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Gleek Retreat Enhance Your Blog Posts with Photos

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  • 1.  Enhance Your Blog Posts with Photos
    …The Right Way
    Kris Cain
    http://LittleTechGirl.com
    @LIttleTechGirl
    kcain@littletechgirl.com
  • 2. Keep your readers…
    Start with great photos
    Don’t steal!
    Use great tools
    Resize your photos
    Protecting your work
    Using Flickr plugins for Wordpress
    Inserting photos the right way
    Fun mobile photo apps
  • 3. Start With Great Photos/Graphics
    Cell phone snapshots are not always ok (unless it’s an emergency!) 
    Invest in a REAL camera
    DSLR or…
    Great point and shoot
    Use FREE Clipart
    http://clker.com
    http://free-clipart.net/
  • 4. Make Your Pics Web Friendly
    Sign up for Flickr
    Flickr FREE (great for most bloggers)
    Flickr Pro ($24.95/year)
    RESIZE, RESIZE, RESIZE
    Make photos no more than 540px wide
    FavResize Tool: Mihov Image Resize
    Resize in Wordpress Media Tool
    Add Alternate Text & tags for SEO
    Give Photo Credit (tag with photographer or site name where the photo was found)
  • 5. Spice Up Your Photos
    Learn Photoshop (CS5 or SE)
    - Photoshop actions & brushes
    Use Photoshop Lightroom
    - Export Plugins will watermark, resource, and upload all at once
    Add a tasteful watermark
    Add borders
    Use effects
  • 6. WaterMarks & Effects(to give photos personality and make them your own)
  • 7. Clean Up Your Blog
    In the Wordpress Dashboard, click on MediaLibrary
    - Look for Unattached Photos and remove them
    - Be careful of items in the sidebar!
    Check Sidebar widgets and buttons for out of date items
  • 8. Fun Useful FREE Photo Tools
    Mihov Image Resizer
    (http://www.mihov.com/eng/ir.html)
    Instagramfor iPhone
    (http://instagr.am/)
    PS Express (Mobile Photoshop for iOS)
    (http://www.photoshop.com/products/mobile/express/ios)
    Flickr Uploader
    (http://www.flickr.com/tools/uploadr/)
  • 9. Random Blog Graphic Tips
    Optimize Your Header (No more than 200 – 300 px high)
    Don’t overload your sidebar
    - Other blog buttons
    - Affiliate Links
    Too many photos and graphics slows down blog loading with affects PR.
  • 10. Wordpress Plugins
    NextGenGallery WordpressPlugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/nextgen-gallery/)
    Flickr Gallery: Uses a simple shortcode to embed a whole set from Flickr into your post or page. (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/flickr-gallery/)
    WP-Flickr: Displays a gallery of your Flickr Stream below posts for easy access to inserting photos. (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-flickr/)
    Gallery 2.3 by Menalto (standalone)
    Use the Wpg2 plugin to embed in WP (http://gallery.menalto.com)
  • 11. Thank you!
    Find me at…
    http://LittleTechGirl.com
    http://facebook.com/littletechgirlcom
    http://chitownmoms.net
    @LIttleTechGirl
    kcain@littletechgirl.com