Gleek Retreat Enhance Your Blog Posts with Photos

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Gleek Retreat Enhance Your Blog Posts with Photos

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Check Sidebar widgets and buttons for out of date items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

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