If you’re scrambling to find free images for your blog or social media content, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve spent the time to compile the most comprehensive list of high-quality photography and graphics for your business.
If you’re an online entrepreneur, I’m sure you value content marketing and know it’s a fantastic way to build that “know, like, and trust” factor for your business. Obviously the blog posts or social media posts have to be high quality, though, right? After all – we’re committed to excellence and we don’t do stuff half-assed. But you might find yourself wondering where to find free stock images?!
Before I talk about some of my favorite resources for finding free images, I want to make sure you are aware WHY it’s important that you use stock images or royalty-free images.
No, you can’t just search for an image on Google search and use that.
Ever heard of copyright? You don’t want to get in trouble for publishing someone’s photo on your blog (even if you credit them!) if they haven’t given you permission to do so. What if they find out you did that? Well, the best that can happen (on the bad spectrum) is they ask you to take it down. The worst? They sue you.
There are a ton of articles about people getting sued but thankfully there are also plenty of articles about blogger beware, educating fellow bloggers and business owners from using other people’s imagery in their content.
Quick question: How creative are you being in your business?
Have you ever thought about this before?
You don’t have to work in a creative field to ask yourself this question. Creativity and innovation are concerns many entrepreneurs have about their business regardless of their niche or industry. How to be creative is a thought many of us consider.
Whether you are a web designer, a health coach, or a tech startup founder, when you are driven by passion and cause, you want to make sure the work you do stands out. You want it to be noticed. You want it to succeed. And it won’t likely get there if it blends in and is the same as everything else out there.
You need more creativity.
If you want your business to succeed, it can’t blend in – it has to stand out and be different. (tweet this)
Thankfully, you don’t need to think of yourself as an especially creative person to draw upon creativity in your work. Whether you’ve always had an artistic inkling or you were mostly analytical all your life, there are steps you can take to maximize your natural ability to think creatively. (Because yes, we are ALL creative, no matter what you might think).
But before I introduce these steps I wanted to make sure we provide context to the concept first.
Welcome to the second Live Event for our Virtual Book Club! As we mentioned in the previous introductory post, we are discussing “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.
If you’re here and watching, please tweet this:
I’m at the Virtual Book Club with @xokammie talking about “The War of Art” by @SPressfield right now! Join us! (Tweet This!)
Now, before we begin (scroll down for the video), let me take a second to introduce this session’s co-hosts:
If you’re trying to get accustomed to using Google Plus for Business, you’re in good company. In this post, you will learn five keys to a successful Google Plus Marketing Strategy.
Do you want more traffic to your website?
Want to make connections with influencers that will help your business grow?
Maybe you want to establish deeper relationships with your tribe so that you are seen as an authority in your niche, trustworthy and the “first choice” for your audience?
In a recent post, we’ve established whether you really need Google Plus for your business. It should have been enough to help you make a decision of whether or not Google Plus is right for your business in terms of marketing. If you’re still here, my guess is you’ve decided to give it a shot.
Great. Let’s dive in.
If you’ve been feeling discouraged because your list isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like, this post is perfect for you. We will be talking about about how to finally be happy with the growth of your business through a very simple yet extremely effective mindset shift.
Have your website stats been stagnant lately?
Or maybe your email list isn’t growing as fast as you’d like?
You’ve got a big vision for the future but how are you supposed to get there if you only have a couple of people subscribed to your newsletter?!? How are you supposed to share your passion and your message with the world if only a minuscule percentage of the world is on your email list?
Well, that’s disappointing.
Alright fine, not all is lost. I mean, the list IS growing… slowly… but surely….
But it’s just SO DAMN SLOW!
You read about other passion-driven solopreneurs hitting HUGE numbers in astonishingly short periods of time, so why can’t YOU do the same thing? Seems like all these people are hitting their five figure months all over the place, getting thousands of followers, and you can’t even hit your next email subscriber goal (or whatever your goal metric is).
I know how you feel. I totally understand the frustration. When that number isn’t increasing (exponentially) as you dreamed it would during launch, or when you only get a couple of new subscribers per day (or week, or month) – you can’t help but feel like you’re failing.
Don’t get down on yourself when your biz isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like. You’ll get there. Just keep at it. (tweet this)
I’ve been there. In fact, I’m pretty sure 95% of entrepreneurs have been there. It’s only natural to get too wrapped up in the numbers especially when the vision you have for your business is so grand.
But let me stop you right there.
It’s time to take a step back and look at your situation from a different light – and finally being HAPPY with (and grateful for) the numbers you are getting, regardless of what they are (right now).
The other day, I was talking with my Life Coach friend and she was saying how much she dislikes writing email newsletters because she never knows what to say. That made me realize that many passion-driven solopreneurs struggle with being authentic in their email marketing.
The struggle is understandable – as a lifestyle business owner or blogger, you put high value on being seen as genuine and true. You want to avoid being seen as sleazy, salesy, or gimmicky. I get it.
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It’s true that authenticity is an important part to building that “know, like, and trust” factor we all crave to have within our community. We want our subscribers to see us as someone they can feel connected to and enjoy hearing from, sans boring corporate talk (I mean, bleh, you have a lifestyle business for a reason!).
However, because of this, many soloprenuers are afraid of being strategic in their business – just the word “strategy” brings them the yuckies, thinking it’s so bland, boring, and rigid.
Don’t be afraid of being strategic in your business. You can do it and still be seen as authentic! (click to tweet)
Thankfully – this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
In fact, a little bit of strategy goes a long way in making sure you fully show up in front of you audience in a warm and open way that encourages participation and connectivity.
Here are three simple tips you can incorporate in your own email marketing strategy for each time you email your subscribers. read more…