Month: December 2008

10 Top Free eBook Resources for Blogging

With the holiday season upon us and many travelling for holidays or to see family, (longer holidays in the Southern Hemisphere of course), internet access is not always available. I enjoy such a forced break from the net to catch up on some reading, including some of the downloaded ebooks I have not had chance to look at. Here are a few of the more worthwhile free ebooks and reports I have come across relating to blogging. The Roadmap To Become A Blogger from the team at Become a Blogger – superstar blogger, Yaro Starak, and internationally reknowned author, Gideon Shalwick, was released for download on 1st December. Yaro Starak’s Blog Profits Blueprint is a 50+ page report particularly useful for beginner to intermediate level bloggers wanting to monetize their blogs Caroline Middlebrook is offering the 49 lessons of her “The Bloggers Bible” for free by email instalment – if you do not want to wait for the emails you can purchase the book for download. Her How to Develop Money-Making Niche Sites with WordPress ebook is available for free download as is her Traffic Rush Home Study Course, teaching how to start driving a rush of StumbleUpon traffic to your website. From Alex Sysoef comes Profitable Blogging For Newbies. Jake Humphrey’s Authority Black Book 2.0, 2009 version to teach you “Social Marketing Tactics That Generate Traffic Instantly” Marketing...

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100+ Free Christmas Images and Blogging Gifts

The internet has come alive with free Christmas gifts for download. It was hard to choose from all that was available but I have tried to bring you a selection of the best. I have spent hours searching, likely a subconscious excuse to put off wrapping Christmas gifts. Graphics and Icons Smashing Christmas Icon Sets Smashing Magazine always has great resources. Nicu’s holiday gallery contains these: There are 16 icon sets to be found at FreshFreeStuff.net including social networking and RSS buttons – Free Christmas Holidays Icon Roundup . This is a selection from the sets available:   Gifts From Designers To You: Best Of 2008 – goodies include icons, fonts, wordpress themes and headers. 1stWebdesigner brings us a range of Photoshop brushes- 48 Snow, Ice, Snowflake and Christmas Brushes Mel’s Photoshop Brushes gives us a set of Christmas Illustrator Brushes A search for Christmas on Adobe Exchange shows a plethora of Illustrator and Photoshop images, gradients, patterns, shapes, styles and brushes. Desktop Wallpapers and Screensavers Vlad Studio has a whole range of Christmas Images/Desktop Wallpapers (higher resolution by subscription) and E Cards. To create your own Christmas screensaver slideshow (or any other sort) in Windows XP – go to Desktop/Properties/Screensaver and choose “My Pictures Slideshow” in the drop down box. The default folder is My Documents/My Pictures but in settings you can choose any folder of pictures you...

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Christmas Challenge – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Christmas eCards and Facebook Greetings         You could show your appreciation of your online friends by sending Christmas greetings by email, via a Christmas eCard or your Social Networking Sites. Facebook Applications: Fun Cards – Christmas & More! Say Merry Christmas in any language Other Social Networks Find a good Christmassy webpage or video and send it as a shout to your Stumbleupon, to your Digg/ MyBlogLog/BlogCatalog or other social network contacts. Let them know that it is not for a thumbs up or a vote but a seasonal greeting. While we are talking of thumbs up, I would like to send one to a blogger, virtual assistant and author I admire, Kathie Thomas, for spreading Christmas cheer on her Much About Melbourne blog. As you are extremely likely not to live in Melbourne you may be more familiar with some of her other blogs, as listed on Technorati. Elf Yourself: I thought this deserved a special mention. If you have a little bit of free time, a musical animated Elf yourself creation produces an amusing and well appreciated Christmas greeting. You can your own images for the faces of the dancing elves. E Cards: As with many of the Christmas graphics sites, my search for good e-card sites would be useful for Santa in working out who had been naughty or nice. Some of them...

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Aussie Bloggers Secret Santa

Stationery gifts were the theme of the first Aussie Bloggers Forum Secret Santa and although I use the PC far more than pen and paper I am still a stationery Magpie. My blogging nest never fails to make room for more but there is also a need for containers to hold it all so that I can lay my beak on what I need when I need it. It was with anticipation and a certain amount of childlike excitement that I opened my Secret Santa. I was not disappointed. As you can see my parcel contained a treasure chest of bright and useful goodies, complete with its own container. Many thanks to my Secret Santa for a delightfully presented and thoughtful gift. Thanks too to all the members of Aussie Bloggers Forum, who have not only provided me with help and ideas throughout the year but kindness and friendship too. These forums show that blogging means far more than writing posts and promoting them so that they are read. Whatever the reason you blog and and whether you are aiming for multitudes or a small close circle of readers, building up a network, social or business, is an important and integral part of the...

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Christmas Challenge – May Your Days be Merry and Bright

  Brightening up your blog for Christmas may need the services of stock photo sites. There are plenty of sites offering free Christmas images and clipart but it is hard to find your way through popup ads and flashing glittery images (that is not intended for Christmas) to find something useful. For Photos Morgue File, FreeFoto.com and Dreamstime’s free section offer a good range; Flickr too if you search for images that you are allowed to use. I always use the Compfight Flickr search site to look for Creative Commons images. For Christmas Clipart, hellasmultimedia.com has a large selection of images, lines and borders and Clipart Guide has almost 500 images. Microsoft Office clip art library is always worth a look at for simple clipart. If you want to easily add some graphics to Christmas Newsletters try one of the free Christmas Dingbat fonts. The one below is from Winter Yawns. More ideas are welcomed. If you want to join in the Challenge please read Blogging Christmas Challenge for details. My Christmas Link Love List can be found on its own Christmas...

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Christmas Challenge – Do you hear what I hear?

Chelle from "it might be love" is Spreading Christmas Cheer Online – and Off with a whole host of posts on Christmas Songs, free Christmas Printables and link love Ching Ya from It’s my Life – It’s Now or Never is really getting into the Christmas spirit with a December of Christmas topics – including Guest Posts, Fun Clips, Music, and Games to play. She is offering to share the fun by doing a post-exchange with her. She says as a rookie blogger she realizes how even the simplest thing you do could mean a lot to another. Her challenge post is aptly titled "Do you hear what I hear? Jayne is intermingling some old Christmas tips into her Australian History snippets on Our Great Southern Land My favorite " Great Aunt Hepzibah’s Handy Hints – When in-laws arrive unexpectantly (or invite themselves along for a feed on Chrissy Day) prepare them pigs ears; scrape and clean in boiling water, then braise in a pan. Slice into thin strips, smother the lot in sauteed onions and serve with dash of balsamic vinegar." Jen who is Semantically Driven has joined in the spirit with Christmas cheer and a facelift and a new red/orange/green theme with a very creative header. Kelley in her own Magnetoboldtoo inimitable style and Burgh Baby ,who has her own brand of crazy, are challenging us to...

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