You would never intentionally infringe on copyright. Where do your graphics come from?

Copyright isn’t always clear. We all have honest intentions when we add pictures to our blog or social media posts. Here are some things you can do to minimize your risk.


Image representing Canadian justice.


Copyright isn’t always clear. How can you be sure you aren’t using someone else’s work legitimately? Be honest with yourself! Did you just grab a picture from a friend’s post and re-use it? There is nothing wrong with this if you have their permission and they have the right to give it to you. The problem is, they may not even remember where they got it from. When a photo was taken by your friend and shared, they have rights to that picture. Ask them where they got the graphic and if you can use it. If they aren’t sure of the source and if it’s legitimate to share, don’t do it!


Is there a way to check copyright on pictures? Look at it with a tin eye! I know it sounds odd but Tineye is a great way to find out where a picture comes from. You upload a graphic image and Tineye searches it’s database to see if that image has appeared elsewhere. You can then check the links to see who produced and/or posted the image. Check the links for copyright references. For example, an image may have come from Pixabay and not even require attribution. Or, it may show up in Wikimedia with copyright information very evident. Just remember that tools like Tineye aren’t 100% and you are still liable if the picture wasn’t in that database. When in doubt, don’t. Your best option is to use pictures you create yourself. Carry a camera with you! When in doubt, don’t use an image you don’t know.

Make Your Own Images

One of your best options is to produce original graphics. There are companies out there just waiting to catch you using their graphics. That’s a profit centre for them.  When you use copyright material, make sure you acknowledge them according to their license. When you make use of your camera and a product like Canva or PowerPoint, you own the end product provided you were free to use the source files. Making your own graphics can be a lot of fun! Just make sure you use royalty free images. I created the image below using a graphic from Pixabay, the logo I created and a quote. If I can do it, anybody can! Do you have the stones to succeed?! Now, have some fun and do it safely! Make it a great day, Barry P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for Tineye. I’m thankful for great graphic tools. I’m thankful for the time you took to read this! What are you thankful for today?

Are you armed and ready to shoot? (Pictures, that is!)

You should always be armed with a camera and ready to shoot!

Why should you be armed with a camera?

Fiery sunset and quote.

First, this helps you to be focused on how beautiful life really is. This can change your whole day and over time, your life perspective.

You never know when you will be awed by something beautiful.  Usually when you least expect it.  For example, I was driving home from visiting family and had to stop the car on the side of the highway because of this amazing sight.

The next day, I was able to find a quote that seemed to work with the photo, added one of my web site addresses for passive marketing purposes and upload it to my social media sites.


What should You take pictures of?

Whatever catches your eye!

Man-With-Question-06You will probably delete most of the pictures but I would suggest keeping a folder for anything that “speaks to you”.  This way, you can reach back to those pictures for ideas on those days when you are struggling for blog material or looking for something to jazz up a presentation or web site.  I highly recommend using Canva so that you can save your projects where you can reach them on a whim and re-purpose your work quickly and easily.


 Who cares?

Sunset over Rice Lake with quote.


The only one that matters is you.  This is about attracting people to your site, blog or whatever your goal is.  Regardless, people want to know why they should deal with YOU.  These pictures should be a reflection of your inner soul.


By focusing on pictures that appeal to you and then choosing quotes that speak to you, your readers will get a sense of who you are, not just what you do.  This goes back to the fact that I can buy a widget from anyone, why would I buy from you?

Be armed and ready to shoot!


Make it a great day,


P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for cell phones with cameras.  I’m thankful for data plans.  I’m thankful for @canva and @BrainyQuote!

What are you thankful for today?


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.


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!


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.





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!


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,


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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