6 Awesome Places to Find Graphics, Fonts and More for Your Blog

There are many ways to make your blog more appealing - stock photos, infographics, distinctive fonts, icons, textures, illustrations... Here are my suggestions for some great sites that offer graphics, fonts and more for your blog. #graphicdesign #blogresources

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4 Reasons Your Brand Isn’t Taking Off (and What to Do About It)

Here’s a real question for you. What were some of the biggest fears you had around launching your brand? Maybe they’re even fears you currently have as you prepare for that launch.

Do any of these sound familiar?

  • I’m afraid no one will care or pay attention.

  • I’m afraid my products / services won’t sell.

  • I’m afraid of what people will think.

If everyone reading this was in a room together I’m sure 99% of hands would be in the air. Because let’s face it, these are all things that we should fear. After all, we put so much work into bringing our dreams to life, we sure as heck want to see our brands to succeed.

So what do we do when some of those fears actually start to become our realities? Do we throw in the towel and call it quits? I sure hope not! Instead, we can take a good honest look at where we might have missed the marks.

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7 Ways to Build Trust on Pinterest and Grow Your Blog

Just like your social media accounts, you will need to take the time to build the trust of your followers and others on Pinterest. You do that by being consistent, honest and helpful. If you do this, your Pinterest experience will be very positive and can be profitable for your blog or business.

The main difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t is trust. People like to read blogs and buy from people whom they trust. Here are 7 ways you can build trust through Pinterest and gain more followers.

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Paid vs Free: How to Decide Which Graphic Design Programs to Use

If you're a blogger with graphic design ideas you will want to use the right graphic design programs. Adding  visually appealing graphics to your blog is one way to make it stand out and reinforce your brand. In addition to blog graphics you will need to create pins for Pinterest, social media graphics and more. If you're just starting out, you may not have the budget or want to spend the money for professional graphic design software. The industry standard is Adobe, with products like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These are the programs I use and prefer because they offer quite a bit of options.  The company developed Adobe Creative Cloud, a monthly paid subscription alternative instead of spending hundreds of dollars to own the software. Many believe paid pro tools are the only way to go if you want to produce quality graphics. But there are some free options that are pretty good. Keep these in mind when deciding whether to go with free or paid graphic design tools.

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