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Stock photos; finding royalty free images

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We get questions about stock photos from our clients quite often. When it comes to photos for your website – especially content marketing, blogging and social media – you need that extra visual punch. But stock photo services are expensive for start-ups and small businesses. I regularly advise my customers to use free stock photo websites to keep these costs down, whenever possible.

But turning to Google Image Search for photos won’t cut it. The search engine doesn’t allow you to view user agreements and can trip you up if you go this route. Copyright and license infringement is no joke and can bring hefty fines.

You might think, “It’s just a photo!” However, digital products are big business today. Photo supplier, Getty Images has, “an archive of 80 million still images and illustrations” according to Wikipedia and they are known for their feverish pursuit to enforce their licenses. To avoid legal headaches, here are some simple steps to ensure your business is protected.

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Why Web Content Matters

There’s more to a website than just design. For a website to be a successful marketing tool to business owners, it needs to go beyond the placeholder status. You need content. Valuable web content.

Let’s look at your site from another perspective; every visitor seeks out a website with a question in mind. Maybe they’re looking for location or contact information. Your visitor could be looking for details about a product or service and want to verify that you can get the job done for them. Or, they could be looking for an expert. We call them web authorities, offering tips, guides and vast amounts of knowledge that keep readers engaged and visiting your site over and over. If you don’t have incredible web content, you may lose traffic and potential sales.

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The Consequences of Duplicate Content

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So you’re wrestling with little or no traffic to you site. The problem might be “duplicate content”… The negatives of duplicate content lie in the penalties of your search engine results. Realizing what can cause this requires you to read a few articles. Since there are so many trusted and reliable sources on this topic, I would like to point you to some quality articles. References:

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Unexpected Content Formatting that Puts Visitors Off

Have you noticed that some of your site’s pages are not holding people for very long? Even when most readers would see that the information offered had value? The explanation for this behavior could be that there are some errors in the formatting of your content. Perhaps the errors are in the grammar applied. Mistakes that can cause your visitors to devalue your content out-of-hand.

Formatting is no small matter to an intelligent and sophisticated audience. An audience like this wants to clearly understand and identify the important points and phrases in your writing. So should you lower the quality of your content or meet this demand?

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29 WordPress Plugins to Start Your Site With

Here is a list of WordPress Plugins that we use on almost every site we build. We see these as foundational to the process of building and maintaining a healthy, useful and productive WordPress site. We have had good experiences with all of these and recommend them for the purposes outlined here.

WordPress Plugins That We Use and Recommend

One caveat! Please don’t install a bunch of recommended WordPress plugins from anyone’s list without first learning what each one does and how to use each one. You will only frustrate yourself and have a really ugly time wrestling with your website.

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Is a Multi-language Website for You? Why or Why not?

Of course, the question to have a multi-language website depends upon a few key decisions. Stop to consider the community of people attracted to or interested in your services, products or goals. Do they all speak English? Do they only speak another language? Perhaps their first language is Spanish and they speak some English.

For the sake of discussion, let’s say that portions of your audience fit into each of these situations and call them your multi-language audience. Before discussing how you might accommodate them, look at your resources. Do you have full-time, multi-lingual staff? Are there English speakers and those that speak French? If your staff reflects your multi-language audience, that’s great!

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