Looking for free and affordable graphics and tools?

If you want people to pay attention to your blogs these days, you need to use graphics and video.  Wouldn’t free graphics be better?

FREE (or affordable) GRAPHICS

What is your perspective when viewing situations.The problem is finding them and being sure they are really free.  The best way is to use your own original stuff.  Keep your camera with you and take pictures of interesting things you see along the way.

Alternatively you can look to places like Pixabay.  I just discovered this one today.  You can also use Google’s Advanced Image Search and use the controls to filter for what you need.  Some will require you to acknowledge and link to the original producer.

Every now and then you will come across the perfect graphic but it’s not free.  You have to decide if it’s worth the price.  It’s not always as expensive as you think.  For example, CLICK HERE for a set from Webcaster Graphics.

GRAPHICS EDITORS

I’ve been following Wade Harman on Google+ and he did a HOA on how to use Pic Monkey.  I have updated some of my headers using the free version of the program.  Check out my Google+ and Twitter profiles for examples.  Both are using photos I took personally and then added to.

I like to use the Microsoft Office Picture Manager that comes with Microsoft office.  Not free but most of us have it these days.  This is great for cropping, compressing and re-sizing images.  For example, my Pic Monkey graphic was over 12MB.  Using the picture manager, I was able to make that less than 1MB and still maintain the quality for Internet publishing.

When you visit those pages, take a look at my head shot.  That was taken from a group photo and clipped using Clipping Magic.  It was a free trial when I did that but has a nominal charge now.  It did a great job of removing backgrounds.

Did you know you can save a Power Point slide as a JPG?  You can create your own info-graphics using a Power Point slide!

VIDEO

There are a few options for adding video to your site.

  • Record your own and use a video editor to convert to MP4 that can be embedded in your site.
  • Use Youtube to create video and provide embed codes.
  • Use GVO’s Video Producer to create and host your own video.

Recording your own video requires a lot of time and effort.  You need a good video editing program to capture and convert video for your site.

Youtube makes it easy but they control the video and can take over your channel at any time.

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Video Producer allows you to use your web cam to create on the fly or you can upload video from your computer.  The video is hosted in your GVO account and you own it.  No one will take it over on you.  Once your video is uploaded, you can add to web sites easily or just share from your account!

HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT THIS STUFF?!

3D-Women-Search-03Most of us don’t have the big budgets of large corporations but we still need to do a lot of the same work. There are many tools available.

Start following some of the #socialmedia people on Google+!  There are some great Hang Out on Air (HOA) sessions available and fairly regular new postings.  “Listen” to the channels and join in on the live sessions where you can ask questions.  A couple of my favourites are +WadeHarman and +StephenHovnanian.

Click here to watch our presentation on a complete suite of #InternetMarketing tools every Tuesday and Thursday at 8pm Eastern Standard Time.  Tuesdays are usually teaching sessions on how to use the tools and Thursdays explain the tool suite.

Bookmark GVO Academy Live!  CLICK HERE

Now get out there and add some colour to your blog!

Make it a great day,

Barry

P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for my #socialmedia friends.  I’m thankful my Pure Leverage Suite of Tools!  I’m thankful for each day because they bring new opportunities for growth.

What are you thankful for today?

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