Tips for new bloggers.

If you are new to the blogging world here are a few essential resources to get you off on the right foot. This list is especially for those who have decided to start with a free WordPress blog.

Photo Credit: "\/" by Thomas Leuthard, CC4.0
Photo Credit: “\/” by Thomas Leuthard, CC4.0

1. Blogging Guide

Amy Lynn Andrews’ website is the holy grail of blogging. She will give you all sorts of advice about the different available tools. How to make money blogging and many other useful topics. I would caution, however, that some of her advice may not be relevant to those who do not want to spend money blogging.

2. Free Stock Photos

Many of you have already figured out that relevant, high-quality photographs can make you blog more attractive. This article lists a couple of websites with free, high-quality stock photos. Of the websites listed, IM Free was my absolute favorite. It provides high-quality photos listed by category and most importantly the site is very easy to navigate. (Warning: Although these photographs are free and can be used in your blog you must still give credit to the photographer!!! That brings me to the next list item.)

3. When and why you need to properly credit photographers

Unfortunately, Roni Loren had to learn the hard way about the importance of proper citation. She learned that:

“It doesn’t matter…

  • if you link back to the source and list the photographer’s name
  • if the picture is not full-sized
  • if you did it innocently
  • if your site is non-commercial and you made no money from the use of the photo
  • if you didn’t claim the photo was yours
  • if you’ve added commentary in addition to having the pic in the post
  • if the picture is embedded and not saved on your server
  • if you have a disclaimer on your site
  • if you immediately take down a pic if someone sends you a DMCA notice (you do have to take it down, but it doesn’t absolve you.)

NONE OF THAT releases you from liability. You are violating copyright if you have not gotten express PERMISSION from the copyright holder OR are using pics that are public domain, creative commons, etc. (more on that below.)” [Excerpt from “Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog” by Roni Loren]

4. How to properly credit photographers

The article, Best practices for attribution, provides clear and concise direction on how to properly cite a photograph.

5. How to enter a photo credit into a WordPress caption.

If you want your photo credit citation to appear as mine does in the photo at the beginning of this article, look no further. The article, “How to Easily Add HTML to a Photo Caption” by Bob Dunn provides an easy to tutorial on just that.

6. Where to make free photo collages

Pic Monkey is a nifty website where you can easily make free, professional-looking collages with your free stock photos.

7. Best times to post on social media

This infographic gives a lot of great information about the optimal times to post on social media. It is even broken down by social media platform. This is definitely something to pay attention to.

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