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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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              Last Updated on February 18, 2019

              How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

              How to Motivate Employees and Boost Team Productivity

              These days, in a world with cognitive, AI, and extraordinary advances, we have failed at the most basic stimulus: motivation. Why do I say so? Just take a look at these statistics:

              58 percent of managers said they didn’t receive any management training as per a CareerBuilder.com survey. Only 12% of employees leave their jobs because of more money. Research indicates that around 80% of employees leave their jobs due to “lack of appreciation”. Due to fear of failing, more than half of American workers don’t take their paid vacations. 53% of Americans are unhappy at work (not engaged). And 1 in 3 are working in a field they don’t like.[1]

              Archaic people management and HR structures are the root cause.

              “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

              So how to motivate employees and boost team productivity?

              Here are 3 key things that you can do to motivate your employees and boost team productivity:

              1. Run Your Team/Group/Company like a Lean Startup

              The Lean Startup phenomena by Eric Ries has been socialized across millions all over the globe. In a nutshell, it is a methodology for developing businesses and products, which aims to shorten product development cycles and rapidly discover if a proposed business model is viable; this is achieved by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.[2]

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              Encourage Your Employees

              When you empower your employees (or family members) to do what they deem to be best for a particular roadblock, idea, or improvement, you create magic. You create genuine trust. You enable innovation. The result is happy, inspired employees who feel they have a say in the grand cosmic stage at work.

              Note that increasing the competency level of employees and coaching and mentoring them along the way is key. You yourself, need to do the same. Nourish your brain – and get a mentor that will keep you at the edge of your game.

              Offer Rewards

              Motivation is also intrinsic. The startups I have worked at offered instant rewards — not just fat checks or equity increments, but Oscar-style nominations.

              The non-monetary rewards were actually more coveted, and grandiose: lunch with the CEO, tickets to an Obama fund-raiser, horse-back riding with a world-class equestrian.

              Compare this to a dodgy, corporate, white-cubicle dinosaur that had a “yearly performance review” where both parties dread the conversation. In a world of instant WhatsApp messages, having a conversation about performance, likes and dislikes cannot just happen annually in 60 minutes. Employees need to be rooted in the belief that their manager genuinely cares about them.

              Give Autonomy

              Another key attribute is autonomy. Most employees start brushing their resumes and cruising LinkedIn when their hands are tied in their current positions: approval forms, long meetings, escalations, and more meetings. In the world of agile and scrum masters, deliberating for the sake of deliberating is poison. You will choke the very employees that giddily accepted the job initially to “change the world”.

              Within a reasonable realm of assessment and deep-dives, trust your employees to do the heavy lifting. Give them access to the knowledge, people and resources that help them directly make the choices that will shape the future of your team, and your company.

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              Eliminate yourself as the bottleneck – and interject yourself as a benevolent, servant leader that is the symbol of high-performing organizations.

              2. Apply the 90/90/1 Rule

              I recently saw a video by Deepak Sharma (a leadership adviser) about productivity and this principle stuck with me. Here’s what it’s about:

              Devote the First 90 Minutes of Your Day to Important Project

              For the next 90 days, devote the first 90 minutes of your day to your most important project—nothing else. Do this for yourself and your employees.

              We usually get sucked into the most wasteful, operational activities in the morning which robs our focus, and steers us into an unwanted rabbit hole. So mute your notifications, avoid the temptation to check your exploding inbox, and scroll your Instagram feed later. Instead, focus on that ONE thing that will provide real value to you, your team, or your business/company/home.

              Apply this rule to yourself – and your team. Your team will thank you. Note: If you’re feeling really stretched for time, you can always hack the rule by testing out a “45/45/1” version.

              A To Do Scheduling System

              Another version of this is to use the Kanban concept, developed by Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. Kanban is a scheduling system employing boards and cards.

              The most basic version is a canvas with “To-do”, “Doing”, and “Done” boards (or columns). Each activity or task is a “card” that moves from one column to the other. I use Trello (a Kanban-inspired app) that is a key system for my personal and professional life. It allows me to understand my workload, their priority, and due dates.

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              I use importance and effort metrics (scores) for each task to understand what is truly necessary in my life to work on. It negates the FIFO (first-in, first out) paradox that has plagued millions of people. Instead, it allows me to take stock of what is on my plate, and then bite on what truly will move the needle for me, my team, my life, and my company.

              With a limited appetite (at least for some), would you eat the veggies, fries, mashed potatoes and leave the sizzling steak? No, you wouldn’t (unless you are a vegan and ended up in the wrong restaurant).

              Approach your work with a weighted vengeance – and encourage your team to do the same.

              3. Align Passion and Skills to Purpose

              The heart of human excellence often begins to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, and gives you a sense of meaning, joy and passion.

              “The most fortunate people on earth are those who have found a calling that’s bigger than they are—that moves them and fills their lives with constant passion, aliveness, and growth.” — Richard Leider

              An ace team-member once told me that while she enjoys working for the company we both used to work at, she really hated anything to do with technology. She was more of a “people” person, and did not want to sit behind a desk sifting through lines of code.

              What struck me was that she was in that role for more than a decade and had just spoken up. The good thing is she spoke up. She expressed her desire and interests. And it allowed her to get into a role of her liking within 30 days.

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              Ask If They like What They’re Doing

              If you, or a team member is frustrated, demotivated, or not performing at their best – one of the questions you should ask is whether they like what they are doing. Then genuinely try to help them get to the role they should be in (whether in the same team/company or not).

              There’s a reason why 53% of Americans (and perhaps more or same across the globe) are unhappy at work. A butcher cannot be an ace salad maker. Pursue your passion – and help pave the way for your team. Unlock your potential and theirs. You will command and lead a supercharged team.

              “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

              The Bottom Line

              Sometimes, passion has to be ignited. It is dormant, clouded by busy-ness, buried by wrong career choices, and plagued by non-supportive eco-systems. Some will climb out of it, but we as society — and in the case of business teams — incumbent upon the manager/CEO/leader to foster, grow, and nurture the employee.

              Teach her the ropes. Show her the path. Advise him as you would yourself. Let them lead, and make mistakes. Do not fear them, rather make them the leader you would want to become.

              For your not-so-great team members, understand that it is not personal, it is just not a good fit. Help them move on to the pastures they would be fit to graze on. Hence, hire slow (and fire fast).

              Your team is a reflection of you. Boosting their confidence and helping them achieve the impossible is motivation. Focus on that, and you will have a productive team that you and your company will be proud of.

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