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8 great sources for free photos and images

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You might be asking “What does a horse in roller skates have to do with free images?” Nothing, really. But I bet it caught your attention!

If you’re like most people, the blog posts, Facebook updates, or tweets you notice most are the ones that include eye-catching images. There’s plenty of proof showing that content that includes appealing photos or other images will result in more engagement than content without the images.

Unless you have a serious interest in photography, or are a graphic artist you may not have that many images of your own to include with your blog or other online content.… [Click to Continue Reading]


Blogging Success Summit Online Blogging Conference

Here’s How to Get Your Blog Working for Your Business

Suppose you could hire 23 of the biggest names in blogging to give you proven tips and techniques for using a corporate blog to generate leads, win customers and achieve your sales goals.

Suppose each of those experts came to your home or office and gave you 60 minutes of their time. Each one could easily charge you hundreds of dollars.

But suppose you got all of those experts for less than $300. Not $300 per expert, less than $300 for all of them.  Only $300 for 14 hours of highly implementable training.… [Click to Continue Reading]


How to Encrypt Your Email for your Website or Blog

Whenever you add your email address to your blog or website it’s best to encrypt it. The reason for this is that it helps keep the spam bots from snagging it so they can send you all that lovely spam! It won’t guarantee they won’t get it, but it’ll help. I use a nifty (and free) little app that will encrypt your email addresses – it’s called E_Cloaker.

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Is your WordPress blog up to date?

WordPress is urging anyone who has a self-hosted WordPress blog to update as soon as possible. (Your blog is self-hosted if you have it installed on your own domain. If your blog url is something like

Right now there is a worm making its way around old, unpatched versions of WordPress. This particular worm, like many before it, is clever: it registers a user, uses a security bug (fixed earlier in the year) to allow evaluated code to be executed through the permalink structure, makes itself an admin, then uses JavaScript to hide itself when you look at users page, attempts to clean up after itself, then goes quiet so you never notice while it inserts hidden spam and malware into your old posts.

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Your very own blog: a bright idea!

I have a great analogy that I use to explain to people why they should set up their new blog on their own domain. Most of the people I’m talking about already have a website for their business, or are in the process of creating one, but also want a blog to go along with it. They see free blog sites like, Blogger, and others and since they’re easy to set up, think they should sign up. But while free hosting sites can be great for certain uses, I usually encourage people to set their blog up on their own domain (also called self-hosting), along with the rest of their website.… [Click to Continue Reading]