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Package Your Blog Nicely With Free Photos From Everypixel.com

Package Your Blog Nicely With Free Photos From Everypixel.com

Over 2 million blog posts go live on the internet each day, and countless articles and social media posts vie for readers’ attention.[1] If you spend enough time on the internet, it’s not hard to see that many bloggers use similar stock photos.

Stock photos can be an incredible resource for the blogger who doesn’t have much experience with photography, but choosing the wrong photo can be detrimental to traffic. A mediocre image won’t grab a reader’s attention, and it may even drive them away.

Package your blog posts so that people want to read them

Think about what triggers you to pick up an item in the store. There may be a number of companies that produce great products and support initiatives that you value. Are you drawn to the way the item looks, the stance that the company takes on important issues, or the item description?

Chances are, despite your best intentions to be a conscientious buyer, you may still be attracted to product packaging over everything else. A study by Gressingham Foods found that simply changing the design of their product packaging increased their sales by 47% without altering the product or doing additional promotion.[2]

The way items look matters to consumers, and the way you present your article is important too. The featured image on a post can draw readers in for a closer look or prompt them to keep scrolling.

For those writing on the internet, competition for readers’ time and attention is fierce. When you post an article, you’re competing against an infinite pool of content. Unless you wrap your posts up in an attractive package by using great photos, your work will disappear into the crowd.

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Save yourself time and find the perfect picture for your blog post

Whether you’re just starting your blog, or you’re an experienced blogger, you know how time-consuming it can be to find the perfect photo to feature with your article. Everypixel.com makes it easy to locate an eye-catching and interesting image. Everypixel.com is a stock image search engine that allows you to search for photos across the top 50 stock-photo platforms.

Using Everypixel.com is simple

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get started with everypixel.com. You don’t even have to sign up to start using it. When you arrive at the site, you’ll see a screen that looks like the one below.

    You can type keywords for the type of photo that you need into the rectangular search box.

      To the right of the search box, you’ll have the option to choose the budget for your project from the drop-down list. This will save you from having to weed through images that fall outside of your price range.

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      Imagine that you are writing an article about horseback riding, and you need a great free image to use on your blog. You’d simply type “horseback riding” into the search box and select “Free only” from the drop-down menu. Then, click the magnifying glass icon to get your results.

      When I clicked on the magnifying glass, I learned that there are many options to choose from. There are 22 pictures that you can download for free. If you had a budget for photos, you’d have 1,278 pictures at your disposal.

        If you knew more information about the type of picture that you wanted, you could narrow this search using the filters at the top.

          For example, to view images with a landscape orientation, select “horizontal” to immediately filter out pictures that don’t meet your qualifications. You can also look for vector images and graphics via the filters on the search page.

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          If you decide that you’d like to look at paid and free images, click on “Free only” and you’ll have the option to change the price range you’d like to view.

          When you find the image that you like, click on it, and you it will take you to a page that gives you all the details you’ll need to figure out if it’s the right photo for you.

            When I selected the image above, I was able to see the name of the photographer, the image’s resolution, the price, and where Everypixel found the photo. This particular image is available from Unsplash, and when I click on the area that says, “Free Download,”it takes me to the Unsplash page in a separate tab.

            When you reach the page where the image is housed, you can download it for use on your blog.

            In addition to searching with the main search bar, you can use the search options in the top right-hand corner of the main page.

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              “Free images” narrows your search to free images with a Creative Commons license that allows you to use the photos for commercial purposes. “Microstock” gives you the chance to compare prices on inexpensive stock photos so that you can stick to your budget. “Premium photos” sources higher quality images, but they’ll also be more expensive than the microstock options.

              When it comes to packaging your blog, don’t skimp on the photos

              Instead of agonizing over where to find the perfect image or being stuck with a sub-par stock photo that detracts from your readership, give Everypixel.com a try. It’s free and user-friendly.

              Use great pictures to draw readers in and build your traffic. With a site like Everypixel, it’s easier than ever.

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              Published on April 25, 2019

              How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

              How Creativity Can Help You Get Ahead in Life

              Have you ever felt limited in your abilities to do something you really wanted to pursue? Maybe it was an ambition you had, or an idea to start something. Perhaps it was an opportunity that came your way, but you weren’t able to take it because something held you back.

              Often, we’re unable to progress towards our goals because such obstacles stand in the way. We let our limitations stop or overshadow our abilities to see through to a goal.

              Yet, there’s one thing that we rarely think of to use when trying to overcome limitations.

              Creativity.

              What is Creativity?

              When I say creativity, I’m not talking about an innate talent. Creativity is a much needed, but often neglected, skill that everyone has! It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input.

              Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

              Everything, including brilliant inventions, cannot come from nothing; it all derives from some sort of inspiration. Creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

              From this perspective, you can find creativity at play in many areas.

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              For example, Mark Zuckerburg rapidly became successful by taking the previously existing concept of social media, and combining it with an incredibly simple interface that appealed to a much wider audience. Uber and Lyft combined the idea of a traditional taxi service with an incredibly efficient smartphone app.

              Both of these examples connect different ideas, find common ground amongst the differences, and create a completely new idea out of them.

              That’s creativity in a nutshell, and anyone can improve theirs.

              Limitations are Actually Opportunities

              The advantage of using creativity, is to help you see limitations as opportunities. Take any limitation that you may find yourself facing, is there a way to look at things differently?

              Let me illustrate with an example.

              On the day of my son’s 5th birthday, my wife and I arranged a party for him at a children’s adventure park. His friends and family were all invited, and the plan was to have a long, fun day out to celebrate.

              However, the day didn’t go exactly as planned…

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              At Lifehack, we pride ourselves on a healthy work-life balance, so I wasn’t concerned about taking the day off to celebrate. But, on the big day, a call came through to my phone.

              It was a manager from Lifehack. He excitedly told me that a group of investors were quite interested in our business proposition, and were wanting to meet later that day.

              This was great news! A potential investment could be coming our way. But, I was already miles away from home and the office. Plus, it was my son’s birthday…

              I asked if I could call him back once we got settled into the park.

              To be honest, I was pretty certain I was not going to be able to make it. Asking to reschedule would be a risky request, but there was no way that I was going to miss my son’s party.

              My son could sense something was off, and he asked me what was wrong. So I let him know that I just received a call about a meeting today, but also told him not to worry as today was about celebrating his birthday.

              But like all kids, he continued questioning me…

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              “But daddy, is it important?”

              “No, of course not,” I bluffed.

              Then, with childlike intuition and creativity, he asked: “Can’t you just meet with them at the park?”

              And, then it struck me! This was the idea that I was missing.

              Even though my son didn’t quite understand that it would not be possible for the investors to meet me at the park, it made sense for me to simply do a video call!

              I could miss 25 minutes of the party to do a quick call while the rest of the party walked through the aquarium. And, in the end, that was exactly what happened.

              I called back my teammate and asked him to briefly explain to the investors why I couldn’t be there in person to meet, but would be happy to join via video. I took the call, and was able to spend the rest of the day at the park with my son.

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              Not only did my son enjoy his birthday, his simple idea led to a successful investment meeting that allowed us to get funding for a new project.

              This is where I was able to turn a limitation into an opportunity that enabled me to reach my success.

              Creativity is One Key to Success

              When you use your creative ability to turn your limitations and setbacks into opportunities, you’ll find doors opening for you in areas you may have never imagined.

              Remember, your attitude is also important when it comes to achieving a goal, and tackling a setback or problem. That’s because a positive attitude transforms not just your mental state, but your physical and emotional well being. It is the key to lasting total transformation.

              Check out this article to learn more about how you can tune your attitude towards positivity.

              So, the next time you’re feeling limited by your abilities, setbacks or challenges, don’t give up. Really look at the situation, and see how you can leverage on your creativity to find an alternative solution.

              Featured photo credit: Photo by William Iven on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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