If you’ve browsed stock photography websites offering high quality photos for $33.00 a pop, you gag.
Forget those “fancy schmancy” stock photo sites…
Check out these 30 bad-ass websites with the freshest and 100% FREE high quality stock photos.
(they’re totally legit and legal too btw.)
I know the struggle…
If you’re new to blogging and can’t afford paying for stock photos or a subscription, I hear ya. That was once me. Heck, I still love using free stock photography to cut costs. 😉
It’s crucial your new blog and social media has stunning images that make people instantly want to share your new blog post. Also she a tweet without even visiting your site. (it’s true)
This is my hand-picked collection of free photo websites that have creative large high quality images you can download for FREE.
Large photos – perfect for trending parallax backgrounds
Videos – another huge web design trend I’m loving
Vector / Illustrations
(all links tested and working as of 10/1/2016)
This free photo website has stunning images. They also add 100 new photos every day. This site keeps getting better. I’ve been using it for the past two years.
This site is my “go to” for downloading free videos for my web design. I mentioned the parallax web design trend, go here. There’s also nice illustrations and vector graphics all for FREE. Yay! I can always depend on this site’s powerful search tool of I can’t find an image anywhere else for free.
This has some attention grabbing images that are kinda bizarre but cool. Perfect for attention grabbing tweets, pins, and blog post header images. I’ve seen a lot of blogs use this website.
I appreciate that this free image site has original photos. All nice big high quality photography. This website has some nice photo categories. I like checking out their tech photos when I blog for an IT company website.
If you need vintage photography, this is the website for you! Black and white photos and even sepia colors, you name it. Searching is easy peasy. Fun creative photos to change up the mix.
6. Snapwire Snaps
You have to check out the photo collections on this website. I love how it’s organized. Cooking, Coffee, Silhouettes, Smiles, Fitness, Fashion…and so many more! its all nicely organized. Amazing images.
More creative video background downloads and free photos. Very creative and useful original collections. I highly recommend these photos for your blog. They’re clean and high quality. Very professional looking photography.
All these stunning photography were taken by Jay Mantri. Probably the most unique free photo website in this collection. Lots of architecture and close ups of doors,textures… perfect for someone out there.
Its a great site with easy to navigate categories. Only bummer, you have to register. Worth checking out. I wish they showed more photos per page. I love their fashion collection. I could see these images being used on pinterest.
Another great free photo resource for web designers that need high quality images. I also love their category of free textures.
Just a collection of unorganized photos, however they’re high quality. I wish these free photos had categories. Some real weird photos but hey everyone needs a little weirdness now and then right?
If you have a food blog… or as they say foodie blog 😉 this site’s for you! Also great if you’re the owner of a health blog, fitness blog, or just need free food related photography. Great hidden gem.
15. Travel Coffee Book
Jaw dropping images of traveling, nature, architecture. Everything is on one long page, sorry no search function. This site has such lovely graphics, you might get inspired to travel too.
Lots of elegant images free to use on your blog. I like that it has categories and you can search by color.
This site is bad-ass for having free mockup photos and free photoshop .PSD files. Great if you need a photo of someone holding an iPhone and you want to change the screen etc.
This free photo site has tons of photos, all unique. I love how it displays how old each photo is. Check out the most popular / most downloaded images. There’s some great shots. So many images! I searched, typed in “colorful” and was delighted how amazing this site is.
I thought this was pixels for a second. This has amazing photos… omg. The business category has nice photos. I’ll defiantly be using these in the near future. I love their categories, especially that they share what’s trending. There’s always something good.
The best part of this site is that they offer free photo collections! It’s amazing. In the nav, click on photo packs. You can get an entire image collection, perfect for consistency if you want to place multiple styled images on one page for a professional look and feel.
If you’re in search for location based photos, this is your ticket. Every country is organized on the left navigation. This website does have images I’ve seen on other free photo websites but this is organized. Many as you know are not organized this nicely.
Nice big website with a clean layout. They all have some sort of muted tone or styled filter applied to each photo.
A great free photo site for bloggers that want to create beautiful pinnable images for pinterest. This website can help everyone build a great pin. The website name says it all!
Backlinks and traffic. From an SEO standpoint, creating evergreen content such as blog posts creates a valuable linkable resource. The more high quality backlinks you obtain from your blog, the more traffic you can receive.
When you think about it, a blog for your business is one of the most useful things you can build.
It’s proven that blogs can 10X your website traffic!
It’s powerful, valuable, and so many benefits… it’s worth it!
It’s like having a 24-hour sales person working for you.
You still don’t have a blog for your business? Say Whaaaaat?! No worries! Let’s make it happen!
The benefits of blogging for your business have never been better! If you don’t have a business blog, now’s a great time to hop on the blogger expressway. Let’s go… (I saved you a seat)
There’s so many NEW tools such as plug-ins, and exclusive SEO advantages that only blogging can accomplish. By the time you’re done reading about all these benefits, you’re going to start blogging up a storm. (I promise)
1. Helps Convert Blog Traffic into Customers
Business is all about gaining good leads and blogging casts a net of opportunity. Let’s use fishing as an example. The bigger a fishing net you cast out to sea, the better chance you have catching more fish. The more content your blog has, the better chance you have gaining leads.
Every blog post is another opportunity to gain a new customer. Place a “Call to action” on the bottom of your blog post. For example If you have a blog post: “10 Signs Your Computer Has Spyware” Have a call to action on the bottom offering computer support or sell a solution to the problem such as anti-spyware software.
Pro tip:You should blog often, to create more content that your potential customers find useful and sharable.
2. Helps Establish Your Business as An Industry Expert
You know what experts get? Business! When you share helpful content, people see you as an expert. It’s ok to give away your “secret ingredients” Too many business bloggers keep the good stuff a secret… You shouldn’t – just about everyone has access to the internet and they’ll find it somewhere else… so why not you?!
This is true, your content may help answer someone’s question. They’ll see you as an expert, you may have a helpful blog post and the see all the steps involved. They may not feel confident about fixing their problem but they would love to hire your business to fix it for them!
Pro tip: Make sure your blog has these elements to make you look like an expert:
Blog posts about helpful topics
Receives tons of shares on social media
Responds to comments
Sharable infographic or Pintetest graphic
No misspelled words 😉
3. Creates Sharable Content for Social Media & Newsletters
Blogging gives you the perfect sharable content for twitter, Facebook, pinterest… you name it! Also, if you’re building an email list (you better be) it’s another way to gain traffic from your subscribers. They already like you so they’re most likely going to check to see what’s new on your business blog and website. For example, if you’re a clothing company…. share your latest blog post titled “30 Trending Fall Outfits to Wear Now” This is another great example of an irresistible heading to write for your blog post. Your blog post can talk about how fashionable it is right now to wear boots, neutral colors, etc.
Pro tip: You’ll want to have many pinnable images of people modeling these looks. Because you’re a clothing store, people will want to purchase from you! Plug-in recommendation: I use sumome for collecting email addresses etc. https://sumome.com You may have noticed it on this site, try hilighting some text on this page, a social share box comes up! Hover your cursor over an image, share buttons pop up. It’s also great for collecting email addresses and so much more! Blogging benefits your business with backlinks and shares on social media. The share you receive on pinterest help boost your SEO. You may start seeing tons of traffic coming directly from Pinterest!
4. Gives Your Website Long Term Traffic
I have blog posts that I’ve written years ago that maintain healthy website traffic. It amazes me how creating one high quality blog post can be turned into a marketing machine. Once you create content, it’s there to stay on the web as long as you maintain your domain and web hosting. 😉 It really pays to create great useful content. over time, you’ll receive a ton of shares on all different social media platforms. Heck! I have an old pinterest image that has over 100k shares…
Pro tip: Always place a sharable pinterest graphic on your website.
5. Boosts Your Website’s SEO
This is HUGE. Blogging regularly can be your ticket to help improve your website’s overall search engine rankings. When you blog often, Google’s bots visit your website more often. Every fresh new page added to Google’s index gives you another chance to show up in search results. When you blog consistently about a topic, Google sees you a high quality expert.
Pro tip: Pump up the jam by sprinkling some internal links to your other related useful posts and really see a gain of traffic. See my own example below. 😉
Many business owners are finally seeing the importance and benefits of blogging for your business. Take a look at your competition. I bet they have a blog… study their blog posts that have the most shares. What works for them can work for you, just make sure your content is more helpful and has sharable features. There’s so many benefits of blogging, but I’ve kept it to the top 5 most important.
Thanks for reading, I hope this gets you excited about blogging for your business! If you have any questions or want to add some of your favorite benefits, please list them in the comment. Go for it!
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Frequently, but updating your blog posts is better in my opinion!
I get asked this daily question:
Or,heya Jen, how often should I update my blog posts?
Most common question I’m hearing for SEO in 2020.
The simple truth:
The more frequently, the better!
This tip is crucial for SEO in 2020.
If you’re not updating old content, you’re missing out on traffic.
It really is plain and simple as that!
Why I now prefer updating my old content than posting new blog posts
You put a lot of time writing your blog posts and not all, but many are your bread and butter for getting traffic on your website! These top ranking blog posts slowly lose their appeal in google search results.
Perhaps you’ve had a blog post that was getting a thousand views a day from google search results, but now it only receives less than thirty! You can refreshen these blog posts and make them great again!
It’s actually easier than thinking 🤔 of new content for a new blog post.
Besides, the blog posts that were getting a lot of traffic were from posts you put a lot of effort into and probably enjoyed writing,
Here’s my analogy of blog freshness
Did you know your blog freshness and SEO go hand in hand?
You need lots of great high quality content and it needs to be pruned like a rosebush 🌹 by updating the content, adding new information, not just creating new blog posts.
Don’t let your rosebush become overgrown and uncared for 🥀 .
(Did you like my analogy? Hopefully if you do have rosebushes and a green thumb, you go out and tackle that chore today too. – wear gloves🧤)
If you want to drive traffic to your site I’ll tell you the trick for combining blogging frequency for SEO benefits. (below) 😃
It’s true, blog posts that rank well in Google have these five traits in common:
Blog updated often
High quality content
Great user experience
If your blog has all 7 of these characteristics, your blog is going to be booming with traffic! Unfortunately, these 7 traits take a lot of work to make happen.
Just getting “into the mood for blogging” can sometimes be your biggest obstacle!
Just dive in there 🏊♀️ already!
Content to add to old blog posts:
Just adding new content is great. 👍 Adding updated content that’s newsworthy is even better! The recommendations below not only update your content but also enrich it for a better user experience. I recommend you add some of the following that may apply to your blog post or page:
Images – maybe an update on your progress using a product
FAQ Schema – Adding new related questions with answers
In-depth content – Naturally sprinkle in related keywords
Videos – Embed your Youtube Videos into the related content
Add a story – If appropriate write why you wrote this post
Add related links to higher authority sources
Add bullet points – such as what you’re reading 😉
Add H2, H3, H4, tags to break up your text and add readability
You need to blog as often as you can (keeping quality in mind)
Don’t blog for the sake of having a new post
As a matter of fact, STOP publishing short blog posts. Google calls short blog posts “thin content”. There’s not much text for google to “grab on to” and analyze. Adding more text creates a more in depth blog post, making you look like an expert! Not only that, your content becomes more trustworthy too!
When someone finds your blog post that answers their question and many more related questions, they may actually bookmark and share your page.
If your blog post does not have all five traits, you’re just going to be wasting your time and your dedicated reader’s time. Your blog post most likely won’t rank well in google either.
When you take time to write a new blog post, you want to make sure it lands on google’s first page. Taking your time to write a well written blog post that someone will actually learn something from and want to share – that’s your best bet. If you can make this happen, run wild and update daily! If you can’t, take your time with your blog post, even work on it throughout the week to develop the blog post into that high quality slam dunk.
The trick for combining frequent blog post updates For SEO benefits
It can be overwhelming cranking out a fresh new blog post everyday, so don’t! Just rewrite / update the old ones. I have some tips how you can combine a frequent blog post strategy for maximum SEO benefits.
Blog about one main keyword and naturally add long-tail keywords – Let your blog post have one specific question and answer it from all aspects. This helps you concentrate on one topic rather than getting overwhelmed about sub topics.
Go “in depth” on one topic – As you see on this blog I have many posts about instagram, this casts a wider net for SEO. The more content I have about the topic, gives me my website authoritative points for being a social media maven.
Websites that update often, (once a week) sends a ranking factor to Google to come back and crawl your content regularly. This can help your other blog posts gain momentum and boost their ranks. I have also experimented by slightly rewriting an old blog post and republishing it – changing the time stamp. The blog post that was once old was new again and gaining lots of blog traffic like it once did.
Yuck! 🤢 Who left that blog post in the refrigerator for two years?
Ya, it’s kinda like that. Joking. Ok I admit that analogy was lame.
You need to take those blog posts out of the refrigerator and make meals out of them or throw them away (delete them if they’re outdated and not helpful)
Blogs that have not updated in a long time (1 year or more) usually see a decline in blog ranks. However, this is not the case if your content is being shared on social media! If you’re constantly promoting your content, you might even see an increase in traffic.
I hope I helped answer how often you should blog for your business. Remember, the more high quality content you have, the better chances you have receiving organic google traffic to your website. Having a blog that has hundreds of high quality posts also ensures you gain a boost in website traffic. Overall, a good rule of thumb is to publish/update at least one high quality blog post a week.
Difference of opinion
There are many set blogs that recommend publishing new posts daily. Sure it seems amazing, but may not fit with your website. If you have a news website such as a health news site, yes you should update often. However, if you’re a small mom and pop donut shop, you’re probably not going to update daily.
“But I don’t have time to be blogging or updating old content.”
It may have been de-indexed by google. If you were scraping content from other websites, have a spammy website, have bad HTML, bad backlink profile etc.
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Why You’re Not Getting Search Engine Traffic you deserve. You spent a lot of time carefully writing your latest blog post and it’s not generating any website traffic. ZERO. Worst of all, it’s not showing up in Google search results. Why?
Don’t worry, it happens when you’re new at blogging. I know your frustration. Yes, it can happen.
What’s up Google? Why don’t you like my brand new blog post? You might just have a technical error that you can fix.
So, I’m sharing my personal checklist why you’re not getting search engine traffic or simply not being indexed by Google.
#1. Your blog post isn’t indexed by Google – may have been de-indexed!
The fix: You need to manually submit your blog post URL to Google and your sitemaps. Clean up your website’s shady content.
You may need to do some cleaning up. You may have scraped content, spam, bad code etc. If it’s not that then perhaps Google’s bots haven’t discovered your new blog post, you’re not going to show up in Google’s search results. It can take a while but there’s a way to speed up the indexing process and cut in front of the line. Once Google receives your page and its bots examine the content, Google will decide where your page deserves to rank in Google SERPS (search engine Results Page) Once you’re indexed, your blog will start to receive search engine traffic.
Submit your Sitemap to Google in Google’s search console
#2 You’re Going After too Competitive keywords
The fix: Be more specific with your keywords longer is better
Instead of “Laptop repair San Diego.”
Try“Dell Laptop repair San Diego”
It’s true, you’ll receive more website traffic from long tail keywords. Have a computer repair shop in San Diego? Instead of just going after the keywords “Computer Repair San Diego” (which has a ton of competition) Go after a specific laptop you repair, try “Dell Laptop Repair San Diego” It’s working for my client. Hyphenet shows up on the first page for “Dell Laptop Repair San Diego. Wooo hoo! 🙂
You have a niche website and you need to know your audience. What would they want to read about and what other content would spark their interest while they’re browsing your blog?
What kind of personality does you brand have? – Caring? Funny? Serious? Creative?
Demographics – Income level? Gender? Kids? Education? Age? Marital status?
Does your Title and Meta description speak to your target market?
#4 Your headlines are boring and lack SEO
The fix: Try headline generators
Did you know headlines are the single MOST important part of your blog post? Make sure your headline is a long tail keyword, second, make sure it’s wrapped in an <H1> tag. Third, it needs to be interesting and irresistible to click. Don’t worry, it’s actually easy. There’s many headline formulas proven to drive traffic to websites. Try my favorite headline generators and bring a touch of interest and psychological triggers to your headlines.
Are you writing new blog posts as fast as you can? Slow down there buddy. Keep it about quality and length rather than spitting out a quick blog post for the sake of having new content. You want to carefully craft content that has valuable information and answers all your user’s questions. It should also have nice images.
Google prefers a blog post that’s 2,000 words in length rather than 200 words length
Longer blog posts are shared more often
#6 You’re Not Producing Sharable Blog Posts
The fix: Create a richer user experience and add quality resources
Think of all the types of blog posts you share with friends. It’s usually high quality, helpful, controversial or perhaps visually engaging.
Here’s some characteristics of sharable content:
Professional Graphics / Visually translates your content
Vertical graphics with the headline are great for Pinterest traffic
Useful information that answers questions
Appealing headlines that spark curiosity or instant gratification
Appeals to you target market
Make sure your blog has social media share buttons
#7 You’re Not Adding Internal Links to your Blog Posts
The fix: Sprinkle related content throughout your post
Internal links help Google learn what your website is all about and rank it accordingly. Users will also appreciate seeing internal links to more in depth content on your blog. Internal links usually flow within the content, making it useful if the blog covers terms you’re unfamiliar with.
Make sure your internal links open in the same window
Internal links make your website easier for search engines to crawl
Internal links will improve your CTR (click through rate) beneficial to your Google Adsense revenue
#8 You’re Not Using the WordPress Platform
The fix: Hire a website designer to give you a head start
WordPress is a website platform that’s optimized for quickly indexing your new blog posts. WordPress will signifigantly help your blog posts rank quickly. There’s so many good reasons I build my client’s websites on WordPress:
You don’t need to know HTML
Log in from any computer
Plug-ins for enhanced functions
Easy to use
Many SEO benefits
Many themes to choose from
Easy to make responsive
#9 Your Website is Too Slow
The fix: Utilize plug-ins and watch image file size
Google won’t rank your website on the first page especially if your website takes longer than five seconds to load. Users will get frustrated and click the back button to previous search results. You need to optimize your WordPress website and perform regular maintenance.
Optimize your images keeping the file size low but quality high as possible
Place your long tail keywords on your image ALT tags and Title for image search traffic
#10 Your website looks Spammy
The fix: Remove low quality links and remove excess keywords
You’re doing things that make your website look low quality and spammy. I recommend the WordPress plug-in Yoast SEO. It will help keep your blog post within Google’s guidelines. It will also make sure your keyword density is not in excess. You may also have thousands of spammy backlinks. Don’t do the following:
Don’t keyword stuff
Don’t link to tons of affiliate links
Don’t link to lots of low quality links
Use Google’s disavow tool to remove spammy back links
#11 You don’t have quality backlinks
That’s right. Backlinks are like the bread and butter to your SEO. Some great ways to gain quality backlinks – Do this!:
Build quality, helpful content
Have sharable images / infographics
Build a useful tool
#12 Your site’s robots.txt file is blocking Google
I cannot believe how many times I’ve examined a WordPress site and it has been set to discourage bots to index the page. Many times web designers check the box as pictured below and forget to uncheck the box when the site goes live!
The fix: In WordPress go to: Settings > Reading > and uncheck the box: “Discourage search engines from indexing this site”
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