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Free Christmas Images for Social Media Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:39:20 +0000 As thanks for following me this year I’ve created another set of Christmas images for Social Media use.

These square images are ideal for Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest. I’ve included two sets, one with greetings and the other left blank for you to add your own text. (I suggest using the online tool Canva  for adding text to images.)

Christmas Social Media Images

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Instagram Tips for Success E-book Free Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:30:54 +0000

Instagram can be hard to master without learning the best ways to use it. My latest free e-book will help you succeed. It includes tips to help you with:

  • Research and Strategy
  • Setting up your bio
  • Finding the right users to follow
  • Hashtag use
  • Type of Images to Post
  • Compelling Descriptions
  • Community involvement
  • Cross Promotion
  • Bonus Instagram apps and resources page

Please download your free pdf e-book below:

The Whys and Hows of Instagram Success

Instagram Usage Infographic Tue, 13 Sep 2016 19:39:03 +0000 This Instagram Usage Infographic shows how popular and effective Instagram is for business. With a massive user base and excellent engagement levels, Instagram is wonderful for branding, driving conversions, and selling.

 Instagram Usage Infographic

Please feel free to embed this Image On Your Site by copying the code below:

My favorite resource for Instagram is Instamate because it allows you to use Instagram from your computer. You can post, schedule, find and paste the best hashtags, and find viral content to re-post, right from your web browser. Plus, you can find people to follow and see what’s trending.

Instamate for Instagram Software Box





WordPress Beginner’s Tutorial – Writing Your First Post Sun, 22 May 2016 06:34:30 +0000 This is the first in a series of WordPress Beginner’s Tutorials for those who’s site is already set up.

If you or someone else has set up your site with the correct settings, theme and plugins you’ll be ready to start writing.
This video will show you around the new post window, and how to add text and images.

How Often to Publish Blog Posts

Regularly publishing blog posts is one of the best ways to get your site known and listed in the search engines. I recommend that you have 5 or 6 posts already written and ready to publish before you start publicizing your site. At least to start with, publish a new post no less than once a week, more if possible. Don’t just write for the sake of it because quality content is vital.

Post Length

At least 500-600 words. Any less and search engines may penalize your site for thin content.


Images are attractive to readers and to search engines. Include at least one image per post. Always add alt tags to an image. The video below will explain this.

Laying out your posts

Short paragraphs are easier to read online and more likely to keep your readers’ attention. Using bullet points and numbered lists also improves the layout. .


Use some headings for layout reasons as well as the search engines. These should include keywords but I’ll go into that in another post.

Recommended WordPress Beginner’s Course

WordPress Video Tutorial for the absolute beginner


Cornerstone Content Infographic Tue, 05 Apr 2016 23:18:14 +0000 Cornerstone content acts as a hub for specific topics on your blog.

Blog posts lose their impetus over time, however popular they were when published. A page helps keep these alive. You can read more about Cornerstone Content on my blog  post Super Visible Archives

Here’s an infographic from Copyblogger that sums up how to succeed when publishing cornerstone content.

11 Essential Ingredients Every Cornerstone Content Page Needs [Infographic]

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Periodic Table Of SEO Success Factors Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:13:13 +0000 Here is a copy of Search Engine Land’s Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors (re-published with permission).

Looks complicated doesn’t it but it will make more sense if you also read the series of articles in Search Engine Land’s Guide to SEO

Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors


Free Web Images Sat, 06 Feb 2016 20:17:38 +0000

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Blog Profits Blueprint 2016 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:41:02 +0000

Yaro Starak’s Blog Profits Blueprint 2.0, 2016, is a rewritten version of his famous e-book, first published in 2007. The Blueprint 2.0 teaches you what involved in creating a profitable blog that is designed specifically to sell your products.

Blog Profits Blueprint book cover

Download from this site *


If you sign up to download the book from Yaro’s site, Entrepreneurs Journey you will also receive a free series of training videos, case studies and more, “all designed to help you get up and running with your own blog that sells your products and services on autopilot”.

  • If you read the book you will see that “You are welcome to share, transmit or include this report in training packages or resources (free or paid), provided you keep it intact as a complete document. No permission from the author is required.”



List of Resources for Digital Marketers Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:29:28 +0000

Here is a list of resources that I use, or have used, in my online life as a blogger, and digital marketer. The only reason I don’t use some of them now is I’ve invested in some premium software and services that suit my particular needs better. (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Office etc)

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Recommended Resources


A free audio editor and recorder.


Free Antivirus Software for PC, Mac and Android


A free online tool to view how your website look in various browsers.


Free downloadable software that lets you record all screen & audio activity on your computer and create video files.


Free downloadable software that optimizes Windows, improves privacy and speeds up your PC. It removes unwanted files, quickly cleans cookies and browser history.

Down For Everyone

If your site isn’t loading is it because of problems with just your Internet Service Provider or for everyone? This free online tool that checks if your site is down for everyone.


A secure, online, file sharing and storage program. Sync files from your computer or mobile device. The pro versions allow more disk space and sharing features.


Helps you stay organized. Create Task Lists, clip from anywhere on the web, share and discuss with others, sync across phones and computers. The basic version is free although you do get points towards upgrading by inviting friends. The paid versions give you more space and more features. With the Premium version you can turn your notes into presentations.

File Converter

A service provided by Nitro to convert to and from different file formats. (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF). Upload a file and get the converted file emailed to you for free. All converter resources can be accessed through one of the converter sites because all go to the same URL. For example go to the PDF To Word converter and use the drop down menu to choose what you want file format to convert from and to what to.

File Renaming: Bulk Rename Utility

A lightweight downloadable free Windows program for renaming files in bulk. Excellent for jobs renaming images so they go in order in galleries or just to make it easier to find files.


An open source File Transfer Program (FTP) for uploading files to your host server and downloading from your server for file backup or editing.

Get Response

My choice of autoresponder because of the large variety of sign up forms and newsletter templates. Most of the autoresponders I tried only had forms suitable for sidebars rather than for landing pages and the body of blog posts. This is an affiliate link although I’m an affiliate for other premium autoresponder services, Get Response is the one I choose to advertise.

Good Sync

My dependable, set up and leave, back up and sync program. I save to an external drive and know that I always have backups in the event of problems. It’s been a life saver a number of times. I also use it to sync needed files to my laptop. There’s a free version that allows 3 backup instances and 100 file backup. The pro version is only $29.95, as of writing this, and allows unlimited usage. Well worth it for peace of mind. There are Windows and Mac versions, both desktop and portable.


Post or schedule posts to Social Media sites and get stats on your clicks. The free version restricts the number of sites/groups and pages you can post to. I now use Sociocaster instead (see below)


Free Download. An easy to use WYSIWYG HTML/CSS editor (a simpler alternative to Dreamweaver). It includes an FTP site manager.


Anti malware: Another must have program for checking for computer nasties not caught by anti-virus software. If you think you might have a problem with bugs, trojans, spyware download and run the free version of Malwarebytes. The pro version runs in the background to prevent problems happening and constantly updates. The free version comes with a 14 day free trial so you have to download it again each time you want to run the checker.


My constant companion for web snipping, writing my own notes, embedding pdfs, word docs and spreadsheets…See my posts on OneNote here. Upload to OneNote online to access from anywhere or share selected pages with others. It holds all my important information and research. There’s a free online version, stand alone paid software, or as part of Microsoft Office Suites. I much prefer it to note taking apps such as Evernote or Dropbox because it does so much more. The free online version doesn’t do as much. If you have a desktop version before Office 2016 don’t be tempted with the calls to upgrade to the newest online version. I was tempted and it was hard to completely uninstall in Windows 10.

Open Office

Open source office software that includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations. An alternative to Microsoft Office.

Photo editing

  • Irfanview: A free image viewer, simple editor and converter – plus more. I’ve used this as my default Windows image viewer for years now. Although I use Photoshop for image creation, I use Irfanview for quick single image, and batch, conversions to resize and optimize images for the web. It also converts images between different file formats.
  • Online editors: How to Easily Make Free Picture Quotes – A post on about online editors for quick photo editing and adding text to images.
  • Gimp : Free open source software for image creation and editing. A Photoshop alternative. Unless you are familiar with Photoshop software or the online version you may find it difficult to learn.


Comes with a free version. Because I have so many logins I use the the pro Roboform Everwhere version so I can sync to laptop, other PCs and mobile devices.


Social Media Manager. One of my favorites. Post and schedule posts to multiple social media sites, find viral posts, videos and images to share, add text to images and more. Only a one off cost, not recurring like similar social media tools which don’t have nearly as many features. See the video review here on this site: Learn More about Sociocaster


A text editor for Windows offering more advanced options than Notepad. It’s good for writing draft blog posts without worrying about pasting unneeded code into the WordPress text editor.

VLC Media Player

A free downloadable media player capable of reading most audio and video formats. The only video player I use.

Footnotes A few of the above resources are affiliate links but I’ve tried, or use, all of them. I’m only mentioning those I recommend because of quality and usefulness.

I’ll be adding more resources here as I think of them but please feel free to add your recommendations in the comments below 🙂

My best wishes for a productive and successful online business life.


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