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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 October 22, 2020

              How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

              How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

              Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and exhausted. Therefore, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, it’s time to do something about it.

              Here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm, leaving you calmer, in control, and a lot less stressed at work.

              1. Write Everything Down to Offload Your Mind

              The first thing you can do when work feels overwhelming is to write everything down that is on your mind.

              Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s occupying your thoughts[1].

              For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind, write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind.”

              The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will help you stop feeling overwhelmed at work. Writing things down can really change your life.

              2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

              Once you have emptied your head, go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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              As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

              Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. You can learn how to create a more meaningful to-do list here.

              3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

              Here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago to help when work feels overwhelming. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and we humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take[2]:

              When feeling overwhelmed at work, use Parkinson's Law.

                This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad. It’s more wishful thinking than bad judgment.

                We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage when we’re feeling overwhelmed at work. If you have estimated that to write five important emails will take ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

                Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is that you put yourself under a little time pressure, and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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                When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time, so it plays tricks on us, and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our team members to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

                Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening, and we get more focused and more work done. This will help when work feels overwhelming.

                4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

                Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos to avoid getting overwhelmed at work. Schedule time for each task, especially high priority tasks, while also grouping together similar tasks. This will help relieve stress and anxiety in your daily work life.

                For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

                Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done, and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer, and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

                5. Make Decisions

                For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one[3]. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

                If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend, or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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                If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss or a colleague and get advice.

                Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away and will only make you feel more overwhelmed at work. You need to make a decision to deal with it, and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved.

                I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed, and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend about the problem.

                He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem, and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I pay a smaller amount for a couple of months.

                This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

                The first was: don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second: there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

                6. Take Some Form of Action

                Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we are feeling overwhelmed at work (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

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                The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

                It also means that, rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible, and you can make decisions about what to do about them.

                Often, it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be that you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

                When work feels overwhelming, it’s not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work. It can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

                The Bottom Line

                It’s easy to feel like you have too much on your plate, but there are things you do to make it more manageable. 

                Make a decision, even if it’s just talking to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution.

                When you follow these strategies, you can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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                Featured photo credit: Josefa nDiaz via unsplash.com

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