Tips for Using the Best Images for Blogs and Social Media

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The best images are those that have the most visual appeal. Sounds obvious doesn’t it, but it’s not as simple as that. What appeals to you may not appeal to those you are posting for, or suit your brand or topic. Best Images for Business Purposes If I were to always post images that appeal to me they’d include photos of my kids, seascapes, mountains, flowers and home decor. I know people who prefer such visuals as gifs, close-ups (of anything), food, and someone who adores pics of shoes. Family photos and scenic images are effective on visually rich social […] Continue Reading…

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Edit Social Media Images

Edit Social Media Images to Add Interest

In my last post I gave away 31 days of background images. Now I want to show you how you can edit social media images to create many more. By changing colors, increasing image size to highlight areas, and adding shapes and text you can make a larger collection. I used Canva for the these images but there are other image editing apps, each giving you slightly different or more complex options. I’ve always used Photoshop to create and edit images but after creating these images, I’m a Canva convert to add excellent typography and quickly add shapes and frames. […] Continue Reading…

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31 Days of Free Square Images For Facebook & Instagram

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Even if you find the right sized free square social media images to use on both Facebook and Instagram are you sure you can use them without breaking copyright? I’ve found it difficult to find downloadable square images so I’ve made some myself. Today I’m giving away 31 days worth of square images of different categories which are free of copyright. When you click on the download link, you’ll be taken to my new subdomain, Social Media Resources, which is my new home for downloads. I’ll be adding more free images and other resources soon. Be Square and Be There […] Continue Reading…

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Sociocaster Social Media Manager Review

Sociocaster Tools

Manage all your Social Media Postings with Sociocaster I’ve been using Sociocaster every day for a month now and it’s invaluable. I’m able create picture quotes and schedule posts to multiple Social Media accounts. The feature I find most invaluable and which sets it apart from other tools is finding viral content to share. Sociocaster is web-based software which includes everything you need to fully manage, organize and analyze, your social media posts for Facebook (pages, profile, groups), Twitter and Linked In. You can post and schedule, engage with your friends and followers, edit images and discover viral content. I’ve […] Continue Reading…

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10 Ways to Find and Keep Your Ideal Facebook Audience

Empty and Full Theater

Are you getting the results you want from your Facebook Page? If not, then maybe you’re not reaching or keeping your ideal Facebook Audience. I suspect many individuals and small businesses, who don’t have the resources to hire Social Media specialists, create a page and start posting with no detailed plan of the why or how. I was guilty of this. Here are 10 tips to help you make your page successful, not in terms of page likes, or even engagement, but in reaching your business goals for it (brand awareness, increased sales or leads …). Planning Identify what needs […] Continue Reading…

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How To Increase Awareness For A Cause

Raising Awareness for a Cause

Increasing Awareness For A Cause by Blogging, Social Media, Images and Video Are you passionate about a particular cause and desire to spread information and increase awareness online? There might be a charity you wish to help promote, a misunderstood or rare disability or health condition,  injustices, social issues, letting people know of support available …?  The list is wide. What can you do to get heard above all the noise of the internet? How can you broadcast your own message and encourage others to share it. For years now I’ve been broadcasting my own pet cause, Fragile X. In […] Continue Reading…

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Do It Later Note-Taking Systems

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Do you find yourself saying “I’ll do it later?” Sometimes it’s because of procrastination, but mostly we’re too busy with other matters to “do it now”.  Using your preferred choice of note-taking systems is vital to help you remember both important and less important tasks. If you’re working from home, for even part of the time, business, household, family and personal tasks can become blurred, and add to the list of tasks you delay. The busier you are the more tasks need putting off, and the more you put off the more you’ll forget. Some tasks aren’t vital and rightly […] Continue Reading…

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Free Trials for Online Marketers

Free Trial Tools and Resources for Marketers

Using free trial tools and resources is a great way to work out if something is essential for your online marketing. If your budget is limited you don’t want to spend large amounts on tools that have limited use for you. The more generally useful a tool, the more choice there is. Free trials help you work out which suits you best. Tips The information you need isn’t necessarily ongoing. Sometimes the trial period is enough. With some limited function free trials upgrading for a month upgrade gives you the information you need. If you have to provide payment details, […] Continue Reading…

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Free Tools to Check Competitors Websites

Toolbox Marketers

Do you ever want to check a successful competitor’s websites to see where you can do better yourself?   Do you come across websites you like and wonder which theme it uses or what code or plugins achieve certain features? Would you like to look behind the scene to use the same on your own site? Here are some web resources to help you do this easily (without any coding knowledge). Check Competitors Themes WP Theme Detector If you come across a WordPress theme you’d like to use yourself, type it’s url at WP Theme Director and you’ll find out […] Continue Reading…

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