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An Easy Way to Get Free Images for Your Posts

Everyone working as freelance copywriter have experienced the following: You’ve finished your latest blog post. You’ve edited your words to be as free flowing and powerful while being clear of any grammatical slip-ups. Now you just need a few images to illustrate your point further.

You may have the temptation to go on Google Images, retrieve any relevant image you can find, and upload it to your blog. However, people tend to forget that most images are copyrighted, and you can get into serious trouble if you use someone’s image without permission, with a passive-aggressive remark from the owner at best, a lawsuit at worst.

Can I Use Copyrighted Images?

In certain occasions, fair use does apply. If your blog post is about a movie, your article would benefit from a few screenshots of the film to help illustrate it better. However, if you’re just using an image to decorate your article, then fair use is a no-no, and you should avoid it whenever possible.

So what if you need a few images for your post that aren’t fair use, and you can’t go out and take your own pics? Simple. You find pictures that are free to use.

Free Images, and the Rules That Apply

Some photographers would be more than happy for you to use their images, and they’ll lay down a few rules when sharing their pics. A few images will be in the public domain, meaning that you can share without attribution. But many are licensed via Creative Commons, and you must attribute the author of the image if you want to use it. They may have other rules as well, such as not using the images for monetization.

A Good Site to Find Free Images

Where to find free images
Willem Blaeu [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Some sites will require you to pay to use images, so where can you look for free images without any strings attached? My personal favorite site has to be Wikimedia Commons. It’s from the same people who developed Wikipedia, and its goal is to have a massive library of free media for people to use.

Using Wikimedia Commons is about the same as Wikipedia. Just type whatever you want to in the search bar and then look for the image you’ll find. Easy as pie.

How to Attribute Images

Once you find the image you’re looking for, go to its page and look at the licensing rules. Some will be public domain, and you can upload it to your blog without any worries. But most will be Creative Commons. This means you must attribute the picture to the person who took it, which should be provided, and if you alter the image, you must publish it under CC as well.

Usually, the file will have the option to link the image to your site, so you don’t even have to worry about attribution. You can just have it so the people who click on the image are directed to its Wikimedia page.

And that’s the easy way to post images without having to worry about a DMCA on your plate.

Do you want more? Take a look to this post about where to find free legal images.

Three Types of Writing That Can Make You Money

If you’re looking for a job in writing, you may wonder what genre is profitable. Do you look for jobs in blog posting, or long-winded articles? Is the money in fiction, or nonfiction?

To be honest, almost any genre, text, and type of writing can be profitable. And we’re here to explain your options, as well as give tips for you to succeed. With that said, let’s look at three types today, and you can see which is right for you.

Writing Fiction

People still love a good story. Even in the age of movies and video games, written word is still relevant for many people, and if you have an imagination, this route may be good for you, especially as an aside to working on your own novel.

When it comes to fiction jobs, you usually have two options. One is ghostwriting. In that, you write a story for someone, they pay you, and then they get all the credit. If you want attribution, you can write for a few publications that are accepting new writers. These are usually short stories and whatnot, so don’t expect any long novels.

For the jobs that involve ghostwriting, our tips include constant communication so that you know what the client wants.

Meanwhile, if you’re trying to get your story into magazine or other publication, clean it up as much as you can. Don’t assume you can submit your first draft and have the editor do the rest.

Writing How-To Books

Another job mainly involving ghostwriting, how-to is big in many freelance writing fields. The concept is simple: take a topic, write about it, and explain how it works as precise as possible. These books are big, even in an age where people can Google the information for free. People like having an all-in-one guide that is informative and friendly for beginners.

Our tip for this genre would be to dig deep, and not just regurgitate what you find on the first page of Google. If people wanted to Google something, they would have done so. Also, write simple so that anyone can understand.

Writing Blog Posts

So many blogs want guests and regular writers to contribute to their blogs, so it’s no surprise that there are blogging jobs abound. This is a broad topic with so many different requirements. Some may want you to write about their product, and others may want to discuss everyday life topics.

Our tips include proper communication to your clients so that both of you know what you’re looking for, and familiarity with the blogging software the client uses. For instance, if they’re posting in WordPress, you may need to learn some coding skills beyond just typing the words.

And there are three types of genres you can make money from. You can usually find jobs on a classifieds site, usually one that’s freelancing-based. Check them out, and get you a job that works for you. In Part Two, we’ll discuss some more options.

Tips to get value in your Google research

I will share some tips to get more value in your Google search when researching in order to write about something. These tips are not new and I am sure most of the people already know them, but it is very helpful for Internet beginners.

Exact words

If you want Google to search for your words exactly as you have written them then put your words between quotation marks:

“like this”

Similar words

If you are interested in a topic, then you can tell Google to look for similar words too adding a tilde before the word:

~like this

You get that symbol  by pushing shift + ` in an English keyboard.

Search in a specific website

This option is really useful when you need to have an idea about how other posts about the same subject look in the place where you are about tu publish. Do it

site:thesite.com

Or you can focus in a specific type of webs:

site:org

site:com

site:es

Type of file

Yes, it is also possible! Are you looking for a pdf?

filetype:pdf

other example: filetype:docx

Remove searches with a specific word

Sometimes there is another topic that uses  the same words, but are not related with yours. For example, if you look information about the fruit apple you could try

-software -hardware -computer

And you will remove all the sites with these words.

These are the most basic tools Google offers you, and they are very useful in some researches.

New words in Spanish

When writing your website content, have you ever been guessing if a word exists in Spanish? Here we talk about the RAE institution and the best place to check wheather a words exists or not in Spanish.

Spanish is a very fluid language; in fact, there are hundreds of new words each year, all of them approved and institutionalized by the Real Academia Española or RAE (Grand Spanish Academy, in English) in their official dictionary. Most of these new words are related to technology, industry, everyday life or similar topics. The usage of new words comes from the deformation of an original word in another language (for example, “cederrón” for CD-ROM) or when an important group of people from some region or culture starts to introduce a new term to refer to something that already exists (or not, in cases of new inventions, new places, new discoveries, etc.), and sometimes when an original word in Spanish is spelled or used incorrectly, but this mistaken word has such intense usage in some communities and populations that finally becomes officially approved. Also, in lesser amount, in some cases original words from other languages are added in the dictionary just like the way they are spelled in the original language (for example, “performance” from French), or translated terms when a new word is created in another language.

RAE institution has more than 300 years of existance (was founded in 1714 in Spain). It is located in Madrid, Spain, and it is famous in this country and in every other Spanish speaking place in the world, like South America and some places in Africa . There has been, so far, 23 editions of the official dictionary of the RAE. Also, the institution is dedicated to perform other kind of linguistic works, like the grammar manual. Even though the Real Academia Española is the most important Spanish linguistic organization, there are more institutions of this nature of target, like the Academia Colombiana de la Lengua, the Academia Ecuatoriana de la Lengua, the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua, and many others, specially in South America.

Despite of its renowned position and respectful reputation, the Real Academia Española has been critized over the years in some aspects of its performances in the Spanish language usage and understanding, with cases considered extreme, for example, when the RAE came up with the suggestion of translating the foreign last names into new words with Spanish fonetics and adding them to the dictionary.

The 7 Writing Routines Of The Most Successful Freelance Online Writer

Being productive outside of an office setting might be troublesome, particularly for a freelance content writer who has no boss but himself or herself. You may have the best resources to create the best online blogs, articles, and e-books for your customers, but amidst the research and editing work there is a great possibility to lose focus. The result is either a hurriedly finished article that meets due dates and nothing else or a well written content that is settled on being excessively late.

tips to be a better writer
creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by peteoshea

You can alter your daily writing routine to become more productive and profitable. Everything you need is the determination to make every second, minute, and hours, count. Here are seven writing routine and tips for freelance writers to succeed.

  1. Plan ahead on how to make your schedule work.

To keep from over-burdening your timetable, a weekly plan is essential. Once your tasks come in, study your schedule for the week to see where you can deal with extra work. Plan every task for a specific time and client every day. In case you get an excess of assignments to handle within the week, begin planning the next week from now, as well.

  1. Create a manageable task list.

Each night, after completing your assignments for the day, look at your calendar for the next day. Add the assignments to your schedule in the manner that you must complete them. There is nothing more fulfilling for freelance writers than seeing all the undertakings finished at the end of every working day. The task list additionally proves to be useful when you get demands for updates or revisions to your past work. You can list down and fit the more modest task before the bigger assignments.

  1. Do your research well.

Research work is particularly critical if your task falls outside your current knowledge and capacity. You would prefer not to take a seat to compose and after that find data on your assigned topic. Rather, use ten to fifteen minutes every day reading different blogs and articles on the subject. By giving more time to plan and research, you’ll have sufficient energy to create your own particular opinions about the topic, which brings about a more naturally done and finished article. Otherwise, you’ll likely wind up just repeating or copying what another person composed.

  1. Learn how to outline your article composition.

Make your appropriate headings and subheadings as you research so you’ll have a nice lay out when you take a seat to finish the article or blog. Don’t be hesitant to incorporate everything in your blueprint; you can trim it down later to incorporate just the most pertinent and intriguing data.

  1. Save all your links for easy reference.

 Linking to different articles inside your written work is an incredible approach to open up the subject furthermore and give proper sources to your references. Streamline the procedure by setting the connections you plan to use in the layout as you go. Similarly as with any focuses in the blueprint you decide to delete, the links can likewise be erased in case that you don’t utilize them.

  1. Self-edit your finished wok.

Nobody prefers to get demands for modifications, yet in the event that you’re not vigilant when you are writing, you could get one of the hated requests for article revision. A simple approach to abstain from adding more undertakings to your plate is to edit your work once you’re done.

  1. Ask a friend to read your work.

Regardless of how tireless you are in your editing work, you’re generally prone to miss something. As opposed to squandering significant time searching out issues with your work that you won’t find, ask a trusted friend to read your work for you. Be sure that this friend knows how to be ruthless when important. Get the feedback with an appreciative soul and roll out the improvements as you see fit.