4 Sources to find Amazing Stock Photos

4 Sources to find Amazing Stock Photos

Photos give your website and blog a visual appeal and creating your own stock photos can be incredibly time-consuming if photography isn’t really your thing.

Images grab people’s attention and when you are writing so people will actually read your content, you are going to need photos to make that happen. When you are first starting out, however, it can be challenging when you are on a tight budget and you want to keep your expenses for your blog at a minimum.

Sure, you could go to the nearest search engine and snag a picture, but not only is that unethical it is illegal. I don’t know how many times I had an inquiry to build a website and people send me pictures that they found on google and I needed to explain to them that this isn’t good for their business.

You can get images that are Creative Common Zero License, alas they are for public domain use and free from copyright and the need to give credit.

Browse through the sites below and bookmark the ones you like best, so they are always at your fingertips to use.

Free Images

http://www.freeimages.com

It’s a great place to start for images of all kinds.

Pexels

https://www.pexels.com/

Pexels is one of the must-have sites, as they are often up to 50 new photos perfect for your website or new blog post.

UNSPLASH

http://unsplash.com

This is by far one of my favorite website for images to use. Sometimes they have the rawest and realest picture when I am trying to purposely stay away from perfection.

DEATH TO STOCK PHOTO

http://deathtothestockphoto.com/ 

Images in my inbox on the regular? Yes, please! Again another favorite and new pictures curated come straight into your mailbox for you to download.

There is no reason you can’t have amazing images for your website and blog and you don’t have to break the bank.

I do think that whenever you can credit the photographer, it’s a great thing to do, even if the photos are free.

What’s your blog about? 3 Steps to discover your niche

What’s your blog about? 3 Steps to discover your niche

As a writer, I know how challenging it can be sometimes to know exactly what to write about. I’ve been blogging about personal development and goals consistently for well over 2 years. Here’s the thing, I love writing.

I love writing because I get to tap into my imagination but I also get to share what I know. When I decided to start this new blog, I wasn’t quite sure what it would stand for as my other blog has a very specific purpose and I found it challenging to incorporate a variety of topics that I love.

And this is what this blog is about. It’s about sharing more knowledge but also more about my life as a quirky, coffee loving, mom of three boys. Could I have turned my other blog and website and rebranded? Yes, of course, I could have, but I didn’t want to because I knew that my main focus for the other blog was to help you achieve your goals.

And before you wonder how I manage to write for two different blogs, there will be a future post about that because I don’t necessarily believe in doing just one thing, but rather finding the harmony to make it all work.

Which brings me to my first point to “what is your blog about”? 

Your blog can be anything you want it to be with a multitude of topics and categories like this blog or it can be single focused, such as my other blog where goals setting, planning and how to make it all happen is the main focus. This blog is more about other passions that I have in my life.

So how do you narrow down what to write about exactly?

I already touched on one point, which is passion.

So ask yourself, what are you passionate about? Like true passion! Something that you talk about all the time or even do all the time. You can’t imagine your life without it.

Maybe you are a bit of a foodie and you could write about anything food related. Or maybe you are a crafter or love gardening. There is so much you can write about. And maybe you have a multitude of interests like food, travel, photography and create a lifestyle blog where you share your passions in one place.

My next point is, teach what you know!

Think about for a moment what people in your life ask you about all the time. Or maybe you have spent years learning a particular skill or craft that you could be teaching. Even if you don’t think about yourself as an expert but you will probably know more than some other people that may want to do what you doing now. Or maybe you have had a particular problem in your life you have successfully overcome. Helping people solve problems and frustrations are always a good start.

What is your vision for your own life?

This is perhaps my favorite way to figure out what to write about and what to do with your life in general. Spend some time writing about where you see your life in 3 or 5 years from now. Where do you want to live? What are you doing for a living? Who are you living with? What do you do all day long? How do you feel about your life? A great way to get started is to write it as if you were looking back on your achievements. Read it over and see if you can find a theme that emerges for you!

Your blog and the topics that support your blog are only limited by you. Maybe you are a funny sarcastic person and want to put your own spin on topics such as motherhood or relationships. Or maybe you are a bit more serious and want to show others that being a little linear isn’t really a bad thing.

Use a mind-map to help you figure it all out. Mind-maps are a visual tool to help you brainstorm and problem solve. That with acknowledging all the parts that are you. Then refine it with your passions, interests, skills, talents, and knowledge.

This can help you not only brainstorm topics but specific categories for your blog which will also help you define the focus and the goal of your blog.

There is no right or wrong answer about your blog, truly as I said before it can be anything you want it to be. The decision is completely yours! The biggest thing here is to decide, yes you will and what you don’t know, you will learn along the way.