Fabulously Free Image Sources for Authors

Fabulously Free Image Sources for AuthorsI feel as though I’m always harping on the importance of images in social media.

You know, we are increasingly moving toward a visual social web, blah, blah, blah.

Yet when have I ever told you about all the online venues where you can find copyright-free as well as gratis pictures? Never!

That’s changing today.

But first, I want to share a few more reasons why including images in your social media marketing strategy is so critical.

Here’s a finding from Trend Reports that I found fascinating:

Most people — between 65 and 85 percent — also describe themselves as ‘visual learners,’ forming meaning and organizing thoughts based on what they see more so than what they read.

Think about Pinterest. People are more likely to follow other users not based on their profiles but based on the images they pin on their boards.

On Twitter, retweets increase by 50% when you include images. And look at the rapid growth of Instagram. The user base soared from 90 million in January 2013 to 300 million in December 2014. That type of growth is staggering.

Frances Caballo

Free Image Sources for Authors

So where can you find free images that you can use for quote overlays? Here are some great sources:

unsplashUnsplash 

The host of this website says, ” Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.” Wow!

All images on this website are licensed under Creative Comments Zero, which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without any attribution to the photographer.

If you haven’t ever visited this website, you are going to love the images.

pixabayPixabay

This is another great site to find images. Pixabay boasts a library of 350,000 free photos, vectors and illustrations that you can use without attribution or payment, even for commercial applications. Once in a while, the folks behind this website will ask you to buy them a cup of Java.

New Old Stock

This website provides vintage images from public archives that are free of copyright restrictions.

Picjumbo

This website provides stock images for free. If you’d like, you can make a donation to this website.

gratisography 300Gratisography

This website has some fun and unusual images. They are all high resolution pictures that you can use for free both personally and for commercial projects, such as your blog or website. The photographer for all of these images is Ryan McGuire.

Compfight 

You will find plenty of visual inspiration on this website, and you will need to copy the HTML code to give credit to the website and the photographer of the image.

morgueFile

You can search by any category including popular images, recently added images, the most downloaded images, and recently downloaded images. And, of course, these images are free.

Life-of-Pix-350Life of Pix

This website has a beautiful collection of images that are copyright free that you can use for both commercial and personal use. New images are added weekly.

You can also purchase images for just $1 on Canva and if you are looking for additional sources for pictures, check out this post from Social Media Today. It includes a list of 20 sites where you’ll find free stock images.

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Frances Caballo- Author of Avoid Social Media Time SuckAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. You can receive a free copy of her book Twitter Just for Writers by signing up for her newsletter. Connect with Frances on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+

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Social Media for Authors Podcast: Twitter Tips You’re Going to Love

Social Media for Authors Podcast: Episode 18  Twitter tips you'll loveYou’re reading the text version of the Social Media for Authors Podcast, Episode 18, written and copyrighted by Frances Caballo.


It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Twitter, hasn’t it? Well, since twitter is my favorite social media network and since the survey you filled out said you were highly interested in learning more about Twitter, I’m sharing some awesome Twitter tips today.

As usual, this week’s episode includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome suggestions and, of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

Today were going to talk about Twubs. That’s right, Twubs. It seems that all the Twitter apps have these cute names like Twuffer, Pluggio, and Twitterific.

Once you can get past the name, you’re going to like this application.

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Pinterest Tips for Authors (Plus 57 Pinboard Ideas)

Pinterest Tips for Authors  By Frances Caballo

Are you using Pinterest? If not, you’ll want to check out this post on Pinterest tips for authors and my 57 suggestions for author pinboards.


If you think Pinterest is a fluffy, confusing or unnecessary social media network for authors, think again.

According to Shareaholic, Facebook and Pinterest are the top social media networks for driving traffic to websites.

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And Pinterest drives more traffic than Twitter.

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Social Media for Authors Podcast: Fine-Tuning Your Author Website

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You’re reading the text version of the Social Media for Authors Podcast, Episode 17, written and copyrighted by Frances Caballo.


When I reviewed my editorial calendar for this podcast, I realize I have never spoken exclusively about websites. So I’m correcting the error today.

As usual, this week’s episode includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome tips that will help you tune up your website and get more traffic. And of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

Today I want to talk about NutshellMail. This is a cool application that helps me to stay engaged with my fans, friends, and followers.

You can connect a variety of social media networks to this application including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as Foursquare, Yelp, and CitySearch.

You can tell the application whether you want to receive an email once a day or twice a day and select the time of day you want to hear from his application.

Once you make that decision, you will receive an email that keeps you informed about:

  • new Twitter followers and “quitters”
  • your Facebook friends’ birthdays and popular posts
  • trending posts on LinkedIn from your contacts
  • reviews and photos from Yelp
  • check-ins from Foursquare

From the email you received, you can send tweets, direct messages, replies, and retweets on Twitter.

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Answers to Authors’ Most Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Authors by Frances CaballoWhen I teach at conferences or when I’m speaking with colleagues, I’m frequently asked certain questions about social media. So I thought it would be helpful if I answered on my blog today some of the most frequently asked questions I hear.

Ready?

Which social media network should I start with?

That’s an excellent question. My response is typically a question: who is your audience? What are the ages of people in your that audience?

In other words, for whom are you writing?

Some authors will respond that their books are important to everyone and that anyone and everyone could read them.

But that’s not the case. Some readers love historical fiction, and others would rather read biographies.

You may be writing young adult, new adult, or middle-grade books. For those genres, you have very specific audiences.

Here’s another answer. I think every author should use Twitter. In my experience, Twitter opens doors and can help fuel sales.

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Social Media for Authors Podcast: How to Conquer Google+

Social Media for Authors Podcast  by Frances CaballoBelow are the show notes from Episode 16 of the Social Media for Authors Podcast. To read the show notes from previous episodes,  please refer to my earlier Friday blog posts.


This week’s episode includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome tips that will help you get more out of Google+, and, of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

Before I officially launched this podcast in January, I sponsored a survey, and I asked all of my followers to tell me what they (you) wanted to learn about in this podcast.

Well, Google+ ranked high so here I am fulfilling my promise and giving you information you’re going to love, and that will help you better learn how to make use of this powerful, great social media network.

When Google+ first appeared on June 28, 2011, everyone wondered whether it would destroy Facebook’s popularity the way Facebook tossed a lance into MySpace.

Some social media experts expounded on Facebook’s vulnerability and even publicly said adios to Facebook while proclaiming their allegiance to Google’s new social media product.

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Aerbook Puts Full Power of the Mobile Web in Readers’ Hands

3-9-15 Your Books on the Mobile Web

The Mobile Web for Authors

In January, HarperCollins Publishers announced a pilot program offering previews of top-selling books.

In other words, bestsellers are now available for preview on the Internet as well as social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

This move by HarperCollins is an attempt to integrate their books with the mobile web, a hot topic in Internet marketing and one I promised to talk more about on this blog.

Guess what? You as an Indie author can also use Aerbook to achieve the same goals as those of traditionally published writers.

For today’s post, I interviewed the founder and CEO of Aerbook, Ron Martinez, who will explain his company and how Indie authors can use some of the same marketing tactics as New York publishing companies.

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What led you to starting Aerbook? What specific goals did you have in mind?

The overall goal we had and maintain is to make the full power of the mobile, social web available to authors and books. We saw how people were engaging with other media forms ranging from cat videos to news stories, in social apps and on their mobile phones. How could we make that visibility available for books in a very direct way – for marketing and also for selling books?

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Podcast: Hot Book Sales Tips for Indie Authors


Episode 15- HOT BOOK SALES TIPS

To read previous episode show notes, refer to my earlier Friday blog posts.


This week’s segment includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome book sales tips that will help you push your books off the shelves, and, of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

I usually talk about social media, but today I want to talk about book sales.

Every author wants to sell his or her book, right? Sure, we write for the pleasure of creating something and we write because well, we are driven to write.

Some people may say that they don’t care if their book sells or not. Typically this comment comes from a well-established author such as Cormac McCarthy. But it’s easy for a Pulitzer prize-winning author to make that statement

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What I’ve Learned about Blogging (the Hard Way)

3-2-15 Content is king by Frances CaballoFirst, I owe you an apology.

I should have known better than to write a blog post about the San Francisco Writers Conference.

It’s a great conference – the largest writers conference on the West Coast – but it wasn’t appropriate for me to promote the conference on my blog (even though the organizers wanted me to).

And it wasn’t right for me to accept a blog post about mobile marketing that did not directly address my readers, Indie authors.

Furthermore, after posting my show notes on Fridays for several weeks, I suddenly switch to an older format. That wasn’t right either.

So I’m apologizing to all of you who have been reading my blog and subscribing to it and expecting the type of content you have become accustomed to reading.

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Social Media for Authors Podcast: Improve Your Marketing Results

Episode 14 - Social Media Sweet SpotTo read previous episode show notes, refer to my Friday blog posts.


 Episode 14 Show Notes

This week’s segment includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome social media tips, and of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

You spend so much time learning about social media and keeping up with it that you’d like to see great results, right?

It’s only natural that we want to see our tweets retweeted, our Facebook updates shared and liked, and our images shared.

For me, it’s a sad day when after carefully planning my social media posts they trigger little engagement.

Today I’m going to suggest just three tips that have helped me and I think
will help you too.

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