphics and more!
These brushes actually come right on time for Mother’s Day if you were planning on designing something special on your own.