Where to get pictures you can use on your website and social media

Where to get pictures you can use on your website and social media

Sometimes, the striking differences between an ok website and a great website are the images and the quality of the images. 

Partly, that’s because images communicate messages through the realm of emotion. Emotion plays a large part in the decision making process for humans because, if we are able, taking information in through our eyes is a long trusted source of information for our survival. 

The other factor that affects how good our websites look is the quality of the images. Low quality, low resolution or pixelated images really bring down the quality of a website, no matter how skilled the developer is. 

There is a third factor and that is: are the images meaningful, purposeful and aligned with your brand and message. If the images are just plopped there and out of context, it can give the reader a dissonant feeling that reduces their trust in you. Not a great outcome. 

But where can you get images? 

My top 6 sources are: 

Your own spaces and face

Unsplash

Canva

Inspired Stock Shop

Creative Market

Wellness Stock Shop

The first 3 are free options and the last 3 are paid options. 

Your own spaces and face

I think this is really the most ideal source. Images of your own workspace and your face are naturally embedded with your energy. It’s best if your clients can get a sense of your energy as much as possible to help them to differentiate you from all the other businesses out there. You can communicate your energy and uniqueness in a number of ways; your writing style and topics, your videos, your illustrations or drawings – and also through photos of you and your spaces. 

You can get good images using just a modern smartphone if you are aware of the light. You need the right light or a bit of editing to get the images to look good. 

You are looking for large files, for example 3-4000 px wide. 

Another great option is: do you have a bestie with a decent camera? Someone you can have a laugh with, who you feel really comfortable around? 

Images of you look best if you are happy and relaxed which is why sometimes, even if you pay a professional photographer, you may not feel good and so your photos won’t look good. 

Also I love the blooper shots. I want all the pics from the day. And if you go with a professional photographer, (i) they will want to “improve” your images (ii) they won’t give you all the pics. You just have to choose X images for Y dollars. When it’s your friend, you get all the pics, for better or worse 🙂

Obviously, if you have the money, and some good rapport with a professional photographer, you might like to go down that route, but that changes this to a “not free” option. 

A lot of the images on my own website are from a photo play day with a bestie of mine who has a decent camera. 

Side note: image size

Large images on your website take longer to load which affects the users. It also affects your SEO.

Images for a website banner only need to be 1920px wide, and for most large images on a website, 1080px wide is plenty. For 2 columns, 540px wide is great and so on, smaller pixels wide as you have more columns. 

Unsplash

Unsplash is a website where you can download good quality images for free. Why? Aspiring photographers upload photos there in the hope they will get exposure and increase their profile as photographers. And they let you use those photos without needing to credit or acknowledge Unsplash or the photographer, but of course you can if you like. 

I prefer Unsplash to other free image sites because they are generally more personal and less polished than Shutterstock and others like that. They also have an ok representation of larger women and older women – but still a long way to go in terms of representing those groups. 

I recommend you pop over and do a search – if your article is about “images for your website” you might search: photo or photographer. If your blog is about healing you can search for “healing”. But I find the range a bit limited at times. 

If you are planning to use these images, I recommend you resize them so that they don’t slow down your website load times and SEO.

Canva

Canva is a free graphic design tool that I love and use nearly every day. They have a lot of free images available inside the tool. You can also go to this page https://www.canva.com/photos/ and find free images that you can use in Canva designs. 

You will need an account with Canva to use them. 

It is easy to sign up for Canva and you get a LOT on the free plan. Plus, if you are planning to use these images as a banner or on your website, it is best to resize them rather than use the image in its large, original size. 

Inspired Stock Shop (ISS)

This is my current favourite place for images that aren’t my face and space. Claire of ISS, has found a way to fill the gap I mentioned in the Unsplash library. She has gorgeous images that us spiritual babes love. She is also increasing the number of images of us plump goddesses and older wise women. Yay. The only thing is: you have to buy them. Or she has a membership option which works out pretty affordable if you have a project in mind. You also get access to the full library as soon as you join and you can start downloading as many pics as you like. 

I am going to be recommending ISS a lot in the next while, because people always seem to need good quality images of real women for their websites and socials and I feel like I’ve finally struck gold. 

ISS also has some great social media post templates, Canva templates for workbooks and more. Highly recommended. 
I love them so much I am an affiliate. This is my link 🙂 

Creative Market

Until I found Inspired Stock Shop, Creative Market was my recommendation when people couldn’t find images in Unsplash or Canva. 

Creative Market is the proper wormhole for fancy fonts, images, graphics and more. Be careful if you go in there. It’s amazing what you can buy from graphic designers to sparkle up your online presence. You might see some of my website elements if you venture deep enough 🙂

Wellness Stock Shop

This source of images is an Australian version of the Inspired Stock Shop. This option looks gerat too – especially since she in in Australia, although I am struggling to see many plump, older women so hopefully this will change soon.

I’m probably going to have a crack at this membership once my ISS one runs out. 

“I pay my respects and acknowledge the people of the Yuin Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work. I also pay respect to all Elders — past, present and future.”

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Canva Print discount for Mother’s Day 2021 – expires May 10

Canva Print discount for Mother’s Day 2021 – expires May 10

Did you know I’m a Canva Certified Creative and an affiliate for Canva?

And that they send me awesome discounts for my audience (that’s you 🙂 )
They just emailed me with this offer:
Get 20%off printing and free shipping until May 10th!
Just use the code: 4EVERYMOM20
Sure, you could make your mum a gorgeous prezzie, like: 
  • t-shirts
  • mugs
  • canvases
  • posters
  • stickers
Or you can just get a discount on some new business cards or workbooks for your biz.
You’re welcome 🙂

Wanna see some things I’ve printed with Canva before? Here’s 2 show and tells:

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How to share Facebook + Instagram videos in a MailChimp campaign

How to share Facebook + Instagram videos in a MailChimp campaign

Do you like to make video content on Instagram and Facebook?

And then, of course, you’d love to share it with your newsletter subscribers in MailChimp…

But MailChimp will only let you embed YouTube and Vimeo videos….so how do you do it???

It IS possible with this manual workaround 🙂

You will need this video to watch along and pause me to make it happen. Some vague instructions are outlined below the video. 

Basic written instructions

 

Basically, this process involves grabbing a screenshot of your social media video post, turning that into an email suitable sized image and linking the image in the email to the social media post. 

Which sounds great as a one liner, but there are a few hurdles, like what size should the image be and how to get the correct URL for the social media video. 

So let’s get to it. 

  1. Go to your social media video on Facebook or Instagram
  2. Take a screenshot of the video
  3. Find the URL of the video. If you’re in Instagram it’s relatively easy from the desktop to get the URL. You DO have to make sure you’re in the actual post page and NOT the preview. But if you’re on Facebook, it can be confusing. You need to find the permalink of the post which you can find by clicking on the time it was posted. This is displayed under the name of your page like the image above. Once you click on that link, you get the URL of the video. Not making sense? Check out the vid.
  4. Now it’s time to go into Canva and create an email freindly image. What do I mean email friendly? Well, if the image is too large, it won’t send well from MailChimp, so it’s better to resize it first. PLUS, this way you get to add a “Play” icon on top so it’s clear to click play and watch.
  5. Once inside Canva create a custom image, like 500x500px. 
  6. Then you can import your screenshot. 
  7. Drag the image into the design space. 
  8. Click “elements” on the left sidebar and search for “play” – you can choose a play icon you like. You can change the colour or whateer you like. 
  9. Now it’s time to download your design. Click download – png or jpg is great. 
  10. Go to MailChimp and start your email campaign. 
  11. Once you’re in design mode, drag “Image” over from the right sidebar  options.
  12. Pop your image in
  13. Link it to your video url/permalink
  14. Voila!

Now you should have a link in your email from people to view your social media video! 

How did you go? 

 

Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll make another video to help you 🙂 

“I pay my respects and acknowledge the people of the Yuin Nation, traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work. I also pay respect to all Elders — past, present and future.”

Got more MailChimp questions?

I now offer MailChimp mentoring so you can tame your MailChimp and really get the most out of it. It’s currently in Beta mode (test run) so I don’t have a fancy sales page for you 🙂

However I do have this social media post.

If you would like more information, you can email me. I’m also offerring this for MailerLite. 

How to Create Gorgeous Presentation Slides – my ninja hack

How to Create Gorgeous Presentation Slides – my ninja hack

Do you need some gorgeous presentation slides for: 
  • a webinar
  • a workshop
  • your online course
  • some other cool thing
  • ??

I love things to be beautiful – and I want them to be functional too. 

So Canva is cool for beauty, but then you have to be online to share them and sometimes the functionality is a bit skew-if. 

And PowerPoint (or Keynote if you’re a Mac user like me) is great for functionality but a bit average on the beauty (in my opinion).

And that’s why I’m sharing my method for gorgeous slides today. I hope it helps. 

The basic steps:

  1. Create your slides in Canva using one of their gorgeous teamplates. The templates are really great for prompting you on content ideas and flow too. 
  2. Export the slides as jpegs. It may come as a compressed (zip) file. That’s ok. 
  3. Open the zip file.
  4. Create the number of blank slides you need in PowerPoint (or Keynote)
  5. Drag your Canva images over into your slides. 
  6. Voila!

I hope this helps you today.

Want more help with your online business presence?

Do you need a hand with all the different ways your business can show up online? Video, Facebook, website, Instagram, Facebook ads, email marketing. The list can be overwhelming. 

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Canva for Video

Canva for Video

Do you want to create videos for your online presence? 
Did you know that Canva.com has great video creation tools now? 
Here’s a video walkthrough of the new feature:

If you prefer to read about it – you can do that here:

Ok – here’s the low down. Canva is a free online tool that you may know I love and use for all kinds of marketing materials like social media posts, YouTube thumbnails and channel art, website banners, email tempaltes and more. 
Now they also have video editing. 

What I especially love about it:

Whether you are ready to show your face on video ir not, Canva has gorgeous options for you. 

You can use: 

  • Your own videos
  • Videos from Canva’s stock video library

You can get a free trial of Canva’s paid features by clicking this button: 

Comment below and tell me if this helped.  Have a great day 🙂

Want more help with your online business presence?

Do you need a hand with all the different ways your business can show up online? Video, Facebook, website, Instagram, Facebook ads, email marketing. The list can be overwhelming. 

Book a complimentary chat with me and let’s see if I can help:

How to create a link in bio page like Manrepeller

How to create a link in bio page like Manrepeller

Do you want to have control over your link in bio on Instagram without having to use Linktree or paying for something else?

You can create a page like the Manrepeller Manstagram page.

In this video I’ll teach you how I do it. I use Divi theme and WordPress.

If you have no idea WTF I’m talking about you can check out Manrepeller on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/manrepeller/

And this is the Manrepeller’s Manstagram page: https://www.manrepeller.com/manstagrams 

You can watch the video here:

Or if you like reading, here are the main highlights:

What is the link in bio page?

On Instagram you can only have one clickable link and that is in your bio. Sometimes people use tools such as Linktree or Later to create multiple links to overcome this problem. 

The solution I like best is to create a page on your website that links to the posts you mention in your Instagram. 

How do I do it?

It’s super easy really.

All you need to do is create a website page with a 3 column layout and then post your Instagram images on that page. You also need to make sure that when someone clicks the image they get redirected to the page that the post is about. Then make sure you use that page URL as your active link on Instagram.

No need to link this page to your navigation; just link it to your Insta.

Make sense?

How did you go?

I’m hoping that went ok. But if you watched that and it didn’t make sense or you really don’t want to do it yourself, my team and I can create one for you. 

Do want us to make this page on your website for you?

My team and I can whip one of these up for you and maintain it too if you like. 

Book a free chat now to discuss how we can help you with your Instagram and website. 

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