25 Sites with the Best Free Stock Photography

When building or editing websites, one of the hardest things to do is find good images. If you don’t have professional photography directly related to your business, you are stuck searching the web for free stock images.

Thankfully, there have a been a lot of websites pop up that offer some really great free stock photography. Unsplash is one I am sure most people have heard of or visited before, but there are actually a lot of other resources you can use to find some great images.

A lot websites are offering high resolution photographs for free to any user. Some of them will allow you to have unlimited number of downloads while others will limit your access to a certain period of time. Nevertheless, their services are very much useful, especially to those who are hunting for good but free photos for their businesses.

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What’s the WordPress Community Thankful For?

One the best aspects about WordPress is the community that surrounds the CMS. The WordPress community is one of the most open and helpful communities online. It’s no secret that WordPress has seen tremendous growth the past few years, and I am convinced that the growth of WordPress is directly related to those who answer questions online, produce helpful and interesting podcasts, write tutorials, build absolutely amazing free plugins, host local WordPress meetups, and help put together fantastic WordCamps.

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Inbound Marketing for Small Business

In order to understand what inbound marketing is, it’s important to understand what it is not. Traditionally speaking, small businesses have used outbound marketing methods such as TV ads, billboards, and radio spots. These marketing methods work by putting your message out in front of thousands of people. When using outbound marketing, you are casting a wide net hoping to catch a few leads. Essentially, it’s a numbers game. The more people you can put your message in front of, the more leads you will receive.

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Simple Steps Businesses Can Take to Improve Local SEO

Organic SEO Vs Local SEO

First off, you need to understand the difference between organic SEO and local SEO. Put simply, organic SEO is search engine optimization to boost your website in search rankings based on keywords and global searches. Local SEO is search optimization that boosts your business’s search rankings based on location.

As an example, let’s say you run a carpet cleaning business specializing in pet stain removal in the San Francisco area of California. If you focus on organic SEO for your website you’re going to want to boost up keywords in your website like “carpet cleaning” and “pet stain removal”. If you focus on local SEO you’re going to focus on “carpet cleaning in San Francisco” and “pet stain removal in San Francisco”, but you will also need to focus on adding your business to local business directories, Google My Business, and building up your citation count. Check out this Forbes article that explains the importance of citations.

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Getting Started With WordPress for Small Businesses

I might be a little bias, but I think WordPress is the best website option for 99% of small businesses. Although WordPress is a great option, it can be quite challenging for non-technical people to get up and running with a website built on WordPress. If you make it as far as getting a website up and running on a web host, there is always the question of “What next?” What do you do about backups, website security, should you buy a premium theme, etc. etc.

While “Getting Started with WordPress” could easily be a book, this post will take a look at some simple next steps business owners can take after they get their WordPress website set up.

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