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Free Pictures for Your Posts

Blog and social media posts with inviting or intriguing pictures create more interactions than those without. But finding just the right photo can be time-consuming.

In addition, just because something has been posted on the internet does not mean it is there for us to use. It’s a mistake that authors new to platform-building often make, usually just from not thinking the situation all the way through. That’s right, author-friends, intellectual property rights and laws are not just to protect us — they apply to artwork, song lyrics, and photographs, too.

But, fortunately for those of us who need to use a large number of photographs every month, there are some sites that provide free photographs that can be used in whatever manner you choose — without even crediting the photographer. That’s right — attractive, high-quality photographs with no strings attached.

My three current favorites are:

orange slices in clear liquid with bubblesAnd, in the event that you can’t find just what you want each of these sites is connected to a “for pay” site. Just be sure to check that the terms of use match the way you intend to use it.

Chances are since our topics are all fairly different from one another, there won’t be too much overlap in photo preferences. However, if you have seen an image you like, try to be considerate and choose another. And, if you find another, similar site, please share it in the comments below.

P.S. UPDATE:  Guess who just found a blog post with a bunch of new sources? (The fine print: I haven’t used any of these so be sure to read their licensing/terms of use.

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Epicantus  This one is very cool — a photographer who is offering her “free time” work for free.

Foodies Feed Take a wild guess.

Free Stocks

This post is getting a little long. Let’s move to More Free Pictures for You. See you there.

How to “Like” as Your Author Page

We “like” Facebook pages as our “Author Page” in order to connect with other authors and the people who follow them. Developing a relationship with another author involves “being social” which can include answering questions, liking and sharing her posts with your readers.

 

But, to begin, you need to know how to “like” a page as your “author self” instead of as your “personal account.”

Begin by strolling around Facebook, either randomly or using its search function to find potentially compatible pages. Let’s use this one for example:

I have decided to “like” a page called Each Day is a Gift as my Author Page.

Where most of us get lost is that we either don’t notice or forget that the three little dots are not an ellipsis but, instead, indicate additional menu options. Clicking on the three dots will give you the menu choice you’re looking for: “Like as a Page You Manage.” (Chances are the only page you manage is your author page. As a social media coach, I have management access/privileges on a number of pages.)

Clicking on “Like as a Page You Manage” will bring up this drop-down menu. Choose your page name, click on the blue button and you’ve done it. Congratulations!

Practice or, better still, teach someone else and it will become second nature.

Getting Started with Facebook

SmartInsights.com tells us that ten years ago, 7{f1791e21317150ef16b724493368daace7010ce61c13caaf39cf91ea8f458df6} of the US population used one (or more) social media sites. In the past decade, that figure has jumped to more than 65{f1791e21317150ef16b724493368daace7010ce61c13caaf39cf91ea8f458df6}. That’s right, well over half of the US population is active on social media.

The largest and most well-known social media site is Facebook, currently with more than 2 billion (yes, with a “B”) active users. Three-quarters of US social media users visit at least once a day.

Several of you have let me know that you don’t care for social media and especially dislike Facebook. And, while I feel your pain, that’s an awful lot of prospective readers to walk away from, isn’t it?

Trienah has asked me to teach her about establishing an author presence on the world’s largest social media site so we’re going to have that conversation here — within this post and its comments. Watch this space. (And feel free to join us in the comments.)

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