Welcome! Its time for another monthly blog stats and helpful hints post. Just picking up a few helpful hints I hope will make a difference in our blogs growth in the future and keeping them in a Pinterest blogging board for future reference.
I hope you will also join us in the Personal Goals and Priorities in 2014 linky and let us know how you are doing with your personal and blogging goals. More information to follow below.
So lets get busy making your blog grow!
We all want great pictures on our blog. If you use social networking, which I hope you do, great pictures will tell a story before the reader begins reading the words. We use PicMonkey, iPiccy, Canva or your own photo editing software. Actually, I use all of the ones I just listed for a variety and depending on what type of picture I will use in my post. I made the one above in Paint Shop Pro. There are so many really good tutorials out there on how to use all these. Just do a quick search in Pinterest or on Google.
What I want to pass on to you today is where you can get free photo stock. I know there are many out there who just don’t want to do their pictures or have the time to mess with it. I have used free stock photo before. I have the occasional “picture block” when I can’t figure out what picture I need for a certain post. So, I will troll the free stock websites to get inspired.
Here are a few places I use:
Stock Xching - Very easy website to use. Just put in the search area what kind of picture you are looking for, choose from the thumbnails and download the free pic. Please look in the area under the download button to see what the owner wants you to do for a credit to the picture when you use it.
Stock Photos For Free.com – Another great site and you will need to have an account to use this and is basically run the same way as the other two. Again, please give the owner of the picture credit.
flickr - You will need a Yahoo account to use flickr and the website I use the most. You will need to go to the Advanced search area to look for photos. When you do a search, make sure the Creative Commons is clicked toward the bottom of the page, click on the picture you like, look up in the top right hand corner for the 3 dots in a row, click on that and choose which size of picture you would like to download. You will need to give credit to the owner for the picture in your post.
Photo Pin – A great place to to search flickr pictures and also grab the source at the same time. Look for a picture in search, skip down the first couple of rows because those are sponsored pics, put your pointer over the one you like, click on it and download which size you like. The source html is also there to grab and display with the picture.
The picture above is a beautiful beach scene of Florida by Eric Mesa. I just put the link to the direct Flicker page of the picture under it. This is just one example how to link to the source.
In all cases with your pictures, be sure to give them a good description name in the Alternative text area of the picture.
I hope these blog extras will help your blog grow!
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Now on to my stats for the end of April:
Google adsense: $3.26 = $30.98 for 2014
Media Net: $.37 = $2.54 for 2014
Affiliate income: 0
Social Spark: 0 = $50.00 for 2014
PayU2Blog: $40.00 = $250.00 for 2014
Total for 2014 = $421.52
I am no longer with Blogvertise because of the changes they have made with their system. It took me over 6 months to receive the money I earned in my account. I don’t recommend them to anyone at this point.
Monthly visits: 1410 = +393
Unique monthly visitors: 1057 = +291
Page views: 2465 = +734
Average page views per visit: 2
Average visit duration: 2:26 minutes
RANKINGS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Global Alexa rating: 110,388
US Alexa rating: 17,923
My blog has made it to being 6 months old now, by Google standards, and I am hoping anytime now my Google rating will change. I’m also pleased with the small ad amount which is still adding up. I was really pleased to see the traffic had really come up and my Alexa rating is at its all time best. I’m still showing small amounts in my income and even thought I’m not showing any Affiliate income yet, I am receiving nice items to use for giveaways.
If you have any questions about any of the items discussed, please let me know and be sure to check out our past posts for Blog Stats & Helpful Hints.
How are your goals coming along so far?
Keep on bloggin!
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